We had the good fortune of connecting with Vlad Vizireanu and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Vlad, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
My thought process behind starting Impulse New Music Festival was essentially twofold. First, I wanted to give young composers of new music a chance to collaborate with instrumentalists of their age and create connections with one another that they could count one throughout their careers. Secondly, and more importantly, I feel that young musicians are not adequately prepared in a practical sense for the realities of the music world. Things like writing a compelling cover letter, organized CV, professional headshots, website development, and general professionalism skills are not generally addressed in music programs. Young graduates simply learn them along the way (and usually from making mistakes). I wanted INMF to be a resource for young musicians to develop – or at least be introduced to – these skills early on in their careers.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
The profession of orchestral conducting is (like all music professions) incredibly selective. Hundreds of young conductors are competing every year for Music Director positions, conducting competitions, and acceptance to prestigious degree programs throughout the world. The arts in general are different from other professions because the skill sets required to compete must be developed from an incredibly young age. Professional instrumentalists usually begin learning their instruments from the ages of 4-6 (sometimes even earlier). Already it takes a degree of luck and foresight just to be exposed to music at such a young age. Conducting is a little different because nobody really begins studying it at that young age (with few exceptions). Conductors generally begin like everyone else, with an instrument. Then around the time of undergraduate studies, we begin learning through masterclasses and workshops. Our careers don’t practically begin until graduate school when we have our first consistent sessions with an orchestra.
With so much music and craft to accumulate in such a short span, it’s not a surprise that many music programs don’t have the time to address the more practical side of the music world. That’s one thing I hope INMF can offer alongside traditional academic training.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Living in Los Angeles definitely allows for ample opportunities to do whatever you like. I’m more of a homebody myself, but if I were introducing LA to a friend, here’s my list:
1. Visit a different beach along the coast everyday.
2. Los Angeles Philharmonic
3. Walk up and down Rodeo Drive.
4. Boiling Crab & Bubba Gump Shrimp
5. Have an ice cream on Santa Monica Pier
6. See a movie either near Grauman’s Theatre or in Westwood
7. Enjoy a drink watching a sunset near the Hollywood sign.
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?
Definitely Brandon Rolle. He and I co-founded INMF in 2019 and he serves as the Artistic Director & Head of Composition for the festival. He has worked incredibly hard to mentor young composers in this very challenging field and has been absolutely integral to the success of INMF both as an in-person festival and its virtual editions throughout the Covid pandemic.
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All images were taken by various people throughout the INMF 2019 edition.