It’s quite possible that I am naïve to the full enormity of this project – but one thing is for sure, sinking my teeth into these works again is a true treat, and the magnitude of the project is just what I am now needing at this point in my life.
As many of you will know, I left my beloved NZTrio more than 2 years ago. Ready for some new challenges and moving on from one life-dream to another, my husband Marc Taddei and I sold up in Auckland and bought land in Central Otago in order to build our dream home – which was completed in August this year (2019) and we absolutely love it!!
Throughout the 12-month build, I was heavily involved helping with the project management – a role that I absolutely relished. But of course, this role was all consuming, so for a while there, my violin playing took a bit of a back seat, with just a few projects here and there to keep me in the game.
Where to from here?
Taking several steps back from my performing career has proved to be hugely insightful for me. Initially, I put some significant time into articulating my personal performance philosophy, which required me to analyze in detail my whole approach to playing.
As a result of my continual desire to improve and develop through my career to this point, I have made all sorts of mind and body discoveries that have proved to be hugely valuable – and with some extra space to consider ‘where-to-from-here’ I realise that I’m highly motivated to share my knowledge with other performers. Fundamentally I want to help other professionals perform at their best – and most importantly, support them to truly enjoy what they do. Too many have lost that ability.
The time was right for a significant project – so Beethoven 2020 was born.
Beethoven 2020 and ListenFeelPlay
Having already begun my preparation, I am absolutely reveling in the conscious application of my ListenFeelPlay philosophies. I am discovering so much more technical and expressive control as a result and am loving my ability to utilise more physical intelligence and comfort. Quite honestly, I am finding the process to be revelatory.
So, I am planning to regularly share the insights I am gaining from this process, with the hope of inspiring others towards greater expressive power and enjoyment. My plan is to check in weekly with thoughts and discoveries…who knows where this might lead…Super excited!!!