Following the rules of art

Interview with Asya Sorshneva, artistic director at LegeArtis Festival Lech

Asya Sorshneva is one of the most talented violinists of our time. Even as a child the Russian talent impressed numerous juries at musical competitions with her virtuosity. After her training at Tschaikowsky music academy in Moscow she also gained international fame and had performances together with renowned musicians all over the world. Classical, rock and theatre – the violinist is open for everything and likes to experiment with different styles. As artistic director of LegeArtis Festival Lech, Asya is in charge of young musicians. In her interview with La Loupe she speaks about her special relationship with Lech and tells us what her personal highlight at LegeArtis Festival will be. 

L.L. / Ms Sorshneva, you’ve been on stage with famous world stars like Udo Jürgens and Tatyana Grindenko. Do you still get nervous before a concert?

A.S. / Of course I am nervous, but I am also excited. And as soon as I begin to play, these emotions help me focus and become one with the music, which is the underlying principle of a good performance.

L.L. / When you were still a child you won 13 music competitions, one of which was a third place in the renowned Russian youth-Tschaikowsky-competition. Where did your passion for music come from?

A.S. / It was such a long time ago that I cannot clearly say for sure. For as long as I can remember it has been an important part of my life. It came naturally to me and my successes influenced both my passion and my development.

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L.L. / Do you come from a very musical family and would you say the talent was inherited?

A.S. / I was always surrounded by music. Friends and family would perform at home for the fun it, but no one was a professional. This inspired my love and passion for music in general.

L.L. / You studied the violin at Moscow’s Tschaikowsky music academy. Why did you pick this instrument?

A.S. / It was not my choice; it was my mother’s choice when I was merely three years old. I am totally happy with this. On the other hand, I have always studied piano, and after the conservatoire undertook tuition on the viola. Today, I am still interested in learning other instruments.

L.L. / You are the artistic director of the Lech’s LegeArtis Festival. What are your intentions for the festival?

A.S. / It is my intention to create a new platform, and highlight that the Austrian Alps do not only have a winter and a summer season, but also a cultural season filled with a wide variety of flavours both in music and the arts. This has lead to the idea of taking the festival to the cities of Europe in 2016 and 2017, highlighting the cultural importance of the Austrian Alps and Lech in particular to the rest of Europe.

L.L. / You are not only in charge of planning; you will also be on stage. What works will you perform there?

A.S. / At each concert I intend to perform something different.

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L.L. / What makes Lech the perfect location for the festival?

A.S. / There is no doubt Lech is idyllic, time comes to a standstill. Music itself knowns no boundaries and is timeless. They seem to go hand in hand.

L.L. / What is your relationship with this place?

A.S. / Naturally I was attracted by the beauty, yet initially my focus lay on finding the perfect setting for the festival's principles to flourish.

L.L. / This year the LegeArtis Festival will tour different cities. Would you say that after five years it was simply time to make the LegeArtis festival internationally known?

A.S. / Yes this was a natural development.

L.L. / Which city are you looking forward to the most?

A.S. / Each concert is of the utmost importance, too. On the other hand, I am mostly looking forward to Lech as this is the beginning of what I hope to be a beautiful journey!

"Goethes work can and should be perceived as one of the greatest pieces of literature of the German-speaking world.“

L.L. / Goethe’s Faust is a central topic and it is present in the various programme points of this year’s festival. What is it that makes this personality/this work so interesting for the world of music?

A.S. / This work can and should be perceived as one of the greatest pieces of literature of the German-speaking world. However, the time has come to reflect upon the questions posed once more, leaving much scope both for musical interpretation and debate.

L.L. / What are your thoughts and ideas on this personality/work?

A.S. / The subject of Faust and the other characters present in the work, are in essence the possible opinions and solutions to the problems confronted by Faust himself, and in turn each of us. In synergy with the music this provides a new angle from which these notions maybe touched upon and viewed. The subject of Faust and the other characters present in the work, are in essence the possible opinions and solutions to the problems confronted by Faust himself, and in turn each of us. In synergy with the music this provides a new angle from which these notions maybe touched upon and viewed. 

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L.L. / What is your personal festival highlight this year?

A.S. / A personal highlight for me is the competition for young talents. We wish to help find the stars of tomorrow from the region. Who in the future will return and perform at the festival in the years to come.

L.L. / The region of Lech Zürs does attract numerous visitors every year, people looking for a time-out and yearning for relaxation. What music would you recommend for moments of calm?

A.S. / I would recommend mostly listening to music that uses only acoustic instruments, that resonate with the surrounding nature.