This week, we’re talking to Krista Buckland Reisner, our violinist, Summer Festival director, and Business Development Director! It seems like the Summer Festival just ended, but now Krista is busy getting ready for next year.
Name: Krista Buckland Reisner
What instrument(s) do you play? Violin, baroque violin, viola
How long have you played it/ them? 41 years!
Where were you born? Canada
Where do you live now? Newton MA
Do you have a favorite piece to play? Why? Mendelssohn’s Octet is one of my favorite pieces to play, especially with friends. It has a fabulous first violin part, which I love for the pure technical challenge, and yet he still writes an amazing piece of chamber music, with all the other parts being equal contributors. When I play this with friends, it is pure joy as it is like having a great dinner party with people you love!
Do you have any pre-performance rituals? What are they? None really – I may be neurotic at times, but luckily I have gotten my pre-performance rituals under control. The main thing I check it to make sure my wardrobe is in place so that I do not have any malfunctions!
Where is your favorite place to practice? I like practicing in my home office. It has a nice furry rug and a little fireplace that makes the space feel cozy.
What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s happened to you during a rehearsal or performance? I am not sure I can repeat that! All I can say is that it has lead to me checking my wardrobe (see question above), especially if the dress I am wearing is strapless!
How did you decide that you wanted to be a musician? I loved music since I was a child and when I was 14 decided I wanted to become the best musician I could. I had a lot of catching up to do as my training till that point was more fun/musically based, rather than technical. I had to work very hard to catch up to my peers. But being part of an orchestra or a chamber music group and being part of that team environment was so fun, that spending many hours alone in the practice room to improve my basic skills was worth the effort!
If you could have any other job besides being a musician, what would it be? Why? I am both blessed and cursed with loving many things and having a curiosity about how things work. This can sometimes mean that I get pulled in a lot of different directions. However, right now, I love everything around business, from the theory about the “softer, human skills” like organizational behavior and social value creation, to the “hard, technical skills” like accounting and finance. I see many parallels between the entrepreneurial business mindset and learning and creating music. I am attending Babson College to further my interest in the subject.
What’s your favorite food? My have a deep love/hate relationship with All-Dressed potato chips. You cannot buy them here – only in Canada. Thank goodness – if I could get them here, I think my taste buds would have been rotted off by now from all the chemicals that go into those things!
What’s your favorite vacation spot? My husband and I took a great trip to Iceland many years ago. I loved that as the landscape was so dramatic, bold and mystical. I think it reminded me of where I spend my first five years of my life, in Labrador, only there we did not have volcanoes.
What’s your favorite movie? I am secretly (or not so secretly once you get to know me) a hopeless romantic, so “big” films like Crouching Tiger/Hidden Dragon, Lord of the Rings or the English Patient really get to me. I love larger than life characters who save the world, with their partners by their side to help them. (as a little girl, I used to dress up my one Barbie and pretend she was Catherine the Great) Of course, the issue is than in these movies, no one really speaks or develops real relationships, as they are too busy saving the planet or taking down the bad guys, but that is beside the point.
If you were stuck on a deserted island and you could only listen to one piece of music for the rest of your life, what would it be? Brandenburg Concerto #4 – so positive, intricate, perfectly written and delicate, all at the same time.
What in the 2012-13 WCMS season are you most excited about? All of it!