I like to remind myself that the nerves I’m feeling in anticipation of an upcoming concert stem from the fact that what I do is of great importance to me, and that I’m about to do something that I have been dreaming of doing for years.
The ability to express one’s inner soul and communicate on a completely different level through the power of music is unparalleled in any other form of human communication, and having the ability and determination to achieve this is immensely rewarding.
Improvisation gives musicians an innate understanding of why composers make certain choices, develop a subconscious sense of style, cultivate discerned tastes in melodic lines, and form a complex vocabulary of harmony and resolution.
In my own experience I realized that being an artist was not a choice; it was who I was and who I am.
I have faith that classical music will remain as a great inspiration for the future – particularly if you play music you really love and identify with
I think repertoire choices should not only reflect a musician’s artistry but also their awareness of contemporary social issues.