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Egor Egorkin Artist Interview

Egor Egorkin was born in 1986, in Tosno, near Saint-Petersburg, north-west of Russia, in a family of engineers and clothing designers. Egor started flute in the class of Prof. Vladimir Ushakov. Bachelor 2003 in the Conservatory of Rimski-Korsakov, class of Prof. Olga Tcherniadyeva. In 2007 got a solo piccolo position in the orchestra of State Capella in St.Petersburg. Master in 2011 in Weimar, by Prof. Wally Hase. Piccolo during bachelor and master by Benjamin Plag. After studies got a position in the Karajan Akademie in 2013 as a member of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

Can you give us five career highlights?

Well, I have only one! But really, at every concert I try to do my best.

How about three pivotal moments that were essential to creating the artist that you've become?

1. Starting practicing flute instead of learning programming language.
2. Learning from Benjamin Plag how to make a sound on piccolo.
3. Getting lessons from Emmanuel Pahud while playing in the orchestra together was an intense experience to gain.

What do you like best about performing?

Higher octaves on pianissimo - my love forever.
Maybe also all solos from Shostakowitch are making me fly.

What made you decide to focus on the piccolo?

My teacher Benjamin Plag said that it sounds good to me. Also, I always felt it's easier for me to play piccolo than the flute.

CD releases?


What does your schedule look like for the next six months?

Recording projects with my colleagues.
Preparing another Vivaldi Concerto.
Instagram takes a lot of time.
Developing educational material.
Easter Festival in Baden-Baden with orchestra.

What are your goals personally?  Professionally?

Make music. Record music.

What inspires you the most in life?

Order and organization.

What has been your greatest professional challenge?

Probably now I am on it - the first release. I am worrying to find the right publisher; never done it before, and have chills even thinking about where to start. Not talking about sharing my interpretation and results of editing, this is already a way too personal.

What has been your personal greatest challenge?

Saying no to many things and to people in order to get closer to finishing the professional greatest challenge.

Who were your music mentors?  and what did you learn from them?

I had wonderful teachers, and mostly my mentor was my dad, who spent hours practicing with me alongside. I mean, I played flute, and he recalled again and again what my teacher told me in the lesson.

Can you give us five quirky, secret, fun (don't think too much about this) hobbies or passions?

I like computers and all that stuff.

Also, controlling sounds is my passion. I enjoy brief moments of silence a lot.

Food, of course! Cheese!
Actually, recently started hiking in mountains with my wife, and spending time that way was a revelation, I loved it.
Producing music, recording sounds and music, and watching movies of Tarkovski, Jarmush, and Lapushanski, and great directors.

What 3 things would you offer as advice for a young flutist?

Be yourself! Develop what you like personally. Record your lessons and yourselves to refine sound and technique.

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