Even though I started playing the violin when I was four, my early chamber music experiences helped build a strong foundation for my solo work, as all music is a rich language and dialogue that is shared on stage, no matter what the size of the ensemble.
Music should be an integral part of one's life, but how one is able to access it or use it as a career vehicle will always remain in question.
One has to commit their life to music and not expect to get famous or rich doing it.
I've always had my ear peeled for interesting music. As a student, I regularly spent time hunting for interesting repertoire, looking through music bins, buying stacks and stacks of CDs, and discovering rarely played pieces by composers.
When I was seven years old, I was leading a quartet and trio, and that really laid the groundwork for me as a musician.
I've always believed that the range or depth of emotion can be great, whether you're play a three-minute piece, or a half-hour work.
There are many ways to get involved with lives or communities and enrich the minds of others through music, but you really have to want to do this.
I remember performing in Russia when I was twenty, and I stayed at this hotel with 3000 rooms. There were sailors knocking on my room door, wanting to barter stuffed animals with Marlboros that I had been instructed to bring!
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