Why did you choose the violin?I chose the violin because every time I listened to it, it reminded me of a human voice. I also liked that it had the highest register of all the strings.
How long have you been with ICPO? I started playing with the orchestra when I was in sixth grade, and now it has been five years with the orchestra. It has been a great experience, because it helped me develop both as an orchestra member and a soloist.
What do love most about the orchestra? I love how the unique sounds of each instrument blend to create a unifying sound. It also makes me feel special, because each player plays an important role in creating the beautiful music that we play.
Do you enjoy the international concert tours?I really enjoy the concert tours, because not only do you get to experience the wonders of different countries, but you also get the chance to share your passion for music towards a totally new audience.
How often do you practice? Not including daily practices at my school orchestra, I practice about four times a week for an hour. I also take private lessons once a week with Dr. Georgette Popa who is the director of the orchestra, attend the weekly ICPO rehearsals, and teach young students twice a week.
How will music help your future? I hope to get a scholarship using my musical abilities. Also I hope to create a chamber group with other musicians like myself.
What does music mean to you? Music is a way to transfer emotions and personality into sounds. Sometimes when the words aren’t enough to express my feelings, I turn to music.
What is your favorite type of music? My favorite music to play is the compositions of John Williams, who uses unique interactions between instruments to create emotions. When you play his pieces, you feel bonded with other players, because we are creating this beautiful music together.
How has Dr. Popa helped you progress in your musical journey? I love how Dr. Popa puts her whole heart into her students and the orchestra. She is one of the most passionate people about music that I’ve ever met. As a famous quote says, “a good teacher teaches from the heart, not from the book”. She is one of those special teachers.
Would you recommend the ICPO program? I would definitely recommend the orchestra to anyone who loves music, because it is a very bonding and enriching experience. You get to meet new friends and get the experience of performing at different venues.
What role do the conductors play in the orchestra? The conductors are the ones who bring out the best in each player to create a unifying masterpiece. I love how maestro Jorge makes each rehearsal fun and full of laughter. He once told me, “if you push your limits with the violin, you will have the choice to either become a musician or not. But if you slack off, you won’t have that first option.”