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Episode 10 – Vykintas Baltakas

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Welcome to Master in Music and Episode nr 10! Before I start the introduction, I like to remind the listeners that Master in music is free to listen to but not to make so every little contribution to making the podcast exist is most welcome you can contribute by go to www.masterinmusic.com and by me a coffee.  Buy me a coffee If you like the podcast, we encourage you to screenshot that you are listening to it and tag Master in Music or aswedishcellist so we can spread musical inspiration through the world and inspire to more music. For today’s episode we are going to meet a living composer, Vykintas Baltakas. He is an intriguing and fascinating composer and conductor. He origins from Lithuania, studied in Karlsruhe with Wolfgang Rihm and Conducting with Andreas Weiss. He has conducted the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Ensemble Modern, and Klangforum Wien.  He has participated in competitions and had amazing results, Peter Eötvös describes him like this: “What is remarkable about Vykintas Baltakas is his own brusque, harsh, very attentive and confident demeanour, his personal musical language, sometimes amusingly brittle, always explorative, always active and professional. His constant development, the versatility of his artistic creativity and his permanently progressive musical stance have encouraged me to nominate him for this prestigious prize.” Conservatorium Maastricht, where he is the composing teacher, describes him as musical Scheherazade. His music keeps pulling you in and referencing itself, sometimes branching off and reinventing itself, and sometimes returning to where it started. He weaves musical stories that are linked with a delicate interconnected web.  Peter Eötvös In this episode we talk about how to compose music. How to find your inner personality, what makes good music and great musicians. What he thinks are the keys to composing. We also talk about

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Episode 9 – Morten Ryelund

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Master in Music listeners! I’d like to take the opportunity to thank all of you for listening to the podcast and liking, sharing and giving me feedback on the pod. We are growing and have listeners from all corners of the world. Thank you so much for being here, it means the world to me to have your support. I make this podcast for free and for every episode there is about one week of full time work for me and my boyfriend who helps with all the editing. So if you like to support and make the podcast better you can now buy me a coffee. It is a service that makes it possible for everyone who likes and have the opportunity to give 3 euros or more to the production of this podcast. A huge thank you to all that already gave me a coffee it will be put to good use and we already have big plans for 2020.  Buy me a coffee To celebrate the holiday season I have of course an amazing Christmas present for everyone! An episode with Morten Ryelund, the man that changed my life and the way I look at music forever. I am honoured to present to you the man that has played a big role in a lot of professional musicians life: the conductor and violinist Morten Ryelund.  He is conducting professional orchestras, playing concerts as a violinist and creating the next generation of top musicians. With his DUEN orchestra (the Danish youth ensemble) which is a group of dedicated young musicians that Morten manages to create a musical level equal to well-known professional orchestras. “Morten is a rare great musical endowment. His insight into and interpretation of the music is always thoroughly worked out,

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Episode 8 – Anton Somers

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Today’s episode is inviting us to the little village of Mersele in Belgium. Next to Antwerpen, the city of diamonds, lies the atelier of Anton Somers. It is a magical place where wood transforms to a singing work of art. Anton Somers, born in 1986, is a young violinmaker with an enormous passion for wood. He studied to become a furniture maker but then one day his family led him into the fine work of instrument making and Anton studied violin making in Antwerpen and now he is a violin maker and a teacher in violin making at the ILSA violin making school in Antwerp. His instruments are sold in Paris at Guy Coquoz or in London at Sean bishop. Anton shares some of his best trade secrets and his passion for varnishes and making different kinds of pigment on the wood in this episode. We also talk about how to take good care of instruments. Anton Somers’ instruments are played on by many great instrumentalists.  You can hear the cellist Wojciech Fudala, playing a live recording of Antonín Dvořák : Rondo in G minor op. 94in this episode. You might know him from the Elisabeth competition in Brussels.  Wojciech also released a new CD with cello and piano music by Mieczyslaw Weinberg (Wajnberg: Sonatas for Cello and Piano; DUX1545). It is a first Polish recording of these works, so that we can’t miss this. But first Episode nr 8, with Anton Somers. Featured Music Anton Somers Facebook Instagram Buy me a coffee

