Interview - Silvia Careddu
"When responding to how she reacts to a student who plays in front of her for the first time, Carredu says that since it is a very natural instrument, “even long notes show the approach (…), it can be seen there as someone who is natural or spontaneous and who manages to go elsewhere while playing. That's great. After that, there are people who do a lot of voila, who show a lot of their personality with very virtuoso pieces. So there you have it, you don't see many personalities. You can see it even on two lines, one line or two bars”.
When asked if she tends to play a lot in class, Carredu says she always tries “rather by other means that can stimulate themselves the way to get there. Because there are some who need us to play so that they can copy and copy, sorry, that's not it ”. Beyond sound, she also says that she likes to work with things in life, senses, sensations.
We talk through our ears.
First Prize and the Audience prize at the 56th Concours International de Musique de Genève.
Silvia Careddu made an auspicious start to her career by winning unanimously the First Prize and the Audience prize at the 56th Concours International de Genève.
Following the award, Lorin Maazel invited Silvia to become solo flute of his newly founded Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini. She later joined the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Wiener Symphoniker and the Wiener Philharmoniker-Wiener Staatsoper, as principal flute. In 2012 she became artistic partner of the Kammerakademie Potsdam, winner of the Echo-Preis 2015 (for the category Best German Orchestra). As guest principal flute, Silvia plays with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Sinfonia Grange au Lac. Silvia is a founder member of the Alban Berg Ensemble Wien, flexible chamber music group of virtuoso instrumentalists, that has a concert series at the Brahms-Saal of the Musikverein in Vienna and records for the Deutsche Grammophon. Her presence as soloist and chamber music partner is very demanded in important festivals (Schleswig Holstein, Festival des Arcs, Bürgenstock Festival, Australian National Academy for Music, Festival de Pollenca, Festival de Salon, Musiktage Mondsee, Weggis Galway Festival, Riva del Garda, Hitzacker Festival, Flautissimo, Fukuoka Japan Convention, NFA American Flute Convention, AFE Spanish Flute Convention, Festival de Colmar). Silvia Careddu is Professor at the Conservatoire – Académie Supérieure de Strasbourg HEAR, at the Hochschule für Musik ‘Hanns Eisler’ in Berlin, at the Barenboim-Said Akademie (Berlin) and at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole (Italy) as well. She regularly gives masterclasses in Europe and Asia and has served as juror for the Concours de Genève, the Nicolet International Flute Competition, the Premio Claudio Abbado, the Concours Maxence Larrieu, the Crussell International Competition and the Prague Spring International Music competition.
Silvia Careddu was born in Cagliari (Italy), studied at the Conservatoire de Musique et de Danse de Paris, where she graduated with distinctions. She owes important influences and artistic impulses to A. Nicolet, F. Souchard, R. Ghiani, R. Guiot, E. Pahud and P.-Y. Artaud. With Emmanuel Pahud and Trevor Pinnock she has recorded Trio Sonatas by J. S. Bach for EMI.