Over coffee at a beachside café at Balmoral beach Paul made a drawing of Guillaume Tourniaire, the amazingly youthful French orchestra conductor who is presently in Sydney to conduct with the Sydney Opera.
They discussed music and the beauty of clouds. The previous evening Paul had enjoyed Guillaume’s inspired conducting of The Pearlfishers by Georges Bizet and he had been tempted to draw the gorgeous spectacle on his (silenced) IPhone but refrained, realising that the light from the screen may irritate others. Born in Provence France Guillaume studied piano and conducting at the Geneva Conservatoire.
He knew from a very early age that music was to be his life. Singing in a children’s choir in Provence crystallised in his mind the idea of making music with others –
hence his love of conducting and our good fortune as part of his worldwide audience.
Creativity starts young. It is never ending. Later in the day Paul found a happy familial subject in a young artist drawing an IPhone intent sibling.
22 7 2012