Violinist Christina Åstrand started her education at Royal Jutland Music Conservatory in Denmark at the age of 13 and won the position as concertmaster of the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra at the age of 22. This is a position she still holds. She is a frequent soloist with the leading Scandinavian orchestras and has recorded and premiered several violin concertos. Her CD recording of Ligeti’s and Per Nørgård’s violin concertos with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and Thomas Dausgaard won her the distinguished French Diapason d’Or award in 2001. More about Christina here.
Interviewed by conductor Jukka Iisakkila, Christina talks about what many musicians are looking for in a conductor, the differences between spoken instructions versus physical instructions, the importance of the conductor’s technical skills and the conductor’s role when there’s a soloist present.
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