I tend to choose pieces that speak to me on a personal level. Dinu Lipatti once said that it’s not enough to like the piece you play, but the piece must also like you! My secret wish is that Schumann, Brahms, and Ravel (and their works) would have liked me.
A relentless discipline of technical training ultimately frees an artist to work from instinct and emotion! To be a musician is to be a student, of life.
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!
My parents took me a to piano recital when I was three because they couldn’t find a babysitter that night. I don’t remember the pieces the pianist played but I was fascinated by the power of music that made the audience quiet for nearly two hours. I thought that if I learned this “language” people would also listen to what I want to say
For me, the most important thing to impart to students is that great music is not ‘entertainment’, nor just a social accomplishment, but a reflection of life.
My greatest challenge is also probably my greatest asset – my repertoire. Most classical audiences are unfamiliar with it, so it can be hard to actually find an audience. On the flip side, the fact that I play pieces that are seldom heard is also refreshing to most, so it does help me stand out!