Through their experience of touring with the Baltic Sea Philharmonic, our musicians have developed a strong bond of friendship and community – a unique #BalticSpirit. Although right now they’re spread across the Baltic Sea region, and in other European countries such as Italy and Spain, they are once again coming together, this time virtually, to create innovative musical projects, but also to share their insights and experiences during this unprecedented period. Across the orchestra’s social media channels in the weeks ahead, a special series of ‘Humans of the Baltic Sea Philharmonic’ explores how our musicians are experiencing lockdown life, and how they’re staying strong and creative in these challenging times.
Saimi Kortelainen, violin player from Estonia, currently studying in Austria, is the first to share her experience: ‘I am getting up at 7:30, eating breakfast, having my morning run in the almost empty city of Graz. I am starting my practice around 9:30 and divide my time as follows – 3h for the violin, 1h for the viola, 1h for the baroque violin and 30min for the bassoon. I have finished knitting 2 pairs of socks and learned the Slovenian language. In the evening I am reading books, listening to and analysing some chamber music. […] This was my plan when everything went down, but actually I am waking up at around 10, have finished only 1 sock and learned only 10 words in Slovene. We musicians never really have a break – all my holidays and semester breaks are full of playing. Musicians with a lot of different interests like me are constantly on the verge of burning out. Considering this, all of this free time has actually been kind of a blessing, since I have been battling with a shoulder injury since December. Instead I have been doing a lot of Tai Chi, yoga and playing video games – all to recover both body and mind. All I want to say is – it’s also okay to do nothing, just rewind and enjoy your lunch as breakfast!’