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“It was probably the loveliest concert week of my life”: Interview in Musikfreunde


Petr Popelka has been interviewed in Musikfreunde, the magazine of the Wiener Konzertverein, ahead of his first season as Chief Conductor of the Wiener Symphoniker. In the interview, he speaks about his route into classical music, and his lightning success as a conductor, following ten years as a double bassist.

Speaking about the week his chief conductorship was announced:

“It was probably the loveliest week of concerts in my life to date. The orchestra welcomed me with such openness. From the very beginning I felt incredibly comfortable. When you are so warmly welcomed, you feel a lot more confident, and come out of your shell a lot more. In any case, we had two completely different concerts, each very well put together. That was also a special experience – that you can arrive at a goal in various ways, as it were.”

[Original: “Das war die wohl schönste Konzertwoche in meinem bisherigen Leben. Das Orchester hat mich mit großer Offenheit aufgenommen. Ich fühlte mich von Anfang an unglaublich wohl. Wenn man so herzlich empfangen wird, dann traut man sich auch gleich viel mehr, geht viel mehr aus sich heraus. Wir hatten jedenfalls zwei komplett unterschiedliche Konzerte, beide für sich sehr stimmig. Auch das war eine besondere Erfahrung – dass man sozusagen auf unterschiedlichen Wegen zum Ziel kommt.”]

You can read the full magazine (in German) here.

Musikfreunde cover | Petr Popelka