Aimee Vozzo on stage in the 2017 Sydney Eisteddfod. Photo: WinkiPoP Media
Saxophonist Aimee Vozzo, finalist in the 2017 NSW Drs Orchestra Sydney Eisteddfod Instrumental Scholarship, spoke to Sydney Eisteddfod about what inspired her to play the saxophone and what advice she has for young instrumentalists. She also discussed what she's hoping to achieve next.
What inspired you to start playing the Saxophone?
When I was in year 3 the saxophone just spoke to me. When it entered my mind as a child, it left an everlasting impression on me. From then on I insisted that my Mum buy me one and sign me up for music lessons. I am glad that she listened to me and supported my choice.
Tell us about 'Sonata Opus 19 movement II and III' by Paul Creston which you performed in the Final.
This Sonata is highly rhythmic and exciting. The two movements I have chosen are very contrasting from one another and give the listener a chance to see two sides and personalities of the saxophone. The second movement is serene, tranquil and elegant in its phrasing. The beauty of this piece is created by the pure intonation of the saxophone and the vibrato on the long notes, that creates different tone colours and moods. I really enjoy playing this piece and get really into it when I am performing. The Third movement is more upbeat and fast paced. The energy comes from the snappy articulation and dramatic dynamic changes. I love to play this to an audience as they can appreciate the interesting harmonies and melodic lines.
Which other performers do you most like to listen to, and why?
I like to listen to many different saxophone players, in particular, Arno Bornkamp. He is my favourite Classical alto saxophone player. When I am learning a song and trying to master it, I always listen to his versions first and foremost. They offer me further insight into how I can shape the piece and make it more appealing.
What have you learnt from your Sydney Eisteddfod experience?
I have learnt that I am able to memorise pieces as well as portray details and emotions without reading from a score. Although it has been a challenge, I have also proven to myself that I am capable of so much. It has given me the confidence to perform and engage with the music in a different way.
What would you say to a young Saxophonist that was thinking about entering Sydney Eisteddfod?
I would say to go for it because you never know what you could achieve unless you try. I had always thought about entering but never really had the confidence to actually go through with it. However, I am so glad that I had a go and can say that it has been such a privilege and honor to be part of such an amazing opportunity and event.
What do you hope to achieve next?
I hope to further refine my performing skills and go onwards to play more difficult pieces in front of an audience. I would like to study further overseas and learn more and more. My experience with the Sydney Eisteddfod has made me realize that opportunities are there to be taken.