The pleasures of working with imaginative, engaged, and skillful musicians are immense and in some ways unexpected. Working with great musicians is a truly healthy collaboration
Approach every work with humility and love; approach every work like a composer and put one hundred per cent of yourself into it and value that input.
Remember that art and life are an interweaving dance, and that one informs and inspires the other. Develop an instinct for which sacrifices are truly worth making and which risks are worth taking.
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.