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On 13th of March, our Key Stage 3, Year 6 and some of our older music students had the great opportunity to hear Peter Moore, the principal trombonist of the London Symphony Orchestra and Jonathan Ware, an award winning collaborative pianist, perform in our auditorium as part of the Philharmonie's Rising Stars of the Philharmonie series. Rahul in Year 9 was able to interview Mr. Ware about his career and his life in music. Please read the interview below:
Jonathan Ware is a classical pianist who has performed widely throughout Europe. Appearing at major festivals and venues including the Munich Philharmonie, Kolner Philharmonie, Berlin Konzerthaus, the Rheingau Festival and Festival Dialogues at the Mozarteum Salzburg. Mr Ware has never played jazz despite growing up in America. He started to learn piano when he was very young, his parents told him that he will have piano lessons every Thursday. Growing up in a very musical family - his mother was also a pianist and his father was a conductor – there was a lot of responsibility and high expectations put upon him. Jonathan Ware was guided into a musical future, he toured around the world playing as a soloist until he was 23 years old. As a soloist Jonathan Ware has given concerts in Dallas, New York, Washington DC, Miami and Hammamatsu in Japan. He won the Grand Prize at the 2005 Kingsville International Competition and was a medallist in the 2002 Missouri Southern, and New York International Piano Competitions. Mr Ware started playing with many church bands or accompanying other soloists such as violinists, cellos, opera singers and just recently playing at school with a trombonist, Peter Moore. When I was talking to Mr Ware, I wanted to know how I could improve as a pianist. He told to me “just practice a lot but if you practice a lot make sure you stay focussed the entire time!”. The way Jonathan Ware wanted to improve was by reading notes away from the piano. His parents would also sit with him during his piano lessons to help him identify his weak points. When he would accompany people, it would always be written out usually in a Baroque style but when he had the option to improvise it would be very spontaneous. Jonathon has helped me to improvise and improve my skills in the jazz band that I play in school. His final comment that still resonates with me was “If you want to play something, play it, but make sure you enjoy it”. Mr Ware’s inspirational words have helped me play and enjoy music in a completely different way. - Rahul