10 Questions: Gita Kadambi
- How do you begin your mornings?
Unfortunately my mornings are very tight, I try to maximise my sleep until the very last minute. Therefore, long mornings (whenever possible) are my favourite ones, where I have time to prepare brunch for the family and enjoy it together peacefully.
- What was your dream profession as a child?
At some point I dreamt of being a ballet dancer, which happened every time I saw a performance at the Finnish National Ballet, but it wasn’t a very strong or serious one.
- When and how did your love for music and dance begin?
My parents listened to music and took us to concerts and performances from an early stage of my life. I convinced them to get us a piano and asked to start ballet lessons when I was five years old.
- What is special about Finnish opera and ballet?
The performance level of classical music is very high both nationally and internationally. It really is a very international art form in many aspects, but manages to include a Finnish element to it. We Finns are so proud of our nature and feel very connected to it and this can often be seen in the art we make.
- What do you most look forward to in your position as the managing director of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet?
I very much look forward to returning to the FNOB and working with the very talented and committed personnel it has. The FNOB has flourished the past years and it will be inspiring to join the team and lead it to further accomplishments.
- How do you hope to attract young talent to take up ballet?
Well, I certainly hope the top quality performances the FNOB offers can be the inspiration for young audiences.
- What is your favourite piece of art and why?
I really can’t answer this, since there are so many. Just last week I had a very strong emotional moment with my Helsinki Philharmonic: Susanna Mälkki conducted Beethoven’s violin concerto (Frank Peter Zimmermann as a soloist) and Sibelius’s symphony number 2. Luckily I wasn’t the only one in tears in the audience!
- What would your dream holiday entail?
It would not include tight schedules or planning! It would consist of my family spending a relaxed time enjoying good food and wine somewhere warm and sunny.
- Whom do you admire and why?
I admire many people for their characters; people who are sincere, have integrity and passion in them have always inspired me. I’ve been very lucky to have been surrounded by such people in both professionally and in private life.
- Do you have a personal motto and if so, what is it?
Not as such, but instead of thinking “What if” I want to do and make things happen.
Photo: Heikki Tuuli / Finnish National Opera and Ballet