I think challenge is on how to introduce classical music in a modern society. I always try to promote classical music in different contemporary ways to attract more people to enjoy this art form.
Don’t just do music!
Have other serious interests – take risks – don’t follow the path you think you should but the one you want (it’s the one you’ll take more seriously) – be able to talk to all sorts of people – listen and learn.
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.
As a soloist, performing Ligeti for 100 school kids in the Queen Elizabeth Hall for the London Sinfonietta was particularly rewarding – it was the best (and noisiest) cheer I’ve ever received!
The sense that people you respect and care about are straining every sinew for the sake of your compositional efforts and their realisation is a uniquely humbling experience. At times it has made the music seem to stare back at me, externalised and somehow become ‘other’.
I was singing alongside really fine singers and instrumentalists and receiving a world-class music education. I felt like the luckiest kid in the world to be exposed to such a high level of music-making in a beautiful cathedral