Interview - Svetlana Makarova
"When delving into Schubert's music, Makarova indicates that he “is such a Cosmos composer (...). It's got everything in it. This music, maybe, was related to the time, when people couldn't express themselves. He couldn't speak, so he tried to find that freedom of expression in music. Perhaps he chose Schubert's works because in this music, as I said, there is everything: there is light, there is regret, there is hope, there is eternal sunshine. And there, a little bit of sadness”.
When talking about competitions, Makarova shares a very interesting point of view, noting that the result is not the final truth: “I encourage my students to take part in competitions in order to make the journey. That's the most important thing because the contest, especially now, is if you win the contest, you think you're better, better than you are. And if you don't win the contest, you think you are not as good as you are. That's good, I say always focused on the path or on the repertoire. Take it as an experience to meet people or see others talking with the great masters, get some feedback”.
Later, she shares her experience as a student of Maya Glezarova, describing her as very kind, and as a teacher who listened to her and didn't impose very strict rules for her, if I have suggested something, as fingerings. It highlights that she really appreciates the personal side of a student. She defines her as a person who knew when to pressure the student, or when it was necessary to give support and inspiration, and to listen, to let the student do it.
Finally, regarding her role as a teacher, she highlights the difficulty of knowing that she has the idea of an ideal sound in her head -which is, perhaps, her own sound- and that it is impossible to find in the student, who has its own sound. Therefore, she says that they work a lot with articulation, with agogic, rhetoric: “it's our right hand that has to possess and has to learn all these little details to express where in the end, my final goal, is to hear something that speaks of the violin. It must sing, yes, but even higher. Talk, talk and talk about something”.
Schubert and Mozart are the most difficult and the most important basis to be able to be autonomous in the future as a musician.
In 1981 she won first prize in the Moscow International Youth Tchaikovsky Competition.
Svetlana Makarova was born in Moscow in 1981. She started to play violin at the age of 5 in a class of Honoured Artist of Russia Ludmila Egorova. At the age of 10 she won the first prize at the Moscow International Youth Tchaikovsky Competition.
Hereafter she won different prizes at numerous state and international competitions. In 2005 Svetlana graduated the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory and in 2008 finished her postgraduated studies with professor M. Glezarova.
Svetlana actively plays and gives concerts as a soloist and as a part of different chamber ensembles. She also made several CD recordings (with pieces of Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Brahms, Shubert, Schönberg) as a soloist and as a member of chamber ensembles. Since 2003 Svetlana is a member of the Verbier Festival Orchestra, and from 2006 – of the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra, where she collaborate with such a great musicians as J. Levine, V. Gergiev, M. T. Thomas, Y. Bashmet, D. Sitkovetsky, M. Vengerov, Y. Temirkanov etc. She takes part in different Festivals such as Verbier Music Festival (Switzerland), Miyazaki Music Festival (Japan), Musical Spring (Moldova), Musical Festival in LA (USA), Eilat Chamber Music Festival (Israel), Festival “Paganiniana” (Italy) etc. In 2005-2008 she was teaching at famous Gnessin’s Music College in Moscow. In 2008 she was invited by Prof. Vernikov to collaborate with him in numerous master classes in Italy, Israel and Austria. From 2008 to 2011 she was co-pricipal in the Orquestra Palau de Les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia (Spain), where principal conductors were Maestri L. Maazel and Z. Mehta. Since 2010 she teaches at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole in Italy. Until 2013 she worked as an Assistant of Prof. Pavel Vernikov at the Haut Ecole de Musique de Lausanne (Site de Sion) in Switzerland and at many Master Classes in Austria, Italy, France, Switzerland and Japan. She also performed as a violinist at many festivals in Austria, Italy, France, Switzerland and Japan.
Since 2014 she works as a Professor for Violin at the Haut Ecole de Musique de Lausanne in Switzerland.
She plays a violin by Nicola Gagliano made in 1738.