New Detail

Ludmil Angelov: " A pianist is really interesting when he manages to transmit emotions "Back

Ludmil AngelovFrom what we have heard so far, what is your opinion of the pianists who are participating in the piano prize?

First, the high level of the contestants for being a first edition. It was a pleasant surprise, I know very well the landscape of international competitions, and so I congratulate the Piano Prize for the quality that has brought together.

What do you think is the reason that has given this circumstance?

The truth is that it is a very difficult recipe. I would say the time of year and the geographical location have influenced, and of course the magnificent auditorium, because it brings together the best conditions for music. Also I would highlight the very intelligent choice of the interpretation program because it eliminates any obstacles that will impede the pianists to show their true personality.

During the semifinal stage, what details you have in mind when rating the contestants?

Above all, professionalism. Always, those who make less mistakes will have more points, but the professional nature must be prove with their style, talent and the transmission of emotions. Music is the language of emotions, and expressing them in the interpretation is where a pianist is really interesting, because it opens the doors for international competitions. So you must always wonder who will be the real artist who will demonstrate these qualities.

Have you found any revelation contestant that highlights significantly?

Yes, precisely because of the high level of competition. There are several that have caused great sensation among the judges, have made a very good impression, and now the situation is very rough, yet it is exciting to watch the competition. In other competitions, it is normal that one pianist comes as a revelation, two at the most, but certainly not as many.

Your companion Leonel Morales pointed out the importance of study and constancy for a pianist, even when they are not motivated, until they provoke a love / hate relationship with the piano. What is your opinion?

Of course we need a lot of hard work, dedication and luck. Luck because the teacher is the most important, and finding the right one is a matter of chance. The first steps in piano are the most important to acquire the skill and technique, and later you learn music, but the professionalism is acquired early in life. That’s why Russian schools were the best for 20 years, for their teaching quality and how they shaped pianists, they make piano become an art for life. So with 10 or 12 they are prepared.

Tell us about your experience with the tours...

They are exhausting, especially on an emotional level. The physical exhaustion is inevitable after many performances, but mostly you suffer at a mental level because of the responsibility and concentration you must maintain. Also, when you finish, you feel a hole, like something is missing. But music always recharges you.

You have also recorded albums, how is the experience?

It is a different activity. The live show is more interesting because it captures a unique moment, and shows the relationship that develops between the audience and the pianist. On the other hand, the study provides more quality and unit to the recording, and you can always repeat something if you do not like, but it is artificial. However, it allows you to listen to missing artists or make your mark for future generations.

A few days ago you said that a bad review does not usually end with the career of a concertist...

Yes, because after all, I am my toughest critic. I think that criticisms doesn´t add anything to the artist so I think it is more important the criticism of the general public. The one that criticize has to know a lot about what he is talking and has to learn to take the place of the pianist to be near the reality of the artist. But critics like that no longer exist, like Schuman, Tchaikovsky or Debussy.