This week we would like to introduce you to one of our Violin course leaders Edouard!
Edouard has an incredible repertoire of musical experiences under his belt including many performances with different orchestras all over Europe! Here he gives you a little peak inside his career so far, explains what drives him to pursue such a career and shares a few tips on the best practice routine.
Where did you study music?
I studied at Trinity College of Music in London with Hu Kun and my did my Chamber Music studies under the late Sandor Devich. I’ve also played alongside the Smith Quartet and the Brodsky Quartet.
Tell us about your musical experience?
I have been a soloist in the March 2015 Beethoven Violin concerto in D with the Amati Orchestra. I also played with Sir Yehudi Menuhin in a concert to celebrate the opening of the Megaron Concert Hall in Athens.
What do you enjoy most about teaching?
I enjoy the Tower Hamlets Arts and Music Education Service, Enfield Music Service, Newham Academy of Music and Buckingham College Prep School as well as teaching numerous private students all over London both one to one and in groups.
Your biggest achievement/ most enjoyable musical experience so far?
My most enjoyable achievement is anytime a pupil is able to do something they believed was unattainable or really difficult. Also leading and running three String Club days and the subsequent end of year Celebration Concert for the Tower Hamlets Arts and Music Education service.
Who is your favourite musician and why?
My favourite musician is Yehudi Menuhin as his career was so long and he influenced so many others in the musical and non-musical world. My favourite orchestra is Europa Galante with Fabio Biondi as they play some of the finest interpretations of renaissance and baroque.
How did you start learning your instrument?
I went to see the Merseyside Youth Orchestra playing “The Planets” by Gustav Holst conducted by Sir Charles Groves and was inspired to play an orchestral instrument. Then I asked [my parents] to play the violin at primary school the rest is history!
Top practice tip for our Strings Club children?
Divide your practice throughout the day. Don’t try to do it all at once. 5 minutes of good concentration at a time is better than 20 mins of so-so practice all at once.
A big thanks to Edouard! Keep an eye on our blog for a new a camp leader bio soon!