Violoncello | 5. Semester
Master of Music - Professional Performance
"Strictly musically speaking, my teacher (and former teachers) and the great composers, compositions and performers of the past and the present. In a general level, nature (the creation), people (the ones created in the image of God) and art (the ability of people to create beauty and/or communicate feelings through music, painting, dance, literature, architecture...)."
"I put things into perspective and remind myself about my priorities. My professional goal is to become a successful musician, but it is not the goal of my life. As a Christian, my ultimate purpose is to give glory to God (Soli Deo Gloria) in everything I do. I know that some people might regard this negatively as a lack of ambition or point out that for an artist, art must be the first and only priority; or simply cringe at the very mention of God. I would say that the confidence of knowing that someone is guiding my steps (even if sometimes I don’t understand the path), the humility to acknowledge that everything I have comes from him and the gratefulness that it brings; all these give me more happiness and fulfilment than the recognition of other people or fellow musicians, and at the same time, encourages me to work harder for it without falling in despair during difficult times."
"At the moment, orchestras."
"In my programme I had to show a broad range from the cello repertoire. For me, showing the technical ability and the knowledge of the different styles is not the point, but to confirm that a performer is a man who speaks intimately to another human being through music, no matter from which period it is. This is what I have been working on with my teacher since I came to Folkwang: not only to show on stage how clever, confident, prepared or impassioned one can be, but to make use of those things in order to let the music grasp audiences’ ears and speak to their hearts. Therefore..."
"...I am very happy and grateful for the recognition of this work; but as I said before, I also try to put it into perspective."
"My teacher, Prof. Young-Chang Cho."
"...the school where I have unexpectedly stayed the longest time in the last 10 years."
Ein Beitrag im Rahmen des Projekts „Folkwang StudiScouts“.
Calvin Lennig / 15. July 2015