Uebel Interviews: Conversation with Iván Marin García

Our F. Arthur Uebel artist Iván Marin García continues our small interview series with many exciting insights and impulses.

How did you discover your instrument?

My grandfather was an amazing professional clarinet player and began teaching me music at the age of 3 or 4 years old. I played the recorder for quite some time before picking up the clarinet.

When did you know that you wanted to be a professional musician?

When I went to study to Los Angeles (California) and sat in an orchestra I knew I wanted to make a living as an orchestral musician. I was 17 years old at the time. Up until then, not once did I have the opportunity to experience playing in an orchestra. I had already finished my Conservatory music degree in Spain, but back then in the decade of the 90s there weren’t many opportunities to play in orchestra. Until I sat in that orchestra at the university, I had studied clarinet but had not questioned whether I was going to be a professional musician or not.

How important is passing on your knowledge, for example with teaching?

Extremely important. I consider that we are now opening up to a more integral way of seeing musicians. I have always been interested in all the psychological aspects around being a musician and it is now that society is more open to talk about it all. Stage fright, conscious practicing, achieving goals, etc. In my case, I have spent my whole life exploring these areas and love the idea of making the path easier for future generations since they already have other difficulties to deal with such as stress, pollution, attention deficit due to technological advances, etc. This also applies to all the musical and technical knowledge I am passing along. My goal is to teach other musicians how to become their own teachers, and to get them in touch with their very own unique and personal voice.

What is the role of classical music in today’s society?

I believe that truth was, is and will be truth. Classical music is an energy which to me holds much truth. It is what I call heart based energy. It is therapeutic for both performers and the public. Music which falls under this description is very much needed by the human race, especially when society is undergoing difficult moments. In my opinion some modern music gets old quickly because it lacks the depth of classical music. I believe composers should be exploiting their potential to figure out what type of music could be delivered nowadays that goes with today’s needs and not just prolonged what has been done lately just because.

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