Celebrated Viennese cellist Peter Hudler returns to the Fringe with his brand-new show. A burning mix of styles: from baroque to rock, folk to jazz – a virtuoso, passionate, poetic and colourful musical journey you really can’t miss. Cello on Fire connects seemingly disparate genres and builds bridges between these different musical worlds. The Fountain caught up with Peter to discuss his influences and hear his tips for first-time performers.

TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how exciting?  

Performing at the Edinburgh Fringe is always one of the highlights of the year. I have been there twice before, but still I am already getting really exited about it now, in June! 

TF: Cello On Fire certainly sounds interesting, what is the premise? 

It’s a colourful and passionate mix of styles, from Baroque to Rock, very virtuoso but also tender and poetic. I wanted to do something where I – and the Cello – can show how we can burn, that with this classical instrument. You can do so much more – without losing all the good things, the high level of playing for example. 

TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie? 

I have been quite fascinated by some of these cross over cellists around the globe, the freedom that’s involved, and some of them have helped create this show by contributing pieces, even writing something especially for it. These people do influence me as a Cellist, like Giovanni Sollima, Ernst Reijsegger and many others. 

I owe it to a couple of friends, partners, teachers who encouraged me to try this kind of stuff, to risk being rejected by more conservative peers etc. and try something new and liberating. Also to go for the Solo playing, actually.  The basic idea is that there is not serious music and entertainment music – there is only good music or maybe not so good music. I try to find the good one and present it as diverse and colourful as it is!

TF: What are your plans for the Fringe, having been before are there any tips or musts you would offer to first-time performers?

Tips for first timers – 
* take it easy and don’t forget to rest

* find enough reliable people who help you with flyering

* flyer crowds from shows that are similar to yours

* don’t fight other shows, if you do your work well, you will succeed.

TF: And what are your future plans beyond Cello on Fire? 

I have a cool new concert series in Vienna called Cello Expansion with a couple of concerts in the autumn, I want to record music from some of my recent projects soon and I hope to find some touring opportunities for Cello On Fire, maybe at the Fringe this August!

You can see Cello on Fire at TheSpace Triplex from 2nd – 24th August (Not 11th) at 18:15. For tickets, please visit www.edfringe.com