Based in Barcelona, Spain, Anna Urpina plays both modern and Baroque violins. She is working on a solo album featuring both instruments, as her audiences are so fascinated by her playing and interpretation. In this interview, she discusses the difference between the two instruments, including construction, playing, and music.
Born in Vic 1988, she pursues her studies in Madrid, University of MadisonWisconsin (US) under prestigious Vartan Manoogian, Royal Conservatory of Brussels under Shirly Laub and Hochschule für Musik of Leipzig under Mariana Sirbu. She has received lessons from Paul Kantor, Eva Graubin, Mimi Zweig, Pinchas Zukerman, Gerard Claret, Natalie Boyarsky, Alexander Kerr, Masao Kawasaki, Serguei Fatkoulin, Latica Honda-Rosenberg, Stephan Picard.
She completes her Early Music studies in France, ESMUC, and Amsterdam Conservatory under supervision Vera Beths, Anne Bylsma, Emilio Moreno, Gilles Colliard, François Fernandez and Fabio Biondi.
WHAT ACTIONS DID YOU TAKE AFTER YOU’VE DECIDED TO BECOME A PROFESSIONAL VIOLINIST?
I decided quite early when I was 14 that I wanted to be a professional musician. I realized that music always has been my passion, and I wanted to work hard to make my passion my real life.
One of the actions I took, was to fly away to the US when I was 17 to study abroad, and this way to discover what was out there, I wanted to learn as much as possible as a human being and as a musician, and I had to open myself to the world in order to get it.
WHAT ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT STRATEGIES FOR PRACTICING THE VIOLIN?
Just be at the moment when you practice, totally focus on what you are doing, and don’t waste time to repeat and repeat with no reason. Is better 1 hour with good practice than 4hours with bad practice.
I like a lot of mental practice, and I think it helps a lot, and sometimes we totally forget about that. We play and play, and sometimes it is much better to sing a line or a phrase inside your heart or a difficult passage, and then when you play it on the violin it works immediately.
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