Mitzi Gardner onstage in the 2017 Sydney Eisteddfod. Photo: WinkiPoP Media
Mitzi Gardner’s incredible talent and passion for Violin took her all the way to the 2017 NSW Drs Orchestra Sydney Eisteddfod Instrumental Final. This was her second time competing in these prestigious Finals also making it through in 2016.
She recently spoke to Sydney Eisteddfod in a short interview where she shared what inspires her and what she is hoping to achieve next.
What inspired you to start playing the violin?
My older sister started learning violin at the age of four, at that time I was two years old. I used to go to all of her lessons and watch her play, and by the time I was three, I was determined to be just like her, so I started having lessons.
You chose to perform the 1st movement of Poulenc’s Sonata for Violin and Piano in the final, tell us about this piece.
Francis Poulenc's Sonata for violin and piano was composed during 1942-1943, and its dedication is to the memory of the poet Federico Garcia Lorca, who was slain during the Spanish Civil War.
Which other performers do you most like to listen to, and why?
Two of my favourite performers are most definitely Anne Sophie Mutter, as she expresses herself and creates such magical tones like nobody else I have heard, and Nigel Kennedy, who’s energy and connection to the music shines through everything he plays, which I find extremely inspiring.
What have you learnt from your Sydney Eisteddfod experience?
I have learnt that no matter what score, place or award you may or may not achieve, as long as you walk off stage happy with your performance, then that is the real win and achievement.
What would you say to a young violinist that was thinking about entering Sydney Eisteddfod?
I always believe that as soon as you step on stage, make sure your confidence and energy shines through, and just embrace any nerves that you may have, as it can really make or break a performance.
What do you hope to achieve next?
I am hoping to be accepted into a Bachelor of Music Performance course and hopefully take on any future opportunities for violin performances. I am looking forward to finishing school and being able to put my energy entirely into my musical studies.