After playing cello for 52 years, 38 of them in the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, I decided to retire from performance to become a full-time composer. No need to practice scales, arpeggios, octaves and thumb position every day! No more gigs at weddings, funerals, baptisms, parties, business events and shows! I found it very liberating and quickly adjusted to this new pace of work. I still pull out my guitar and bass guitar once in a while, or sit down at the piano, because that can be useful for trying out ideas of a work-in-progress.
With a less hectic schedule, I feel a greater creative flow and can focus more deeply on my own music. I have more time to continue work on my orchestral compositions that have been sitting on the back burner. I am also freer to explore new creative ideas that arise and can pursue them for extended periods. Some musical ideas take only a few weeks to come to fruition; others take years. I am very pleased and grateful that Navona Records continues to release my music to a growing audience.
— Jan Järvlepp