Luis Andrade

Luis Andrade completed a Master’s Degree both in Cello performance and Orchestra Conducting from Kiev Conservatorium (Ukraine) and later in Maastricht Conservatorium (Holland).   He’s gained not only his full musical education but also the learning of the language, having friends from all sorts of nationalities, and getting to know their national costumes and what these countries have to offer in their culture.

 

WHAT OBSTACLES HAVE YOU OVERCOME TO GET WHERE YOU ARE TODAY, BOTH PROFESSIONALLY AND PERSONALLY?

I left home at 16 years old to go to a different country (Ukraine) with a completely different culture.  Today I say it is the best thing I did in my life… but it was not easy. Big language barriers, the weather was different, the food was different. I had to learn very early that nobody will study for me. My Cello teacher made it very clear, either I work or better find another teacher. The amount of people with talent is huge, only that is not enough, it is necessary to work hard.

 

WHAT CAREER SUCCESSES ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF HAVING ACCOMPLISHED?

There a few things I’m proud of… During my Study times, I played 6th Bach Suite as originally written for a 5 string cello, and that was in one of my exams.   I played with 2 different instruments.  One of the other things is having played the complete cycle in one day several times of the Beethoven Sonatas.  It was planned this year to play it again 4 times as a cycle in Belgium, Holland Germany, and Austria, at the moment the concerts are postponed because of Corona, let’s see. Last but not least, the CD I recorded with the Belgium Pianist Lies Colman with Russian and Ukrainian pieces.   A CD that took long to plan but I’m happy with the result.

 

HOW DO YOU SPEND YOUR TIME OUTSIDE OF WORK, INCLUDING HOBBIES, INTERESTS? WHAT WOULD YOU BE IF YOU WERE NOT A PROFESSIONAL MUSICIAN?

I spend time outside work with my family. I love to mountain bike with my 2 oldest kids (the small girl is still too young) and besides that, I like to make photography/time-lapse.  If I would not be a musician I probably would be an archeologist… I like historical mysteries but deeply thinking I could not see myself doing another thing in my life besides music.

 

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