The sound of the flute and the persona of a flute player always amazes us with the beauty of their playing style. Yes, Today, on Artist Centerstage, we are talking about a flutist and her name is“Alyssa Schwartz”.
The New-York based flute player is a classical musician and also holds a Doctorate in Musical Arts. Let’s find out, how this amazing artist fell in love with the flute, and how her journey into music began!
- Introduce yourself to our audience, what genre of music do you consider your work to be?
My name is Alyssa Schwartz and I earned my Doctorate of Musical Arts from West Virginia University. I currently study with living legend Alberto Almarza at Carnegie Mellon University. I am a Classical Musician, and perform Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionist, Modern, and Contemporary Music.
- What and who were your early passions and influences, What inspires you to make music?
The first composer with whom I ever fell in love was Beethoven. I remember hearing Fur Elise and Moonlight Sonata and being so moved by the power and emotional expression of the pieces. After taking private lessons for several years, I fell in love with the flute. My first private flute teacher, Nicole Zenns, is a beautiful soul and remains one of my dearest mentors, friends, and role models to this day.
For me, music is pure communication and emotional expression, uninhibited by language barriers and the limitation of vocabulary. I find that music can express truths about the human condition and the world around us in a way that nothing else can.
- Tell us about that one memorable performance and favorite venue which you still wish to happen again?
My most memorable performance was my debut at Carnegie Hall in November 2017. I will never forget what it felt like to walk out onto that beautiful stage for the first time, thinking of all the brilliant musicians who had performed there over the years. If I could re-do that performance, I would in a heartbeat!
- Any funny story of a mess up during your performance where you handled that situation like nothing happened?
I clearly remember one of my most embarrassing performance moments haha… I was sat at the first chair in a youth orchestra my senior year of high school, and I had a big flute solo coming up. I went to put my instrument up, and I realized my sleeve had been caught on the keys, making it so my right-hand fingers couldn’t reach the keys. I missed the first measure of the solo while I untangled my sleeve, and half the violin section turned around to look at me wondering why I wasn’t playing. I was able to come back in by measure 2 of the solo, and from there it was smooth sailing.
- If you could collaborate with any musicians(dead/alive), who would you collaborate with and why?
I would collaborate with Beethoven because I find his music to be the most moving and powerful. It would be amazing to get to hear him perform and interpret his own pieces.
- Any Tips to keep the balance between professional and music life?
I feel that if you truly love what you are doing as a musician, it is okay and even healthy to give 100% of yourself to the craft… that is the beauty of loving what you do. If you love it, truly love it, then you can be fully committed to it and enjoy the consuming nature of it!
- What has been your biggest challenge as a Musician? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
One of the biggest challenges I had to overcome as a younger performer was stage fright. There was a long while where I felt completely overwhelmed and terrified to perform solo. My best advice for this is to just keep doing it! You have to practice performing, just like you have to practice technique. The more I performed, the more I got used to it, and then one day, the fear was simply gone. 🙂
- What Tools and techniques you use to improve your singing/instrumental playing?
I work with a metronome and a tuner daily. I always have them on my stand at all times! It helps prevent developing any bad habits or sloppiness.
- Would you like to share a testimonial for Guitaa? If Yes, Why do you love Guitaa?
Guitaa is an amazing platform for promoting the arts and helping artists share their creations and connect!
- What advice would you have for someone wanting to become an Artist?
Advice for blooming flutists: practice, practice, practice! For a long time, I thought practicing should always be fun and rewarding, and I thought I should always feel motivated and happy no matter what… I came to doubt myself when those things weren’t true. I now realize that practicing is like working out… it’s a necessary routine, and you must be committed to it every day. Learning to relate to my practicing this way has helped me become more efficient and consistent!
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