Edwin Podolski

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your life. Not necessarily music-related!

Student of RBC, plays violin, viola and cautiously explores cello to feel the pain of a beginner again. Heard ‘how about double bass’ joke dozens of times but doesn’t dare to play an instrument with only a major second covered by a whole hand. Interested in psychology, likes looking for interdisciplinary patterns as much as enjoys reading books about things, listening to podcasts and watching youtube videos. Chocolade eating is being appreciated as well. Recently tries to figure out why there is such a split between actors and musicians with a weird link of a singer in between those two.
Learning how to survive and find order in the chaos, how to adapt and make the impact.

How did you first get into music?

As in most cases in Poland where I am from, it starts with parents. I had some preparatory training and I’ve ended up in a music school, having music related classes in addition to the regular ones. I was quite a passive recipient of it at that time…

What made you decide that music would be an important part of your life?

After finishing my High School I was placed on a crossroad. I could go science with my maths, physics and chemistry A-levels in Poland or I could just go study music.in the UK where I was invited by (now Royal) Birmingham Conservatoire’s head of strings. I have craved for new experiences and I took the opportunity to explore other world which existed on the parallel to the one I’ve already knew, treating the music as a bridge. I guess this made music quite a significant part of my life.

What has been your musical highlight so far?

Leading CBSO Youth Orchestra in 2016, in the subsequent year playing viola there and in the last academic year undertaking violin scheme with the actual CBSO. I have learnt a lot from this experience!

Who are your favourite composers/artists/musicians?

I know little people beyond classical music but I love Vivaldi, Dvorak, Ravel and Ysaye… I believe our task as performers is to make any art we are faced with as convincing as possible; this makes favourite composer/artist difficult due to the amount of varying messages we need to internalise, believe in and convey.

What do you anticipate for the Nevis Ensemble?

Open people, good quality music making, a lot of unexpected things to happen but I think we are going to have a good time, just like our audiences. I wander how different it will be from Ricciotti Ensemble (which I’ve heard legends of) or SOL (in which I have participated)…