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                                        田润德 翻译整理 文/图 2017-03-14  16:26



  艾斯特·阿布拉米 (Esther Abrami(1996~)      
  Artist Interview: Violinist Esther Abrami
February 7, 2017

On February 1, 2017, I interviewed violinist Esther Abrami. She was at her home in London. I was in the San Francisco Bay Area, about 5400 miles away. I’m separating the interview into two posts and in this first one, we cover her upbringing, her teachers, and her wonderful violin. It was a very enjoyable conversation!
HZ: Did you grow up in a musical family?

EA: My parents love music, but I did not grow up in a musical environment. However, my grandmother is a violinist, living in France.

HZ: How wonderful for you that your grandmother also plays the violin. Did you see her often as you were growing up?

EA: I don’t see her very often unfortunately, but I always love calling her and telling her all about my up coming concerts and the pieces I am practicing.

HZ: What performances are coming up for you?

EA: I am doing some recording in the U.K. and in France. And in June, I am going to perform Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at the Waterloo Festival, which takes place at Saint Jones Church. In the second half of this concert, I will lead the Blackfriars Camerata orchestra from the concertmaster’s chair in Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony. The date of the concert is June 10th.

For the Four Seasons, the date is already up on the Blackfriars Camerata website. It will be on the 10th of June at Saint Jones Church in Waterloo, London.

HZ: Please tell me about your violin; I understand that it was crafted by Carlo Giuseppe Testore.

(aside) Carlo Guiseeppe Testore was born in 1625 and crafted instruments in his workshop in Milan in the early 1700’s. Esther’s violin is more than 300 years old.
EA: Some years ago I went to several shops, as I began to look for a new instrument. At one of the shops I was handed an instrument, and I did not know who the maker was. After playing this violin for two minutes, I said to myself “This is my violin”. I found a connection with it. I have owned it for about five years. I purchased it in Amsterdam.

HZ: From your own Web site, I learned that you participated in a Master Class with violinist Shmuel Ashkenasi. Would you share with me and with my readers how that experience was for you?

(aside) Shumel Ashkenasi is a music teacher I’m familiar with and have seen his work in videos online and I was interested in how Esther’s experience was with him.

EA: Yes… it was a 1-1 session, and it lasted about 45 minutes. He gave me some helpful technical insights on my performance of the Faure violin Sonata. He showed me how he would play it.

HZ: Oh, yes… teaching violin is a very complex skill. Back in the day of Heifetz, there also was just one way of playing (the right way, the way the teacher would play it). Later, however, things changed and as an example, the teacher of Yitzhak Perlman, Dorothy Delay, was always interested in how the student might bring new and exciting interpretations to the music …

EA: Yes, exactly. My teacher now is Leonid Kerbel, and I have my violin lessons at the Royal college of Music. We always discuss the music that I am working on. And I find that this type of teaching can lead to my being completely inspired.

HZ: I understand that you also have a career in modeling?

EA: I am a violinist. I am lucky to be able to do some modeling. I have benefited from it; it helped me a lot – especially with yoga… and in other physical ways as a violin player, with my posture, etc.

HZ: Tell me about the orchestra conductors under whose direction you have performed?

EA: It is interesting how important a conductor is. I find that I connect, emotionally, with what a conductor is doing, and the sections of the music that receive their emphasis.

HZ: One of the huge challenges for any performer is the requirement for travel. Have you had to deal with a lot of travel so far in your career?

EA: My travel so far has been mostly in Europe, so it has been reasonable. But I hope to come to the US next year, possibly in an exchange program with the Manhattan School of Music.


In my next post of this interview with Ms Abrami we will talk about Esther’s description of an upcoming concert in which she will perform three compositions for violin alone. This was really interesting. The selections she will perform are by Khachaturian, Prokofiev, and Biber.

So stay tuned to My Classical Notes for the next installment of my enjoyable talk with Esther Abrami.

