Mitzi Gardner. Photo: WinkiPoP Media
Mitzi Gardner, 2nd Scholarship winner in the 2018 Sydney Eisteddfod NSW Drs Orchestra Instrumental Scholarship, talks about her love of performing and the next phase in her musical career.
What are your plans after the final?
I’ve been lucky enough to have been offered a place at the Royal Academy of Music in London, so I will be beginning my first year of a Bachelor of Music Performance degree in September.
What’re your favourite pieces to play And why?
I’ve played so many pieces that I love, but I think that two of my absolute favourites would have to be Poulenc’s Violin Sonata, and Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No.1 in D Major.
Has your outlook as a violinist changed over time? In what ways?
I think my outlook on violin has stayed fairly similar over the years that I have been performing, in the sense that I feel like I’ve always just loved being able to perform and just to connect with the music that I am playing as well as it being a particularly touching way to connect with the audience.
Have you always liked the same music, and why?
I’ve always loved playing pieces that aren’t commonly performed, or ones that really allow me to express my own ideas and interpretations. To me, when I perform those works it feels extra special, as it really shows who I am as a performer.