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ance my technical duties as a top musician with my leadership
A resident of Delaware County who was born in Chisinau,
Republic of Moldova, Vieru comes from a family of musicians.
At the age of seven, she began her study of the violin at the Music
High School in Chisinau. Six years later, her family moved to Bucharest, Romania's capital, where she studied with noted violinist
Stefan Gheorghiu. After graduation in 2007, Nina moved to the
United States and studied violin with Edouard Schmieder at Temple University. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees at
Temple, and it is there that she is currently pursuing her doctorate
degree in music.
Vieru never tires of the symphonies and concertos of the
standard orchestral repertoire, adding, "For me, each concert is
a new creation." One of her most critical roles for each performance is making sure that "the strings play as one voice'' - a goal
she attempts to achieve "as unobtrusively as possible."
"I must study each score thoroughly and exert my authority
in matters of bowing, articulation, and phrasing, which in turn is
conveyed to the string sections that make up the majority of the
players in an orchestra," she notes. "My response to the conductor's signals [begins a] domino effect that travels from the first
stand of violins to the last."
Vieru adds, "The players who watch me, as well as the conductor, see a manner of attack: my raising the violin, placing the
bow on the string at a precise moment, perhaps leaning forward,
much the same as a first violinist in a chamber ensemble. I might
make a more conspicuous motion to guide the players at a difficult entrance, but the process is subtle and should not be noticed
by the audience."
The conductor depends on the concertmaster to be on the
same artistic wavelength. "For a conductor to excel during a performance, he must have total confidence in the concertmaster,"
Vieru says. "The skills and musicianship of the concertmaster
must offer the conductor total artistic freedom to lead the orchestra. He must know that you will faithfully follow him and bring
the rest of the orchestra with you. He must feel free of any technical issues to allow his conducting skills to flow and his artistic
interpretation of the composer's intent to be felt by the musicians
and the audience. For a conductor, nothing limits achievement
like constricted thinking; nothing expands possibilities like an
Vieru enjoys playing with the Delaware County Symphony.
"There is vibrant energy, enthusiasm, and talent in the orchestra,
and it's a joy to meet these musicians each Monday night for rehearsals and for our Sunday concerts," she says.
She also enjoys connecting with the audience. "On many occasions I sense that segments of our audience are not regular concertgoers, and the music may be reaching them for the very first
time," she says. "I cherish those moments, because they are so
extremely exciting. I can just feel the pulse of that audience as ...
they begin to understand that what is exceptionally moving about
classical music is it shares beauty and our humanity without images or words. ... I hope they find feelings they didn't know they
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