Medea Bindewald - harpsichord
Harpsichordist Medea Bindewald
loves discoveries. She does not shy away from searching for new music in ancient archives. And look, what she found: Music by English composer Jacob Kirkman (1746-1812)
, nephew of the London harpsichord maker of the same name, playing an instrument of his uncle. While his uncle is still well-known for his instruments, the nephew is almost forgotten. But Medea Bindewald not only discovered his music and sorted through it but now records his best pieces. For more on the project go to www.hellostage.com/Medea-Bindewald
1. We all know HELLO STAGE’s favorite color! What is yours?
VERMILION, also known as cinnabar or China red! This is a warm, powerful color which covers a range of hues from coral red to – yes! – ORANGE red. The interior of my beautifully decorated Blanchet-harpsichord is kept in vermilion. Vermilion is also the name of my trio with violinist Nicolette Moonen and viola da gamba player Susanna Pell.
2. What is the best advice a teacher or mentor has ever given you?
I would rather give a list of the top ten here. If I have to cut it down to one, it is probably this very basic one: Sing! Whatever instrument you play, sing!
3. How has practicing changed for you over time?
This is an interesting one. I have never thought about it before. Compared to my practicing habits at college time, I now integrate an element of visualizing in my practicing. I enter into a dialogue with my audiences long before I meet them, anticipating their reactions and thinking about what I would like to tell my listeners as I use to give brief introductions to the music in my recitals.
4. How much time do you spend on the business side of your career every day?
This is hard to tell as it varies a lot. During a period of concentrated preparation for a solo recital I try to restrict the business side of my career to no more than one hour per day. But there are times when I spend whole mornings on the computer doing office work. Currently, promoting the crowdfunding campaign for my next CD needs a lot of time and attention. The experience is both challenging and very rewarding as I receive a lot of positive encouragement.
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5. What is the most important trait of a successful artist in today’s world?
The eccentric artist and the capricious diva are out. I think it is very important to be personable, approachable and communicative. If you have these qualities, a pinch of eccentricity will be fine!
6. Coffee or tea? And your most favorite place for it?
Coffee: never black, but a latte macchiato with a lot of sugar never fails to put me in a good mood!
Tea: I like Earl Grey tea very much. I use to import my favorite green tea from a tea shop in Germany: a Sencha with a subtle ORANGE flavor. My favorite place for the latter is my kitchen in the morning sun.
7. The next project/concert/event you are really looking forward to?
This question made me smile. My next “concert” is actually a concert with my students that I will host at my home this coming Sunday. We call it a “Diabelli party” as a number of my students have been preparing duets by Anton Diabelli with me, and we are going to have a lot of fun! The next big and important event for me is the end of my Kirkman crowdfunding campaign which will be followed by the release of the Kirkman CD. Apart from that, I am excited about a themed solo program that I am busy designing for concerts in 2017: “Les Sauvages – Foreign Cultures in 18th-Century Harpsichord Music” will contain works from Rameau’s Les Sauvages to Mozart’s famous Rondo Alla Turca…
Having played the harpsichord since she was eight years old, Medea Bindewald belongs to the small group of "native speakers" on this instrument. Her performances are essentially characterised by her fine, dynamic touch, a natural flow and, above all, the idea to "play from the soul" as postulated by C.P.E. Bach in his treatise Versuch über die wahre Art das Clavier zu spielen (The Art of Playing Keyboard Instruments).
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