We had the good fortune of connecting with Elvin Hoxha Ganiyev and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Elvin, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
One secret to success in life I would love to hold on to is being in touch with people I love and care about, with people I play for.
During the pandemic, I was far away from them, and it made me realize that music can only come alive when you have someone special to play for. I may have my violin, my inspiration, and my creativity to thrive as a musician, as an artist. However, lately, I have realized that my violin and I drew that inspiration from the people around us.
Without the presence of my audience, my family, and the people I deeply love and care about, there is always something missing. The cherished connection between the artist and the audience is an element that cannot be replaced, no matter how advanced our technologies become.
The human connection I managed to create around my music is the success I will always be very proud of in my life.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My classical music performing career has started at the age of 8, and I have been traveling around the world with my violin, giving concerts, competing at competitions ever since. I feel that I have a unique way of connecting with people through music. I feel very excited when people respond very sincerely to my performances. I invest a lot of time and effort in my music, and it gives me great joy to see that it connects.
It is a life full of charm, applause, and victory. But when you think about it, my life is the perfect example of the swan metaphor: elegant and graceful in the public eye but madly paddling underneath the water most of the time.
It is about airport lounges, long flights, hotel rooms, missed holidays, missed loved ones, always being a spectator at soccer games. It is about knowing that often people would be very kind and generous, but a few would be hurtful and mean. It is also about trying to receive that as peacefully as possible.
The power to keep paddling comes from my family. I know that they will always have my back, dust me off when I trip, raise me up when I want to reach higher. It is a true blessing. The biggest lesson I’ve learned along the way is to never take them for granted.
Also, resilience, hard work, and dedication. Classic but true.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
When my friends visit me in Hannover, I always take them to Maschsee first, a famous lake in this area. I think it’s a lovely place to show around because it has beautiful parks for walks, and lots of different museums, concert halls, restaurants, and bars are based in this area. In the mornings, I would take my friends to Zurück zum Glück because it is one of the best breakfast places in Hannover with lots of vegetarian/vegan options as well. For lunch, I would go to Linden because you can find lots of small places that sell street foods of different cultures. It’s a bit like a smaller Berlin inside of Hannover. Before dinner, if the weather is nice, we could go to Grüpchen to sit outside and have a nice iced coffee or a cocktail in Old Town with beautiful views of cottage-like buildings.
To have a charming atmosphere while dining in the evening, I would definitely go to 12apostel, and the food is incredible.
And for friends who want to have a great Turkish food experience, we would go to Boname Restaurant. It’s absolutely the best out of all I’ve tried so far!
I would also take them to neighboring cities like Berlin and Hamburg for a day if they haven’t been before, It is a one or two-hour drive, and they are definitely worth visiting!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My grandfather, Sarvar Ganiyev, was my first teacher since I was five years old. I looked up to him as a violinist and as a mentor. I watched people around him greatly admire his talent but also respect and value him as a teacher and a good human being. With his love for music, respect for his colleagues, and his kindness, he will forever live in my memory.
My grandfather was the epitome of the commitment of a musician to an instrument. At home, even when he wasn’t practicing, he would hold his violin close to him, like it was an extension of his hands. I learned from him that the love between a man and his violin is forever.
My first ever concert with an orchestra was with my grandfather, and a few years later, we played together at his very last concert. There is a certain joyful sadness in this memory.
The memory of my grandfather is my strongest drive to succeed.