Meredith Connie: Artist Statement
Making music is about making connections with audiences and other musicians. For me, making music is about maintaining a standard of excellence in performance and making those performances accessible to all audiences.
As an educator, I strive to maintain those same standards: finding a way towards excellence that is accessible and achievable. I have been working towards that goal for over twenty years, sharing expertise and learning with a community of educators from around the world. A recent article by Meredith Connie was published in the American Suzuki Journal and can be found here: What is Healthy Competition and Why do We Want to Foster it?
I enjoy setting the scene for my performances, by sharing some of the world of the composer and bringing that to bear on a variety of programming choices, from the dramatic to the playful to the tragic. One of my favorite parts of a performance is afterwards when audiences members talk to me and tell me they were able to make connections between the music and it’s creative impetus.
As an educator I have worked with a variety of ages, and can proudly say I have guitar students from age three to age sixty three; this has been of immense value to me in keeping performances fresh, relevant and approachable.
As a performing musician, I enjoy the challenges and rewards of collaborations with other artists; again this is about making connections. Discovering the hidden depths of compositions with other musicians in a chamber ensemble or creating new works with artists working in other disciplines through a shared creative process – these are some of the most valuable experiences of my life.
Your playing is “both beautifully lyrical and you play with a lot of groove, which is kinda rare among classical musicians.” Dusan Bogdanovic