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.
Of course we all need endurance and dedication to succeed. But sometimes, success can be measured on a more everyday level – like dealing with a less than perfect piano, or resisting the urge to run away just before the start of the concert!
While the printed score is in two-dimensional black and white, music is a living language. As musicians, we must bring the notes to life and express the music as a colorful, three-dimensional world.
Who or what inspired you to take up the piano and pursue a career in music? I have the vague memory of asking my non-musical
I think that we are called by the music. Sometimes we have to choose a piece because we are asked to, but I can say that in my life I have had the great luxury of being able to choose the pieces I really felt I had to play.