Knowing Me, Knowing You — Dr Albi Odendaal
Date of appointment:
1 January 2016
DMus (Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts, Helsinki), UPLM.
Piano and keyboard.
Psychology of Education and Learning.
Who are/were your professional mentors/inspiration?
There are many: Phillip Alperson, Anri Herbst, Harald Jørgensen, Don Lebler, Patrick Schmidt, Lauri Väkevä, Heidi Westerlund …
Top 5 must-hear music:
1. Snarky Puppy
3. Bach — Brandenburg Concertos conducted by Rinaldo Alessandrini
4. Brahms — Piano pieces by Radu Lupu
5. Bach — St Matthew Passion conducted by Ton Koopman
Which personal music experiences are most memorable to you?
Hearing the Helsinki City Orchestra play Beethoven’s 7th Symphony in the new Musiikkitalo in Helsinki.
Top 5 must-read books:
1. The Bible
2. Music in Our Lives by Gary McpHerson, Jane Davidson, Robert Faulkner
3. Music as Social Life by Tom Turino
4. Old Testament Theology by John Goldingay
5. Christian Origins and the Question of God by NT Wright
And here I am, for all my lore,
The wretched fool I was before.
Called Master of Arts and Doctor to boot,
For ten years almost I confute
And up and down, wherever it goes
I drag my students by the nose –
And see the for all our Science and Art
We can know nothing. It burns my heart.
That I need not with work and woe
Go on to say what I do not know;
That I might see what secret force
Hides in the world and rules its course.
Envisage the creative blazes
Instead of rummaging in phrases.
— Goethe’s Faust, translated by W Kaufmann
Top 5 must-see movies:
I don’t watch too many movies.
Which television shows can you watch over and over again?
I don’t really watch TV.
My wife’s cooking.
A well matured merlot or shiraz.
How do you relax?
I play with the kids, make music, read, play squash.
My wife, Tracy, and Annabel (6), Nathan (4), Zavion (1).
Which places would you still like to visit?
Anywhere in Asia.
What is your favourite moment of the day/week/year at the Conservatory?
When I learn something new, or when someone in my class has an “A-HA” moment.