I was born into a musical family, my mum teaches piano and my dad plays and teaches the dombra, which is Kazakhstan’s national instrument. The piano was my choice straight away.
Life becomes much brighter and more colourful when one lets music into their heart and I feel so lucky to be a musician to let these wonderful miracles happen.
There was no piano in the house when I was a small child, but whenever we visited my mother’s sister, a talented and accomplished amateur pianist, I was transfixed by the sound of her playing and longed to be able to do it too. And at the age of ten, I heard a recording of Dinu Lipatti playing Chopin and never looked back.
Approach every work with humility and love; approach every work like a composer and put one hundred per cent of yourself into it and value that input.
Don’t be afraid to explore other things……All our life experience feeds into what we do and how we can create and convey music with true feeling
A joyful introduction to the violin at the age of 4 left me utterly obsessed. It was, and still is, my toy.