Is Fuchsia Close to Orange?

Meet the violinist Bojan Cicic, violin soloist and concert master of the European Union Baroque Orchestra (EUBO).

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

Fuchsia, because real men know how to wear it. I love hearing comments when I put on my fuchsia trousers. Mostly sarcastic ones.

2. What is the best advice a teacher or mentor has ever given you?

If you practised a lot lately, the concert or an audition will go well. It might not be brilliant, but it will be fine. If you feel like you haven't practised enough, it won't be good, no matter how hard you try.

3. How has practicing changed for you over time?

Less time wasting during practice, focusing on the technique excercises and intonation, rather than working on those very things whilst playing proper music. One should use the other side of the brain at those moments.

4. How much time do you spend on the business side of your career every day?

Ideally two hours a day. I remember a Croatian composer living in Germany, Milko Kelemen, saying that his work consists of mostly writing or talking to people at various festivals, whilst very little time is left for the composing part.

5. What is the most important trait of a successful artist in today’s world?

Not enough focus is given to the psychological part of the artistic career. You have to remain positive at all times. Otherwise you let yourself and others down.

6. Coffee or tea? And your most favorite place for it?

My body tells me enough with the coffee already, lets detox with the tea. I always epically fail it by ordering a double macchiato, ideally somewhere by the sea. My parents live on an island in Croatia and there are some seriously good coffee places.

7. The next project/concert/event you are really looking forward to?

It is still in the process of realisation, but I'm very much looking forward to the tour performing the Four Seasons with a puppet company and eight musicians of the European Union Baroque Orchestra. At the same time, I'm always working on realising my recording projects that aim to bring out music by composers which are currently sidelined from our musical life, though, I believe, deserve our full attention; you can read more at www.bojancicic.com.

The European Union Baroque Orchestra (EUBO) provides specialist baroque orchestral training to post conservatoire students from all over Europe, selected by auditions, in preparation for concerts and tours under the finest musical directors. “The young EUBO musicians play with a captivating freshness and vitality that is hard to match, though they are also as technically accomplished as the members of much more experienced groups.” (Early Music, Oxford Journals)

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