Who or what inspired you to take up piano, and pursue a career in music? My father started taking me to concerts and to the
Who or what inspired you to take up the cello and pursue a career in music? When I was 7 years old, my guitar teacher
The nature of improvised music means that it’s very rare that everything falls together perfectly in real time, and in a way that’s not the point. There’s a Miles Davis quote where he says something like ‘I can play music all night, but there will only ever be about 8 bars where I really nail it’, and I know what he means
For me, the biggest challenge of playing music is the challenge of playing music well. There is always a gap between one’s ideal and one’s presentation of that ideal, and the challenge for me lies in the grueling, muddy, often frustrating work involved in closing this gap.
My parents took me a to piano recital when I was three because they couldn’t find a babysitter that night. I don’t remember the pieces the pianist played but I was fascinated by the power of music that made the audience quiet for nearly two hours. I thought that if I learned this “language” people would also listen to what I want to say
There is no such thing as talent. There is only work, work and work.