Meet Nancy AlSafadi, the talented violinist hitting all the right notes!
Please introduce yourself to our readers.
My name is Nancy Alsafadi and I’m 22 years old. I’m Syrian, born in Syria, Lattakia. I’ve lived in Kuwait for 18 years.
What’s your educational background?
I studied in governmental schools followed by the Arab Open University. I have a degree in English Literature with first class honor.
How old were you when you started playing violin? Why did you choose it? Did you learn other instruments?
I was ten years old when I started learning violin. I was so taken with how amazing it sounded since I was seven years old. Since then, the dream of becoming a great violinist was so powerful. I also started learning piano when I was seven and participated in a few concerts in school. I stopped piano by age fourteen to put all my focus on violin only.
What type of music did you listen to as a child and what do you listen to now?
The genre of music I’ve been fascinated by since I was seven years old is classical music. Even though I was very young, I used to feel that I really connected with classical music. I’m also fascinated by movie soundtracks, tango music and modern classical music.
How would you define your own career to date?
My career as a musician and a performer is growing rapidly. Day by day, I’m jumping many steps and evolving more in this field.
How would you describe the relationship with your instrument?
My violin is my heart and my soul. The relationship I have with my violin can’t be described with words. It’s a piece of me now and I’m lifeless without it.
What is the best part of performing on stage?
The rush of adrenaline that makes me feel so alive! The stage for me is home, it is where I belong.
Who are your greatest musical influences?
My musical influences come in order. First, my great grandfather who was an extraordinary violinist. Next, his cousin who is also a great violinist. My favourite international classical violinist is Hilary Hahn.
How do you choose the songs you cover?
I always make sure to cover some songs that are known to people, but I don’t just stick to what people are familiar with. My repertoire includes many classical pieces and soundtracks from movies. Even though people might not be familiar with some pieces that I play, they still really enjoy my passion in performing them. So, I focus on both what other people like and also what I like (and then make people fall in love with it).
What do you consider to be incisive moments in your artistic work and/or career?
The first time I ever performed in front of people on a stage. That first experience changed me completely and made me thrive more for stage performing.
What are your main artistic challenges?
My main challenge for now is to excel in classical music and work on masterpieces in order to have a concert in a theatre, by next year hopefully.
What three things are you looking to accomplish this year either personally or professionally?
Personally, I want to finish reading many philosophical books by this year. I love engaging in philosophical thinking and reading. Professionally, there are two high-level violin technique books that I’m hoping to finish this year. I also want to start a YouTube channel very soon.
Who do you dream of performing with?
I dream of performing with a philharmonic orchestra one day.
Where is the coolest place you have played?
The coolest place I played was in anime big shows (conventions for anime and video games etc). The enthusiasm from people towards what I’m performing was real!
Your message for us at CP Magazine?
I’m very thankful for the efforts CP Magazine is making to highlight women’s power. It’s my honor to be chosen for this interview so thank you for giving me the opportunity for my voice to be heard.