violins for peace
I love music. It's my life, no doubt, always has been.
Travelling around and playing concerts for different audiences all over the world has been what I do ever since I was a teenager. I thought that was it, thought I had found something fulfilling and meaningful and considered myself very lucky. All this got taken away from me, though, during these past months during which the world got hit by COVID-19.
The world fell silent; all of a sudden there was no music anymore.
That was when my perspectives started shifting.
What is it that music is good for, I thought? Do we classical musicians all just live in a gigantic bubble, dependent on fancy attire and sponsors, general society simply showing a lack of interest to sufficiently fund our profession? Who do we play for, what do we really leave behind for future generations apart from just another recording of Beethoven 5ths Symphony?
I had been thinking about starting my own recital series, not entirely sure which direction I wanted everything to be headed towards to. Was all of this just going to be an entirely selfish thing? Privileged audiences listening to me, the just as privileged classical musician?
Waiting to check in at Zurich airport things all of a sudden became very clear to me.
What if I used my concerts, used my ability to make people pay to listen to my music to do some good in return?
That's when the idea of Violins for Peace was born.
My vision is to combine and tackle two problems at the same time, that couldn't be further apart.
There is kids on the one side, who weren't as lucky as I was to born in a first world country, with loving parents who supported them along their way to have a fulfilled childhood. And then there is classical musician these days, whom I count myself to, struggling tremendously with their mental health, caused by general trauma, the current situation and an overall very high pressure, any musician has to cope with.
Why not offer mental health support, quick and accessible online to those who need it most, and then continue working with the same musicians to travel to their world countries and bring some carefree and joyful moments to kids who haven't been so lucky so far?
play. educate. shape the future.
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