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邁可森 


1984年,當邁可森在好友亞歷山大的家中瞥見鋼琴,決定要學鋼琴時,他才8歲。22年後他是世界最有名的鋼琴家之一,但一路走來並不容易。出生於斯本尼克,位於克羅埃西亞的雅德里亞海岸旁美麗的小鎮,這似乎讓邁可森離夢想又遠了一步。母親斯拉維卡與父親卡爾梅爾完全不懂古典音樂,甚至到今日他們仍較喜歡聽收音機裡的流行音樂。雖然對兒子的夢想感到困惑,他們仍支持著他,為他安排一切的音樂課程。不久後邁可森即展現他在鋼琴演奏上過人的天賦,進入斯本尼克音樂學院就讀。邁可森在求學時決定成為職業鋼琴家,努力朝夢想前進(雖然現在的他承認當時常疏於練習)。

邁可森15歲時克羅埃西亞遭逢戰亂,使得家境更加困苦。斯本尼克經常受到炸彈襲擊,邁克森回憶:「那時一天內有一千個以上的手榴彈爆炸,而曾有一度在地下室躲了七天,不見天日。但你必須習慣它,你必須活下去。」對邁可森來說,活著就等於彈鋼琴,他與鋼琴老師馬里札‧賽克索約在斯本尼克音樂學院的地下室上鋼琴課,那時的他忘記了戰事,數小時都沉盡在音樂之中。就像是手榴彈一樣,也會遭到塞爾維亞狙擊隊不時的突襲,在室外多待一秒就是多一份危險。

三年來邁可森家人都睡在地下室防空洞的水泥地上。他們偶爾逃到斯本尼克岸邊之外的小島上,安全地不受炸彈襲擊,只是小島上沒有鋼琴,而無法彈鋼琴讓邁可森飽受折磨,因此不管生命危險,他總喜歡回到斯本尼克的家中。

終於奇蹟出現了,1993年邁可森首次參加比賽,日以繼夜的練習只為達成夢想。雖然在斯本尼克的戰火持續著,但比賽場地的札格拉布已是無戰事的和平之地。18歲的邁可森一出現即迷倒評審與觀眾,但觀眾的掌聲都是為了他所彈奏的音樂喝采。評審在邁可森的演出後,立即停止比賽,宣布邁可森為本屆得主。邁可森笑說:「評審認為光是從斯本尼克走出來,就值得獲獎。他們說:『斯本尼克就像是地獄,你都在哪裡練習』但當我彈完,上百名觀眾為我歡呼,不是因為可憐我來歷。」邁可森說,這是他一生最棒的經驗,不管他再怎麼成功,第一次勝利的喜悅,永遠鮮明地印在腦海裡。

接著邁可森赴札格拉布,向國內著名的音樂教授弗萊德門‧卡潘學習,之後再前往布達佩斯的李斯特音樂學院進修,2000年返回克羅埃西亞前在巴黎錄製第一張專輯【魔手】。他對本專輯寄予厚望,而其成績更超越了所有人的期待,它是克羅埃西亞最快登上暢銷排行榜的專輯,並且榮獲四項克羅埃西亞的博靈獎(相當於全英古典音樂獎)。

2001年邁可森遇到音樂作曲家湯奇.哈爾吉克,他不只為青年鋼琴家作曲,同時也將邁可森介紹給音樂製作人與經紀人梅爾‧布希。布希尋覓古典鋼琴家已有一段時間了,他以全女子弦樂四重奏團體棒辣妹的成功經驗,相信鋼琴家打入古典與流行跨界市場的潛力,但苦於找不到適合人選。與邁可森見面之後,他對邁可森的個人魅力留下深刻印象,並聽他彈了一首曲子後隨即簽約。

2003年,第一張由EMI古典唱片發行的古典跨界流行專輯【鋼琴玩家】極為成功。在馬來西亞、中國、印尼晉升金唱片,在台灣、新加坡、家鄉克羅埃西亞是白金唱片,在香港則是雙白金唱片。專輯中收錄他的代表作,即是以活力熱情重新詮釋林姆斯基-高沙可夫的【大黃蜂飛行】。另外,讓他自豪的是,現在每年都會舉辦以他為名的年度鋼琴比賽,得以讓業餘好手一展身手。2004年的專輯【變奏曲】在台灣為他贏得一張白金專輯,吸引更多觀眾喜愛。在一次東南亞的巡迴中,觀眾將邁可森視為搖滾巨星般接待,當他彈奏獨特的跨界流行音樂時,伴隨著雷射光束、乾冰、電視牆的特效,就讓年輕人瘋狂不已!在日本則是彈奏純古典的鋼琴曲目,後面是莫斯科交響樂團伴奏,展現出截然不同的沉穩內斂風格,向死忠的古典樂迷證明他洗鍊的鋼琴演奏技巧,同樣叫人低迴沉醉。

2006年上半年邁可森推出第三張專輯【玩家新世界】,同樣也是古典跨界流行的內容,並再次進行日本與亞洲巡迴,特別在札格拉布舉辦戶外名為「回家」的音樂會。他的聲望隨著新專輯【電音玩家】的發行與亞洲巡迴更加穩固,在亞洲巡迴中,他與自己的樂團演奏流行跨界的音樂會,並再度與莫斯科交響樂團合作演出。

