Everything is “difficult”: understanding the logic (or lack thereof) of artistic directors, negotiating tempos of piano concertos with conductors, liaising with concert promoters, managers and record companies and making sure that they will not “steal” your creative ideas
Don’t be afraid to explore other things……All our life experience feeds into what we do and how we can create and convey music with true feeling
A joyful introduction to the violin at the age of 4 left me utterly obsessed. It was, and still is, my toy.
The pieces in which the spirit, notation, concept, sound, come together to make something distinctive.
It’s not hugely fashionable to specialize in English repertoire but it’s where my heart is and I think that might well be the most important thing in the end
My musical heart is definitely in baroque music – anything from Purcell to Handel to Bach makes me feel entirely at home. I’ve always been completely at one with the style and harmonies of the baroque period, and there’s nothing from that age that I wouldn’t love singing.