In advance of our concert with him at the Queen Elizabeth Hall tomorrow night, Enrique answers our burning questions…
What/when was your big breakthrough?
It was in 2002, when I discovered my house in Tuscany. I left Milan behind and with it the big city routine, and found a completely new way of life: countryside, nature, starry skies, fields…
What do you fear the most?
I fear a future of misunderstanding between people, religions and politics that may lead to wars. I fear a lack of communication.
Which mobile number do you call the most?
The one of my personal angel…
What – or where – is perfection?
Perfection is nowhere. We are the kingdom of the imperfection – and it’s great!
Who is your favourite hero from fiction (book/comic/film/opera) – and why?
I love Neo from the movie The Matrix – a figure who tries to explain the drama of Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave”. He comes pretty close I think!
Enrique Mazzola can’t stop smiling. In a clutch of impressive debuts coming up this season – including the Oslo and New Japan Philharmonics and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra – the young Italian conductor is particularly thrilled by the prospect of working with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, with whom he will make his debut at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in November. ‘They are full of passion and life,’ he enthuses. ‘They really know what they want.’Read More