It is a real piece of art if you can make a waltz sound like it is the easiest piece of music to play, because it's really not.
I make music to touch the souls of people as it's a language we all can speak.
The waltz is a very important part of my life. It's a very important way for me to express my positiveness, bringing humor to the world.
I was a fat child and loved cake, perhaps because it was the only sweet thing in my life.
Contrary to popular opinion, classical music does not have to be enjoyed amid exclusive circles, there need not be any snobbishness attached to it. It's there for everyone. I play for the people.
The waltz can be sad and at the same time uplifting. You have to see life from both sides, and the waltz encapsulates that. If you're in my audience you give yourself to me and the waltz will grab you.
Now, I've changed my life to make sure I work only on what I love.
Critics or musicians who attack me are jealous of my success and the fact that I make people feel so happy.
We should make decisions in life with our hearts, not our brains, not only in music but in daily life.
I believe that music in itself heals and that everything is about the power of the mind. I thought if you are happy, you don't get ill. Your health is in your head. When you are satisfied with your work, you don't get ill.
It is my personality alone that has brought back the waltz and made it a global craze.
I was the black sheep of the family, and my mother never really understood me.
For me, I always like to get up bright and early.
I am a showman in the traditional sense, but modern, too. I like to use sets and lighting to create magic.
Mozart composed his music not for the elite, but for everybody.
I first picked up a violin aged five - I just assumed everyone played.
The classical music world is so snobbish.
I know that when I like music, when it touches my heart, that it will touch your heart, too. That, I think, is the secret to my success.
I admire Johann Strauss a lot. I believe he was a genius of his time.
I have two speeds, nothing and full pelt.
I love reading but I never last very long because I fall asleep right away.
When I'm not on tour, I love to have a long breakfast at home in my garden.
I am travelling half the year around the world, every year, so coming home is one of the most beautiful things.
I'm an un-healable positive optimist.
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