邁可森與兒時青梅竹馬安娜結婚,兩人育有一女,名為麗羅(取自電影【第五元素】中蜜拉‧喬娃維琪的角色)。現今在斯本尼克與倫敦兩地生活。

邁可森充分展現他神奇魔幻的詮演才華,他的專輯或音樂會總是充滿的無限的驚喜,靜如處子、動如脫兔,宜古典宜現代的邁可森,註定成為全球古典跨界樂壇最閃亮的一顆新星。

 
MAKSIM MRVICA


Maksim Mrvica knew he wanted to play the piano when, aged just eight, he caught a glimpse of the instrument at his best friend Alexander’s house. That was in 1984 and although 22 years later he is one of the most famous pianists in the world, the journey hasn’t always been easy.
Born in Sibenik, a small, but beautiful medieval town on Croatia’s Adriatic Coast, the odds seemed stacked against Maksim achieveing his dream.
His mother Slavica and father Karmel knew nothing about classical music (even now they still prefer to listen to pop music on the radio). But although they were confused by their son’s new passion, they were supportive and lessons were duly arranged.
It wasn’t long before it became obvious to Maksim’s teachers that he had a rare talent and the boy was enrolled in Sibenik’s state music school. It was there that Maksim began to harbour dreams of being a concert pianist and working hard to make those dreams a reality (although he admits now that he didn’t always do quite as much practise as he was supposed to).
He was 15 when war broke out in Croatia and life became almost unbearable for the Mrvica family. Bombs fell almost constantly on Sibenik: Maksim remembers “There were more than 1000 grenades a day. At one point there were seven whole days when we stayed in the basement and didn’t see the sun. “But you got used to it: you had to go on living.”
For Maksim, living meant playing the piano. He would meet his teacher Marija Sekso in the basement of Sibenik’s music school and forget the war, losing himself in the music for hours at a time.
As well as grenades, there was the constant threat of being attacked by Serbian snipers – any time spent outside was a danger.
For three years the whole family slept each night on the concrete floor of the shelter in their basement. They occasionally were able to escape to a house on one of the islands off Sibenik’s coast, but although he was away from the bombs, being away from his piano was tortuous for Maksim and, despite the dangers; he always welcomed the family’s return to the city.
Eventually a light appeared at the end of the tunnel. Maksim entered his first competition in 1993, practising feverishly to reach the high standards he knew were expected of him. War still raged in Sibenik, but there was peace in Zagreb where the competition was held. The 18 year old Maksim had already charmed the judge and audience just by turning up, but one he played the applause was purely for the music. The judge stopped the competition after Maksim’s performance, immediately announcing him as the winner.
“They said I ought to win just for coming from Sibenik.” He laughs. “They said ‘We know it is hell. Where did you practise?’ But after I played and won there were hundreds of people shouting for me and not because they felt sorry for me.” The pianist says it was one of the best experiences of his life and it seems that however successful he has gone on to be, the joy of that first win remains vivid in his mind.
Maksim went on to study in Zagreb with Vladimir Krpan, one of country’s most revered music professors, then to the Ferenc Liszt conservatoire in Budapest and finally to Paris before returning to Croatia to record his first album Gestures in 2000. He had modest hopes for the record, but it surpassed all expectations, becoming one of the fastest selling albums ever released in Croatia and winning four Porin awards (the country’s equivalent of a Classical Brit).
In 2001 Maksim met Tonci Huljic, a musician and composer who not only wrote some original pieces for the young pianist (and continues to do so), but introduced him to music impresario Mel Bush.
Bush had been looking for a classical pianist for some time, having masterminded the success of all-girl string quartet Bond he was convinced that there was huge potential for a pianist to break into the classical/pop crossover market, but hadn’t been able to find the right person. On meeting Maksim he was immediately impressed by his charisma and signed him on the spot after hearing him play just one piece.
Maksim’s first crossover album for EMI Classical, The Piano Player, was a huge success in 2003. It went Gold in Malaysia, China and Indonesia and Platinum in Taiwan, Singapore and his home country Croatai and Double Platinum in Hong Kong. It contained what has become, to many, his signature piece: a particularly energetic version of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight Of The Bumblebee. He is particularly proud that there is now an annual competition named after him in which amateur pianists play the piece.
Variations I&II in 2004 won him yet more fans and a platinum disc for sales in Taiwan. On a tour of South East Asia fans received him like a rock star as he played his unique crossover music accompanied by strobe lights and video screens and dates in Japan where he played in a more purely classical style accompanied by the Moscow Symphony Orchestra were greeted just as rapturously.
Earlier in 2006 Maksim pushed the boundaries of crossover with his third album, A New World, toured again in Japan and Asia and was delighted to play a outdoor ‘homecoming’ show in Zagreb.
The trajectory of his fame rose even steeper with the release of Elektric and a tour of Asia, where he performed both crossover concerts with his band and classical concerts with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra. He then returns to Asia for a solo piano concert tour at the end of April 2007.
Maksim is married to childhood sweetheart Ana and the couple have a daughter named LeeLoo (after Milla Jojovovich’s character in The Fifth Element). They divide their time between Sibenik and London.

 

 

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