Jane Peters #SheInspires

March 1, 2017

In the lead up to CLASSIQUE – Camerata’s first gala performance of the year @ QPAC March 3, SheBrisbane were lucky enough to chat to the Australian violinist on board – Jane Peters.

Tell us a little bit about yourself – who you are and what you do

I am an Adelaide born and trained musician, who has concertised around the globe for several decadesand currently resides in Rouen, Normandy a 1 hour train ride from Paris.

Why was music so important to you when you were young?

I took to the violin as a “fish to water” an element also that is vital to my wellbeing (and balances the Leo in me).

What drives you to excel musically?

The sense that I have given my all to a work thus getting close to the source whether it be the Baroque era or something contemporary. Getting beyond the technique so that I am free to indulge also in the music as it is shared with the listener, thus making full circle.

If you weren’t a musician, what could you imagine yourself doing for a living?

I really wonder what I would have done had music not been my destiny so much the drive felt obvious. I talked of psychology and midwifery as a child: my father (is a retired GP and my mother studied Botany. I love plants and aromatherapy…)

What are you most proud of?

My daughter Emma 14, who is about to compete with her team “Jeanne” at the Junior World synchronised skating in Mississuaga, Canada…

Which person inspires you the most?

Without a doubt my beloved teacher Lyndall Hendrickson who turns 100  this year! She gave me the tools to go a long way in this profession. Her dedication to all her pupils was extraordinary and nothing would defeat her. She fought back from polio and other setbacks to inspire students and gave hope to many parents of autistic children as she researched indefatigably in that field.

What has been a life changing moment for you?

There have been many special moments that seem to have influenced the course of my career and added depth that I may have missed out on had I remained mainstream on the fast track. Nevertheless from one perspective probably winning the Tv contest “Showcase”in 1974 and then taking prizes in the 1986 int Tchaikovsky competition in Moscow…  Clearly were unique moments, unparalleled.

What has been the biggest lesson you have learnt (in life or business)?

“Never sit on your laurels”

What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given and by whom?

My teacher: “to thine own self be true”. Easier said than done!

What are your top 3 bucket list items?

  • Check the bucket is without a hole…
  • Get a bit more computer savvy: I’m hopeless and would prefer to read!
  • Read more!

What’s next for you?

Return to France, resume teaching, continue to juggle the satisfying array of contrasting repertoire and concert stages: embark on my solo Bach recording project within the next year or so. Attempt to obtain double nationality Australian French to actively participate in French civic life (voting for example).

What’s your greatest regret?

No regrets

What is the key to your happiness?

Happiness is not a reward. It is the bi product of satisfaction of hard work and appreciation of what is good while it lasts. Savouring the moment to the best of my capacity!

To experience the wonder of Jane Peters with Camerata in a program that shimmers with classical elegance and refined romanticism, book at QPAC or call 136 246

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