24. Jan, 2016

Concert in Berlin

Since 10 years to play on the concert in Berlin again but as soloist for the 1st Violin Concerto by Paganini, this time. How could I imagine it 10 years ago with my ancient collegues in IMEP or CRMB, during concert trip for all IMEP students in Berlin?

It was since January 2006 I was told by the then cooperators in Berlin and Zehlendorf (because I and one of my collegues horn player were staying in a musicians and the city planner family in Zehlendorf for three concerts in Berlin) that I will come to Hamburg to success my violin studies and music jobs. There they told about rather Hamburg (especially about Alfred Schnittke Akademie Internationale) than Berlin due to "mixed cultures" in Hamburg, even I was interesting in Hans Eisler (one of the music universities in Berlin) because of collaborations with singer soloists from there. I was really confused as if everybody were able to "see" I would move to Germany from Belgium, à ce moment-là. How could I imagine to use German language in Germany when I was studying in a music graduate school in Francophone section (in Namur)? And now I actually live in Germany since 2012.

From Hamburg I sometimes wished if I could have accessibilities also to Berlin, at the same time of recent concerts. Muss mann auch in Berlin spielen, wenn wohnt mann in Deutschland. There I really surprised that M. Dylan Blackmore, organizer of a Masterclasse which made me definitively to come to Germany, organizes so many professional music events in Berlin, therefore I come again in Berlin for the first Masterclasse in this year by Maestro Tomasz Tomaszewski after the New Year Concert in Brussels. Here's the actual program in Berlin ;


Blackmore's Berlins Musikzimmer Concert (23 January 2016, Blackmore's Berlins Musikzimmer, Berlin Germany)


Niccolò Paganini : Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major Vers. Op. 6 (Cadenza : Émile Sauré)


Alucard Leterme, Violin


Blackmore's International Music Academy / International Violin Masterclass by Professor Tomasz Tomaszewski (16 - 23 January 2016, Blackmore's Berlins Musikzimmer, Berlin Germany)


Niccolò Paganini : Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major Vers. Op. 6

Niccolò Paganini : Violin Concerto No. 2 "La Campanella" in B Minor Op. 7


Alucard Leterme, Violin



We practice as hard as possible during the entire week of Masterclasses until the time to close our violin case in order to be chosen as soloist for each accessible concert(s), as well as IMA Dinant and Saint-Cast de Guildo (Bretagne), whether in Presbytère or a practice room of Collège Notre-Dame Bellevue or official hotel room (now I think it is organized in Malone or Malonne, outskirt of Namur, non?). Although we never quarrel with collegues, I was enough nervous until being listed on each final or concerned concerts' program.

The Masterclasse of Maestro Tomaszewski had always very sympatic, warm and gentle atmosphere without competitions among all of participants. There everyone was having each own purpose to fulfill. My purpose is "to continue learning the violin concertos by Niccolò Paganini, weiter" that my dead professor could not keep it as promise with me until.... (I think OSN Members and Monsieur Déom was listening it during our first rehearsals)

The more I study and play the first concerto by Paganini, the more I find how I should do. Ebenso, now I can practice and play the first and second (La Campanella) concertos at the same time. The all of advices by Maestro Tomaszewski were very clear and efficient, there we didn't need any useless tensions, at all. They works very well, literally. I felt much lighter when I was playing the passages immediately after receiving his advices. We decided to perform the First one on the concert at yesterday, there it became my first solo concert in Berlin finally, just 10 years later of IMEP's all students concert trip in Berlin. The more I played the concerto by Paganini, the more I need to play. The needs for Paganini's concerto are only increasing, with other celebrated historical violin repertories. I wish to have next opportunity as well as this time.

Before and after this Masterclasse with champagne reception after the concert, I also exchanged many musical informations for my further musical connections. We should play in Berlin, when we live in Germany. Fortunately Hamburg isn't enough far from Berlin. The more I seek, the more I gain in Berlin.