One needs to approach music with an open mind. Do something outside of music too to stay grounded and humble and to not be voluntarily confined to an echo chamber such as conservatoire.
The biggest thrill of my life was making my Carnegie Hall debut with the Fauré Requiem; the sound of that hall is just incredible! I have sung there three times in different contexts, and it’s not only beautiful, it’s historic. The energy you feel looking out at the loges from the stage of the Isaac Stern Auditorium is just awe inspiring.
What comes first is artistic satisfaction! To be able to perform the music you love, with musicians with whom you enjoy playing together, realising your own creative projects on a high level and, most importantly, to be needed and appreciated by the audience with whom you share your art.
I have been very fortunate to work with the musicians I like to work with, so there are no extra challenges for me. I always value their suggestions for performing issues (for example, the choreography of hands in piano writing) or even musical suggestions regarding the composition.
Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music and who or what have been the most important influences on your musical life
Be adaptable and do what makes you happy. Create your own path and don’t be scared of taking risks.