Jules Graus

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

I am a 23-year old Dutch girl who lives in Maastricht (really worth visiting b.t.w.). I finished a bachelor in classical saxophone and now I’m studying to be a music and art teacher in primary- and high schools. I like teaching and the variation it brings me. Besides music I love to dance, I dance salsa and other Latin styles. Other than that, I really like eating. Everything.

How did you first get into music?

I went to see a concert of the local music band where a saw someone playing the saxophone, I was sold immediately. As an 8 year old a thought the shape looked very cool and I was impressed by the players technique. All I ever wanted since was to play really fast haha!

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

It was immediately, actually. Deep down I have always known I would want to continue in music for the rest of my life, but I kept my options open until I had to make a choice. I am very grateful to my parents for they have taught me to choose for my passion and do something I love for the rest of my life. I have learned that if you love what you do and you work hard, you will end up just fine! It sounds so cheesy, but it’s true.

What has been your musical highlight so far?

I went on a tour with the Ricciotti Ensemble in 2016, and that has been the absolute highlight so far! It was really special to be able to play such great music in such a beautiful country. I made lifelong friends and I felt very welcome there. The food, music, nature and especially the people are great! I learned a lot and I still think about it everyday.

Who are your favourite composers/artists/musicians?

I like all kinds of music, from classical to metal. Favorite composers are Faure (I can’t get the stripe on the e?) Mahler, Ravel, Poulenc and Max Richter. With me it always goes in phases, right now I am back in my Foo Fighters/Pearl Jam-phase. I also had some serious 90’s R&B-phase, a Black Sabbath one (those were the days) and also Jimi Hendrix and Cream-phase. What can I say… with me you never can tell!

What do you anticipate for the Nevis Ensemble?

I hope to see a lot of the country and meet its people. It has been a dream for me to go to Scotland for quite some time. I think it will be a great experience with openminded people and a great musical connection. There is nothing in this world like the feeling you get when you are connecting while playing, and knowing you are doing something very special.