BBC Music Magazine
Three to look out for…
Gábor Káli Conductor
Born: Budapest, Hungary Career highlight:
This year I won two international conducting competitions – one in Hong Kong and one at the Salzburg Festival. The concerts in both final rounds were unforgettable musical moments. Musical hero: When I was a child I wanted to play the piano like András Schiff and conduct like Ferenc Fricsay. Nowadays I let these extraordinary artists from the past and present inspire me, but I am developing my own style.
Dream concert: I’d perform Bach, Beethoven and Shostakovich and it’d be staged in a Greek amphitheatre, because that is the ultimate historical venue for art.
Liya Petrova Violinist
Born: Sofia, Bulgaria Career highlight: Winning first prize at the Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition in Odense, which led to the release of my debut album with the Odense Symphony Orchestra and Kristiina Poska. Musical hero: I admire all musicians that keep their identity, develop their personal voice and stay true to themselves on their musical journey.
Dream concert: A live performance in which everyone – players and audience alike – are able to focus on the emotions and characters in the music, and are touched by what they hear.
Aysedeniz Gokcin Pianist
Born: Ankara, Turkey Career highlight: It has been liberating to finally create music that isn’t based on anyone else’s compositions. Next year I’m performing an alloriginal programme at Burning Man festival in Nevada, which will probably be a major highlight!
Musical hero: Pianist Martha Argerich has so much passion and technical brilliance, as well as such a strong character. Living the life of a rock star classical musician as a woman is not easy, especially with kids. It’s important for female performers to show that it is possible to be a mother, live a free life and be successful.
Dream concert: I’d love to perform with Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters, with a few Lisztian solos thrown in!