I’m interested in a visceral reaction, the ‘goosebump factor’
We are not brain surgeons or Olympic athletes: there are no consequences to our mistakes. I give myself permission to mess up; in fact, I try to get it over with as soon as possible so I’m free to enjoy the rest of the piece. Perfection plays no part in art.
Don’t play for the audience – play for the composer. If you are completely immersed in the music, the audience will feel it and be with you.
The way you practise is the way you will play. Practise with 100 per cent emotion, expression and communication. You get what you train for: you do not become an artist on stage, you develop that at home. Practising for ‘accuracy’ alone should be abolished.
If you want to find your own voice, learn a piece of music with the full score, not with recordings. Fully explore your opinions and observations, and be secure in your interpretation. Own your individuality.
I go to concerts to be moved, not to judge. I’m interested in a visceral reaction, the ‘goosebump factor’.