Whenever I listen to a children's orchestra, I learn. They feel everything, they enjoy everything, they have amazing energy.
The challenge is not so much to change the sound. The challenge is to connect and to create something special.
Music is a fundamental human right
My main goal, and it's a big one, is that every child has a chance to get close to music - as a right - that as they have access to food, health, and education, they get the chance to have art and culture - especially music.
It's not that people don't like classical music. It's that they don't have the chance to understand and to experience it.
I studied music since I was four years old, and from that moment I became part of a family. And that family has taught me things; not only musical things, but things I have to face in life, and that is where the success of the system lies
You have to believe that things will happen, you have to work and love what you're doing.
I think it's a very important collaboration between the conductor and the orchestra - especially when the conductor is one more member of the orchestra in the way that you are leading, but also respecting, feeling and building the same way for all the players to understand the music.
When people feel that something really special is happening on the stage, things change.
With an orchestra you are building citizens, better citizens for the community.
I set out to create a means whereby music could be a way of vindicating the rights of the masses.
Classical music in Venezuela is now something like a pop concert. You can see people screaming or crying because they don't have a ticket.
A friend gave me a CD of the 'Pathetique' Symphony as a Christmas present. I went home, and I put on the CD expecting to listen to Tchaikovsky. But it started 'ta ta ta taaa.' It was too long for me. I didn't understand it at first, but then I fell in love, in love, in love.
I want to work with the big orchestras. I want to have a big family.
In my imagination yes, I remember, when I was six years old, I was conducting all this concert in my house. But now it's real.
I think that I need to learn a lot, a lot.
I wanted to play my violin and have my musical expression through the instrument. But then I was really young when I had my first opportunity to conduct.
My relationship with the Philharmonia Orchestra brought me many times to London and I will always reflect positively on that early period of development with them - their patience, their warmth, their dedication.
When you play Mozart, it's so clean, it's so simple. It's the body naked.
I have eaten very well in Los Angeles. Marvelously!
My material life is simple.
Los Angeles is a very special city. It's a great ethnic mix, a great cultural mix.
It's a physical challenge. It's a spiritual challenge. I'm studying almost every day a different symphony, not returning to any one for a week.
I love to travel, but sometimes it's nice to stay in one place.
I think the atmosphere of a Prom concert can change your life, in the best way. It's so deep, the feeling you have there. The audience is so close, and there are so many of them, that you feel they are almost embracing you.
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