Maj Julia Bommas is a young violinist from Germany, who is active in the youth orchestra of her native country. Because we understand how important it is for an artist to evolve and develop from a young age, we consider Maj to be a great example in this regard, and we wanted her to share her personal experience and get accustomed to giving interviews, which we believe she will have many of in the future. Without saying more, we leave you to get to know her in the following lines and hear what a young musician has to say about the present and the future.
Q: Hello Maj, we’re delighted to have you here today, and we appreciate your willingness to share your journey as a young musician. To begin with, could you please introduce yourself and tell us a bit about you?
A: Yes, I’m Maj Bommas and I play at viola in the Youth Orchestra of Germany, there since about one year. I’m 14, and I go still to school.
Q: Okay, you’re very young. How long have you been involved in such orchestras? When you start to play in an orchestra.
A: So I started to play in orchestras, very young, I started with a music school orchestra and went up in the levels. You can say, first, the London Symphony Orchestra of converting back then the bonus unit orchestra and I did the audition. Last year, September.
Q: And this experience can improve your skills, your attitude about music?
A: Yes, definitely. So I think it’s an amazing place you meet new people, you new, learn new pieces, I’ve never played on one before. And also you learn how to connect with your group with a wild group. And I think in the bonus unit, okay, so it’s special because you change seats, why the concert, and that’s how you learn where, how to play different on another seat. So if you’re in the front, you play completely different, I think, than in the back, you do need a complete different energy to play there and connect with the group. So you’re one that will be the goal.
Q: You think the most important thing for you when working, this orchestra is connecting the peopl?. Maybe you have many friends, but how is in your vision about this changing of people? I think, every years, the orchestra are new members.
A: Yes. So I think you that’s also something where you can learn you, you for one year, it’s mostly almost the same people. And then you find yourself as a group. Like we’re there free work seasons in the year, in the winter, in the spring, and now in the summer. And the winter, we started, I was new in the orchestra. And it was a completely new world. And now I know almost everybody and I know the people, and next year is going to be the same they’re going to be new people and you learn how to get connect new and play with those. It’s completely different. So I think it’s always interesting and you learn new things.
Q: You work with a lot of conductor. Do you believe that this helps you as a young artist just starting out?
A: Yes. And I see a few again, I work last year with a conductor of Germany and now in the spring we played with a different conductor . Yeah, They all make us feel free and it’s a pleasure, which helps us grow as artists.
- Where do you see yourself in the future? In the medium and long term.
A: I play also the clarinet and my wish would be to go solo on the viola and maybe teach clarinet that would be my personal wish but orchestra is always a possibility. And right now I have my own piano quartet and chamber music also. Something opened but I like to go a solo career.
Q: If your plan are changing in the future, where you want to play ?
A: I mean so instead I want to tell when there are high goals and what you can get in the future is something different but they’re in Germany,we had a lot of really good orchestras starting. Learn from their private Shavon from there are really and also our Crystals where you can live from with what you’re earning. So there are many possibilities and I think you have to see what you with the time where you come down there, the adoption, what you can get and try the best, but we’ll see.
Q: So do you think this kind of orchestra,youth orchestra I mean, or when you become a member of seniour Orchestra can influence your career or the attitude about playing in orchestra?
A: Yeah. So when I started, I said in the back for orchestra, and I think when you play an orchestra, you can always set yourself new goals. So for example, if you sit in the back, then your next goal would be first, first take a stand, thank you first stand or then principal, or then the next or Christa one. Each group older, you can also always set yourself new goals, or you also the pieces. So when I began to play it on one, I started with slow peace. And now my goal is to play like perfectly with my neighbour, or you always have new goals. And also, I think, my wish, and you can get so inspired by other people in the orchestra, if you see oh, that one does something so great. I love that I want to do that too. You learn new things. For example, also. connections or people when you want to play cello music, or competitions you didn’t know and where you can compete. And it’s something where you can learn new things. With a lot of people. I mean, we are 110 or something like that.
Q: How do you think the audience in concert halls will look in the future in your vision? How do you think musicians should proceed to bring the audience closer to them?
A: Right now, I’m studying by Tabia Cinema in Frankfurt. And I want to get a great bachelor and maybe mastery. And then I would like to, yeah, to a lot of things I do right now. But I think if you do a lot of projects, and you open up yourself so much possibilities, what you can do in the future, there are always new things. So play a lot of consoles with a lot of people and take every possibilities you get. I believe you need to put your best into the music you have and perform it with great dedication and love.
Q: Do you have any advice for other young musicians like yourself?
A: They take everything you can and take every possibility they are open. Every door opens for you take it, shut it and so maybe open up yourself to other people. I see a few people in this orchestra that go in the evening in the room, shut the door, maybe practice a bit for themselves and then go to sleep. I don’t say party a lot but connect with the other people and try out just new things. Okay, thank you so much.