Kristīne Balanas – The Challenges of Playing Concerti without a Conductor

Kristīne Balanas, recipient of the RPS Julius Isserlis Scholarship in 2015, shares her experiences of performing violin concerti without a conductor.

In 2015, I had my first experience of a “conductorless” performance, playing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris. Not having anyone to rely on to direct, I was worried we might do the musical equivalent of running around like a headless chicken! But of course an orchestra has many fine heads, and once on stage there was not much to worry about. It was in many ways a relief – indeed a liberation – to discover what we were capable of on our own. Continue reading “Kristīne Balanas – The Challenges of Playing Concerti without a Conductor”