Working with particular musicians means you can compose tailor-made pieces specifically to them – one hopes this will lead to a piece that is of greater enjoyment and fulfilment for them but also, is a greater success overall
Hearing one’s own music in concert is an incomparably powerful experience, simply because it’s the fulfilment of usually years of drafting, writing, developing, crafting, honing and revising ideas.
Who or what inspired you to take up the piano and pursue a career in music? I started piano lessons when I was 8. My mother, who had trained as a classical singer but wasn’t able to pursue it professionally, encouraged me – and I even started with the same piano teacher my mother had…
Don’t just do music!
Have other serious interests – take risks – don’t follow the path you think you should but the one you want (it’s the one you’ll take more seriously) – be able to talk to all sorts of people – listen and learn.
Singers are great. I love the voice, and there can be no better instrument to write for.
The sense that people you respect and care about are straining every sinew for the sake of your compositional efforts and their realisation is a uniquely humbling experience. At times it has made the music seem to stare back at me, externalised and somehow become ‘other’.