Interview to Daniela Mars

I bring you a new interview! She is probably one of the most popular flutists in social media, like Instagram, and if you are user of them you have seen possibly some of her content.

She is Daniela Mars, Brazilian flutist living in Paris (France). Trevor James artist, she will be this summer in the III “Villa de Montalbán” Summer Camp between 25th and 30th of August, where she will give flute lessons accompanied of some other great teachers. It is a great opportunity to know her and work with her!

I bring you the interview! I hope you like it! 🙂

  • How did you begin in music?

Well, music has always been in my life… Both my parents love listening to music, and I remember there was always music at home. And even though I’m from Brazil I have lived in many different countries. My mother missed the music from Brazil so much that my grandmother recorded music from the radio on a cassette tape and sent it to her, so we could play it in the car. I also loved always singing and dancing. But I first started getting into classical music when I moved to England and started playing the flute when I was around 7 years old!

  • What’s the most curious thing that has happened to you in your career as musician?

This is a very interesting question!! I have many great stories and experiences and adventures to share… but I guess if you want to know more you just have to come to the camp! 😉 

  • This summer you will be in the III Summer Camp for Young Musicians “Villa de Montalbán” in Spain. What do you expect from this course?

Well, first I’d like to say that I’m very excited for it! And grateful to be invited! I expect it to be a very enriching experience, not just for the students but also for me. Since the music students have always so many diverse backgrounds, we can learn a lot from each other. I also expect it to be a lot of fun! 

  • What can young musicians do in this summer course?

They will have individual daily lessons with me and we will also be working on some chamber music, not only for flute ensembles but also with the violin, piano and oboe! Furthermore , if they wish they can have music theory lessons, and at night we will be sharing funny stories!  

  • What do you like more working with your students?

I love how unique each of my students are. They spark my curiosity, and by exploring their potential during the lessons I become a student myself! I really do learn so much from them, and to be honest, I never thought I would love teaching so much until I started… It’s really a beautiful thing and I’m grateful to be a part of their musical life/journey.

  • What would you say to someone who wants to go to the summer camp but is undecided?

COME! You definitely won’t regret it because we never regret these camps! Summer music camps are magical… Really! You will make new friends, great music, learn a lot and I’m sure we will all have fun! I’m so happy to be part of it, because I already know it will be an enriching experience.

  • You are Trevor James Artist. How is your experience with these flutes?

I love them! Being a Trevor James Flutes artist is an honour for me. I play on a black nickel bass flute and couldn’t be happier with how it sounds. Many of my students also play on these flutes.

  • We could say that you are a “flute influencer”. How did hoy do you have so many followers on your social media channels? What does it signify for you?

Followers started to grow when I posted some videos that I had made… I got a lot of great feedback and since I enjoyed making them I decided to continue! For me it’s a great way to meet people from all over the world. I’ve made very good friends with it! And it really means a lot that so many people like my music. I’ve received lovely messages, gifts… and it can all feel a bit surreal sometimes when I think about it! 

  • How do you see the current musical outlook?

I’m quite optimistic actually… I think with the use of social media people are connecting and learning more. It’s easier to share our creative work, to inspire and be inspired by others. We are learning especially that an orchestral job isn’t the only thing that is available for a musician. But what can be infuriating is that we are still asked to play for free a lot… and sometimes in big events or venues with the excuse that it ”looks good on the CV’… No comments. 

  • An advice for our readers.

I would like to remind them to never forget how they felt when they started playing the flute. When I started teaching young kids who were just beginning the flute, it was almost a magical thing for me. Because they were so in love with the instrument and in awe, they really enjoyed playing and practicing, and every time they learnt a new note it was a huge joy for them. We’ve all been through that. We all chose to be musicians because of our love and passion for the instrument. But I think with the pressure we can go through in terms of finding a job, passing exams, getting into a conservatory, practicing scales for a couple of hours… sometimes we can lose or forget that passion, it’s normal! But I think it’s great to remind ourselves or remember how we were when we were discovering this instrument. 


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