2018 Performer Profiles: Maria Spengler

Associate Artistic Director Jamie Campbell introduces some of the outstanding performers taking part in the 2018 Southwell Music Festival.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming violinist Maria Spengler to the Southwell Music Festival for the first time.

Maria Spengler. Photo: N. Babic

1) Who are you, where are you based, and what work do you do?

My name is Maria Spengler, I come from Belgrade and I’m a violinist. For the last 20 years I call London my home, where I live with my husband and my 8 year old daughter Sara. I divide my time between a teaching post at the Belgrade Academy of Music and chamber orchestras such as Aurora Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra and BandArt Orchestra, based in Madrid.

2) What music are you most looking forward to performing in Southwell this year?

If I had to choose one piece from the entire program, my favourite would be Bartok’s Divertimento for string orchestra. I was very fortunate to get to know the string orchestra repertoire very early on in my professional life, while still a student in Belgrade, through my first engagement as a leader with a string orchestra St George Strings. Divertimento is where Mozart and Corelli meet the folk music from Balkans, through eyes of Bartok, it echos with nostalgia for me. It will also be great to revisit Mendelssohn’s master piece for string octet, real treat for every string player.

3) What other things have you got coming up that are interesting in the next few months?”

At the moment I am on a little break between concerts on a tour with Aurora Orchestra performing Beethoven’s 5th Symphony from memory. After that the next interesting project will be in Spain, with the BandArt orchestra where we will be playing a series of concerts, including Mahler’s 9th Symphony. At the end of the year I will be going back to Bach Solo Sonatas, as a follow up to my PhD in Music, that I did at the University of Arts in Belgrade.