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Rutesheim Special Part 4: Stephan Braun

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Stephan Braun the cellist, composer and jazz artist I am proud to present our first Jazz man in Master in Music – the Podcast. It is Master in Music’s one year birthday and this episode with Stephan Braun is the greatest gift. He is a one man orchestra, who can create music that sounds like a whole jazz band on his single cello. It is just fantastic. He has also won first prize at the international jazz competition with his trio in Bucharest and he has travelled the world playing in the most incredible concert halls like Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Vienna Opera house, Paris Olympia theatre, Rutesheim Cellofestival of course and many, many more, because once you hear this amazing cello phenomena you just want more. Since 2014 he is teaching at the “Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien” in Hannover in Germany and he is giving masterclasses in Rutesheim. He is preforming with different ensembles and one of my favourites is Deep strings which is a cello duo with his amazing wife who sings and plays the cello. After the episode I added extra material with a student from Rutesheim cello festival. Jordan Hamilton who is rapping and playing the cello, is going to give his view of the festival and share some rap on the cello.  Are you ready to discover the extend of what a cello can do? this is the episode. Enjoy! Cello-Akademie-Rutesheim.de StephanBraun.com DeepStrings.de JordanHamiltonMusic.com Jordan Hamilton on Facebook Buy me a coffee

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Episode 7 – Peter Powell

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A musician by training and entrepreneur by accident! Ladies and gentlemen buckle up I give you Peter Powell or Peter Power as I like to call him. Peter is the man that can make your dreams as a musician come true in the sense that he has the knowledge that makes a musician get concerts. Going from studying music to working as one takes more than just musical knowledge. In this episode we talk about how to get concerts from the practice room to the stage and having an audience that listens to you and how to get to play in festivals, we also talk about Team Academy that is the new school model of learning business here in Maastricht and all over the world. We talk about Peters blog where he writes about how to set goals and reach them. Peter gives us some tips and tricks on Facebook management and poster making. This episode contains lots of inspiration and knowledge that we wish we knew when we start our work as a musician. Peter was the man who kicked my butt out of the practice room and in to working as a musician and getting a lot of paid concerts. Now I like to share him with you. Music Recommendations All My Life by yMusic All My Life by yMusic, yMusic is an ensemble of classical musicians who play extremely interesting modern music that’s still catchy and accessible. They’ve collaborated with the likes of St. Vincent, Sufjan Stevens and Bon Over. Which just goes to show what happens when you take classical music out of it’s stuffy little box. Vivaldi Spring 3 Recomposed by Max Richter Literally Vivaldi’s four seasons recomposed, which just opens up a whole new audience and realm of possibilities for this amazing music that’s been

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Rutesheim Special Part 3: Jakob Spahn

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Jakob Spahn: the young Solo cellist of the Bavarian State Opera, the Zlatan of the cello. He has won awards and travelled the world sharing his music and now he is a welcome guest in Master in Music. Jakob is smart, charming and creative. With his new CD recording of Gulda cello concerto, he brings classical music to the next technical level with a innovative 3D recording. He tells us how an app is on the way where you can zoom in and listen closer to the different instruments in the orchestra, and as you zoom the sound of that instrument gets louder. Pretty awesome! In this episode he also gives us his best advice in how to win an orchestra audition, what the difference is between winning that job or not. If you want to learn more from Jakob apply for this year’s masterclass in audition training at Rutesheim Cello Akademie, the highlight of the autumn. You also have the chance to win his new CD with his autograph by sharing the post of this episode on Facebook and tagging a friend that should listen to the episode. You find the post on Master in Music the facebook page. Now I wish you all a fantastic day. Cello-Akademie-Rutesheim.de Tchaikovsky & Gulda: Cello Concertos – Apple Music Tchaikovsky & Gulda: Cello Concertos – Spotify Jakob Spahn – Bayerische Staatsoper

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Episode 6 – Petronella Torin

