Anastasia Kozlova, Multidimensional Musician, Violinist, Founder, Festival Groeneveld

Anastasia Kozlova, Multidimensional Musician, Violinist, Founder, Festival Groeneveld

  • Anastasia Kozlova, born in Leningrad, is a musician, a freelance concert violinist and art director of her own music festival and has helped a number of music festivals around the world to also start.

 

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Overview

Classical music some say is on the decline, but there are people who love it and want to make it familiar with the whole world so that it remains a part of our shared culture. Classical music had a sense of stiffness and inflexibility, and only altering these can we hope for the new world to understand and appreciate classical music.

Today’s guest, Anastasia Kozlova, born in Leningrad, is a musician, a freelance concert violinist and art director of her own music festival. She talks about her aristocratic family roots and her family’s influence on her life. She also discusses the need to make Classical music younger and more spontaneous.

00:33- About Anastasia Kozlova

  • Anastasia Kozlova, born in Leningrad, is a musician, a freelance concert violinist and art director of her own music festival and has helped a number of music festivals around the world to also start.
  • She has won numerous prizes and recognition and has played with the world’s leading classical musicians.
  • Her family moved to Spain when she was 11 and to the Netherlands when she was 13. Her mother was one of the top five harpists in the world and passed away when Anastasia was 15.

02:44- How does your music festival differ compared to others?

  • I started to organize festivals, because I found the world of classical music quite boring and made for older audience and wanted to it differently.
  • I started my first festival in 2009, and it was the combination of classical music with other disciplines like sport, fashion, and science.
  • The goal of making classical music ‘younger’ has been successful as a number of young people come to the festivals and appreciate it.

04:56- What is Classical music, and why do you need to make it younger?

  • It’s a particular style of music. We have contemporary music and classical music, which is from Baroque to the day of today.
  • People are in touch with Classical music till the university level but once they start working, they want to spend their money on what they want and don’t want to be associated with the people of age 60 or 70 who usually go to classical music halls.
  • So, we’re trying to make it younger, make it more spontaneous. Make it open and less stiff than it used to be.

10:43- What helps you create this combination of ideas and concepts?

  • I believe that we have only one life and I want to make a difference. I really want to mean something for the for people and will be unhappy to go away, leaving behind nothing.
  • Apart from the word of classical music, I look at the world of business and the world of science and the world of politics. I try to learn from all of them to create something and to make a difference.
  • For other festivals, I always look at what people want and what they want to reach. I did some marketing courses and a bit of a marketing study and try to help people to achieve whatever they want to achieve or to give advice.

13:15- About the aristocratic roots of Anastasia’s family

  • My great, great, great-grandfather was pronounced St. Innocent of Alaska. And my grandmother, her grandfather was the personal Priester of Maria Feodorovna, a queen in Russia.
  • When the Bolsheviks came, people with royal blood were pronounced the enemy of the state. My grandmother along with her sister and mother were pronounced the enemy of the state and her grandfather and father were killed in prison.
  • Eventually, my grandmother met my grandfather, a German architect who had to build bridges that the German troops blew up. For the duration of the war, they lived in the wagon of a train.
  • My grandmother even after going through all that was a very bright person. And my great-great-grandfather was also a very friendly and kind man and there are a number of books written about him. They are my inspirations.

25:10- Comment on the current state of affairs in Russia?

  • I am really deeply saddened by what is happening. I think it’s absolutely horrible.
  • I thought I cannot sit still, I cannot do nothing because it doesn’t feel right for me, I should use maybe the ability to organize things to mean something for other people and to be able to help.
  • I started to organize benefits and to raise money for Ukrainian musicians in need and for elderly people and for young people from Ukraine, but also people who fled to Holland.

27:15- How do you want the world to remember you?

  • Foremost, I think as a people’s person. Somebody who really cared and somebody who can help others.
  • Somebody who contributed something, who changed something, brought innovation and who will really help people to love classical music or to do work with music.
  • I hope I can contribute and do something which will bring the world further.

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  • Anastasia Kozlova, born in Leningrad, is a musician, a freelance concert violinist and art director of her own music festival and has helped a number of music festivals around the world to also start.
  • She has won numerous prizes and recognition and has played with the world’s leading classical musicians.
  • Her family moved to Spain when she was 11 and to the Netherlands when she was 13. Her mother was one of the top five harpists in the world and passed away when Anastasia was 15.

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