The greatest challenge has been – and always will be – to remain true to oneself musically. It is easy to be distracted by the need to make money and the successes of others, so nurturing one’s own musical aspirations needs particular care.
It’s always wonderful to play in a space which Handel knew, such as his local church, St. George’s Hanover Square, or his house at Brook Street.
The fewer the notes, the better I play. That’s what I learned. Not sure what that says about me. But on a certain level, I feel that my preoccupation with overtones, and a vertical upward and downward connection to the sound – to some kind of ether and to some kind of abyss – takes time
Working towards fulfilling one’s potential as a musician is a lifetime undertaking, one that requires much patience, determination, and wonder! Don’t forget to smell the roses!
Who or what inspired you to take up the cello, and pursue a career in music? I grew up in a tiny kibbutz in Israel
My success as a musician is defined by how much of my life I can fill with playing and performing great music. I love to play. I love to make music with friends and inspiring colleagues. Success for me is not earning a lot of money or becoming famous—it is getting to create art every day.