In the first of our interviews with the participants in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 we spoke to Ana Rucner. Ana Rucner is a Croatian cellist who will be representing Bosnia & Herzegovina in Stockholm, Sweden with Dalal Midhat and Deen.
May I start by saying, thank you very much for taking the time to talk to us. You are Croatian cellist representing Bosnia & Herzegovina at the Eurovision Song Contest, how did that come about?
My manager,Mr.Kozina invited me to join the Bosnian Eurovision team, both, Deen and Dalal are great singers and he thought my cello and my energy would be a great asset to their team.
Your parents are both classically trained musicians and you’ve cited them as a major influence in your education and career, what was it exactly that drew you to play the cello?
Since I was a little girl, I was surrounded by music. Naturally I fell in love with music and, although my parents did not try to convince me that I should play any instrument, I was so thrilled with cello that I decided to try and never regretted.
At what point would you say you decided, I want to play the cello as a profession, this is my talent?
When I was seven years old, when I enrolled to the elementary Music School.
As a cellist you have become famous not only within Croatia but also worldwide, how does that feel?
I really adore my country and each concert outside Croatia is a chance for me to introduce Croatian beauties to the international public and to invite them to visit Croatia and I am very proud of it. When you are on the stage and see your public happy with your performance, you can only be happy and honoured for having a chance to share your passion with them.
Your style mixes both classical and modern elements, how important is it to bring in these modern elements to your performances?
Sometimes I also have classical concerts, for example with my parents Strings Quartet Rucner. But mostly I bring in modern sequences to my performance, first of all I like innovative approaches but mixing elements is also the way to attract younger listeners.
When you were approached to be part of the group that would be representing Bosnia & Herzegovina at the Eurovision Song Contest what was your immediate reaction?
I was surprised but also very honoured, and I cannot wait to hear our song, I am sure we will do our best to represent Bosnia and Herzegovina in the best possible way.
For you what would you say are your memories of the Eurovision Song Contest and your stand out moments?
I used to watch Eurovision Song Contest with my family and enjoy as this is like a music “cult”. Very often some new musical influences and trends were introduced on Eurovision Song Contest.
What has it been like so far working with Dalal & Deen on the song for Eurovision 2016?
Actually we did not start yet, just had few meetings, discussed song, and right now each one of us is working on it’own, but I believe we will meet soon and work together.
When you step out onto the stage in Stockholm this May, what do you think will be going through your head?
I will be very excited, happy to be there, looking forward to our performance.
Finally do you have anything you’d like to say to the readers of Eurovoix-World.com?
Hope to see many of you in Sweden, on Eurovision Song Contest and hope you’ll enjoy our song and performance.