“The first gig at 5 years old. I know what loneliness is, and now I teach musicians not to neglect feelings »- Corriere.it

from Ellaria Gaspari

A world-famous pianist, he created a laboratory to help young people. “The artist’s journey requires tremendous dedication, for passion is everything, and the whole body is accustomed to playing.” On the illness of his partner, writer Alessandro Barrico: “I was overwhelmed with unexpected pain.”

Gloria Campanier is a world famous pianist. His next album, dedicated to Beethoven (recorded with the Canova Orchestra conducted by Enrico Saverio Pagano) is to be released by Sony Music soon. On March 5, after playing in the Senate at a Rai1 live event, He spoke of the truth, that we should allow ourselves, “to be afraid”. Campanier has been playing since the age of four, and since she became a pianist she is today, Invented C# / SeeSharp: a workshop that helps young musicians not to neglect their love lives. But it is not intended only for pupils and pupils of conservatories: there will be meetings open to a heterogeneous audience, to anyone who has a desire to explore the pleasure of art. Campaner told me that his dream is to “show the amount of art exhibited, and make it accessible to the public”, as he will do in June with the festival he organized in Villa Carlotta, Eid! : Three days of meetings and lessons immersed in nature, on Lake Como.

Like athletes, musicians are called to cultivate a firmness on the boundaries of fidelity. Does the need to deal with emotions come from your experience?

“It is good to associate music with joy: for me, as a child, it was so. But the artist’s journey–the study, the sacrifice needed to find one’s voice…–requires tremendous dedication. And passion is everything, when you try to express yourself through something, after Everything, is just vibrating air. The playing of the whole body is used, because the vibration of the music comes from there: it is a daily search, the virtuous repetition of the gesture. But if you do not treat your emotional life in the course of this research as you heal a plant, the emotions overwhelm you. Enjoy A musician has many opportunities to appear on stage, so she understands more easily than others how life is like theater.As an artist, she is more vulnerable: I started playing when I was not four years old, at five I won the first competition and did my first concert, alone in front of Audience – and I didn’t even go to primary school! I didn’t know how to write, I just read notes.”

When did you start, have you been playing a game?

“To begin with, yes: play and play are the same word in many languages, it is one of the greatest beauties of music. But you quickly realize that talent is something that puts you across boundaries. I took the first music lessons with my neighbor, we were three years old and we were inseparable friends: she did not want to go to music school, and I could not wait. The teacher of that small school became my first piano teacher. She insisted that I go on because she noticed something: This thing, which we call talent, is just a tendency that we are more inclined than anyone else in a particular activity… . I was so young that I didn’t even notice. But, beyond the limits of talent, what about everything else? From all that life, how do you feel? Nurturing talent is important; But I find it also important to remember that I am one, and that I take responsibility for each person. Otherwise, life is what you choose for us. For example, try to cross your arms: which one to wear? “

the left.

“Me too! And do the opposite – try it! – How hard is that? It’s just one example of a bodily habit, but it’s important to notice things. How many things are we not aware of, because we are all looking forward, always forward?” SeeSharp means Seeing beyond, seeing clearly … but it’s also a growing note. C#, or C sharp: a shifting tone up, and all that tension is beautiful and useful to me.”

Was there a time during your growth when you realized how difficult your talent is?

“Playing a concert-level instrument, making it your own life, and not a hobby, requires not only many hours of study: it is a kind of competitive physical training, in which every muscle is involved. Almost an aerobic exercise. Although I always tried to commit myself to school, the biggest commitment for me was always what the music required of me: memorizing pages and grades pages, controlling the slightest movement. The role of the interpreter is very important, it allows people to hear music; But you have to remember that it is not of your making, that you are the medium. You have to put yourself at the service of music that someone else has written: a form of devotion, indeed.

“The problem is the perfection that everyone expects, adapt from recordings, from recordings: but at the stage it is different”

What kind of relationship develops between the performer and the composer?

