Interview with Guy Braunstein

We are very lucky to talk to the amazing violinist, Guy Braunstein this week, courtesy of the legendary promoter, Piano4etoiles! Photo credit: Ofer/Plesser

What was the best advice a teacher ever gave you?

Never imitate another violinist because it's never as good as the original.

How was your practice changed with time?

I have learned to use creativity even during "boring practice". It makes the whole thing more fun.

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

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

As always- being humble.

One must remember: Brahms (or Bach or Mozart) are more important then we are! I guess I am from the stone age... I Don't even have facebook or twitter...

Tell us about your thoughts on and your relationship with the music of Brahms.

My relationship with Brahms - with Brahms's music, I heard Milatein for the first time. Karajan for the first time. With Brahms's music I even fell in love for the first time. Despite the fact that Brahms was not a revolutionist like Beethoven or Wagner, he took the best of what was before him and brought it to new heights. Simply the best music there is!

In which ways do you think that the face of classical music is changing and tell us about the relevance of these changes…

The music scene has changed a lot in the last years. I wish it hadn't!

There is too much influence of the modern-pop culture. I wish that the music world would go back to the basics: the musicians that create the best music should be put in the front. This is not the main issue anymore with most promoters, record companies and even orchestras. What a shame!
Author: Nina Lucas HELLO STAGE
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