I think as a collaborative pianist the greatest challenge is knowing when to say no. There are always singers and instrumentalists looking for accompanists and as a young artist it is really hard to turn down opportunities which could open other doors.
Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music? When I was three years old, my parents bought…
It’s a great privilege to make music for a living! And it’s not all about the money, it is the passion and the pure joy which only music can bring.
I work on a project-by-project basis. I find people I love to collaborate with, and then create the projects around that. The repertoire choices will grow out of that, and of how we want to grow the programme.
I always wanted to be closer to music. Conducting was a natural extension and progression from my experience as a horn player. The challenge of trying to imagine a complex score written by someone else took this magical internal activity even further than playing one line. Perhaps the ultimate version of this is to imagine one’s own sounds.
Find people you love to play with, and collaborate with composers and all other artists taking on every opportunity with gusto and dedication, wherever you are invited perform. A good sense of humour and other hobbies are also vital!