Today’s catch-up is with violinist Gilda Ferrie. Gilda was our very first performer on Season 2 of The Talent in 2018, and took out third place alongside winner Dindin Wang and second prizewinner Clancy McLeod. In our chat Gilda tells us of the challenges COVID has presented as a performer who is still at school, as well as exciting opportunities she’s been offered and what she looks forward to when lockdown is over.
Gilda, thanks for having a chat! What have you been up to since appearing on The Talent in 2018?
Well…this year has been pretty quiet for competitions! I’ve been the concertmaster of The Melbourne String Ensemble, taken part in masterclasses with USA based violinist Simon James and UK violinist Claire Stirling, won a number of prizes in the Boorondara and Ringwood Eisteddfods. I was also invited to take part in the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s Virtual Academy, which (hopefully!) will include a visit to Sydney for a performance in December. Once I finish school I plan to study in the USA, and in March this year, after sending a recording to various Conservatories, I was invited to have lessons with Cho Liang Lin at Rice University (Texas), Director of Strings at Oberlin Conservatory Dr Sibbi Bernhardsson, and Philip Setzer at the Cleveland Institute of Music. It was so disappointing I had to cancel due to COVID, but I hope to reschedule next year.
How are you coping during lockdown?
I quite like working from home as I find I am more efficient with my time. It allows me extra time to practice and I don’t have to wake up as early!
How has COVID impacted your life/music/creativity?
I’ve really missed live rehearsals and collaboration/concerts with The Melbourne String Ensemble. Also, I love travel so it has been frustrating not being able to go anywhere. I’m in year 11 this year so it has been a challenge completing some 3 / 4 VCE subjects online.
What’s your number one strategy for beating the lockdown blues?
Keeping in touch with my friends, running, listening to music and spoiling my cat.
What do you look forward to most post-lockdown?
Hopping on a plane and travelling somewhere. It will also be great to go to a live concert.