This young woman from Irún from the Euskadiko Gazte Orchestra has participated in the ‘European Encounters’ of DudamelUxue Sansiñena She has always been in love with double bass
Sergei Aleksándrovich Koussevitzky or simply Kusevitski was born into a Jewish family in today’s Tver Oblast of Russia. His parents were professional musicians and they immediately taught little Sergei to play the violin, the cello, the piano and even the trumpet. This happened around 1874. Some 125 years later, in a city in Gipuzkoa, in Irun, Uxue Sansiñena was born. His parents, like Sergei’s, are also professional musicians and have instilled their passion for music in Uxue. Right now, at home, Uxue’s family could even be a small orchestra, like the Boston Symphony Orchestra directed by Sergei from 1924. Or like the orchestra that Gustavo Dudamel has formed and directed in the first edition of ‘Encuentros Europeans’. He selected Uxue for those performances thanks to her performance of the ‘Kusevitski Concerto’. Yes, the double bass concerto composed by the Russian Sergei sounds wonderful in the hands of this Irundarra and under the baton of the Venezuelan maestro. You know, music is universal and does not understand borders or time travel. Everything can be put together in one score …
–How does your double bass sound under Gustavo Dudamel, Uxue?
As a director, he’s impressive, so great. He has incredible energy and he knows how to transmit it. His love for music is also evident. The truth is that he looked happy directing, so I think we’ve all played like this: happy. We have formed a small family in a few days, it has been an incredible experience.
DUDAMEL «As a conductor he is impressive, he has incredible energy that he knows how to transmit» ORIGINS «In the family we are all musicians; at home they play trombone, flute and trumpet »
– And off stage? It will also have been an experience …
-Sure! Music has given me the opportunity to meet many people from other cities, but this experience has been special. Here there were not only people from the Canary Islands, Murcia or Madrid. There were twelve different nationalities in the orchestra. I have learned a lot from the stories of my colleagues, their cultures, their experiences … It has been very enriching on a personal and professional level. In addition to Gustavo Dudamel, I have also really enjoyed the teachers who have come. For example, in the case of the double bass, the soloist from the Los Angeles Philharmonic has come. Classes with him have been very nice. Being surrounded by people like that has been something unique and very enriching.
– Tell us a secret, how is Gustavo Dudamel without a baton?
– (Laughter) It’s no secret: he’s very friendly and close. Whenever we have gone out for a walk or visit a little the city we were in, he has come with us. He has chatted a lot and told us his story. Listening to him, the truth, has been a motivation to keep going.
– How did you get the opportunity to participate in your meetings?
–This has been the first edition of ‘European Encounters’ promoted by the Gustavo Dudamel Foundation. At the EGO, Germán Ormazabal and Rubén Gimeno encouraged us to present ourselves. I didn’t expect to be selected, but I applied.
-What did you do?
–I had to record a video at home and send it. It was not easy, recording videos at home is complicated because I am very critical and until it comes out perfect I do not stop.
– What did you play to convince the director?
–Several passages from the ‘Kusevitsky Concerto’, which is a special soloist work for double bass.
–The why of Kusevitski in this case is clear to me, but why did you choose the double bass?
–I don’t know, but as soon as I saw him at the Irun conservatory I had no doubts. It is true that at home music is very present because my parents are musicians and my brother is also. I have always been clear that I wanted to dedicate myself to music.
– All the double bass?
-Nerd. All different. My grandfather plays the trombone, my mistress plays the flute and my brother the trumpet.
– I suppose that having the music in your blood does not detract from the nerves in the performances, right?
–I remember the first times with great enthusiasm and since I was very little I have been in love with the double bass. It’s a tough career, but my best friends are in music. I have crews at the Irun conservatory, in Pamplona, at the EGO … But the nerves in the performances are always there. For example, I remember that when I finished my degree at the intermediate conservatory, we did a solo concert and I was very nervous. It was an important moment and with a concert that I really liked. I remember it fondly.
“What did you play?”
–Kusevitski’s double bass concerto. I finished my stage in the middle and I went to the higher conservatory and said goodbye with a piece that I love. In reality, all places or moments can be special.
– Where have those ‘European Encounters’ been?
–We have done a concert at the Prado Museum behind closed doors and then a concert in Oviedo, another in Tenerife and the last one in Gran Canaria.
-And now that? Holidays?
–I am going to continue at the EGO and then next year I will start an orchestral master’s degree at Musikene. I am at home, but wanting to continue studying and training. Actually I’m going to stop a little, on the 20th we will return with the EGO and then in August the Musical Fortnight will play. It’s what I like, so it’s like a vacation.