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Sir Antonio Pappano is Music Director at the Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. So he knows a thing or two about conducting. We asked him for his tips for dealing with nerves, how to conduct your first big piece and the best piece of advice he’d ever been given.
Every musician suffers from an attack of nerves every now and then. How does one of the world’s best tackle them?
“Don’t be satisfied with being a big fish in a small pond,” says Pappano.
We asked Pappano which one piece of advice he’d pass on. Here’s what he had to say:
If you’re faced with conducting a big symphony for the first time. How should you approach that?
“A minimum amount of clarity in your gesture is important.”
Don't miss Antonio Pappano conducting the Orchestra of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia (or, in Italian, the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia) at the Edinburgh International Festival on 7th August