CAS5 Concert Musician: Ida Riegels, Danish Virtuoso Concert Soloist.
Concert Venue: 3rd Floor San Francisco Suite.
Performance schedule: 1pm-1:30pm, 2pm-2:30pm, 3pm-3:30pm, 4pm-4:30pm, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Ida Riegels is a classical and baroque concert soloist on cello, recorder, and piano from Denmark. A conservatory graduate of The Royal Danish Academy of Music, her cello mentors include Professors Morten Zeuthen, Jakob Kullberg, and Tobias van der Pals.. She received advanced training on piano with Bente Roemhild. Early recorder studies were under Kaethe Kristiansen. Ida has attended cello master classes with The Tokyo Quartet, Anner Bylsma, Henrik Brendstrup, Toke Møldrup, Hans Jørgen Jensen and Bjorn Bantock. Master class recorder teachers also include Lene Langballe and Tish Berlin, and Michala Petri.
Ida was a multiyear graduate with distinction from The Royal School of Music’s Summer International Exam Program. She won the first prize in Copenhagen’s Berlingske Newspaper International Classical Music Competition in 1999.
Ida takes an invigorating and unconventional approach to classical music. Recent projects include the ‘Triathlon Concerts’ featuring Ida solo performing on her three primary instruments, and the ‘Triple Cello’ for three cellists performed in part on one shared cello. Ida is also the founder of the musician loge ‘Cake Concerts’ in Copenhagen where young classical musicians meet to inspire each other and develop their craft.
“I am interested in what happens between the audience and the musicians, how the listener, in a subtle way becomes part of the performance. How an alert and connected audience subtly influences the performer into breathing life to the music.
Classical music is fascinating because it is spoken in a language that reaches deep into the emotions of people in a manner that transcends one’s own culture or upbringing . One could say that depth of feeling can be more clearly expressed in music than in any spoken language.”
The challenge of performing classical music involves the combination of technical skill and musicianship while at the same time establishing a rapport with one’s audience. To precisely play a demanding piece requires a keen unwavering mental and emotional focus. Hours of highly concentrated daily practice are necessary to master the motor skills, while an innately human diligence must also be summoned to express the inner essence of the music in a manner that connects listener to performer as well as to the music itself.
Cellist Yo Yo Ma once said: ‘To me the whole process is never about proving; it’s about sharing.’”