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Vlad Bogdanas

Wednesday, 04 December 2013

The Danel Quartet's viola player considers what it means to be a musician

The listeners don’t want you to be sorry. They want to share in the moment

If I could, I would remind my younger self always to remember why I wanted to be a musician: to share and communicate emotions with others. Music is always about feelings and there are so many different ones you can portray. I’d tell myself to remember that it’s a privilege to be a musician and share these emotions, and always to be happy to play music.

I wouldn’t tell myself many other things. I think it’s important for everyone to make mistakes – they help you to grow. But I would tell myself what I say to many of my students: don’t be sorry to be on stage. We all make mistakes and they sometimes make us apologetic for our performances. The listeners don’t want you to be sorry. They want to share in the moment and the sound.

Photo: Sébastian Walner

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