„I like a nice piece of wood much more than all the plastic stuff“
„I believe we need valuable things and valuable standards for our society again," says world-class musician Bernhard Leonardy. In a form.bar interview, the concert organist, director of the Saar Music Festival and basilica cantor at the St. Johann Basilica in Saarbrücken talks about the key to a fulfilled life, his great love and the power of music.
How do you deal with setbacks?
Setbacks have always motivated me to do something different. One learns a lot from setbacks, even if it is not easy at the time. At Saarland University, for example, I once worked provisionally as music director, but then someone else got the job. I was very disappointed because I had put a lot of personal energy, work and future prospects into the position. Today I know that everything has something good in it. At university I would have worked mainly with lay people, but today I am allowed to work with the world's greats.
What does music mean to you?
When tears roll down your eyes, when you can grasp emotions with your hands, that is music for me. Music always has to have a very big effect. I believe that music can build very beautiful bridges between the currently drifting apart things industry and environment. Music is a great force, it can call for crusades and at the same time celebrate the most beautiful peace treaty. In my opinion, classical music also teaches attention, you don't get bombarded, you have to listen carefully and differentiate. Maybe that also teaches to differentiate fake news from the real news. This is also an educational task of classical music.
Do you have any advice for your 20 year old self?
I would try to become more professional much faster. In the organization of concerts and, and, and. I have been a lone fighter for too long. Networking and working with people, I used to see that more as a threat to my own self than as an enrichment.