Louise shares her passion about modern classical music and how she creates something that flows and sounds touching.
For me, music is all about how it affects my emotions. I love haunting melodies and beautiful melodies. I love how the music can tell a story through emotions. For me, this is everything.
Do you agree that music is all about fantasy?
I think music can be an escapism and take you to another world, maybe relaxation,contemplation,sadness or happiness. So, whatever style of music we choose to get lost in, it's up to the individual upon how it makes them feel. Feelings and emotions are what its all about. What feels good to someone, may not feel good to another. It's all about personal preference.
If you were not a professional musician, what would you have been?
I would have been a teacher. I love to help others learn.
The classical music audience is getting old, are you worried about your future?
Not really, no. The way I write is through touching pieces and my melodies really have a way of bringing emotions or thoughts out. So, I don't think anyone will be too old for that.
What do you envision the role of classical music to be in the 21st century? Do you see that there is a transformation of this role?
I feel that sometimes people are not always interested in heavy duty works, music that sounds all over the place. I feel that modern classical music has so much to offer and it's something a lot of people are drawn to. I've heard many modern pieces over the past few years and I think composers are leaning towards that way of writing. I've been writing modern classical since 2012.
When I say that classical music is searching for new ways or that the classical music is getting a new face, what would come to your mind?
For me, like I said previously, it's about stepping away from heavy works and having a more lighter feel to the music. So it becomes more enjoyable to play and easier listening. Sometimes, it's also about the silence between the notes and the anticipation of what note is coming next and drifting into a beautiful melody.
Do you think that the classical musician today needs to be more creative? Whats the role of creativity in the musical process for you?
I think so yes. Mainly because it's not so much about creating dissonant music, that's easy. But to create something that flows and sounds touching, is much harder I feel. For me, harmony and melody are one. I sit down and start to create something I would want to hear and play and then build on that. It doesn't take long for me to create a beautiful melody.
Do you think we musicians can do something to attract young generation into the classical music concerts? How will you proceed?
I think as long as music affects ones feelings, I think it would be very easy to attract a younger audience. When I've played to younger children in my family and I ask them how did my music make them feel, they would say either happy or sad. So, I think right there is the answer. Music has a massive impact on our emotions and that is the way forward with any age.
Tell us about your creative process. Do you have your favourite piece (written by you) How did you start working on it?
My creative process is based on thoughts and feelings and what emotions would best suit what key. My favourite piece I have written is called A Shadow, in Ab Major. Very often, I know exactly what to write and where to take the melody. I just knew I wanted to write in this key and to make it feel very sombre, but with hope coming through. A little bit of light shining through the darkness, hence why I called it 'A Shadow' It took about 3 months to complete.
We, Moving Classics TV, love the combination of classical music with different disciplines: music and painting, music and cinematography, music and digital art, music and poetry. What do you think about these combinations?
Well, music can evoke any kind of emotion when one is watching film, looking at a painting or some other kind of art work and poetry. Music is a powerful thing to have alongside other arts. It can make words and pictures come to life so much more.
Can you give some advice for young people who want to discover classical music for themselves?
I always think go with what you personally love to listen to. What the next person likes, may not always be for you. So find something you love and that will in turn help you discover more of that music you've come to love. That's what I done and i've come across so many amazing pieces.
Now it is common practice in the media to talk that the classical music is getting into the consumption business, do you agree? We are speaking about the supply and demand rules and how to sell your ''product'' in your case your compositions. How do you see it?
There is a demand out there for pianists to want to play modern classical, as I have seen with my work that I sell online. I have many many prints worldwide and I've had some amazing feedback from a musician and composer from America who enjoys my pieces.
Do you have expectations what regards your listeners, your audience?
Only that they enjoy what i've written. To have prints on my music is a great feeling. To know other pianists feel the same with regards to wanting to learn modern classical, relaxing music is brilliant. And to know that so many pianists are looking for what i've written makes it all worth while.
What projects are coming up? Do you experiment in your projects?
I've just written a Prelude, my first one, which took me just a couple of days to write as I knew how I wanted it. I've written a Waltz too. Altogether i've written 36 pieces. For me, I know what I want to write and what emotions I want to portray in my music and I'm thrilled that other pianists who play my pieces feel the same.