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Questions for the Next Finalist of the Young Conductors Award – Christian Baldini

18 APR 2012

published in: Concert

Christian Baldini (Photo: Chris Baad)
The second finalist of the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award is the Argentine Christian Baldini. He will perform at the Felsenreitschule on April 29, 2012 at 11:00 am together with the Munich Radio Orchestra and pianist Alexej Gorlatch. He also took the time to answer some questions about his background and his work.

1) What does it mean for you to be finalist of the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award?
This is a truly exciting experience and I very much look forward to it. I have always dreamed of performing in Salzburg! It is wonderful to be working with such a great orchestra and to share our collaborative work and commitment with the local audience. I am very grateful to be given this opportunity.

2) What comes to your mind when you hear the words: Salzburg and Salzburg Festival?
Tradition and innovation. Salzburg is a place that I have always wanted to visit, since I was a little four year old trying to learn how to play Mozart on the piano. And it is the place where innovation meets tradition in a remarkable way: opera has a central role, with truly extraordinary productions and the world's most celebrated artists. 

3) What is your musical guideline, what drives you in your career? Do you have a role model?
I think integrity is the most important quality that we can strive to achieve and maintain as artists. We must be responsible about our level of commitment and musical excellence, and we must also be responsible towards the work written by living composers, which deserves an important space in the concert halls. As a performer I strive for a good balance between the wonderful music that we inherit from the great masters, and the excellent music that we must support and encourage from our contemporaries.

4) What does music in general mean to you? What do you want to achieve in your life?
Music is an essential part of life, it is the artform that speaks more directly and profoundly to the heart. Whether it is about something mournful, joyful, tender or dramatic, music always conveys something when it is performed with spirit. I would not want to live without music. It is just as important as any of our basic needs as human beings. What do I want to achieve in my life? I would like to look back in many years and hopefully realize that I have managed to make some great music and influence a lot of people in a positive way. There are many different things that I love about music, and I think when one is really passionate about something it is absolutely possible to get more people interested too. 

5) What was your most inspiring experience in your profession?
I have been very fortunate to have been inspired by many people and also by many works of art. When I was a small child, my grandfather told me something that I did not quite fully understand back then, but that has been a true blessing in my career. He said to me "if you have two hours, you can easily waste them or do something very special with them", and that has certainly been an inspiration. He was a very humble and loving man, who had not completed elementary school, yet he was very wise. And I am very hopeful, so I tend to think that the best and most inspiring experience is yet to come!