Italian maestro says Turkish audience open to change
ANKARA- Anadolu Agency
Antonio Pirolli, an orchestra conductor and director of State Opera and Ballet, said the Turkish people are curious by nature and are open to improvisation in opera and concerts.
“Even in the 100th representation, the audience comes to see the show,” Pirolli, whose wife is Turkish, told Anadolu Agency,
"This is a community which loves arts and it’s a very good sign," he added.
After finishing his education in Italy, Pirolli said he met veteran conductor Rengim Gökmen and came to Turkey, starting his music career.
Pirolli stressed being an orchestra conductor is tough work.
"You can receive education, but if you don't have innate talent, you cannot be an orchestra conductor, only an orchestra director. A hundred people can beat the tempo, but only one out of them is a musician."
He said he is always looking for self-improvement.
“A conductor must take inspiration from literature, philosophy and fine arts. Conducting is not a one-way, but extensive art.”
Government support for artists and art is essential, he said.
“In most countries of Europe, the state has stopped patronizing art, which is a great loss."
Pirolli said the quality of Turkish audience and musicians has improved in recent years.
“Currently, Turkish artists are actively engaged in many music institutions around the world. It is pleasing to see Turks excelling abroad, but we need to support a lot more.”
Pirolli went on to say that basic opera and classical music should be taught at schools.
"It is necessary to train the audience and introduce them to this art. If work like La Traviata is not understood by the audience today, it is not because of the difficulty of the art but because the audience is not ready for it."