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Ten minutes with Patricia Kopatchinskaja

Posted on 19 Jul 2013 by ACO Marketing

YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED.

Can you play the trumpet?
#JohnIrlam
No, but my grandfather played a small Moldovan flute.

What’s your guilty pop music pleasure?
#AnthonyRoberts
Massive Attack.

What do you recommend for regular violin practice?
#CarlosBRamirez
Practice only when you like, and when it makes sense.

Do you still practice scales?
#ThomasRann
No, but I pick out difficult parts from different pieces of music.

Is Richard Tognetti intimidating or a lovely eccentric fella?
#JoKargiotis
Both!

What is your first memory of playing the violin and where were your thoughts at the time?
#JamesTempleton
I don’t remember when I first picked up a violin, but I know I heard it when I was in my mother’s belly when she was pregnant – she played Mendelssohn.

What age did you start playing? My eight-year-old daughter is begging me for lessons but I’m unsure if that’s too young.
#KateMason
I was 6 when I started playing. Eight is not too early – it might be too late, if you are really serious about it.

What is your favourite concerto to play?
#BernardRofe, #IlduaraViolinistaFantástica
Ligeti.

And what is the hardest concerto you’ve played?
#BernardRofe
Ligeti … plus Schoenberg and Mendelssohn.

What town are you from?
#JaneFeatherstone
I’m from Kishinev.

Do you improvise or noodle around in the practice room?
#JonathanTosio
Sometimes when I’m tired.

What kind of violin do you play?
#MarleenBroekmans, #MobiusBarnaby, #MartinKubisViolins
Pressenda 1834 Torino.

Does marketing give you the shits?
#AlfredHornung
Yes and no.

Is being uninhibited while you perform something that develops or did you at some stage make a decision?
#MeredithBaillie
It is a decision. It’s a philosophy, a performing principal.

What is your favourite cocktail?
#AmandinePetit
Campari and orange.

What do you think about historically informed practice and performance? Is it something you take into consideration in performing repertoire from an/all ages of classical music?
#ChristopherNicholls
To the first question, we should learn everything we can about it. Second, yes I take it into consideration as much as possible. Our task is to make the performance as it would be the first time, the premiere, but for the audience of today.

Have you ever thought about broadcasting more of your beautiful playing via Youtube, Vimeo, Dailymotion etc?
#TolgaKormaz
If something is filmed and I am happy, why not put it online?

When will you play in Germany?
#JurgenNaeve, #SaschaSchmid
I play in Germany quite a lot – keep an eye on my website (patriciakopatchinskaja.com)

Do you have plans to play in New Zealand?
#TanyaMercer
No, unfortunately.

Poland?
#JustynaKlingemann
No dates planned, unfortunately.

Turkey?
#SankalpaJaitly
Hopefully soon.

Do you have any upcoming concerts with Fazil Say?
#MikeWylde
Yes, in Vienna next year.

Who is your biggest musical influence?
#NorikoOkamoto
All the sounds around me influence me, any kind of sound.

Which is your favourite instrument after the violin?
#LukasSturm
The voice.

And to questions from #DaveCurro, #FacuCabrera, #EoinAndersen, #MarcelloIanconnetti, #PabloJimenez about marriage, engagements or dinner dates…
I am happily married!