On the Couch with Hugh Ronzani

ABO Hugh Ronzani photo by Laura ManaritiWho is Hugh Ronzani?
A francophone Italian/Australian composer who mostly works as the music librarian for the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, sometimes sings on stage, podcasts regularly, and generally wears many hats (both literal and metaphorical – The Hattery in Katoomba is one of my all-time favourite shops).

What would you do differently from what you do now?
Work less, play and travel more, and perhaps enjoy a healthier work-life balance. Although, in a prior conversation with ChatGPT (to practice my waning Italian senza human judgement) it warned me about reducing my work hours too much. In a word, moderazione; thank you ChatGPT.

Who inspires you and why?
Not ChatGPT. Every person I meet, connect with or learn about inspires me in some small way, but in particular there have been/are many strong women in my life. My most recent commission, l’aube (Dawn), is dedicated to one of them.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
By continuing with more of the same and by doing my best across the board, especially as a father. I feel lucky to be paid for doing things I enjoy, and I also get to improve people’s lives by connecting them with their emotions through creating and promoting music.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
Somewhere new because I love exploring places I have never visited before and trying new things However, it’s often not the destination that matters so much to me as the people I’m with and how we share those experiences together.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
There is a particular spot in Pittwater not far from Palm Beach where a beautiful tree shades the sand, it’s divine.

What are you currently reading?
Lots of children’s books; one of the current favourites is Le loup qui voulait faire le tour du monde (The Wolf who wanted to travel the world) by Orianne Lallemand. Maybe it’s my son delivering me a covert message?

What are you currently listening to?
Given I’m trying to write this quickly and elegantly while jumping around work, the opening movement to CPE Bach’s Cello Concerto in A minor, Wq 170.

Happiness is?
Even better when enjoyed with gin, lemon, ice, and a splash of tonic.

What does the future hold for you?
I wish I knew, but then where would the fun be in that?

Hugh’s work, l’aube will be presented in the world premiere of Notre-Dame by the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra at the Melbourne Recital Centre (22 – 25 February) and Sydney’s City Recital Hall (27 February – 2 March). For more information, visit: www.brandenburg.com.au for details.

Image: Hugh Ronzani – photo by Laura Manariti