We are honored to be able to do this interview with the great Maestro Daniel Oren, internationally renowned conductor, present and acclaimed in theaters all over the world.
1. Retracing your career, you approached music at an early age and as early as 17 years old you were admitted to the Berlin Hochsule to study conductorship. We can say that with the music was love at first ght, do you remember the moment when it found the way into your heart?
I was a boy soprano and sang in the choir of the synagogue. It was like a good game, but nothing more. Then Leonard Bernstein came to Israel for a concert and there were his Chichester Psalms in the program. In this piece there is a solo voice, very clear, which can also be that of a countertenor. But he preferred a singer boy who still kept the child's voice, and long story short, he auditioned and chose me. It was a dazzling experience that changed my life. The personality of the Maestro, his talent, his communicativeness fascinated me and I decided, together with my mother who guided me in all my choices, that I would study music to become a conductor.
2. You studied with great Maestro Herbert Von Karajan. What is the best memory of him? The most valuable lesson?
The deepening of the technique, above all, but not an end in itself. Karajan intended it as an instrument at the service of interpretation, through which musical execution becomes Art itself. He was for this reason an extraordinary model and he was able to transmit the methodology and the inner sense that I tried to make as much mine as possible.
3. How useful was it for you to have studied piano, cello and singing before starting a career as a conductor? Do you believe that your musical path has helped you to be a more complete conductor?
Certainly yes: counterpoint and composition are the essential subjects for a condutcor, but the knowledge of the tools is equally essential. In a compact group of eighty, ninety performers and even more, only one does not have an instrument in his hands and is the condutcor. But he is responsible for everything and must know the characteristics, the possibilities of each instrument.