Bruno Delepelaire: «When I act, I try to play with my heart»

French cellist Bruno Delepelaire. / C7

The French cellist will be the soloist this Friday in the piece 'Don Quixote' together with viola Adriana Ilieva at the OFGC's seasonal concert

Victoriano Suarez Alamo

To the French cellist
Bruno Delpelairesoloist with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, does not like fireworks.

“Each cellist has their own unique voice and style. That's the interesting thing about music. When I act, I always try to be vulnerable and not put on a show.
I seek to touch with the heart. It may sound corny, but it's not that easy to do, because it means exposing yourself to the outside world, which can be scary. But in my opinion, it is also the best way to create a real communication with the public", assures this artist who
This Friday, starting at 8:00 p.m.debuts as a soloist in the subscription season of the Gran Canaria Philharmonic Orchestra (OFGC), at the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium.

It does so by sharing the spotlight with
Adriana Ilieva, violist of the OFGCwho today assumes the solo role with Delepelaire to give life to the symphonic poem
'Don Quixote' by Richard Strauss.

The viola of the OFGC, Adriana Ilieva. /


“It is a unique piece in many ways. The instruments represent characters (Don Quixote and Sancho Panza) and elements or events (windmills, Don Quixote falling, illness, death, sheep, etc.). And at the same time, the play also gives depth to the story, especially at the end, where Don Quixote is about to die and realizes that he has been living a fantasy for a long time.
Not the very lyrical and luxurious sound of Strauss what we might expect, but the work has a very special color, because Don Quixote is not a true hero who saves the world on his horse. He is more of an ironic figure of illusions and vanities », comments the Gallic artist through a questionnaire sent by this newspaper.

Bruno Delepelaire confesses that his cello solo in 'Don Quixote' is more complex than it seems to the performer. «
The cello part is not particularly virtuoso compared to the great romantic concertos of Dvorak or Schumann, for example. But it is demanding in a different way: there are many
atmospheres and nuances They alternate very quickly between all the variations. That's the hardest part for me, getting quickly into a new emotion and translating it onto the cello," she stresses.

with a waffle maker

On the stage of the Paseo de Las Canteras venue, he will perform with a cello made by Matteo Goffriller, on loan from the Karolina Blaberg Foundation. "The Goffriller I play is
just a wonderful instrument. The sound is very rich and there are many possibilities to vary the color of the sound. That's why I love him so much," he says.

The musician combines his position in the Berlin formation, considered one of the best orchestras in the world, with his individual career as a soloist, which allows him to make his debut today with the OFGC. "The good thing about the Berlin Philharmonic is that all members
they are very active musically outside the orchestra itself. I see being able to perform on various stages, in different orchestras, make chamber music and play solo as a very important and enriching part of a musician's life,” he says.

again with public

The pandemic brought cultural activity to a halt in Europe from March 2020 until well into 2021. Bruno Delepelaire assures that in the Berlin formation he was “lucky” to “keep playing most of the time”. “The best part of 2021 was having an audience in the concert hall again. In the end, we play for our
public and it really makes a big difference playing in front of the public than doing it alone in front of cameras. The public gives us energy and joy to continue playing! », Says the Frenchman.

His grandmother was an enthusiastic amateur cellist and that permeated as a child the future professional musician who is today Bruno Delepelaire. «
The cello has a very singing and warm sound. I think that's why it attracted me. I also loved that I could vibrate a note and develop the sound into a note. I also played the piano when I was a child and I lacked this possibility of making a note evolve after its start. On the other hand, the cello is an instrument
monodic -most of the time-, so I also loved the piano, because I could play harmonies and counterpoints, "he recalls.

Advice for young people

His advice to those who are training in the instrument that he handles as a highly prestigious professional is simple: “Never forget your love for music. Playing the cello or any other instrument is, first of all,
share emotions. As a student there was a time when I really focused on playing things as perfect as possible and being a virtuoso. Over the years I realized that what is even more important is to be able to play from the heart and let the music speak. For this reason, I would only say to the beginner: remember that you are a musician who plays the cello and not a cellist who
play music".

The director Guillermo Garcia Calvo. /

David Bohman

Garcia Calvo for Chichon

The OFGC announced this Thursday in a statement that Karel Mark Chichon, head and artistic director of this formation and who was scheduled to direct tonight's concert falls due to illness and will be replaced by the Spanish Guillermo García Calvo.

This change does not affect the planned repertoire for this subscription concert, which is completed with
'Metamorphosis'a piece also by Richard Strauss that was conceived as a study for 23 string instruments and is one of the last compositions in the Bavarian catalogue.

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