Barbara Doll, German violinist:
“I have known students who went to Europe to perfect their skills after attending this course”
The violin teacher emphasizes the importance of perfecting one’s skills and promoting chamber music.
Barbara Doll, German violinist
“I have met students who went to Europe to study after this course”
– The violin teacher talks about the importance of further education and the promotion of chamber music.
Barbara Doll is a frequent performer on the international music scene as a soloist and chamber musician. Since 2014, she has been a violin professor at the Academy of Music in Basel, Switzerland. She has performed in venues such as Wigmore Hall and Barbican in London, Berlin Philharmonic, Gasteig in Munich, and National Auditorium in Madrid. Passionate about chamber music, she is a regular guest at chamber music festivals such as the Schleswig Holstein Festival, Steven Isserlis Prussia Cove Chamber Music Festival, and Ravinia Festival, among others. Her performances of both conventional and lesser-known repertoire have been internationally acclaimed for their personal and authentic approach. We spoke to the teacher during her visit as a lecturer at the Masterclass in Chamber Music held in February at Teatro del Lago.
What is the importance of chamber music?
Whether you are going to be an orchestral musician, a soloist, or a teacher, chamber music is the heart, the centre of playing together, of communicating. The most amazing compositions have been written for chamber music: Haydn, Beethoven, and Schubert, piano trios – they are the most amazing miracles we have!
Why do you think the Masterclass in Chamber Music held at Teatro del Lago is relevant?
I think it’s very important not only because the place is beautiful and has all the facilities, but also because it’s important for students from South America to come and take advantage of this special place, its special energy. Here, you can really concentrate and work on things that you wouldn’t be able to do otherwise, so focused. Speaking for myself, I have known students who went to Europe to study after attending this course. The most beautiful thing is for them to come back to Chile and bring what they learned in Europe as professionals. I think these courses are a very good opportunity to meet musicians from all over the world.
Did you know that Teatro del Lago has a School of the Arts? What do you think of this theatre-school fusion?
Of course, I think it’s fantastic. In fact, in Basel, I met Pedro Pablo Álvarez, who was a student of lyrical singing at the School of the Arts at Teatro del Lago and is now continuing his studies at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland. That’s amazing; it’s one of the most renowned places in Europe to study the repertoire of ancient music. I think very good opportunities are provided here.