The most successful experiences for me, whether they be performances or auditions, are the ones where I’ve allowed myself to give in entirely to the spirit of the moment.
I’m a storyteller, I’m always looking for the invisible threads that tie things together.
I try to keep things as varied as possible (for my own sake). It’s very important to me to present programmes that make sense as a whole, with some kind of logic, and which provide continuity to the listener. I mostly pick works that I feel very strongly about when it comes to performing: there are many works I love that do not love me back!
For me, a sense of place, identity and landscape are the most important influences on my musical life
To me success can be both artistic and professional and I believe it is important to make this distinction. This said, I feel the best success I wish to have is to artistically fulfil my aspirations and, because of that, be admired and respected by audiences and musicians alike. Fingers crossed!
My greatest challenge is ongoing: showing everyone that the double bass can be a soloistic instrument and can hold its own in the musical world.