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
I try to keep things as varied as possible (for my own sake). It’s very important to me to present programmes that make sense as a whole, with some kind of logic, and which provide continuity to the listener. I mostly pick works that I feel very strongly about when it comes to performing: there are many works I love that do not love me back!
Know that you are a part of a large mosaic of musicians throughout the world; our collective mission, I believe, is to create gifts of beauty, expressiveness and positive energy to our audiences
The greatest challenge has been – and always will be – to remain true to oneself musically. It is easy to be distracted by the need to make money and the successes of others, so nurturing one’s own musical aspirations needs particular care.
In our experience, audiences are hungry for live music concerts. If you are able to do a good job of communicating the art, it doesn’t matter what genre music it is. We play outreach concerts for people that have never been exposed to classical music and the response is extraordinary.
I think about my audience first. Improvisation is a challenging genre and for that reason, it can come across as non-inclusive from the audience’s perspective.