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Tahlia Petrosian: “We Need to Offer a Whole Range of Different Ways People Can Access and Enjoy High-Quality Classical Music”


The interview with musician Tahlia Petrosian provides a comprehensive insight into her multifaceted career as a violist, chamber musician, director of KLASSIK Underground, creative producer, and member of the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig. Beginning with her origins in Australia, the interview explores her transition from studying law to pursuing a career in music and the transformative experience of studying viola in Germany with Tabea Zimmermann.

Petrosian reflects on her journey to becoming a professional musician, emphasizing the impact of immersing herself in the rich musical tradition of Germany and the inspiration derived from renowned professors. Her affiliation with the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig, one of the world’s oldest and most traditional orchestras, is discussed in the context of its historical significance and innovative spirit. Petrosian highlights her perception of the orchestra’s tradition as one of continuous innovation, aligning with her own commitment to exploring new musical horizons.

The interview delves into Petrosian’s groundbreaking initiative, KLASSIK Underground, a series that bridges the gap between traditional concert settings and more relaxed, experimental venues. Petrosian explains the concept of after-show performances featuring soloists from the Gewandhaus Orchestra, creating a unique and engaging experience for diverse audiences. She further explores collaborations with visual artists, integrating classical music with various art forms, showcasing the series’ commitment to innovation and accessibility.

The discussion extends to Petrosian’s role at HarrisonParrott, a renowned artist agency, where she contributed to special projects and consulted on developing new formats for classical music performances. The interview concludes by unveiling Petrosian’s latest project, Resonate, an online platform that combines art and music for interactive 21st-century experiences. Resonate seeks to reimagine classical music’s online presence by incorporating visual art and fostering interaction between performers and a global audience.

In response to the evolving landscape of classical music consumption, Petrosian advocates for diversifying offerings to cater to varying audience preferences. She emphasizes the importance of maintaining artistic standards while exploring alternative formats, such as late-night shows and online experiences like Resonate, to make classical music accessible to a broader demographic without compromising its integrity. Ultimately, the interview underscores Tahlia Petrosian’s innovative approach to classical music and her dedication to shaping its future in a dynamic and inclusive manner.

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