When he was a boy, his mother played the violin locked in her room. He listened from afar. The woman was a scientist at the Atomic Center, but she had wanted to be a musician. She came from a very humble family and followed the precepts of his parents who wanted her to be a doctor or a physicist.
Luis Salva managed to make his own way in music. He studied violin when he was just 7 years old in Bariloche, he was one of the founders of the Cofradía Youth Chamber Orchestra and today, He is one of the most prestigious musicians in the country.
After passing through Europe and Buenos Aires, he decided to return to his roots. He is a member of the Río Negro Philharmonic Orchestra and is a teacher at the 45 Río Negro school, with a music orientation in Bariloche.
“It is important to know where one comes from. When I started violin classes in third grade, we were just ten kids who played the instrument. In fact, Kyoko Kurokawa was the first violin teacher in Bariloche. It was just another hobby for me. I liked it and it moved fastSalva recalls.
Throughout, he downplays his great talent and insists that he was always “very lucky.” He gives as an example his time in high school at the German school while participating in the Brotherhood.
“Just that year, the teacher who organized the exchange trips, he got a three-month one in Vienna, no less than the musical capital. In general, they used to visit small towns in Germany where there was not so much movement. That trip motivated me a lot to continue. I went to many museums, concerts, to Beethoven’s house and I took violin classes”, lists this 40-year-old musician.
He admits that, in sixth grade, he was already determined to continue his violin studies. He used to frequent the Camping Musical Bariloche where he listened to the courses that young musicians from other countries took.
“We took the opportunity to listen. At that time, there was no You Tube and nothing was happening on TV. Except for the records that one had at home, there were not many possibilities to listen to other works”, he expresses.
I like to play with amateurs because they do it for fun. There must be pleasure in touching. Sometimes it’s even medicinal.”
During his trip to Vienna, he asked an Argentine professor living in Germany to take some classes with him, but he suggested that he settle there and finish high school in the European country. Salva was aware of such an opportunitybut he discarded it because he considered that this would imply “moving” his entire family.
“These are elections that change a lot. And that, somehow, allowed me to return to Bariloche, finish high school and travel to Buenos Aires ”, he emphasizes.
Around the year 2000, he entered the Manuel de Falla Superior Conservatory in Buenos Aires where he studied until his two violins were stolen. So, he decided to return to Bariloche.
“I was trusting, I left the violins in the corridors and they took them away. So that, without an instrument, he no longer had anything to do there. One of the violins had belonged to my great-uncle and was a family heirloom. The other violin I had just bought and it had cost me 1500 dollars. I had no way to buy another. My mood collapsed, ”he says.
The theft of the violins that seemed to end his career led him to do therapy for some time. “I always said that I would like there to be a conservatory on Huemul Island so that I never have to return to Buenos Aires again,” he says.
In Bariloche, she joined the Children’s and Young Singers Choir, where she discovered that “choirs are very sociable places” and shortly after, she decided to return to Buenos Aires to finish her studies. Shortly after, she received a master’s degree in Violin Pedagogy in Basel, Switzerland.
“In Buenos Aires, I was a member of the Colón Theater Academy for four years and then I was part of the Colón Stable Orchestra, from 2005 to 2007. At that time many people knew me. Although I didn’t like the city at all, it was a good idea to go to Buenos Aires because it allowed me to grow”, he admits.
At the age of 20, he obtained a scholarship on the television program Sorpresa y media, hosted by Julián Weich, to take a course in Spain with Los Solistas de Moscú.
“What I like the most is classical music. The violin lends itself to that. My dad really liked folklore and tango. He played the guitar and we sang. For this reason, I also like tango ”, he acknowledged.
When the Río Negro Philharmonic Orchestra was formed, with 80 musicians and venues in various parts of the province, Salva was summoned as concertmaster (the link between the conductor and the rest of the orchestra). He already has ten seasons.
“The truth is that I always missed the city a lot and the public of Bariloche is a qualified public and knows about music. It shows that he is understood. In other places, people applaud just because,” Salva said, adding that Viedma is growing musically and many people settle in the provincial capital for the diploma offered by the National University of Río Negro.