Lila Vivas Blanco

Violin

Hometown: Caracas, Venezuela
Alma mater: Universidad Nacional Experimental de las Artes
Awards/Competitions: 3rd Prize, 2001 Maurice Hasson Violin Competition; 2nd Prize, 2007 Juan Bautista Plaza Violin Competition; 1st Prize, 2014 Maria Paula Alonso Chamber Music Competition
Appearances: Concertmaster, Teresa Carreño Symphony Orchestra, 2007–16; Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, guest collaborator; Venezuela Symphony Orchestra, principal first violin, 2017; Beethoven Festival, Bonn, 2005 & 2010; Salzburg Festival, Austria, 2008 & 2013; Expo Milan, Teatro alla Scala, 2014; Chamber Music Festival, Esterházy Palace, Austria 2014
Instagram: @lilacarolvb
Twitter: @lilavivas
Musical origins: I started when I was 6 years old. I have always loved music, and almost everyone in my family are musicians, but when I was a child I wanted to be like my older brother. He played cello and I wanted to play a similar instrument, but in fact I was too small for cello, so I finally chose the violin.
What inspired you to audition for TŌN?: I have two old friends in TŌN and saw Leon Botstein conduct when he was in Venezuela. I think that TŌN is a great opportunity because it has an excellent music education program, a professional orchestra environment, as well as a platform that supports new generations of musicians.
Favorite piece to play: I love to play any of the Kreisler short pieces, any of the Beethoven quartets, and Cantata Criolla by Antonio Estévez.
Favorite obscure piece: Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 3
Favorite musical memory: In 2015 I had the opportunity to play with the Teresa Carreño Symphony Orchestra in Soma, Japan, to families who lost everything in the Tsunami in 2011. We played together with some children who were orphans and they saw a little bit of hope through the music; it was a beautiful musical moment.
Which composer would have had the best social media: For me, Mozart, because he was very involved in social parties and he was very popular at his time not only for his versatility in music but also for his funny and creative personality.
The thing most people don’t know about classical music is: Classical music not only provides rhythm or melodies, but also helps with intellectual development, especially at a young age. Also classical music is not only good for people but for animals and plants too. Classical music also allows us to travel across different centuries, countries, and cultures.
Favorite non-classical musician or band: The Beatles, Fania All Stars, Guaco
Best music to have on repeat: Karajan’s recording of Prokofiev’s 5th Symphony
What recording would you take to a deserted island: Any of the Bach Sonatas and Partitas by H. Szeryng.
Proudest accomplishment: Getting my bachelor of music degree in Venezuela and having been accepted here in TŌN
Favorite non-musical hobby or activity: I love to dance.
Favorite book: The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupéry
Favorite painting: Anything by Claude Monet
Piece of advice for a young classical musician: As Beethoven said “To play a wrong note is insignificant; to play without passion is inexcusable”; so I would recommend for a young classical musician to play every note with all your soul and heart and the most important thing is to make music.
Time travel destination: 18th Century in Austria

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