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.
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