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Zarek

Zarek aims to capture the joy and musical exchange amongst the artists, the thrill of live chamber music. We cherish the process as much as the result, connecting with the music, each other, the audience, places, people and ideas. Read more ➤

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In conversation: Elitsa Bogdanova

In conversation: Elitsa Bogdanova

What is your earliest musical memory?

Singing in harmony with my mum.

How has classical music influenced your life outside of performing?

I just skipped the question about what hobbies I have outside of music, which probably says a lot about my life as a musician… Joking aside, music for me is all-encompassing in the best possible way, and it is very much a part of my everyday life, providing me with a good variety of challenges. I would say that being a musician makes me feel whole, even if it means that I hardly ever switch out of work mode.

What made you join a period instrument quartet?

I started playing the viola as a teenager and joined my first string quartet a year later. I have been part of string quartets ever since and have always felt that it is an important part of my musical identity. Being able to combine that with another interest of mine, historical performance, came quite naturally once I found the right people. Our mutual love for the blend gut strings can offer, as well as a shared understanding of structure and harmony, seemed to add an extra dimension that really sped up the process of getting-to-know-each-other.

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