Kormuth to perform in Kloof

2017-09-26 06:00
Photo: SuppliedFilip Kormuth will perform at Our Of Lady Mercy Catholic Church 70 Old Main Road Kloof at 7pm.

Photo: SuppliedFilip Kormuth will perform at Our Of Lady Mercy Catholic Church 70 Old Main Road Kloof at 7pm.

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HILLCREST Fever reporter Kalisha Naicker chatted to pianist Filip Kormuth ahead of his performance on September 22, at Our of Lady Mercy Catholic Church, 70 Old Main Road, Kloof at 7pm.

KN: When did you start playing piano and why?

FK: I started playing at the age of eight. I begged my mother to buy me a piano until she did.

KN: If you hadn't chosen music what would you doing now? 

FK: Before I fell in love with music I wanted to be a wildlife researcher, possibly a zoologist. 

KN: What or who was your biggest influence­ as an artist?

FK: It is hard to give one name, Sviatoslav­ Richer comes to mind as a grand master of piano. As with composition, I have been under much influence of the Russian and Slovak, Hungarian romantic and expresionistic masters.

KN: What's your view on the current classical music scene?

FK: It is suffering at this moment. Unfortunately, that can be said about all artistic and even traditional music - jazz and many genres of folk music included. We have been flooded by commercial imports. It is music where everything is automated, computerised (even voices), music that lacks memorable melodies. There so much beauty around us, but we have become blind to it.
I think so much about how to make people see this. I haven't got the formula yet. 

KN: What constitutes a good performance?

FK: It is a performance of solid craftsmanship that comes from the deepest corners of the artist’s soul. 
Generally, if the musician has a solid grasp of their instrument they believe in what they have to ‘say’ to the audience, and they love giving of themselves. The audience will feel it and something miraculous happens. 

KN : Do you have role models?

FK: I try hard to be a follower of Christ, so Jesus is the first name that comes to mind. I have had few artistic role models, Richter probably tops the lists as a pianist.

KN: Tell us about your next performance?

FK: I have chosen to play a selection from Mendelssohn's Songs without Word. These are incredible poetic pieces with melodies of unparalleled beauty. I will also play other romantic composers as interludes, including some of my own compositions.

KN:  Why should people attend?

FK:  Do you wish to hear beauty, feel beauty and have your very essence of being uplifted by that beauty?
If you are inclined to say yes, then please join me and let us all be uplifted by beautiful music together.

 

 

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