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Fiona Pears - Fiona Pears Newsletter Interview

29 Apr 2014 // An interview by Shade

Violinist and composer Fiona Pears started performing as a soloist with orchestras at the age of twelve. Now based in both London and New Zealand, she has forged a career as an international soloist and recording artist. Thanks to Fiona for answering the following questions:

Where is your favourite place to relax in NZ?

I love being at home with my family. I live with my hubby Ian Tilley, doggy Barnaby Jackson and Cat Millie Tilley Pears. After travelling and touring for so much of the last 10 years, there is something so special about just being able to play with the pets and spend lazy time in my new vegetable garden or painting another room in the house. Guess I love a bit of DIY! Something that contrasts well with violin practice and getting glammed up for the concerts. I also love the fact that I can stay in my PJ's till the afternoon!

What local albums have you been enjoying recently?

Cool Water By Delaney Davidson and Marlon Williams. Love these guys!

What is your long term goal?

To never lose the passion to be a better musician and teacher.

Where do you get your inspiration to create music from?

Life! People, places and the family pets... ha ha! I keep writing tunes about the new 4 legged additions to the family! I also love quiet time. One of the tunes on, Swing Driven Thing, was written while sitting outside at midnight looking at a beautiful full moon. I find that when I am really quiet and on my own I keep getting melodies arriving in my head.

Tell us about your next release.

I have just released Swing Driven Thing. This CD is a little different to my other releases. People have been asking me for years about recording a swing album. I’ve always loved the music of Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli, and although I often play this music live, I haven’t recorded much of it until now. As always with my CDs, I like to have a mixture of styles to keep it interesting for the listener. So there’s everything from the beautiful Django piece, Nuages, my own arrangement of Duke Ellington’s famous, Caravan, right through to a few of my own compositions, including the more classical, More Than a Memory. As you can see from the cover, this album is intended to be fun! I had a great time recording it and I hope that you will hear this in the performances…

What can you never leave home without?

Sadly, my iPhone...

What inspired you to become a musician?

My family, but all I remember as that as a child I was most happy when I was playing music or listening to music. I never entertained the idea of doing anything else with my life.

 

About Fiona Pears

Violinist and composer Fiona Pears started performing as a soloist with orchestras at the age of twelve. Now based in both London and New Zealand, she has forged a career as an international soloist and recording artist.

Fiona started the violin at the age of five after hearing a performance by Carl Pini where she fell in love with the sound of the instrument. In an interview with the Otago Daily Times she said, “Apparently I stamped my feet and cried ‘I want a violin’, and I got one in my Santa stocking that year!”

Her first public performance was at the age of six where she won first prize in a local competition.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Fiona Pears

Releases

Swing Driven Thing
Year: 2014
Type: Album
Feeling
Year: 2012
Type: Album
Fire and Light
Year: 2008
Type: Album
Memories of Home
Year: 2006
Type: Album
Fiona Pears In Concert DVD
Year: 2005
Type: DVD
Las Sayas
Year: 2002
Type: Album

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