Success to me is going on to a stage knowing that I am totally prepared: I have put the work in and come off at the end of the performance knowing that I did my absolute best on that day.
I think that if we want classical music to reach out to younger people, we have to be able to welcome them in the first place. And by that I mean that any form of adaptation, manipulation, sampling of classical works, has to be seen in a positive light, rather than as a menace to their integrity.
I take everything as a chance to learn something
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
I am inspired by large, complex and mythical works where I can feel conversations-supportive or contradicting- between voices, hands and the rest of my body and mind. It started with Bach and Beethoven and gradually reached Schoenberg, Messaien, Wolpe and many others.
Bach and Britten….share a commitment to the words that they set and build it into the very fabric of the music. It is always a pleasure to understand and learn their works and then to share that story with the audience.