Here she is on YouTube, performing the brief and humerous Scherzo from Beethoven’s Spring Sonata:




在2017年2月1日,我在5400英里外的旧金山湾区,在伦敦的家中采访了小提琴家艾斯特·阿布拉米。我把采访分成两个部分,第一个部分中,我们介绍了她的成长过程, 第二部分介绍了她的老师和她的美妙的小提琴。这是一次非常愉快的谈话:





我在英国和法国做一些录音。六月,我将在滑铁卢节上表演维瓦尔第的《四季》,滑铁卢节在圣琼斯教堂举行。在这场音乐会的后半段,我将在门德尔松的《苏格兰交响曲》中担任首席小提琴,带领黑修士乐团(Blackfriars Camerata orchestra)。音乐会的日期是6月10日

HZ:请告诉我你的小提琴;我知道它是由Carlo Giuseppe Testore制作的。

(旁白)Carlo Guiseeppe Testore出生于1625年,1700年代早期他在米兰的工作室制作了乐器。以斯帖的小提琴已有300多年的历史。
EA:几年前,当我开始寻找新的乐器时,我去了几家商店。在其中一家商店,我拿到了一个乐器,我不知道这个制造 者是谁。演奏这首小提琴两分钟后,我对自己说:“这是我的小提琴”。我发现它有一个缘分。我拥有它约五年。我在阿姆斯特丹购买了它。

HZ:从你自己的网站上,我了解到你参加了一个小提琴手Shmuel Ashkenasi的大师班。你愿意和我的读者分享你的经历吗?

(旁白)Shumel Ashkenasi是一位我熟悉的音乐老师,他在网上观看过他的视频作品,我对Esther的体验与他的关系感兴趣。


HZ:哦,是的......教小提琴是一项非常复杂的技巧。回到海菲茨的那个时代,也只有一种演奏方式(正确的方式,老师会演奏它的方式)。但后来事情发生了变化,作为一个例子, 伊扎克·帕尔曼老师多罗茜·迪蕾总是对学生如何为音乐带来新的和令人兴奋的解释感兴趣。



EA:我是小提琴手。我很幸运能够做一些模特。我从中受益;它对我有很大的帮助 - 特别是在瑜伽方面......以及其他身体方面的小提琴演奏者,以及我的姿势等等。



HZ:任何表演者面临的巨大挑战之一就是对旅行的要求。 在职业生涯中,你是否需要处理很多旅行?



在我接下来对接受采访的阿布拉米女士说,我们会谈谈以斯她对即将到来的演唱会的描述,她将单独演奏三首小提琴作品。 这真的很有趣。 她将要表演的是哈恰图良,普罗科菲耶夫和巴伯的作品。




   Born in France in 1996, Esther graduated from the Aix-en- Provence Conservatoire at the age of 13. She continued her studies at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester where she studied with Jan Repko. In 2015, Esther began her undergraduate degree at the Royal College of Music in London, studying with Leonid Kerbel.

Esther recently took part in masterclasses with musicians such as Shmuel Ashkenasi, Lewis Kaplan and Charlie Siem.

She gave a recital at the British Embassy in Paris, at the annual Rotary charity concert and was awarded the first price at the Vatelot Rampal violin competition as well as receiving the Honorable mention at the Rising stars Grandprix competition in Germany.

As a chamber musician Esther is part of a quartet that has been invited to the Wigmore Hall Learning National Young String Quartet Weekend.
  艾斯特·阿布拉米1996年出生于法国,13岁毕业于普罗旺斯地区艾克斯音乐学院。她继续在曼彻斯特Chetham音乐学院学习,并在Jan Repko学习。 2015年,Esther开始了她在伦敦皇家音乐学院的学士学位,并与Leonid Kerbel一起学习。

艾斯特最近参加了音乐家大师班,如Shmuel Ashkenasi,Lewis Kaplan和Charlie Siem。

她在英国驻巴黎大使馆举行了一场独奏音乐会,参加了一年一度的扶轮社慈善音乐会,并在Vatelot Rampal小提琴比赛中获得第一名,并在德国新星Grandprix比赛中获得荣誉奖。



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