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Uto Ughi and Alessandro Taverna

Music is passion, sacrifice and resolution

by Alessio Conforti   Two great artists from distant generations. Uto Ughi is one of the main Italian violinists. Alessandro Taverna is a world-renowned pianist. They are the protagonists of the International Music Festival which in these days, in Veneto Orientale, features the most famous orchestras and soloists. We have asked them some questions concerning the career of musicians.  
  • What do you think of music education in Italy today? › AT: I know the world of Conservatories, Academies and Masterclasses, where I studied and where I now work as a teacher. Despite the criticalities of a system that is still evolving through difficulties, I believe that Conservatories still have strong roots, and if former students have become teachers, it means that this system still works. I don’t think that studying abroad is unavoidable: of course, it is an important experience, but we can grow in our Country too, in the right contexts. › UU: In Italy, music education is inadequate. Schools do not teach it to the young, who instead would be glad to get to know great music able to stimulate the mind. This purpose is not achieved, because basic education is lacking. I have been talking about this problem for decades, and I will continue to focus on it, with the hope that music education will be duly considered both at school and outside.
  • What advice would you give to a young soloist who wants to pursue a musical career? › AT: First of all, you have to be patient: I see many young people who are discouraged by the context or because the expected results do not arrive soon, and eventually give up. You have to know how to manage contingencies and keep your dreams alive. And then, don’t be afraid of sacrifices: our profession is tiring. It is not the only one, but surely is more rigorous than others. › UU: It is always difficult to give advice. Everyone has to find the motivation within themselves, and understand their true desires. Young people have strong potential, they often ask the most stimulating questions and raise awareness even among those who are much older than them. However, they often find few cultural stimuli outside, especially along their training path.
  • Besides being great performers, you are both directors of musical events: what does this mean for you? › AT: It means taking a new perspective on music, a new point of view. Thanks to this experience, I feel I can expand my musical horizons and try to relate to the audience: it is important to try to bring people (back) to concerts, to understand what really generates passion. It is like getting off the stage and starting from the beginning. › UU: I organised several festivals in Venice and Rome. I decided to dedicate them to young people with their free admission. Of course, they cannot be forced to become fond of music, but you can teach it to them. Because you can’t love something if you don’t it know well.
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Jesolo journal Aprile 2022

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