What inspired you to join Piano Six?
I was aware of the work that the original Piano Six did and was very honored to be asked to join the New Generation. I strongly believe in the mandate to share live classical music to as many communities as possible, especially those that might not have as easy access to it.
Do you have a favourite piece of music?
Currently: Brahms Op. 119. Brahms A major Piano Quartet
Any special musical memory that immediately comes to mind?
Preparing for a performance when I was about 7 years old. My late mother was listening to a run through and became teary-eyed. I fully realized at that moment how powerful music can be.
The thing most people don’t know about classical music is _________?
For those that might not have previous exposure to classical music, they might be surprised how classical music (and in particular live performances of it) can connect with and transport listeners on such a profound level. It has the possibility to express and make us feel every emotion and thought and is in many ways therapeutic.
What recording would you take with you to a deserted island?
Radu Lupu’s recording of Brahms Op. 79, 117-119
What would be your favourite non-musical hobby or activity?
Spending time with my family, reading, nature walks.
Name the last book you read.
In the Skin of a Lion – Michael Ondaatje
Finally, what would be your advice for any young, budding, classical musician?
Focus on what you’re passionate about, go to as many concerts as possible, try to explore as many avenues as possible.