Learn your craft, work hard, find your own voice, keep stretching yourself creatively, and give your gift to the world. Don’t be afraid to experiment with genres other than classical – this will only enhance your playing. Learn to improvise and arrange. Most of all, remember that failures only mean something if you let them define you. Never stop challenging yourself.
With every new piece or reperformance you need to find a key that opens many doors. To find that thread, that comes from composer, passes through you and reaches the audience is always a great challenge…
Be true to yourself and plough your own furrow. A musician’s career path is often a lonely and frustrating one so you need to maintain self-belief
Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music? My mother, Gulnora Umarova, who was herself a talented pianist and a piano teacher
I loved playing piano the moment I touched it for the first time. There was never a question of me doing anything other than becoming a concert pianist
success is journeying towards ever more authentic and creative personal expression – never copying but searching for its own inner pearl. If this expression is sincere and profound, in agreement with our soul, the public will feel it