Life After Young Musicians: Roland Attila Jakab from Hungary

Life After Young Musicians: Roland Attila Jakab from Hungary
Photo: Thomas Hanses (EBU)
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Last year violinist Roland Attila Jakab represented Hungary in Eurovision Young Musicians. He played Sarasate's Zigeunerwisen op. 20, No. 1. Speaking after his rehearsal, he explained why he chose this particular piece of music. "It is one of my favourite pieces. It is from both the Hungarian and gypsy musical tradition". We caught up with Roland to find out what he has been up to since the 2016 competition.

• What have you been up to since the competition?

I can’t say the time stopped since we came home from Cologne. In fact, I had more and more experiences, impressions. In October I participated in one-week tour organised by the Hungarian talent show Virtuosos. We performed in five venues in Transylvania. It was cool to play together again with my mates, participants from the national talent competition.

In December I won the first prize for my age category at the Emanuel Elenescu Festival, and finally also the Festival Grand Prix. At the same time I spent a lot of time practicing and started to learn new music pieces. I am now preparing for exams.

• What is your favourite memory from the week?

I have two favourite memories from the event week. The first one is the social event on a boat, where I met the other participants. Everybody was very friendly and open, I was happy to meet many new people, many musicians. The second one was the after party, when I had a possibility to make friendships with jury members.

• What advice would you give someone who is thinking about participating in 2018?

Put in energy and try to express yourself, your personality. Not only the technics are important, but also the way we are performing the piece of music, what we are conveying in our performance.

Check out Roland's performance in Eurovision Young Musicians below:

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