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15 Questions to Alina Kabanova

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Hi! How are you? Where are you?
I’m very fine,thank you. I’m alive. And I’m in Hamburg!

What’s on your schedule right now?
I have none. Everything is  in my head and always with me.  Concert? Tomorrow I have my exam.

If you hadn’t chosen for music, what do you think you would do right now?
I ‘d never think about this.

What or who was your biggest influence as an artist?
My Piano at home.

What’s the hardest part about being a musician and what’s the best?
Music is my life. I don’t know how to live another way.

What’s your view on the classical music scene at present? Is there a crisis?
I think everyone does things for himself and it is another quetion how.

Some feel there is no need to record classical music any more, that it’s all been done before. What do you tell them?
All I can say is there is no perfection on this world.

What constitutes a good live performance in your opinion? What’s your approach to performing on stage?
I live always myself and that includes the stage

What does the word “interpretation” mean to you?
To learn the scores and to think

True or false: It is the duty of an artist to put his personal emotions into the music he plays.
It’s a very long discussion.

True or false: “Music is my first love”
Maybe. In my case: my first love – is LIFE.

True or false: People need to be educated about classical music, before they can really appreciate it.
Music is the language... If people don’t understand the music, it’s the problem of the perfomer.

You are given the position of artistic director of a concert hall. What would be on your program for this season?

A lot of simphonic music.

What’s your favourite classical CD at the moment?

Gilels plays 2. Tchaykovski piano concert.

Have you ever tried playing a different instrument? If yes, how good were you at it?
Not yet. I would like to play the cello. It’s my favoriute instrument.

Piano Recital (Oehms Classics) 2005

Alina Kabanova

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