Why are platforms like this important for upcoming musicians, and why should audiences support it?
Platforms like this are unbelievably valuable for performers like myself – the current classical music climate is very challenging because there are so many excellent young artists who not only need to compete with each other for performance opportunities, but also constantly with the more experienced, established artists. All the cuts the artistic sector is experiencing only reduces the number of opportunities out there for us. It’s amazing as a young artist to have the chance to perform in great festivals and venues. We are dependent on festivals, and inherently audiences as well, on choosing to invest in young artists, and I think it can be very exciting for the audience to witness and experience a young artist at the beginning of their career.
What’s the best thing about being a professional musician? And the worst?
The best thing is making music with wonderful friends and colleagues, and the feeling of making something happen on stage that’s really live and different every time. The worst thing is the lack of routine and all the travelling, often without seeing anything more of a place than the concert hall and hotel!
Clearly you’re from a very musical family playing with the Grier Trio with you father Francis, and sister, Indira. Were you always destined to be a musician with it being such a big part of your family? Is your mum musical too?
I started playing when I was 4 years old, so it’s always been a huge part of my life, and I feel very lucky to have been able to make music with my family. But there was always a choice about whether I was to become a musician. My mum is not a musician (she’s an artist and child psychotherapist), which was actually really good for maintaining balance! I was definitely encouraged and from a very young age I was taught the importance of continuity and practising everyday etc. However, I was never forced into it, it was always my decision to pursue a preforming career.
Your dad is a regarded psychoanalyst too – there’s strong links between music and mental well-being, why do you think music is so important in our lives?
I think music gives a us rare chance in life to explore emotions without words, and therefore the possibilities for both the performer and the listener are vast. Music can touch the soul and engage the imagination in such an immediate and indescribable way, and I think this is especially strong with live performance. We live in such a fast pace world, it’s an amazing thing to actually allow oneself the time to be touched by music.
With a talented sister too, does sibling rivalry ever become an issue?
It’s an amazing thing to have a talented sister; we learn from each other, encourage each other, the competition also acts as a force for self-improvement. Of course there are times of tension, but what relationship between sisters is without tension?!
What would you say to audiences new to chamber music to encourage them to give your concert a try?
It’s always good to give something new a try! One of the pieces we’re playing is the 3rd violin sonata by the Rumanian composer Georges Enescu, and it explores many different colours and sounds, and wonderful gipsy influences, it’s worth coming to hear this crazy piece! especially since it’s rarely performed!
Savitri performs as part of the Young Musician series on Sunday 2 July at the Crown Hotel at 11am
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