I am leaving Austria, just as I wanted. And I'm moving to an awesome city where I got a cool job (i'll work as cooling and ventilation engineer, so it's a cool job) in a great company.
The cello teacher in the music school has a sister who plays as concert master in the local orchestra in Birr, exactly the village where the company is located, isn't this luck? I hope I'll get the chance to play with them. Anyway I'll keep rehearsing with my current orchestra even though I won't be here for the concerts. I'm sad about that. I'll miss them, specially the conductor. He always tells me about how grateful they all are about the web-page I did for the orchestra (http://www.villacher-kammerorchester.at), and I find it's such a plain, artless, simple job...
Skiing is fun but yesterday I was on the lift and I couldn't stop thinking about getting home and taking the violin for a 2 hour practice. For the first time in my life I had an accident with an old austrian man, he got quite mad but it was nothing serious. When I arrived home I was so exhausted that I couldn't practice more than 45 minutes. After taking a shower, having dinner and the short practice I went to bed, and it was just 20:00. Here are some pictures, so you can enjoy a bit of alpine beauty:
Here you have the whole collection, and you can see them bigger if you want:
Fortunately I won't miss the Alps, since they have plenty of them in Switzerland too. I've been thinking about Parmeeta's comment to my last entry. The Pyrenees are not far from Bilbao, isn't there a place to ski somewhere close to where you are?
Now that I'm leaving there's a lot of work for me in the company. Usually it's only after 18 or 18:30 that I can drive to the music school for practice. I prefer doing it there because my neighbours have babies and complain. Last thursday the concierge forgot me and left closing every door. I was locked inside and there was nobody in the building... it wasn't so late, just 19:45!!
Here is a picture of the inner courtyard.
I didn't want to bother my teacher, who leaves in Klagenfurt, 40 min. away, so I left the window open and used the roof drain to get to the inner garden (from the first floor!). After that, there was only a low fence. I was only afraid of falling because I had my violin on my back, but everything went fine.
Now it's back to work. Nice evening in Europe, good morning to all the rest, I guess... I'd love to share with you the Largo from Bach's C-major sonata that I'm listening now, but maybe Deutsche Grammophon would complain, and I'm not able to play it like N. Milstein yet. :(
My last entry is from October!!!
Sorry for the interruption. I have been pretty busy looking for a job, finishing my thesis and finding time to practice with my violin. I must recognice my practice has not been like at the beginning, when I arrived to Villach, or maybe I'm just tired.
The music school director doesn't count on me for the orchestra any more. Anyway I already quit in the school as well as in the company. From April 1st on I'll be working in Zurich.
I try not to be too sincere with my friends here but I can't help it, I can't wait any longer to be out of Villach. I think I even know what I'm going to do on Sunday 1st, there's "Le nozze di Figaro" in the Opera in Zurich, let's see if I can reserve one ticket...
Actually I sent the thesis to Darmstadt for correction. In the mean time I enjoyed austria's main industry. If you think Austria is the land of Music (as I did before coming here) you're absolutelly wrong, Austria is the land of Ski!
I will tell about Switzerland as soon as I'm there. Now I have to go to bed. Have fun!
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