The Heroine’s Journey of Andreea Stoica

What is the best thing that I love about my work?
Music has its own very special magic, and when I play, everything else disappears and makes me live the moment, just this wonderful moment when nothing else matters. In such moments you start believing that everything is possible.

What is my idea of perfect happiness?
Happiness is when you get what you have always wanted and you have a long-term possibility to enjoy it, nothing less! I am still searching to get there!

What is my greatest fear?
The life is too short to realize all my dreams or even to fulfill the plans already made. Will there be enouth time for the music still to be played, the places still to be discovered, the moments still to be experienced?

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?
I am a total perfectionist and it sometimes hinders me to go further because I alsways find something that I can still do better and it consumes a lot of time and effort to get there.

Which living persons in my professional do I most admire?
It is definitely Martha Argerich whom I admire not only for her excellent technique and her universal musical vision but also for her staying so natural and so human, totally without star attitude, while being probably the best living pianist in the world.

What is my greatest extravagance?
I adore premiering new compositions and a lot of them were written specially for me. Nowadays it is really unusual but I am the lucky one!

On what occasion would I lie?
I prefer not to lie at all and not to carry this burden with me and the most important it is to be honest and to stay yourself on stage because the audience always feels whether you really live what you play and play what you live and you will be always rewarded for this!

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?
You have to really spend a lot of time in airports running from an airplane to another, or from train to train, and sometimes I just miss the “normality” but then you step on the stage and forget everything again …

When and where was I the most happier in my work?
Im was my very first time on a big stage, when I performed a blablabla with the blablabla orchestra. I was still a child but I felt already it would change my whole life.

If I could, what would I change about myself?
Maybe it is a little ridiculous but I would like to have longer nails that I can never have because of playing the piano. I guess I will have to live with it

What is my greatest achievement in work?
It is not about a single moment, a music piece or a concert but rather about that sensation when you really start understanding what music is about, what are the hidden energies behind the notes, making the magic of music possible, and producing goosebumps even in yourself. The most often it happens to me when playing Bach.

Where could I most like to live?
There are many wonderful places where I could imagine to live, but Vienna was and stays my big first love and it will never loose its very special charme for me.

What is my most treasured possession?
The flute of my father who was my first and most important music teacher and who has always supported my wish to be a concert pianist.

What is my most marked characteristic?
I never stop on the half-way and if I started to work on a project I will bring it to the end, doesn’t matter how challenging it is or how many obstacles would appear on its way. I have always lived well with it and it has made me who I am.

What is the my most inspirational location, in my city?
Concertgebouw Amsterdam is one of the most beautiful concert halls where I ever played. I always come here with that feeling of awe and great respect before all the great artists who performed here and now it is my turn to give a spark of this inspiration forward to the audience.

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city?
The „Vinkeles“ restaurant is the place where the chef is just a genius! From the first course to the last it is an experience that you don’t wanna miss when you are in Amsterdam!

What books influenced my life and how?
Ayn Rand’s „Atlas Shrugged“ is definitely the deepest book I have ever had in my hands and I will never forget her words that will always stay in my heart: “Live and act within the limit of your knowledge and keep expanding it to the limit of your life.”

Who are my favorite writers?
It is always the one I am reading right now but to some of them I keep coming back: Sir Walter Scott, Gabriel García Márquez, Erich Maria Remarque, Mircea Eliade, Ken Kesey

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?
My last day will have to be pretty long and I am not going to die without listening once again to all of my favorite pieces among which first of all is everything played by my brother the violinist Razvan Stoica but also Bach’s cembalo concerti, Gounot’s „Roméo et Juliette“ and music of Boris Kosak, a German-Russian composer that I have discovered lately and who is probably the most important living composer of our days.

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?
Dagny Taggart from Ayn Rand’s „Atlas Shrugged“, an intelligent, strong woman who wakes up with the only thought: how can I do it better!

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?
My brother and my fiancé! I know I can always rely on them and I am so thankful for being this lucky and having them in my life!

Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime?
„One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest“ and „Music of the heart“

What role plays art in my life and work?
Art is both my work and my life and it puts them both in a higher perspective, making me recognise my right place in this huge Universe, where you can easily get lost but where nothing is by chance. You can see it when you just open your heart wide enough.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?
It has always been my family that supports me in everything I do with no ifs and buts. Without this support I would never be where I am now.

Whom would I like to work with in 2018?
We are preparing a new program for a European Tournee with Kamerata Stradivarius Orkestr with me and my brother Razvan Stoica as soloists, which means a lot of work and travel but also fun and new experiences, and to be honest, isn’t it the most valuable in the life?

Which people in my profession would I love to meet in 2018?
One of the most exciting encounters is surely going to be with the pianist and conductor Maria Luisa Macellaro la Franca who is one of the most interesting musicians of the new generation and whos performing art I admire and respect.

What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on?
I am going to release a CD with works by Boris Kosak. It is a big challenge but also an honor and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work together with the great master. I can hardly wait to start!

Where can you see me or my work in 2018?
Well, the list is going to be long and you can hear me playing in Italy, Portugal, Spain, Romania, Germany, Poland, and of course The Netherlands

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?
I am still so young (laughs) and probably not the right person to speak about it but if speaking seriously, the more you deal with music, the more addicted you get to the quality. Time makes you a kind of quality fetishist and you have to work harder and harder even on the pieces you have been playing for twenty years already, always searching to catch the right sound for the right moment, and you know for sure that it will never be the same again but that is what an artist’s life is about: running after Perfection.

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?
I would very much like to invite Elisabet Pericàs from Spain who is a very inspiring person living for the arts and working for them from a totally different perspective because she is the one who makes the contact between an artist and its audicence possible.

How can you contact me?
You can always find all my contacts at my website
www.andreeastoica.eu
or on facebook:
www.facebook.com/andreea.stoica.concert.pianist/

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