Roberto Luque Schoham

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

Born and raised in Malaga, I studied a Bachelor in Translation in my hometown’s university before coming to Scotland to study violin. I have always been passionate about music and languages and I try to learn as much as possible from both. I’m an eager traveller and I try to do so as much as possible!

How did you first get into music?

My father is an amateur guitar player so I have always listened to him play, and my grandmother plays piano, and she taught me to play some tunes on the piano. However, the main reason I started studying music was as simple as having the music school right next to my place! Continuing to do so has been of my own will though.

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

I started playing in my city’s youth orchestra when I was very young and I realised there is some kind of magic when music is played in orchestras. I could feel all the people having and wanting to be completely synchronised and with a common aim. Ever since I love playing in orchestras and having the feeling that I’m part of a bigger cause: music.

What has been your musical highlight so far?

I led my city’s youth orchestra in Malaga’s main venue with Beethoven’s 9th symphony. But I also have a very dear memory of my concert in Malaga’s cathedral of Handel’s Messiah with the Youth Baroque Orchestra of Andalusia. Or maybe playing Tchaikovsky’s Pathetique? What I know for sure is that my musical highlight is playing with an orchestra.

Who are your favourite composers/artists/musicians?

I’m devote listener of classical music and my playlists are normally full of Brahms, Ravel, Chopin and Bach, among many others. However, I find the same uplifting sensation with some female singers like Nina Simone or Aretha Franklin.

What do you anticipate for the Nevis Ensemble?

Nevis Ensemble is going to be a fun, intense experience, where I will get to finally get out of a practice room and share my music making with people that unfortunately cannot come to a concert hall, so I love the idea of bringing the concert hall to them. It’s an unique opportunity that will make me grow not only as a musician but also as a person.