Famous violinist Alena Baeva can’t wait to get back on stage ahead of her first gig in Belfast
A Russian violinist has said playing her first concert in Belfast will be an “incredible” experience.
Lena Baeva, tonight’s soloist with the Ulster Orchestra, is a working mum who takes her eight-month-old daughter with her to some gigs.
Shortly after arriving in Belfast this week for rehearsals, she opened up about her baby, Alexandra, who was born during lockdown, and her concert pianist husband Vadym, alongside her other daughter, Lika (13 ), and her son Michael (11), who are back in Luxembourg while she fulfills her local commitment.
She had planned an extensive concert tour in the Republic of Ireland last year which was postponed until next month due to the pandemic. However, due to the birth of his daughter, it was cancelled.
Ms Baeva said: ‘It was not possible to find a nanny to look after such a small baby for two weeks, but this week I am lucky that my husband is not on tour and can take care of Alexandra at home.
“The confinement has given us the opportunity to spend more time together as a family.
“However, I have missed the music and I am looking forward to tonight’s concert.
“This is my first time to Belfast. It will be a privilege to perform in Ulster Hall, which my fellow international musicians have told me is incredible.
“I also look forward to seeing Ulster Orchestra conductor Daniele Rustioni again. We worked together on a performance in Italy some time ago.
Tonight Ms Baeva will perform Erich Korngold’s Violin Concerto, which is rarely heard live in Belfast.
She said: “It’s technically difficult and it demands a lot from the soloist, but it’s very beautiful music. I can’t wait to perform it live in front of the audience tonight.
Ms. Baeva was born in Kurdistan in 1985 and started violin lessons at the age of five. His father, Michael, played double bass and guitar, and his mother, Givzel, taught music. She has a brother who lives in Moscow.
Ms. Baeva has studied with some of the world’s greatest musicians, including Mstislav Rostropovich, and has won major prizes, including the Moscow Paganini International Violin Competition.
She performs with some of the best orchestras and conductors in the world, playing an instrument that dates back to 1738.
Despite her family commitments, Ms. Baeva still travels a lot and performed 11 concerts in October alone.
After her engagement in Belfast, she will return to Luxembourg, where she will give her next concert.
She will then return to the international circuit with her husband for performances in Zurich and Lugano.
“Unfortunately I’ll only be in Belfast for a short time, but I hope to see some of the city when I’m not rehearsing,” she said.
“I went to Dublin when my husband was playing there. I loved the spirit of the city.
“With any luck, I will be able to come back to see more of your beautiful province. I saw beautiful historic buildings in Belfast.
“My music career and my family life require a lot of organization to fit everything in, but I wouldn’t want it any other way.
“I don’t think I would like a nine-to-five job.”