On Sunday, January 21, 2018, in the Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall in Zagreb, a celebratory concert was held to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the birth of Antonio Janigro.
The concert, directed by Marko Magdalenic, and organized by the Antonio Janigro Association, was attended by Julius Berger, Thomas Demenga, Monika Leskovar, Zagreb Soloists, Cello Ensemble, “100 Cellists 100 Years” Orchestra.
Guests of honor Michael Flaksman and Giovanni Ricciardi who, at the end of the concert, we were lucky enough to be able to interview. We started precisely from the memory of Janigro.
Many of today’s great cellists have been, directly or indirectly, students of Janigro. What are, in your opinion, the reasons that have enabled him to obtain such excellent results with his teaching?
I think there are many reasons for this: undoubtedly his teaching ability, we realize it from the value and the amount of the technical material left, but also his humanity, the ability to see the specificity of each and to increase his skills it without flattening the personality, enhancing the natural qualities of his pupils. Then he was certainly a charismatic man, and he was also a cellist who incessantly studied the instrument.
On the Milan – Paris train, he was always looking for an empty compartment to practice or, after the concerts, he immediately stopped to study the steps he had not liked during the concert. A great humility and a great empathy for all the musicians with whom he worked, combined with his genius, were qualities that remained etched in the minds and hearts of the students, even those who met him only once.
[to be continued ⇒]