Increased stage presence
What are some tips to increase stage precense for a concermaaster and Concerto soloist?
For one thing, they are completely different things unless the concertmaster is standing up playing the concerto, then stage effects might be used according to the performer's "stage personality."
I am with Andrew on that one, I find performer (and conductor) antics completely distracting. For me a “classical” concert is all about the music, not the show-business, but some of my friends would disagree and find it boring without it, in their mind they are going to a show rather than a musical performance.
Well, I have kind of enjoyed many of the André Rieu TV shows I've seen on PBS - and except for his performance of "Song to the Moon" (Dvorak) it's not the kind of music I need to close my eyes for. (It was the first time I'd heard it done as a violin solo and I was so moved by hearing it on FM radio, that I went to our local music store and bought the only copy they had of the soprano song so I could transpose it for violin - the actual music is in a dreadful key - if I remember correctly from an orchestra performance I did with soprano. I also bought the CD of that Rieu performance.)
Stage presence comes from within and projects even when you are standing still. It is a calm, inner assurance, that you know what you are doing and you are doing it well.
I do agree that a soloist and a concertmaster do different things. However, I find it strange to say that the concertmaster does the same as the rest of the section. In my opinion, concertmasters almost to a T go over the top with extra gestures that I find very distracting, and not the least bit useful to the rest of the section or the orchestra.
Stage presence is a mixture of confidence and awareness.
That reminds me of the perhaps somewhat new trend with string quartets to project their bows up in the air in an exagerated manner at the end of piece. It drives me nut!
What does this mean?
"Stage presence" means different things to different people.
Of course there is stage presence - but IMO this is intrinsic to the individual. Some people look great on it others do not. To what extent can you move yourself from the latter to the former? Not sure, as mentioned above, to do so may actually move you the other way. Who can forget little girls playing dressed up like dolls or, worse, as women.
Advice or opinion about stage presence and amount of movement is like that for parenting:
So true Scott Cole.
So true Scott Cole.
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