Life After Young Musicians: Raul Dignola from Germany

Life After Young Musicians: Raul Dignola from Germany
Raul Dignola represented Germany in 2016 (Photograph: Thomas Hanses)
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Back in September Raul Dignola represented Germany in Eurovision Young Musicians 2016 in Cologne. Raul made his stage debut when he was just six years old and took part in many events as part of a children's choir when he was younger, during which time he also started to play the French horn. Raul's composition of choice for Eurovision Young Musicians was Mozart's second concerto for horn and orchestra. What has Raul been up to since the competition? We spoke to him to find out.

  • What have you been up to since the competition?

I moved to Leipzig two weeks after Eurovision Young Musicians in order to begin my studies at the Musikhochschule Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy in Leipzig. In November I had an invitation to play at the Radiosalon of BR Klassik with fantastic musicians in Nuremberg. My life has always been full of music and concerts. After Eurovision Young Musicians my studies and concerts with other young musicians at the IFF Musikhochschule Hannover continued as usual, but with the competition I understood that we can perform as young ambassadors for classical music.

  • What is your favourite memory from the week?

Absolutely my very best memory is rehearsing and playing concert with the WDR orchestra and conductor Clemens Schuldt, really inspiring. Performing Mozart's sound was pure joy.

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

Meet your music and join the others. Never think about prices, but dedicate yourself to music and stay close to it! We are not important, MUSIC is!

Watch Raul's performance in the Grand Final of Eurovision Young Musicians 2016:

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