You might be confused. I updated my blog in June saying I was busking through Germany, and then suddenly I was on a summer course and tour with the Norwegian Youth Symphony Orchestra. I will give an update on that soon.
Tonight I’m playing with the Norwegian Youth Symphony Orchestra for the last time this year. It’s a summer course that runs every year in the end of July/beginning of August. And then as a winter course around New Years as well. I participated four years ago, but because of work the past years, I haven’t been able to attend again until this year.
Last time I came in for Mahler’s sixth symphony because they were missing string players. The administration had been calling institutions all over the country for recommendations as to who they could try to enroll. My teacher suggested that xthey give me a call.
I came in the last week of the course, fresh off my audition to the conservatory in Tromsø, but hadn’t started yet. I didn’t know anyone, and because I was called in so late, I got the music less than a week before.
Needless to say, I was scared shitless and didn’t enjoy the experience very much.
This year on the other hand, has turned into the best summer in life because of this course! I’ve played a variety of fun and challenging repertoire, toured to Berlin, Aalborg and Oslo. We have been tutored in orchestra playing by professional orchestra players, and I’ve met some truly amazing people.
The two first weeks, we played Bruckner’s fifth symphony conducted by Eliahu Inbal, the Candide suite and the Candide overture by Bernstein, as well as the suite from the movie he scored in (YEAR) On the Water Front, and the third movement of the Gershwin piano concerto, all conducted and Gershwin also played, by Wayne Marshall.
This last week we have toured with Nielsen’s third symphony, a fantastic contemporary piece by Anders Hillborg that you have to check out called Eleven Gates, and six pieces for soprano by Grieg.
This experience has given me a reason to do everything in my power to keep classical music in my life as much as possible. I have also found new inspiration to keep practicing the violin as much as possible.
When I arrived at the course I viewed this as a perfect way to kick loose.
I’m changing focus to vocals and popular music this year, and wanted to something special on the violin. However, it has proven to be so much more. This week is just another proof of how much I love classical music. I always had the intention to continue playing the violin even if I did change to vocals this year, but I wasn’t sure how much I would be able to do.
I’m so glad this course turned into such a fabulous experience. I have met some people who I’m sure will turn into great friends and contacts. I have rediscovered my love for classical music, and gained a teacher in Oslo. All in the short span of three weeks.
And this my friends, is why summer courses are so invaluable. As musicians, we need each other in order to make quality content, and the best way to meet other musicians is when you’re thrown together for a couple weeks.
If you ever have the chance to go to a summer course, don’t hesitate, just do it.
And this is where I repay my amazing Norwegian Youth Sypmhony Orchestra with some free advertising:
The Norwegian Youth Symphony Orchestra is free! No joke: All you have to do is get to Norway, and then accommodation, food, tour and tutoring is all paid for by the state. And to top it off, you can audition over Skype, so there’s no need to fly over for auditions.
Check them out at ungdomssymfonikerne.no
And while you’re at it, check out this video recording from our concert in Berlin konzerthaus:
Hope to see you next summer!