Playing the concert in your head

Jacqueline Gemperli. Photographs: Regula Bearth © ZHdK

Student portrait Jacqueline Gemperli

Jacqueline Gemperli is studying school music in the Bachelor of Music. For the 21-year-old, music is an escape from everyday life, but also a confrontation with herself.

BY ANDREA ZELLER
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Andrea Zeller: Do we need art?
Jacqueline Gemperli: I think art is supposed to take us away into unknown worlds, as well as inspire and enchant us. But it should also be uncomfortable and stimulate thinking by holding a mirror up to society. For art serves as a mouthpiece for conveying praise, but also criticism and resistance, be it political or social, in a protected way. So yes, we definitely need art. Sometimes to escape from everyday life and sometimes for the laborious confrontation with ourselves as a part of society and its value system. Both seem indispensable to me.

How do you prepare for a performance?
With enough sleep and mental training. This mainly involves concentration exercises and playing through the concert in my head.

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Andrea Zeller is a project manager at ZHdK University Communications.
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