Sunday, 20 December 2009
Wednesday, 9 December 2009
The Music Academy is a thriving centre that offers children and adults the chance to develop their musical education in both Middle-Eastern and Western idioms.
Based in the heart of London, the Chelsea Music Academy is run by a team that includes some of the UK's leading professional musicians and educators. Offering music tuition of the highest quality that is both personalized and innovative in approach.
I was very impressed by the launching of this new academy last night. I had the opportunity to play Bach's Prelude in E Major in a programme that included Middle Easter musicians and musical instruments. There I was, amongst them, playing this piece by Bach written in the 18th Century in Germany. It took almost a century for Bach's Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin to become known to the world but by the time we entered the 19th century they became the challenge and passion of every living violinist and musician.
On the same time or maybe hundreds of years before that, in another part of the world, with completely different cultural background, we have a series of different instruments, some resembling the western ones but others having completely different features. Even the violin is different, the Turkish violin has 5 strings and the tuning is different. This instruments were loved and they played the soul of the people that lived in those countries. The composers and the instrument makers might be individuals we don't know anything about but their music was carried through the ages by these instruments. Everybody talks about the power of music but last night for me was the best example. I do believe that the natural environment of the human soul is music. In the abstract and subconscious land of music we find our deepest truths about ourselves and our existence on this earth.