What is your background in your chosen art form?

I started playing the violin with the Suzuki method when I was four and have since taken up the piano and viola. I enjoy how relaxing playing music is, and how different types of music can cause different emotions. I have played in many orchestras and smaller ensembles and have had the opportunity to play the first movement of Walton’s Viola Concerto with a professional orchestra.

What are you working on ahead of Platform?

I am playing the first movement of Vivaldi’s concerto for four violins with a small string ensemble. I am also playing a violin and guitar duet by Paganini, and playing the viola in two small ensembles performing a piece by Prokofiev and Mozart.

If you are collaborating with other students tell us a bit about the process and how it’s going?

The Vivaldi concerto is a lot to do with refining the style of playing and fitting the music together.

While the groups for Prokofiev and Mozart have not yet met, I am confident we will be able to perform it to a high standard.

Playing the Paganini with Andres is a lot of playing around with different aspects, and figuring out how we want to perform the duet.

Do you find any links between your creativity and your course?

While engineering often requires creativity, I believe the links between it and music are more in the softer skills.

What/Who inspires, influences or drives you?

I am primarily driven to play music through my enjoyment in both playing and listening to music. I enjoy listening to many different genres, but the pieces I like playing most are from the late romantic period and 20th century, as I feel that music from these periods have a lot of feeling in them.

Do you have any other creative pursuits?

My creative pursuits are mainly music focussed, although I do enjoy other forms of art, such as paintings. I find impressionism is especially interesting, both in paintings, and in music.


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I enjoy how relaxing playing music is, and how different types of music can cause different emotions