Interview - Mihaela Martin
"It is interesting how, during the interview, Martin recognizes why music should be made, what the claims of young musicians are sometimes, and about her role as a teacher: “it is necessary to have during education and I find that when you are, you are responsible for the education of young people, a young person to help them, to find the path that is made for them. And the goal is to be happy, to be happy with what we do. And I think music in general is something you can't always explain how it's made, but it can make people very happy ”.
Near the end, Martin shares a reflection on the performance: “there is always a story in every piece I play, in every symphony I listen to. There is a story. You have to have a story, you have to tell something, that there is a beginning, that there is a prologue, that has an epilogue that has ”.
...we don't make music to be famous or to have money, we make music because we can't live without it and that, I think it's not always obvious because a lot of young people, they dream of a solo career.
Won second prize in the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, which was followed by further main prizes in Montreal, Sion and Brussels.
The Romanian-born artist Mihaela Martin is one of the most outstanding violin virtuosos of her generation.
Her father gave her her first violin lessons when she was five years old. She later studied with Stefan Gheorghiu, a pupil of George Enescu and David Oistrakh. At the age of 19, Mihaela Martin won second prize in the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, which was followed by further main prizes in Montreal, Sion and Brussels. Being awarded first prize in the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis launched her international career.
She has performed with leading orchestras such as the BBC Symphony, the Royal Philharmonic and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. She has worked with conductors such as Kurt Masur, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Charles Dutoit and Neeme Järvi. In the past season Mihaela Martin not only performed as a soloist but also appeared at chamber music festivals in Italy, Norway, the United Kingdom, France, Israel, Germany, Greece, Romania and Switzerland. Together with Daniel Austrich, Nobuko Imai and Frans Helmserson, she is a permanent member of the Michelangelo String Quartet, which she helped to found in 2003.
Mihaela Martin is a professor at University of Music in Cologne and at the Haute Ecole de Musique in Geneva and gives masterclasses throughout the world.
She is a regular jury member at important international competitions such as the Queen Elisabeth (Belgium), Indianapolis (USA), Enescu (Romania) and Tchaikovsky (Russia).
Mihaela Martin plays a violin by J G Guadagnini that dates from 1748. She teaches at the Académie musicale de Villecroze in 2014 and 2020.