A relentless discipline of technical training ultimately frees an artist to work from instinct and emotion! To be a musician is to be a student, of life.
Find people you love to play with, and collaborate with composers and all other artists taking on every opportunity with gusto and dedication, wherever you are invited perform. A good sense of humour and other hobbies are also vital!
My parents took me a to piano recital when I was three because they couldn’t find a babysitter that night. I don’t remember the pieces the pianist played but I was fascinated by the power of music that made the audience quiet for nearly two hours. I thought that if I learned this “language” people would also listen to what I want to say
For me, the most important thing to impart to students is that great music is not ‘entertainment’, nor just a social accomplishment, but a reflection of life.
My greatest challenge is also probably my greatest asset – my repertoire. Most classical audiences are unfamiliar with it, so it can be hard to actually find an audience. On the flip side, the fact that I play pieces that are seldom heard is also refreshing to most, so it does help me stand out!
I believe the role of a musician is in many ways akin to an interpreter. The piano is a monumental instrument, as Kathryn Stott once mentioned to me, and we are blessed with the ever growing huge canon of repertoire – solo, concerto and chamber.