Alexandra Silocea

A wonderful pianist, pleasure to listen to and a very talented origami enthusiast - as you can see! Enjoy this week's Orange Twist with pianist Alexandra Silocea.

Alexandra has performed at the Vienna Konzerthaus, Musikverein, Carnegie Hall New York, Ravinia Festival in Chicago, in most of European countries, South America and Canada, has recorded three CDs on Avie Records - the last one just being released and has had her debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski - the Romanian pianist based in the UK is establishing herself as one of the most exciting young pianists of her generation.

We all know HELLO STAGE’s favorite color! What’s yours?

Colours are crucial in music, on stage and in life. Paul Cézanne said that he's thinking of nothing when he's painting, he sees colours. To me, the same applies to music making: every emotion has a colour. If I have to choose a particular one, that would have to be green.

What was the best advice a teacher ever gave you?

I have learned something from every teacher. Over the last 12 years I was blessed with the advice and inspiration from Elisabeth Leonskaja, my "musical" mother. I couldn't possibly pick one piece of advice as it is so inspirational every time we see eachother, even in the times when we're not literally working together. There are some people you think they are out of this world, who can touch you only by their presence, who can inspire you even when they listen only. Elisabeth Leonskaja is one of the most inspirational, humble, generous person I have ever had the chance to have in my life.

How has your practice changed with time?

My practice is changing constantly, I am always trying to find better ways to focus, to learn new repertoire, to listen. At the moment I am working with visualisation and grounding a lot. In the past I was spending most of the time at the piano, now I am more into developing my inner ear and working on difficult passages and their interpretation in my mind.

What do you think is the most important trait of a successful artist in today’s modern world?

Nowadays everything is possible. There are hugely talented musicians all over the world, and they are younger and younger, many of them displaying technical perfection. But that is not important for me. To me, individuality, personality and a quality called "a sixth sense" : knowing how to communicate with the audience (and also a young audience) on one side and managers, sponsors on the other - on stage but also back stage.

How much time do you spend every day on Facebook, Twitter, and which other ways do you use to promote yourself?

I am doing a lot by myself. I have built my homepage on my own. Facebook, Twitter, HELLO STAGE, Instagram, Linkedin, Youtube... all of them are excellent tools. I've learned, over the years from my experience, some little secrets about how, when and what to post and it is rewarding to see how many people you can reach around the world. I find it touching when people write before or after a concert and I love and need the direct connection to my audience.

Alexandra, tell us about your newest CD release :)

My latest and third CD on Avie Records consists of Cello Sonatas by Enescu, Prokofiev and Shostakovich. This is the first collaboration with Laura Buruiana, the recording was made in Paris in a wonderful church and as a recording producer we had Sébastien Chonion, my husband, who has produced also my previous two CDs.

Is it easy to work together with your husband, when you know each other so well?

That's a good question. I think we are both very passionate about what we're doing. When I think how wonderful it must have been for Elisabeth Schwarzkopf to have her husband Walter Legge produce her recordings, I feel very priviledged to have that connection too. There is a lot of trust involved and I don't think I could work with somebody else as well and as efficiently as with him. It is a delicate and special time when recording together for sure, but we've learned over the years how to deal with our own demons.

Tell us about one special hobby that you enjoy doing in your spare time.

As you can see from my picture: I love origami - paper folding! It is fascinating what you can do of a piece of paper, it's like magic!

Follow Alexandra on her HELLO STAGE page!

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