CONFESSIONS OF A MUSIC LOVER OLA LARSSON, GENERAL MANAGER, AURORA MUSIC
The world of music The world of music is both surprising and limitless. It unveils a part of me that is rich and sensitive and produces emotions that I cannot and do not wish to express in words. Music possesses me. My existence in the moment becomes deeper and is filled with intense emotion. I know that this world is almost impossible to live in for more than a short period, but I search for it like a favourite and long-awaited guest, as often as I can. Classical music is something that never ceases to shape me as a person. The depths of the strong feelings I experience from classical music are something I cannot replace. Sometimes the experiences are exciting and uplifting; sometimes they are reflective. Maybe it depends on the piece I am listening to, and
maybe it depends on how I feel in that moment. These are experiences that I cannot ignore and which are impossible to express in words. I want to help people to feel what I am privileged to feel. I want to help others to be enriched by what only classical music can give. This is the foundation of what I see as my mission to further build and develop Aurora Music. I believe that we all benefit, from time to time, from leaving the digital world that we are so enclosed in today – to live out feelings with others that help us come closer to the depths of experience. To me, it can be listening to Bach’s St Matthew’s Passion in a crowded church, or being embraced by the demanding chamber music of Brahms, or listening to Mozart’s outstanding piano concertos – different every
time I hear them, because I myself have changed.
Creating society I love classical music. I am convinced that every individual who is given these opportunities will share my vision. I see myself as a missionary who wants to help other people have life changing and enriching experiences.
In my work with Aurora Music, I often meet people who show me that my attitude and belief are right. They confirm that music offers mind-blowing and liberating experiences. I believe that these experiences are important for more than the individual: it is about creating a society that is guided by culture and creativity.
CONFESSIONS OF A CELLIST PER NYSTRÖM, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, AURORA MUSIC
Artists and audiences alike share the same hope of being part of an intimate, grand and bewildering total concert experience. Together, they want to experience what is a fleeting moment in time intensified by the warmth of companionship, that they may grow and leave the concert richer, perhaps even more liberated.
Master Classes In the history of our master classes, I have met many young people who, like me, are obsessed with music and who train for excellence and strive for perfection. When I meet these young people, the most important thing for me is to listen and understand. Establishing mutual trust is of the greatest importance so I may discover their courage and enthusiasm and at the same time give support where experience is lacking. Trust is often established at a first encounter. When it happens completely – between young and experienced, between student and teacher, between the
The world of music The magic of a performance is the limitless and uninhibited communication between artists, audiences and composers. As a musician, when I finish a performance, I feel a sense of happiness and contentment. A kind of completeness through feeling and knowing that I am in exactly the right place at the right time. I know that I have been part of creating and sharing this magic and I don’t want the euphoria to end. I want to hold on to this moment forever. For musicians, the search for colleagues and partners is based on the desire and the necessity for the right circumstances for this marvelous magic to happen. You work tirelessly to become this magic, because that is where the fulfillment and consequently your happiness lie. This is how you become a real musician, and a valuable human being. On their way to the concert hall, the audiences are compelled by the same desire, the same wish. They too want to share in this magic. Those who cannot express it in words, know how it feels. They travel to the concert
Then, and only then, can we talk together as fellow human beings about the important things that take us to the magic we strive for, where together we can let go of the tight cord that binds us to our ego, the place where fear and greed thrive. There are technical and instrumental problems that are often a consequence of being obsessed by oneself. Young people thirst to be seen, understood and taken seriously. They need self-confidence to trust in their greatest asset – their own talent and true voice. This is what our master class is all about – to give guidance and courage to the search for one’s own true voice.
Aurora Quick Facts
Aurora Music är en av världens största arrangörer av festivaler med klassisk musik. Sen starten 2006 har de två grundarna Ola Larsson och Per Nyström producerat • mer än 30 festivaler • som lockat över 100 000 besökare • som involverat 3 000 artister och musiker från 40 länder.
Verksamheten omfattar konserter med världsberömda musiker, ofta i kombination med master classes för avancerade studenter och unga professionella musiker. Kurt Masur, Midori, Sarah Chang, Mischa Maisky, Olga Kern, Barbara Hendricks och Stina Ekblad är några av de världsberömda artister som Aurora
Music har engagerat. Aurora Music är en icke-vinstdrivande förening. Dess inkomster kommer från offentliga medel, konsertbiljetter och privata donationer, som till exempel från Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, Stena Foundation, Grevillis Fund, John Hedins Foundation och Per och Helen Dreijers Foundation.
Våra festivaler är födda ur kärleken till den klassiska musiken. Med en ambition att sprida den bästa musiken, den vi tycker om, även till mindre platser. Vi vill skapa möten mellan människor och den klassiska musiken. Möten mellan artister som framför och människor som lyssnar. Möten mellan artister från världens alla hörn.
Och i direkta möten med världsartister berika och utveckla artister från hela världen. Vi tror att musiken har en kraft som kan betvinga gränser och förena människor från olika kulturer. Vi tror att musiken har förmågan att skymma olikheter och förena oss i lyssnandet. Vi tror att vi blir till i musiken.
Om någon tycker att vi är besatta så tar vi det med jämnmod. För i så fall är det något vi delar med alla de världsartister som kommer till våra festivaler. Liksom alla de tusentals besökare som finner vägen till personliga upplevelser genom Aurorafestivalerna.