I knew early on that I wanted to study music and become a professional musician. Music is a natural part of my life and I have always been surrounded by it. I got my first cello when I was eleven years old. My father found a ¾ sized cello at a market in London and I was the only one in the family who was the right size for it. Right from the start I played for an excellent teacher who quickly made me realise what a fantastic instrument the cello is, and that it was the right instrument for me. It has such an amazing sound and a natural voice which I can express myself through.
The cello is multi-facetted as an instrument, it can change from a singing voice to a drum and then to an electric guitar. It is becoming more common in other musical genres and even other artistic forms such as theatre and art. I have played, among other things, some pop, flamenco and experimental music. Earlier this was in principle not possible, classical music was the only alternative.
Get out there and play
My time at the Malmö Academy of Music has given me a solid foundation to stand on when I am out in professional life. As a student it is easy to find yourself in a sheltered world and not give a thought to what will happen once you graduate. If you really want to become a musician I think it is important, as early as possible, to find out what is demanded of a professional musician. Competition is fierce and that is the way it should be too. All the practical details which need to be taken care of are also important, such as how to get an agent. Experience is the key. My advice is to get out there and play as many concerts as possible, even during your studying years, and partake in competitions.
Last modified 18 Mar 2013
Amelia Jakobsson Boyarsky
Freelance musician. Started studying at the Malmö Academy of Music as a 15 year old under professor of cello Mats Rondin among others. Amelia has a Master’s degree from Canada and has recently completed a post graduate diploma at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen.