As a performing musician and educator, I define success as having the ability to connect with audiences, irrespective of their backgrounds and experiences, and make classical music relevant to everyone. There is a story behind every composer and work—it is our duty as performers to remind the public that the music we devote so much time in practicing is filled with emotion and life.
Every time I play a piece for the first time is special. You never know what’s going to happen. It’s the moment in which the potential of a piece is revealed.
My parents were not familiar with classical music. I was introduced to piano at school when I was 7; it was a shock and a blessing; I remember I was so excited I could hardly sleep for a few days.
Who or what inspired you to take up the piano and pursue a career in music? It was a fairly late realisation that it was possible to do music (let alone accompaniment) as a career at all! Early on at secondary school I had the chance to accompany a few other musicians which was something…
My favourite musicians are the musicians who listen while playing and react immediately.
Love music and let yourself be intoxicated by art.