Music became an existential need. It is a consolation, a preview of what Heaven is. It colors life, it emphasizes things, transcends everything, feeds our souls, hearts and imaginations. It is one of the most powerful gift God has given to humanity. Seven notes which can express more than a million things, coherently.
If you were not a professional musician, would would you have been?
I really don’t know. I love theology, philosophy, science and all kind of Arts. Maybe a film maker or an author of books. (Even though I doubt my values in those).
The classical music audience is getting old, are you worried about your future?
Certainly not. Classical music is coming back and strongly. We just need to see on YouTube, how popular classical music is! Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, Haydn and so many more are very liked by all kind of different people. If you look at the comment section, most of them are students that need this music to focus on their homework. To me it speaks volume and encourages me.
What do you envision the role of classical music to be in the 21 century? Do you see that there is a transformation of this role?
I think it is relevant to get close to it. Classical music is a solid base for new orchestral directions. It would be a terrible mistake to not have it near to us, in our century — both for the music maker and the listener. J-S Bach learned from Buxtehude and Vivaldi, creating something new, as well as Mozart assimilated the complex counter points from Bach, with his own style. Beethoven studied Mozart and opened the door of the Romantic area. I think that a real transformation is happening since the apparition of Movies, and it will continue to evolve, I hope!
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?
I would say, Cinema, Video games, TVs shows/ Series, those medias are helping a lot the orchestral field to expand and get known in a new way.
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 it needs to be honest. If one wants to make something new, just for making something new, It will die rapidly. It’s while being honest that something new, consistent, can come and stay. Most of the time, we don’t even realize it. I guess Beethoven did not notice that he was bringing a new musical expression to the world, as well as Mozart and Bach. Regarding my role about creativity, well, it can sound weird but I will be fully honest. As said earlier, according to my convictions, music is one of God’s mighty creation, given to mankind. I’m very impressed and respectful to this art. So, before to try to compose anything, I sit down and pray Christ to give me a fair inspiration in order to honor Him and humanity.
Do you think we musicians can do something to attract young generation into the classical music concerts? How will you proceed?
It’s a very difficult question. Somehow, our hearts reacts more to simple melodies. It can be really relevant to play some famous movies’s score that everyone like to listen to. It could be interesting to bring also pieces from Mozart, Vivaldi and others that are more or less easy to understand at a first listen.
Tell us about your creative process. Do you have your favourite piece (written by you) How did you start working on it?
It depends on the contemplation I have. I put my hands on the piano and let them go. It is strange to pick one over all, I see them as musical children made by Christ. To me, He is the maker of those orchestrations, so I love all of them.
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?
It is a wonderful thing. Music has no barriers. I fully support that desire of combination.
Can you give some advice for young people who want to discover classical music for themselves?
I would recommend Hans Zimmer’s work at first. His composition «Time» reached so many different people!
The Adagio from Albinoni can be a great introduction as well!
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?
When Franz de Walsegg commanded a Requiem to Mozart, it’s fair to say it was business, As long as it does not contradicts your ethic, as long as your are doing it with all your heart, and for great causes it’s not bad. I have to add that there are different levels. Selling your music and rights, even your name is not a good thing, One needs the find the right balance, music must always stay noble.
Do you have expectations what regards your listeners, your audience?
I want them to be happy, they mean the world to me. It’s like a big family. A composer is nothing without his audience. I'm grateful to have them in my life!
What projects are coming up? Do you experiment in your projects?
I’m working on my second album for the moment!
Thank you so much for reaching out, it truly touches my heart.