you spend every day touching these masterpieces but you never come to some end point where you can say “that is just the way I want it” because you’re always looking for more in them. That is exactly what is so wonderful about them too, but it is simultaneously what is very difficult
As a performing musician and educator, I define success as having the ability to connect with audiences, irrespective of their backgrounds and experiences, and make classical music relevant to everyone. There is a story behind every composer and work—it is our duty as performers to remind the public that the music we devote so much time in practicing is filled with emotion and life.
Who or what inspired you to take up the piano, and pursue a career in music? When I was eight years old, I started taking lessons from a teacher named Sharon Mann, who was (and is) charismatic and beautiful and brilliant, and she taught me Bach fugues and Beethoven sonatas, and as a shy child, I adored…
Success is getting the ego out of the way so the music can communicate clearly and simply.
Do the hard stuff first! Work hard to study music theory and history and form and analysis because when you master these things you truly have freedom in your art. I think many young people try to take shortcuts, wanting to get quickly to the music without the discipline of focused study
I have a special feeling for the Barbican in London. It feels so inviting, utopian, and democratic compared to other concert halls, which often seem more like churches, or fancy condominiums.