“The essence of beauty is unity in diversity.” – Felix Mendelssohn
Today, I had intended to present my view on parenthood in the classical music sector, but as I began to jot down my ideas, I realised I couldn’t do so without mentioning the war being waged by Putin on the Ukraine.
I do not have the adequate means to describe the pain, disbelief, shock and horror that I feel because one man, with an archaic artillery of lies and weapons, is holding a country, indeed, a world, hostage.
While I write this introduction to you, I Googled the amount of ongoing wars happening in the world today. According to Wikipedia and The World Population Review there are currently three dozen countries involved in conflict. The vast majority of leaders of those countries are men. That fact alone is jarring testament to the suppression of women worldwide, which results in a lack of female leadership.
I’ve often wondered why men wage war. Far beyond upbringing, environment, psychological disorders, and power hungriness, I believe that there is an underlying, constant truth that is inescapable. Men can’t give birth. It is what primarily sets them apart from women. Might this be the crux of some men’s inability to find completeness within themselves? Is this what leads them to compensate, blaming others in order to justify their unreasonable behaviour?
Today is International Women’s Day. Let us celebrate our humanity, let us practice compassion and always search for the capacity to love one another—regardless of age, gender, socioeconomic or ethnic differences.
Photo: János Fejér
For International Women’s Day, I’ve been presented the opportunity to voice my thoughts on gender to newspaper “Der Bund” and “The Strad” magazine.
There is no place as wild, diverse and exciting as the imagination of a child—except perhaps nature itself—and from this, Camille Saint-Saëns drew the inspiration for his ferine Carnival.
On 19 March, things will get loud and colourful in Casino Berne’s big hall. Saint-Saëns' "Carnival of the Animals"—one of classical music’s most famous works, especially loved by children—will be performed in a unique way.
Lions will prowl, elephants will rumble, birds will chirp, and a streak of tigers and other cats will turn Berne’s classical music stage into a jungle. It will be an experience for the whole family! Do you love to dress up in costume? Then come along wearing your lion's mane, swan neck or flamingo feathers—it's high time we celebrated carnival!
The National Concert Hall of Ireland has announced the return of its in-person International Master Course from 2-7 August 2022. This intensive summer school offers Irish and international musicians the opportunity to partake in a series of masterclasses and seminars by world-renowned musicians.
Finghin Collins and I co-artistically direct and are delighted to welcome Mihaela Martin (violin), Lars Anders Tomter (viola) and Frans Helmerson (cello) to this summer’s one-on-one master classes, chamber-music coaching and performance opportunities.
Left to right: Gwendolyn Masin, Jiska Lambrecht, Susan Thieme, Tommaso Verlinghieri, Martin Moriarty, Darryl Bachmann
Our next Gwendolyn’s Bridge Club gathering is on 7 April 2022 and promises to be as cosy and exciting as the previous one.
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