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15 Questions to Gábor Boldoczki

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Hi! How are you? Where are you? What’s on your schedule right now?
Currently I am on a Europe tour with the chamber orchestra Sinfonia Varsovia that I am touring with every year during Advent. We are holding concerts in many renowned concert halls such as the Musikverein Vienna, Bratislava, Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne, Stuttgart, Budapest, Belgrad etc. Today we will play for the Munich audience, a city that I like very much and where I have a lot of friends.

What is your earliest musical memory?
At the age of 8 I began to play the piano and one year later the trumpet as well. My father, who also is a trumpet player, was my first teacher and I owe my career largely to him. He familiarised me with the music and has supported me till this day.

Was there a deciding moment, which made you want to become an artist?
It wasn't until winning the first prize at my first international competition that I decided to become a musician. At the day of the awards ceremony I just turned 20. Through participating at  international competitions I met a lot of interesting and important contacts for my career as a soloist. By winning the Grand Prix de la Ville de Paris at the Third International Maurice André Competition in Paris – the most distinguished trumpet competition of all – I celebrated my final breakthrough and had the opportunity to meet the master of Trumpet himself.

How satisfied are you with life as an artist?
I am very happy. As a soloist I travel throughout the world and meet so many different people and cultures. It is exciting to arrive at an unknown city, to meet a lot of interesting musicians, exchange with them our art and philosophy and perform together. I can say for sure that the life of a musician is not boring at all.

What constitutes a good live performance in your opinion? What’s your approach to performing on stage?
The most important thing is a thorough, nearly perfect preparation at home. While practising one should play as intensely as if on stage. Sometimes, I'll sing the piece to myself before playing it.
The interpretation of the artist should always vary and refine towards a distinct direction.

How do you balance your personal emotions and the intentions of the composer in your interpretations?
There is one important rule for me: the artist should express the content of the music as best as he can by using his personal ability. But he should not use the music only to show his skills. This makes a great difference and a lot of musicians forget this rule. Every artist has his own tone. This tone is the mirror of the artist’s soul and personality. In my opinion, a musician should serve the music with all these capabilities.

In which way, would you say, is your cultural background reflected in your performances?
You constantly take in impressions from daily life, nature, from other arts like painting or from a good book. A musician is very sensitive to all kinds of passions.

How would you describe and rate the scene for classical music of the country you are currently living in?
I am living in Budapest. It is a beautiful town with a lot of historical background and a rich culture. We have many talented musicians here in Hungary. The system of the music schools and conservatories is very good. In addition, the Hungarians love singing. So there is a wide interest in classical music.

Do you consider it important that more young people care for classical music? If so, how, do you think, could this be achieved?
Of course it is very important that young people get familiarised with classical music. This kind of music is not as easy to understand as a TV quiz show. Therefore the parents and teachers ought to care for children becoming acquainted with the music step by step and to ensure they learn to understand it. Furthermore, I think that the order of approaching classical music is crucial. A 14 year old rarely starts reading with Dostojewsky. And yet, this idea is applied to  classical music. With the organisation “Raphsody in School” I regularly visit schools where I tell the children about my music, my life and all the amusing musicians stories. And sometimes we also play music together. The children are always very enthusiastic, some of them even began to learn playing the Trumpet after my visit.

How would you rate the importance of the internet and new media for you personally?
The internet is very useful for me. I can present informations on my musical life and interests. Through my webpage I can always keep my fans informed about me and my future concerts, and they can leave me messages by signing my guestbook. I am planning to set up a newsletter which my fans can subscribe to receiver regular information by email.

What’s your view on the relationship between musical education and  music?
Musical education develops the personality of people in a very positive way. I sincerely commiserate with people who have no approach to classical music. They will miss a great and special experience in life.

You are given the position of artistic director of a concert hall. What would be on your program for this season?
I would try to compose multicoloured interesting concert programmes. Of course I would prefer wind instruments and Hungarian composers such as Bartók, Kodály, Dohnányi, Hubay, Ligeti, Kurtág, Eötvös, Dubrovay.

How would you describe the relationship with your instrument?
I love my instrument and trumpet is my life. Through my trumpet I sing my philosophy.

Have you ever tried playing a different instrument? If yes, how good were you at it?
I never played another instrument than the Trumpet professionally. Regarding music, I would always like to do it 100%, whatever I do. Therefore the Trumpet is my passion.

Image by Lazlo Emmer.

Glanz der Trompete (Sony Classical) 2002
Gábor Boldoczki spielt Trompetenkonzerte (Sony Classical) 2004
Italian Concertos (Sony Classical) 2006
Händel, Telemann (Sony Classical) 2007
Gloria (Sony Classical) 2008

Gabor Boldoczki

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