Cornelia talks about her upcoming projects, why she loves bringing people together and how to express the emotions through music
For me it's the way to express my emotions and feelings about life. Music can say things words can never say.
Do you agree that music is all about fantasy?
Yes and no. Music can put you into a certain mood, creates atmosphere and emotions. And this special mood you are experiencing while listening to a certain piece of music stimulates your imagination. Songs or other pieces of music which affect me help me to be creative.
So for me music is first of all about emotion and atmosphere and then in a wider sense about imagination, creativity and fantasy.
If you were not a professional musician, what would you have been?
Since I was sixteen, there has never been another option than becoming a musician.
The classical music audience is getting old, are you worried about your future?
The classical music business needs to make changes to attract a younger audience. Sometimes I think classical concerts are too conservative. I'm not worried about my future because I want some things to change, but I am wondering whether theses changes are possible as there are conservative people who do not support more modern ways of presenting classical music.
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?
New ways of presenting classical music are necessary today. I am glad and excited about the new ways and I hope the new face comes soon to convince younger people of the beauty of classical music.
Do you think that the classical musician today needs to be more creative? Whats the role of creativity in the musical process for you?
Playing the piano is my profession and passion. For me it's absolutely important to be creative, for example to improvise and to compose new pieces of music. And I also like to experiment with new forms of teaching music. Besides the usual piano lessons I also offer workshops for classical pianists or students who want to learn to improvise on the piano. During the workshop six people play together and improvise. It is fun but at the same time most of the participants experience music in a new way because they are only used to playing classical pieces. Improvising can be very relaxing and you can express your emotions and thoughts in your own way. Mozart, Beethoven and other composers have been great masters of improvisation.
But also when performing the music of all the great classical composers, you have to be creative to interpret the music in an inspriring way. Who has to bring across the meaning and the feeling of the music to the audience? -It is the musician and he should perform the music in a way that the audience can experience his interpretation. I wanted to become a musician to do exactly this.
That’s why I firmly believe that classical musicians have to be creative to make their audience experience feelings and meaning of the classical music they play.
Do you think we musicians can do something to attract young generation into the classical music concerts? How will you proceed?
First musical education is very important. I think more music lessons in schools, in combination with attending concerts or other musical events, would generate more interest in music. Presently pupils might learn the vita of a classical composer in school without really getting to know his music. Or they are taught to read music but do not play an instrument. What's the point of this?
As a music teacher you have a big responsibility to kindle your students‘ enthusiam and love for classical music.
As a teacher I have decided to let my students choose the music they want to play in addition to classical compositions. If a student has reached the level to play for example the first movement of the "Moonlight Sonata" by Beethoven- I am pretty sure that he or she has fallen in love with classical music forever even if they do not go on performing music themselves.
We need more musical education for every child to awaken their interest in classical music and musical performances. But it's important that tickets for concerts are less expensive than they are now.
Both ideas can only be realised if governments are willing to spend more money on the promotion of classical music.
Tell us about your creative process. Do you have your favourite piece (written by you) ? How did you start working on it?
My favorite piece is "Sonnenaufgang" - "Sunrise". It's one of my first compositions, full of powerful feelings, mixed with a little bit of melancholy. Like all my compositions I created it by improvising.
While sitting at the piano, I start playing whatever comes to my mind. If I like the tune and the idea I keep repeating it. To collect my ideas to develop them further later I have begun taking videos of my improvisations.
In the beginning all my pieces are improvisations. When I have reached the point that I am happy with them, I write them down. For example, my composition "Goodbye" was only an improvisation for a long time. I simply wanted to express my emotions- nothing more. When I wanted to record it, I i wrote it down and now it is one of my composition.
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?
They are fantastic. To be open to art in general is a very important aspect of my work as an artist.
I have performed at events which combined classical music and photography or paintings.
Combining different disciplines is an excellent way of making an impact as an artist. When we can do something beautiful together, we as humans should be able to live in peace, shouldn’t we?
Can you give some advice for young people who want to discover classical music for themselves?
The best way of learning about classical music is starting to learn to play an instrument. Another option is to search for the most famous classical pieces, from there go on and look out for the most famous conductors and performers. They are world famous for a very good reason. YouTube is a very good resource. Investing into CDs is also a good idea because of the quality of the sound. And finally look out for concerts.
Now it is a 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?
While composing my music, the music is the only thing, I'm thinking about. The business aspect is of course also important to sell your songs or tickets for your concerts. Having a good management obviously helps a lot. Earning money is part of everyday life, so we as musicians have to think about how to promote our performances and products and what our business plan should look like.
Do you have expectations what regards your listeners, your audience?
I do not have proper expectations. I simply hope that my audience enjoys my music, can share my emotions and thoughts.
What projects are coming up? Do you experiment in your projects?
Yes, I‘m always experimenting. My next important project is the international "Climatekeys" - project by the composer Lola Perrin. She had the idea that pianists all over the world campaign together to raise awareness for environmental problems. „Climatekeys“ events combine
piano concerts with talks about climate change and climate issues. They will take place in autumn with pianists and speakers all over the world.
For Munich I have managed to organize some additional concerts, so we pianists can draw the attention of our audiences to environmental problems. I hope that the events will attract a huge number of people because they are directed at music lovers and environmentally conscious people. I really like the idea of bringing these people together. Country: