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“Don’t just listen to music: play music!”


“Don’t just listen to music: play music!”

Quarantine Minutes with Orsolya Mód

We launched our series, entitled “Quarantine Minutes,” so as not to lose touch with one another even during these difficult times. We spoke with our musicians to hear how they’re dealing with their new circumstances in light of the coronavirus epidemic. How have their lives changed? Are they able to find anything positive in their situation? What music do they recommend for you? How have they transformed their ways of making music? Here are cellist Orsolya Mód's answers.

What music would you recommend for our audiences while they are isolated at home? What do you listen to and what do you like to play to improve your mood?

I would tell people this: don’t just listen to music: play music! If you have no instrument, sing! The other day, we wished my mother-in-law a happy birthday, in song. My husband and I were both so enthusiastic, and even if we were slightly off-key with our serenade, it made us so happy. Each and every time I continue to be amazed by the joy that comes with making music.

Have you learned anything new during the quarantine? Have you perhaps picked up any new habits?

I strive to learn something each day, both with my cello and elsewhere. My new habit is to have a long breakfast.

What do you miss the most right now?

I miss the atmosphere of the concerts. There is a kind of inimitable magic to live performances. It will be good to go back to the kind of fun and little laughs we share with my colleagues and others in my section. And it will be good to hear the interesting, playful images and comments Iván shares about the pieces we play. I very much miss seeing our family and friends.

What do you like about the quarantine?

I enjoy the freedom to determine my own schedule and being able to see more of my husband.

Is there anything in your life you never had time for before, but always wanted to do - and now you’ve been able to try?

A number of small, pleasant things come to mind right now; I do enjoy, for instance, having dinner while watching a movie, comfortably, sitting on the couch.

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