Interview with Florian Eggner

Florian Eggner, cellist of the Eggner Trio, answered some questions for Musica Viva’s e-newsletter Know The Score last year. Read what he had to say about touring Australia and more:

What are you most looking forward to on this tour?

In a musical sense I am looking forward to the beautiful venues and to the wonderful audience we had every time there! (Hope to see you all again!) Also I am looking forward to meet our lovely friends again and to travel to one of the most beautiful countries i have ever seen in my life.

What is it like traveling and working with two brothers?

It is great inspiration! We know each other so well that we are ourselves very good teachers. It is a fantastic feeling to travel with your family especially when you tour such a long time. We have always a piece of our family with us.

Describe your most memorable musical experience.

This was probably at the Musica Viva Festival concert last time when we played Shostakovich Trio. In the audience you could even hear everyone’s breath. This is one of the great moments when you forget everything around you and music is everything that’s left in everyone’s mind. This is one of the moments when thirty minutes feel like five, like in a dream.

The trio was formed when you were all quite young, what was it like when you began making music together?

It was “work in progress”. I was 10 or 11 years old, I think you can imagine how this ended up. We all had to find our place in the trio and these years when we were young were extremely important. We learned a lot how to communicate and how to end a rehearsal without having a bleeding nose. To be serious it was not so spectacular but we learned a lot about ourselves and about each other. I think this is necessary to know your musical sparring partner to improve yourself all the time. Music should always be in progress.

Describe your first music teacher?

My first music teacher is still a very good friend of mine. He supported me and was always a helping hand especially when I was young and struggled with the Cello. I take this possibility to say: Thank you Thomas.

What advice would you give aspiring musicians?

First of all “always follow your dreams”. This really sounds like a cheap Hollywood movie but it is in fact the alpha of the omega. When you find out what you really wanna do in your musical life you have to invest a lot of energy, time and money. As a result you get back so much from the audience that you can go on again. So if you really know what you want then you can start investing your life for it. That’s passion.

What music do you have on your iPod?

Please don’t laugh, I don’t have an iPod but if I had one I would put the following pieces on it, just to mention a few:
George Duke: Face the music
Schubert: Death and the Maiden
Tribal Tech: The big wave
Mozart: Requiem
Chick Corea: Spain
Beethoven: Eroica
Keith Jarret: The Cologne concert
Shostakovich: Piano trio in E-minor.

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