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Magda Amara

We had a chat with pianist Magda Amara for this weeks' Orange Twist!

WE ALL KNOW HELLO STAGE’S FAVORITE COLOR! WHAT’S YOURS?

Black. It has always been black, my favorite.

WHAT WAS THE BEST ADVICE A TEACHER EVER GAVE YOU?

Go your own way! Don’t look around but follow your own way! I couldn’t think like that first. When I was very young I thought others were better, that I’d better off study ingsomewhere else like another colleague. But my teacher told me to be wise and do my own thing - in this way I became successful.

HOW HAS YOUR PRACTICE CHANGED WITH TIME?

It has changed, for sure, because now I have more experience. I know what I have to practice more intensively, it is a matter of growing experience. When there is a concert I practice more, less when I need less , it depends what is necessary at the moment given. Warming up, for example, is always a good idea, as well as practicing technical things, in school I did a lot. Now everything is faster, I warm up while practicing, this is also a matter of experience - tut it would be a good idea to take that time more often.

WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE MOST IMPORTANT TRAIT OF A SUCCESSFUL ARTIST IN TODAY’S MODERN WORLD?

To have good nerves, to be strong. When you are an artist, an artist’s life is in a way special, you shouldn’t be too emotional or too sensitive. The journeys, long flights, practicing, this all is very exhausting, concert halls and pianos are different, you have do adapt a lot and it can happen that things don’t work out. You should be ready to get on well with your colleagues or conductors at any time, that can be demanding. A second trait or,well, let’s say the real basis of your work as a pianist and musician is to show passion for the music. That’s the true basis. You should burn for the music!

HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU SPEND EVERY DAY ON FACEBOOK, TWITTER, AND WHICH OTHER WAYS DO YOU USE TO PROMOTE YOURSELF?

Too much, I am much too much on Facebook! I don't think about reducing the time I spend on it - I am constantly on Facebook, but I am trying to use it more deliberately. I am in contact with my friends and family in Russia and with many friends who have moved to Europe. It’s nice to keep in touch with all of them and especially with teachers who are online - that’s very worthwhile. HELLO STAGE is a perfect way to communicate with colleagues. I have also met some musicians who I didn’t know before, upcoming projects are being discussed... Facebook and HELLO STAGE are perfect for me!

TELL US MAGDA, WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON AT THE MOMENT? :)

I am play with Harriet Krijgh, a cellist from Holland quite a lot. We have been playing together for two years in a duo now. Harriet was nominated by Wiener Konzerthaus and Wiener Musikverein as a „Rising Star“ of the European Concert Hall Organisation. So we are going to play 15 concerts in several European cities like London, Paris, Hamburg, Baden Baden, Stockholm, Porto, Wien, Amsterdam, Barcelona... Budapest will also be one of the wonderful places. I am really looking forward to this.

There is a lot going on, in June we will be in Switzerland, then in Germany, Neuberg. In july, I will be playing Schumann’s Polonaises for piano, 4 hands with Stefan (Vladar) in Neuberg and in September we are playing with Stefan’s brother Wolfgang Horn and his wife Bojidara Kouzmanova, a passionate violinist. This will be a real family weekend in Neuberg an der Mürz with Prokofiev, Brahms, Mozart, Messiaen...

I am looking forward to all these concerts. I love chamber music most. I don’t like being alone on stage. To be honest, duo playing is my favorite, but I also ejoy playing in other formations. Romantic music is my best 'genre', as I am from Russia, I adore Rachmaninoff and other Russian composers. I did a lot of chamber music in Russia - quartet, trio, quintet and I also love accompanying singers and instrumentalists.
I enjoy being in Austria now, especially in Vienna, which is a gorgeous musical city, and in my opinion, the best city for musicians to live in. I am very grateful to be here, I can learn so much. It is a great, lifelong experience to be in Vienna and to make music here. The audience, the people are so attentive and friendly, and they love music. I played at the Konzerthaus recently (on May 13th, Lesung with Peter Matic); Rachmaninoff, Schostakowitsch - my favorites - and also Korngold, which was new to me. Korngold is not played very often, which is a pity. Gershwin was difficult for me, but it was perfect for our program. We often choose what we can already play, so it was perfect to learn something new. I am not into jazz so much and I don’t like improvising. If I had the wish to improvise (I do not) I would have to write my own music.

Composers had certain intentions and I like being able to abide to the composition. I am a more conservative classic musician, I play in a very 'classical' manner.

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Comments [1]
Brigitte Ulbrich - 2015-09-16 06:57
Dear Magda Amara! Thank you so much for the interview and Nina, thanks for editing! :-):-)
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