We all know HELLO STAGE’s favorite color! What’s yours?
I used to like black very much but now I am trying to accept white, green, yellow and grey. I prefer
gloomy colours rather than shiny/bright colours.
What was the best advice a teacher ever gave you?
You never improve without taking risks.
How has your practice changed with time?
I have always practiced for 2 hours
in the morning and 2-3 hours in the afternoon. It is a daily
routine and I love it. Practicing piano is
not additional work. It’s just part of my everyday life. But
a disadvantage of this is that it is very difficult
to plan any holidays. I have never spent longer than 4
days without practicing. I guess it comes
from a mental as well as physical anxiety. It’s kind of a
What do you think is the most important trait of a successful artist in today’s modern world?
Of course, artists should understand, and digest music in
depth through learning its history and the
composers’ background and convey it to the
audience with the most 'alive' sound. Then, a good
physiognomy and an ability to communicate with the
public are also necessary and important but these
shouldn’t have to be a priority. There are some
artists who tend to concentrate on other traits rather
than on their musicianship. In my opinion, there
is a difference between a successful artist and a
great artist in the modern world.
How much time do you spend every day on Facebook, twitter, and which other ways do you use to
I have started working with a PR Company based
in Europe since release of my recordings and they
have control over my Facebook
, which is also automatically
linked to Twitter
. Of course I share
resources and ideas with them! I spend quite a large amount
of time using my mobile to read blogs
about music, wine, fashion and artisan craftsmanship
that I really adore.
As well as being an internationally acclaimed solo pianist, you are a keen chamber musician; what
makes the Brahms cycle in Berlin special?
Brahms’ music is very serious. His music doesn’t
have any exaggeration or unnecessary notes. Every
note has a high value and musicians have to really
take care of it, as a gem. Therefore, it is a great
privilege to play with the most Brahmsian violinist,
Guy Braunstein and the most respected musicians
from the Berliner Philharmoniker. They fully understand
the way of playing Brahms. How could it be
better than this?
Being a millennial artist yourself has surely influenced your life as a musician in many ways.
How do you see the influence of technology affecting the development of classical music, if at all?
Which developments do you find most interesting?
It is truly fascinating to see the classical music
industry changing so quickly in such a short period of time.
In the 1990s and even in the beginning of the 21st century,
it was unimaginable to listen to concerts
from Europe, America and Asia with the world’s greatest
orchestras / conductors / instrumentalists /
singers at home or on our mobile via Youtube
and live streaming services from many venues.
Moreover, the cost is reasonable and it works with any device.
It has brought a huge change to all
the people who love classical music. But as a musician myself,
the only thing I am against this
technology advancement is the quality of sounds.
It is not possible to convey the true sounds we
make, this is not possible through any of these audio
systems or headphones/earphones.