Ilumina | Jennifer Stumm | Mark Padmore | “The Nature of Light”
The violist Jennifer Stumm is unwilling to acquiesce to a situation where so many young people are given no opportunity to develop their talents because of their background. So she founded Ilumina in 2015. What began as a musical talent development project on a farm in the mountains of São Paulo has evolved in just a few years into a renowned chamber music festival and an important springboard for young talent. Ilumina strives to enable highly talented young musicians from South America to study at the top-level conservatories, and to this end has them work with a supportive range of international soloists.
Together with their mentors, the youngsters perform concerts at the Ilumina Festival and on worldwide tours. “The future of classical music needs to include a lot more places around the world than Eurocentric nations and acknowledge how much talent there is out in the world and how we need those people,” Jennifer Stumm remarks. Because diversity and equality will generate completely new energies on stage.