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15 Questions to Marie-Luise Hinrichs

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Hi! How are you? Where are you?
Hello! I’m fine.Thank you. And how are you?

What’s on your schedule right now?
My next concert is in Hannover with sonatas of P.A.Soler and others.

If you hadn’t chosen for music, what do you think you would do right now?
If I hadn´t chosen for music I would be a painter.

What or who was your biggest influence as an artist?

I had lots of big influences in the past. At present I´m thinking a lot about the music of Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179).

What’s the hardest part about being a musician and what’s the best?
Sometimes the hardest part is also the best. Performing on stage in every situation is hard – but also a good and helpful self-discipline.

What’s your view on the classical music scene at present? Is there a crisis?
There is an uncertainty on the music scene at present. But there are also good and creative musicians and organizers etc.

Some feel there is no need to record classical music any more, that it’s all been done before. What do you tell them?
There is a need to record more classical music because there is a lot of good but not yet recorded music. And also for the music, which is already recorded there is a need, because there is (hopefully) a developement of interpretations.

What constitutes a good live performance in your opinion? What’s your approach to performing on stage?

A good live performance has to touch me.Before I perform on stage I concentrate and also pray.

What does the word “interpretation” mean to you?
Interpretation means to me to identify with what the composer means-with the soul of the composition.

True or false: It is the duty of an artist to put his personal emotions into the music he plays.
I try to approach with my emotions the intentions of the composer.

True or false: People need to be educated about classical music, before they can really appreciate it.

It´s not true that people need to be educated about classical music, before they can appreciate it.

You are given the position of artistic director of a concert hall. What would be on your program for this season?
If I were an artistic director I would put works of Hildegard von Bingen, Clara Schumann etc.on my schedule. I would also invite singers like Kristin Asbjörnsen and Miriam Andersen.

How would you describe the relationship with yourinstrument?

Most of the time I love my piano!

Have you ever tried playing a different instrument? If yes, how good were you at it?
I also plaid the vionlin when I was 15 and was quite good at it.Today I also love to play the cembalo from time to time.I have a beautiful one.And it´s great fun!

Picture by Thomas Rabsch

Claudes Debussy
Mozart - Doppel(EMI) 1998
Padre Antonio Soler (EMI) 1999

Marie-Luise Hinrichs

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