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Born: 1967-12-09
Profession: Musician
Nation: American
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You don't have to have lots of love affairs to know what love is.

Tags: Affairs, Lots, Love

You're a constant student, as a musician.

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A conductor can do wild things which can feel forced, but if you're directing from within the orchestra, you can't do that, things have to feel natural.

Tags: Natural, Wild, Within

For some reason I can't explain, artist and musicians tend to look younger than our age. Being in music, you need this youthful sense of discovery and wonder for what you're doing and keep your imagination open. That's a youthful way of looking at life and I think that reflects in how you age.

Tags: Age, Life, Music

I mean, the great secret is that an orchestra can actually play without a conductor at all. Of course, a great conductor will have a concept and will help them play together and unify them.

Tags: Great, Help, Mean

I use Facebook quite a lot to keep up with my friends, although I had to delete 'Words With Friends' from my phone because it was wasting too much of my time.

Tags: Friends, Time, Words

I'm in a position where, theoretically, I could play the same ten concertos and make a very good living bouncing around playing Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky and Barber, but I really think artists should keep pushing limits and trying new things.

Tags: Good, Living, Trying

In art and music, particularly in the 20th century, there was a big period there where for something to be called profound you had to not be able to understand it.

Tags: Art, Music, Understand

You only live once, so I try to say yes to everything.

Tags: Once, Try, Yes

Although I hardly ever turn on the TV set unless it's football season, I do watch a lot of TV on my iPad - perfect for long airplane journeys.

Tags: Football, Perfect, Turn

At a music hall, I'll get upset if someone coughs or if someone's cellphone goes off.

Tags: Music, Off, Someone

Conducting is a strange thing to teach.

Tags: Conducting, Strange, Teach

I don't want to portray myself as a daredevil. I'm not at all.

Tags: Daredevil, Portray

I grew up in a musical family, but nobody was a professional musician.

Tags: Family, Musical, Nobody

I hope I will always have the chance to play the violin.

Tags: Chance, Hope, Violin

I like trying things, I am kind of adventurous and I like thrill seeking.

Tags: Seeking, Thrill, Trying

I like working with kids because I enjoy seeing the looks on their faces and, it's kind of selfish, I want a future audience.

Tags: Enjoy, Future, Selfish
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I love the outdoor festival feeling.

Tags: Feeling, Festival, Love

I never had any real expectations about what sort of success I would have or all the publicity.

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I want to do everything. That's my problem.

Tags: Problem

I was lucky enough to have parents who started me on music very early, but most kids don't get that kind of exposure.

Tags: Enough, Music, Parents

I write arrangements. I'm sort of a wannabe composer.

Tags: Composer, Write

No one tells you what to do if you completely flop at the beginning of a performance.

Tags: Beginning, Flop, Tells

Over the years, I've collected a lot of musical friends.

Tags: Collected, Friends, Musical

So much of performing is a mind game.

Tags: Game, Mind, Performing

The best way to refine an interpretation is by getting out and performing.

Tags: Best, Getting, Performing

The man on the street, he knows who Beethoven is, he knows who Mozart is.

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The violin sings.

Tags: Sings, Violin

There's nothing more frustrating than seeing a conductor say, 'Play softer,' as they're waving their hands in huge gestures.

Tags: Gestures, Hands, Seeing

We live in the least ugly time in history.

Tags: History, Time, Ugly

What drew me to the violin was mastering the instrument technically, which I'm continuing to do.

Tags: Instrument, Mastering, Violin

When you play a violin piece, you are a storyteller, and you're telling a story.

Tags: Piece, Story, Telling

When you play for ticket-holders, you are already validated. I have no sense that I need to be accepted. I'm already accepted.

Tags: Accepted, Sense, Validated
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