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In this episode of Master in Music we reveal the women behind the microphone, Petronella Torin. It is an interview where our own Podcaster get to answer questions instead of asking them. We talk about why she is making this podcast, how to start a company and how to get on the first page in the news papers and sell nineteen concerts in less than ten days. She is a Musician, Podcaster and Teacher and here are some of her tips on living a musicians life. Who is interviewing, you wonder, since Petronella is being interviewed? Wiekie Stouten. She wrote to Master in Music and asked if she could interview Petronella and naturally, we said yes and why not make an episode out of it. Wiekie is currently making her first Master in Solo Singing at the Conservatorium in Tilburg as a Mezzo-Soprano. She has her first Master exam concert the 6th of June at 12.00 o’clock, singing an Opera of Janacek, Tillburg Conservatorium, Room A0016. wiekiestouten.com swedishcellist.com

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Rutesheim Special – Part 2: Claudio Bohórquez

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I hope you are doing well and I’d like to say thank you all for listening. It is a pleasure to see that the Master in Music podcast is reaching ears all over the world. Thank you for listening and please, if you want to share something or give me some tips on which guests to interview or feedback don’t hesitate to write me on my website or Facebook, A Swedish Cellist Petronella Torin. Today I present for you the second amazing episode from Rutesheim special. Rutesheim is a village in Germany where the Rutesheim cello festival is taking place every autumn right around my birthday. The applications have just been open for this year’s festival and what better way to celebrate this, than an interview from one of the eminent professors, Claudio Bohórquez. He is a soloist, a chamber musician, teacher and very good at table tennis. One of Rutesheim’s champions if you ask me. I was very nervous to ask him to participate in the podcast, I mean it is almost to good to be true that he said yes. He is not only an awesome cellist, he also has a warm personality. Claudio studied with the legendary cellist Boris Pergamenschikow. On his way to become a great cellist he was successful in a lot of fantastic competitions like the Rostropovich competition in Paris, the Tchaikovsky youth competition and he achieved three awards in the Pablo Casals competition.   A competition that was under the roof of the Kronberg Academy. Marta Casals Istomin presented Claudio Bohórquez with the first prize, a special award for the best chamber music, and also the use of Casals’ Gofriller cello for a period of two years. He also won first prize at the International Music Competition in Geneva, an achievement that started his

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Episode 5 – Eric Dieteren

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Spring has come to the Netherlands!  It is tulips everywhere and I just came home from a rainy Paris where I had the pleasure to play in the centre Wallonia Brussels. I hope where ever you are listening to this podcast, that the winds of spring have reached you as well. In today’s episode, my guest is a man who really loves to work. He started out as a Psychologist and then one day he and his brother, who is a violin player, started an orchestra and bought a church to practise in.

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Rutesheim Special – Part 1: Matthias Trück

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This is an extra episode that I like to add in a special edition: the Rutesheim cello academy edition. I had the pleasure of attending for the second year in a row the “Akademie Rutesheim Cello Festival” in Germany and naturally I took my podcast equipment with me when I had some of the world’s best cellists within my reach. Today’s guest in the Pod is no one else than Matthias Trück, a cellist and the festival leader and founder himself. He is an extraordinary person who has steered this festival for 10 years and built it up from zero to something that I like to call Cello heaven. It is seven days full of great concerts every evening with different constellations of chamber music and orchestral pieces for cello. The days are full of Masterclasses with eight different professors who are super cello stars. I had the pleasure to interview 6 of them and some of the great students attending the festival.  The festival also contains a Music fair with a lot of instrument builders, string companies and much much more. It is everything from Cello orchestra, classical cello to jazz masterclass. I was so happy that Matthias Trück let me interview some of the professors and himself in this interview. Where he tells some of the keys to a great festival, what is important and tips on how to create contacts.   Before we start, I’d like to thank our Partners: A Swedish cellist Student Radio Maastricht Guest partner Rutesheim cello Akademie Now let’s hear some music from Matthias cello quartet Quatrocelli in an arrangement from the quartet itself and after the interview, we can listen to what the students have to say about the festival and to one of the performances from the festival by 13-year-old cello

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