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Iris Juda, COE Violinist

Iris Juda

“Claudio didn’t say so much in rehearsals. He always preferred to show with his face or hands whatever he wanted.

One movement which is very typically Claudio: “raising his eyebrows and putting his finger on his lips to make us play softer”

He didn’t like to be very direct, for example he would say to two wind players, “One of you is sharp, one is flat”, after having pointed with two fingers in opposite vertical directions…

Just before arriving at a COE party in Pesaro in the summer of the early 80’s I met him walking on the street, carrying a whole wheel of Parmiggiano as big as a steering wheel of a car! This was his gift to us. The party was at one of the apartments where we were living with 17 people. Not only was there a lot of cheese left after the party but also, after our many weeks in Pesaro having tried to eat all of it with all of us in the apartment, we didn’t manage to finish it…

We played MANY jokes on Claudio! He always loved this!

Swapping pieces in the programme, which would be possible we thought because Claudio was conducting by heart anyway…

Suddenly a different section in the Orchestra would play a particular phrase or ornament so he would be turning to the usual section but they would play a different part…

During the concert a little note ‘hi Claudio’ would appear at a ‘suitable’ moment…”