February's Young Artist: Julia Mirzoev
By: Neapolitan Staff
Young Toronto violinist Julia Mirzoev already has many notable performances and accomplishments under her belt, such as becoming the first prize recipient in the 2016 Canadian Music Competition. The Neapolitan Connection is proud to present her in this season's series of classical concerts, and was very glad to have a few minutes of her time for this online interview:
Q. How old were you when you started playing the violin, and who have been your inspirations?
JM: I was about 2 and a half years old. Many top violinists have been my inspirations...David Oistrakh, Leonid Kogan, Anne-Sophie Mutter (to name a few) and my musical family.
Q. Can you tell us about your most exciting or memorable performance experience?
JM: Definitely performing the Mendelssohn violin concerto with the Toronto Symphony in Roy Thomson Hall.
Q. Which performing artists (past or present would you love to meet?
JM: Maxim Vengerov in the present, or Oistrakh or Heifetz in the past...
Q. If you could spend your life playing one piece of music, what would it be and why?
JM: Anything by Debussy or Ravel for their immeasurable color spectrum, or any of the 4/5/6 Tchaikovsky symphonies. I find the symphonies to be continuous beauty and emotion from beginning to end.
Q. What musical goals do you hope to accomplish in the next 10 years?
JM: I hope to expand my education to the United States and gain a sense of the international music world. Whether it's being in an orchestra or chamber group or playing solo, I'd like to widen and broaden my connections to hopefully transfer me into the professional music world.
Here is Julia playing Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major: