Saturday, March 25, 2006 | Eugene Ugorski is just like any other La Jolla teenager. He likes to play basketball and football, watching movies and just hanging out with his friends. Oh, and there’s also playing as a concert violinist with orchestras from Sao Paulo, Brazil to Salt Lake City, to keep him busy.
We sat down with San Diego’s 16-year-old boy-wonder violinist to ask him what it’s like to spend six hours a day practicing the violin, what his hopes are for the future, and whether he thinks he brought his talent with him in his genes from his birthplace in St. Petersburg, Russia.
You travel a lot. Where’s the most exciting place you’ve been and where’s the scariest place you’ve been?
The most exciting place I’ve been to would probably be when I was in Moscow, Russia, because that’s very near where I was born. It was really fun to go back to Russia. It was my first time back since I was three, so it was a big deal.
I wouldn’t say it was my scariest, but the most exotic, most irregular place that I’ve been to would probably be Brazil, when I was in Sao Paolo. That was very interesting, very different. I was used to the language being different, that wasn’t such a big deal – they say Portuguese is similar to Spanish, but I couldn’t understand a word. I guess the way of life there is just different to here. Everything, literally, is different, when we have summer, they have winter, and I actually went in June and it was freezing.
Your parents are both musicians. How much of your talent do you think came from your genes and how much of it do you think was learned from playing and practice?