Today on Guitaa Artists Center stage, we have an amazing violinist and music composer with us, “Herman Bayatian“.
Hailing from Makeevka, Ukraine, Herman did his graduation from Donetsk Music College. A product manager in IT field, Herman is one such motivational person who shows us how a musician can manage his/her personal and professional life.
Let’s get to know more about this amazing artist, how his journey into music began, about his biggest challenge as a musician, and many more.
- Introduce yourself to our audience, what genre of music do you consider your work to be?
Hello everyone! I’m Herman, 24 years old, from Ukraine. It’s a nice country in East Europe. I was studying as a violinist and conductor. Now I compose music too. But working as product manager in IT Company 🙂
I prefer to work with classical, romantic and film music. As for me, that are the best genres where I can realise my potential and show what is inside me, in my heart, head and soul.
- What and who were your early passions and influences, What inspires you to make music?
It was my aunt that plays the violin too. She was my first teacher when I was 9 years old. It’s slightly late to start playing violin and later to be a professional violinist. But I wanted to play so much and didn’t think about future as musician.
After that in music colleague I opened YouTube where I’ve found such performers like Leonid Kogan, Anna Sophie-Mutter and Maxim Vengerov. They were my favourite! I learnt to play how they are playing, was growing on their performances.
First of all, other musicians can inspire me, love from other people to do something. I always have motivation to do projects etc.
The second is when I publish new videos, I look how people react and mostly it gives me more motivation to make more, again and again.
- Tell us about that one memorable performance and favorite venue which you still wish to happen again?
It was a concert in Donetsk (before the war between Ukraine and Russian, in 2013). I’ve played the 2nd movement from Wieniawski Violin Concerto. It was amazing. It was full hall, almost 2000 people. My first really nice performance 🙂
If I wish, yes, sure! I like to play with orchestra. Not in, but with 🙂
- Any funny story of a mess up during your performance where you handled that situation like nothing happened?
I can’t remember now, sorry…
- If you could collaborate with any musicians(dead/alive), who would you collaborate with and why?
I would like to cooperate with Ray Chen. I think it can be real. He is very popular between violinist. He is a very simple, fun, beautiful violinist and now he is making project Play with Ray Competition where non-professional violinist can get the opportunity to play with him and LA philharmonic. He has even reviewed one of my youtube video.
- Any Tips to keep the balance between professional and music life?
You have to understand priorities, what most important for you, what not. For example, if you are a musician that gives concerts around the world, you can forget about a happy family, girlfriend, etc. because you are always somewhere but not in your own place. (I hope I understood your question right 🙂
- What has been your biggest challenge as a Musician? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
Practice. Practice such things that you hate. You understand that you have to do it. There is no other way if you would like to be more than just “good musician”. It’s about exercises, music program, regularly practice etc.
Just do it because only you need it. Nobody doesn’t care. Only you need it. All practices are for yourself. If you love it and if you want to be an excellent musician, you need to work hard, be nice with audience, be a normal human, be yourself.
- What Tools and techniques you use to improve your singing/instrumental playing?
My favourite question:) Because I don’t have any violin teacher that would show me my problems and mistakes. The best of the best today is microphone or video camera, or smartphone. You can record your performance and look at problems by playing the music works, and you can correct some things by yourself. I do recordings regularly. Play also with metronome. You can download any of them. It’s very helpful for your playing.
- What type of Gadgets and instruments do you use while practicing? And, Do you have any specific name of your instrument?
Now I use MacBook Pro 13” 2014 for recording in Logic X Pro (before it was GarageBand on iPad Air 2). Before I used to have the camera Canon EOS 700d for video recording. Now is iPhone XS. Mic is MXL770 by Marshall.
I called my violin many times few names. Now is “die Deutsche” (like german woman). The violin has been made in Germany.
- What advice would you have for someone wanting to become an Artist?
At first, love what you do. If you aren’t loving it, you won’t rich something on high level, it’s 100% info. Find the best subject for yourself and work hard. If you are musician, find the feature that only you have. Be social active. Nowadays it’s very important.
Find your favourite performers and try to understand and to analyse why you liked this guy or his performance and try to repeat some things but stay individual:) and don’t be afraid. Never!
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