John migrated to Australia from Switzerland in 1960 completing his tertiary studies in Marketing, French and Education at UNSW and UNE. He subsequently worked in business and taught business management. His active private life includes hang-gliding, paragliding, swimming, snowboarding and tennis. Writing, reading and listening to music fill his quieter moments.
John’s father played the violin (badly as John recalls) and was determined that his son should learn either the violin or piano. With this limited choice he learned the piano. “Dad reminded me of Henry Ford saying ‘You can buy any colour car, as long as it’s black’. I would rather have settled for a wind instrument.”
John’s introduction to Fine Music was as a mature age student at university where his lecturer in Economics was Professor Neil Runcie, a founding member of the radio station. One day Runcie, who was pushed for time, invited John to travel in his car while he explained a problem in economics. During the journey John was introduced to Fine Music (then 2MBS-FM). “Ever since then, Fine Music has been that ‘music for the soul’ for me.” “Why do we need music?” he asks. “I will never forget the trip from Dubbo to Sydney in
my Mazda 808 when I listened to a cassette tape of Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante in E flat.
It brought tears to my eyes.” John listened to this music during a difficult time in his life and adds: “I choose music that consoles me when I am down.”
As a regular donor to Fine Music, John says: “I support Fine Music not only for easy access or nostalgic reasons but because I am convinced that there are other listeners who go through rough patches as I did, and derive emotional comfort from listening to the music that is dear to them.”
This articles appears in the June issue of Fine Music Magazine.