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Interview with Stephanie Jones

Interview with Stephanie Jones

Stephanie Jones' appearance definitely is one of the most interesting recent events of the guitar world. "Focus Gitarre" met the 24 years old (currently doing her master of music in Weimar, supervised by Professor Thomas Müller-Pering) for an interview.


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Interview Stephanie Jones

Focus Gitarre:
Dear Stephanie,
Thank you for taking the time and answering focus-gitarre.de's questions!
For a few months we have been seeing videos of highly impressive quality. The recording of Bachs Adagio BWV 1001 you did with SICCAS Guitars has been watched over 250,000 times - in only four months. That’s a phenomenal amount for a classical guitar video! Your interpretation of the five Walton bagatelles evoked enthusiastic reactions and is already counted amongst the best to be ever published. Your playing is immensely refreshing and alive! How do you experience this success and what does it mean to you?

Stephanie Jones:
It means so much to me that many people are enjoying how I play and interpret these pieces. It is both motivational and inspiring to see how much support I am receiving from all corners of the world. Because of this, I wish to continue pursuing my online presence, by creating more videos that both myself and listeners will find engaging.

Focus Gitarre:
Your look reminds people of Miley Cyrus. Many fans are celebrating you enthusiastically as the pop star amongst classical guitarists. I’m personally reminded a bit of pianist Yuja Wang, the recent world success. To what extent are these appearances calculated?


Interview Stephanie Jones
Stephanie Jones:
Many pop stars like Miley Cyrus do have an extremely calculated “on trend” look. They have a whole team of stylists and workers who decide how the star should look depending on what would attract the most fans. This is not the case for me, I have developed my own look just by what I find looks interesting and different. I guess you can say it is a more authentic or organic approach - who I am is not a fabricated persona but a genuine way that I present myself. I think my musical approach reflects this: I want to bring a fresh, modern angle to the classical guitar. To perform and interpret in an engaging and enthusiastic way which I find both loyal to how I want to express myself and who I am.

Focus Gitarre:
Along with you, Andrey Lebedev, Campbell Diamond and Jesse Flowers, Europe has seen four Australian guitarists of the highest international quality arriving in recent years. How do you explain this unusual boom?

Stephanie Jones:
What we have in common is that we all studied in Canberra with renowned professors Tim Kain and Minh Le Hoang.Tim is an exceptional mentor who not only has an inspiring and insightful approach to his teaching, but also looks after his students and adapts his methods to the individual. This allows each student to reach his or her potential. This, combined with the positive competitiveness between a whole class of talented students, created an environment that promoted many successful musicians.

Interview Stephanie Jones

Focus Gitarre:
You're currently studying in Weimar with Thomas Müller-Pering, one of the world’s most accomplished pedagogues for the guitar. What’s the appeal of Weimar and particularly of working with Thomas?

Stephanie Jones:
I am having a wonderful time in Weimar studying with Thomas Müller-Pering. Not only does he provide extra care and support in his students endeavours and education, but he has also greatly expanded my musical and technical approach to the instrument. Prof. Müller-Pering is also an incredible musician with a vast history of performing across the world and collaborating with well respected artists. It was a natural choice to study with him. Weimar is also a city of many wonderful musicians and a rich history of culture. I am very fortunate to study in such an inspiring place.

Focus Gitarre:
You founded the Weimar Guitar Quartet with three of your fellow students (Karmen Štendler from Slovenia; Hanna Link and Jakob Schmidt from Germany). On YouTube, one can hear an ensemble boasting an extraordinarily clear and captivating sound. How did you find each other and what can we expect from you in the future?

Stephanie Jones:
Weimar Guitar Quartet
Weimar Guitar Quartet
It began when I, by chance, ran into Karmen and Hanna at the chamber music signup meeting. They were looking to play in an ensemble together and Hanna kindly asked if I would like to play with them. I am so thankful for this as I had not been in Germany long - everything was so new to me and at the time I didn’t know anyone. It was quite a challenge to move literally to the other side of the world to a new country and language. I feel so fortunate to have met such welcoming people whom I fit so well with in both in life and through our music making. We then joined with our last member Jakob, who had applied to be assigned to an ensemble.
We were very lucky to have another wonderful musician join us! He is incredibly multi talented, making our videos (and my solo videos!), and our media works.
So, by chance, we managed to create an ensemble that works so well together. Not only are we good friends, or maybe because of, we are able to connect and communicate in a unique way to ensure a vibrant and exciting ensemble.
We have an exciting year ahead, planning our first CD, numerous concerts and tours!

Focus Gitarre:
Stephanie, thank you very much for this conversation! I wish you every success in the future!
Interview Stephanie Jones

 


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