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Youth of Macedonia #10

“I play the viola. No, not the violin. The VIOLA! I have always known that music would be part of my life, I have always wanted to be a musician.

I started playing the violin at a very young age. I took private lessons for a couple of years, but, for different reasons I quit. Going through middle school and high school without knowing exactly what I was going to do in life, was a little hard and confusing. I regret quitting the violin, but it was too late for me to start all over again, at least this is what I was told. In college, I started studying art criticism, but deep down I knew that was not what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. One day, I met a violinist who was a friend of my aunt and whom I had not seen for a long time. She was lecturing violin at the university where I studied and she suggested I started taking viola lessons.

At first, I was confused. But, after a while, I felt more confident than ever that this was the right path for me. After few introductory lessons, I started studying how to play the viola. It was so hard for me at this age. I would cry my eyes out almost every day. Other violists around me had started playing the viola ages ago, and then, there was me “Hey, I am going to start playing the viola at the age of 20”. I was so far behind the others. There were times I felt useless, but I would wipe my tears and continue practicing, because I was not going to give up again. With time, things started getting better for me. I started playing at concerts with my colleagues and I joined different orchestras. I began to understand that, what really matters is the fact that I am fighting for something I love and I am getting better at it every day. Now I am about to finish my studies, I am preparing for my solo concert and I know that one day I will be the violist I dream of becoming. Because with hard work and love, everything is possible!”

About Youth Council

The Youth Council brings together youth from different disciplines, interests, ethnicities and religious backgrounds. Established by the U.S. Embassy in Skopje, it seeks to generate creative ideas and projects to empower the youth of Macedonia, and to strengthen the voice of youth by advising the Embassy on important youth issues.

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