Master at least one other endeavour to a professional level. You won’t be any less of a musician, it will almost certainly feed into your music-making, and it gives you an alternative if (God forbid) there is a repeat of 2020, or if you just change your mind as you get older. It’s harder to retrain later in life.
Listen to as many interpretations as you can, but the most important thing is to be convinced of your own.
I feel that my role is to be communicative and clear and show everyone the joy of music
The highpoint of being a conductor is that you get to do what so few people do – it’s like having all of Tutankhamun’s treasures.
The most challenging part is also the most fulfilling – becoming one with the music in a way in which the orchestra and audience feel at one as well
Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music and who or what have been the most important influences on your musical life