I am happy with any work that reaches the point of completion. Like any good parent I have no favourites.
Let the music lead you, don’t try to lead it. Forcing a song to happen will only lead to being dissatisfied with what you’ve composed. Ignore the critic in your head and don’t fall into the trap of comparing yourself to other composers. You bring your own sound into form; let that be your gift.
I’ve found it particularly exciting when performers make a work their own through interpretation or collaboration. I enjoy working to create music that suits a particular performer’s temperament and abilities.
The greatest pleasure is hearing the musicians rehearse, perform, and bring to life my compositions. While musical notations of phrasing, dynamics, articulations, and tempi are written into scores, it is the artists’ personal interpretations and individual talents that make each live performance so special and unique.
Know that you are a part of a large mosaic of musicians throughout the world; our collective mission, I believe, is to create gifts of beauty, expressiveness and positive energy to our audiences
It’s about creating something that is wonderful and engaging.