Do the hard stuff first! Work hard to study music theory and history and form and analysis because when you master these things you truly have freedom in your art. I think many young people try to take shortcuts, wanting to get quickly to the music without the discipline of focused study
For me, a venue is as much about the unique chemistry of each audience as it is the fabric of the building. That said, it would of course be churlish not to mention the Wigmore Hall as its acoustic somehow allows for both intimacy and grandeur. Other UK venues that I have enjoyed performing in recently include Conway Hall and St George’s Bristol.
Who or what inspired you to take up the piano and pursue a career in music? My grandmother is a pianist and piano professor and growing up with her as a child there was always Piano played at home. I really loved it, to me it seemed magical and so amazing. In the same time…
In our profession it is important to have the courage, but also willingness to take risks
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.