From a personal point of view, through my work with quietnote, I try to teach the value of just listening to a piece of music. That means giving the music your complete attention, not whilst driving, cooking, or on your phone – simply sat listening.
Be yourself. Let nobody take away your musical truth.
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
Dare to think outside the box. Be yourself. Remember, the purpose of music is not to impress, but to connect.
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.