«A sense of closeness arises, even physical: the study of the artist’s work, when it requires a lot of time, a lot of energy and accuracy, allows you to feel it, almost see it; You are breathing and you have a tasting sense of air as he must have perceived. To stay for years–years made up of months, and days, but above all many hours which add up–to connect with music that someone else has written means to come close to that person, always shortening the distance between what he hoped–maybe–to transcend, and the world: for you are in those The moment is a bridge, and in music you can not lie about anything. In life we ​​can hide, but what you play is truer than any sentence you can say or not say. To make music written by others come alive, you have to let it pass through you: making it different from the way Chopin or Beethoven played it while composing it; Also different from the way others/others engraved it. As a translator, you put everything at the disposal of the music: all your subtle thoughts, even the tendons that are the extension of your arm, and your muscles. Think of the piano used in the tests: many hands play it, and you hear a different sound each time, even if the room remains the same, the piano is the same. It is the sound that changes: according to the way it is touched, how it is felt, and how he perceives it even before it begins.”

He seems to be a very open person to me. How do you deal with the unit your job requires?

“I have spent an unlimited amount of time on my own, since I was a child, but by nature, in fact, I am very open, and excited. I have been lucky enough to play in groups on occasion, to tour with other musicians: but when you are a soloist , loneliness is already there, in the name. It is also written in the dressing room: the soloist’s locker room. I think, in any case, that the fear of loneliness is more dreadful than loneliness itself: because then I am not really alone, I am with my thoughts, my life , my body, my imagination … If this happens to you life like mine, you should strive to accept it as quickly as possible, and take advantage of all the moments when you can be with others: perhaps instead of twenty hours spent with my friends, I only spent two, but That time I was looking to live in the best possible way. This training gives you a very important ability to adapt to the world: you learn to be at home where you want to be at home. You can feel at home in an empty hotel room. You feel like you’re on the journey, Inside your life, that you live; in fact, I like living in a hotel, I like that It is always different, because then I realize that I will find a way to feel good in a whole new place: I have my things, which I take everywhere, that make me feel good. And these are all things that come to me, specifically, from loneliness. In solitude you find your space.”

How do you feel about how others look when you play?

“The problem is the perfection that everyone expects, to which everyone is accustomed from recordings, from recordings: but on the stage it is different. A live concert, the most important thing in music, needs an audience: there is no concert without an audience. This is why I feel so exhausted after the concert: I give the audience my all, to the point that sometimes it seems to me that I can hardly breathe, that I even find it difficult to sign an autograph. When I’m playing it’s like I’m isolating myself, I go into a kind of euphoria, which can also be dangerous because the moment comes when you have to go down in the present, and you can go down by making a mistake or losing focus. For a moment, however, the concert is different from the radio, from the broadcast: you are there with those who listen to you. together or together. You are there and you are all that you do, all the smiles that appear, all the tears that you no longer know if they are from joy or pain. You are everything, and everything is a part of that feeling that is transmitted to others, not just from the sounds, but from every little gesture.”

Alessandro Barrico’s companion fell ill: “I had an absolute loss … I tried to quench the strong feelings coming from outside”

His talk of fear struck a lot of strings. He recently faced a major health concern for his partner, Alessandro Barrico, who revealed he had leukemia a few days before he underwent a bone marrow transplant, which appears to have been successful. How does she feel?

“I was overwhelmed by the unexpected pain and utter bewilderment in the face of a loved one’s illness. And it’s not even yours: you are at the mercy of what happens to someone else. A massive emotional discharge. I was off stage, certainly not on stage, but I got a lot of media attention. But This time, there was no performance, it was just a matter of finding a way to be close to the person I love, with all the limitations of his condition exacerbated by the pandemic; It was a wonderful training in waiting and patience. And for pity, even when we were physically apart. I felt With the force and weight of this word–mercy–which trains you to set another rhythm and pace, gently, humbly. I tried to quench the strong feelings that came from without. I had also to distance myself, for a while, from the music, from the excitement that emanates from it, from an exaggerated concentration Sometimes because of the constant repetition of the musical gesture. When I was not needed in the hospital, I allowed myself a few days in the mountains, in the nature, far away. I don’t think I would have been able to bear it all, the fear, the imperfection, the unexpected daily life, if I had not had The light, the Alps, the soul. There I felt Welcome, and I was able to enjoy every little improvement.”

What do you wish in the future?

“I hope to have a good heart: to always remember him, even when weary.”

Apr 24, 2022 (change on Apr 24, 2022 | 10:15 a.m.)

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