This 5 days intensive program was a great opportunity for me with a serious ongoing interest in classical music and followed rigorous but enjoyable schedules of practices and performance in a uniquely supportive environment, blending advanced students destined for careers in performance with aspiring violinists, pianists, and cellist.
This was my first time travelling abroad (Europe) by myself and dive into the place where there are many students who go to either music high schools, or music universities, and since I was the only student who goes to normal international school, I was anxious about myself whether I will be able to express my own music and will be able to play with precision in such tense environment. However, during the seminar, I could receive dynamic instruction from Professor Schneider in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere. Participants in this course were focusing on one or two major works, and in my case, I focused on Mendelssohn Violin Concerto Op. 64 E minor from 1st movement through 3rd movement. By going through each movement, Prof. Schneider have shared many new ideas with me that I had never thought of, which led to myself to feel as I now have so many tools to move forward with. Moreover, I was really glad that he could fix all of my difficult, strange fingerings that I had problems with and each time I had a sense of accomplishment by overcoming whatever obstacles we’ve encountered throughout the movements, as Mendelssohn Concerto is technically advanced piece to play as well.
I was very proud of myself that I could play with better precision and most importantly by heart after these hardships that Prof. Schneider and I had gone through within these 4 lessons. I could improve in technique wise as well since I had 2 hours of lesson every day to the fullest. This course also had given me an opportunity to listen to other violinists, a wide selection of repertoire, outside their individual spheres as they perform, which was another great opportunity for me since I seldom have such chance to hear classical music played by brilliant students. In addition, the last concert was an another great day for me as I was not only combining language and music, but also I’ve got to deal with spatial awareness and be aware of the people around myself. Of course, I could enjoy the feeling of being on stage, look around myself and think of how much energy I will need to fill this amazing Rubinstein hall in Steinway-Haus. Every time I perform, it changes: the atmosphere in the room is different; the people watching me aren't the same. By preparing as much as possible, I believe that I'll have the ability to deal with anything that happens, I'll have more confidence and I’ll enjoy it more. Being in a performance with great was an exhilarating experience.
As it has always been a great dream of mine to study music in Europe even a short time, I was very glad that I really could spend time in Germany where it was an elegant and exquisite country with its lovely view, and beautiful, historic places always fulfilled with classical music. I can't tell how much I appreciated Ms. Zimmer and her family’s kindness in letting me stay at their home while taking this course. It was a delight to see a loving family interact and enjoy each other's company. I couldn't have asked for a more enjoyable time than I had there. Moreover, I would like to say a big thank you for my wonderful piano accompanist who had accompanied me for all of the lessons and Dr. Konaga, and Mr. Asahima who also supported and allowed me to gain valuable experience with guidance and supervision during this course.
The encouragement that I received during this seminar to try to think outside of the box, and to push my boundaries, will keep myself striving to always grow throughout my musical lives.