Which people would you invite as guests to your dream dinner party?
There are too many people! I'd have to have a banquet!
What is your favorite meal?
Coca-Cola with ice and lemon with a cigarette.
Do you have a favorite motto or proverb that you live your life by?
“Don’t hope for anything and you will not be disappointed.”
Which person or people inspire you the most?
Great people inspire me.
If you were 80 years old, what advice would you give to young people today?
Try not to lie.
What would you like people to say about you?
How do you overcome the stage fright? / What is your ritual before going on stage?
I don’t have rituals, there are some little subjective things. I try to redirect the excitement, which is a complicated process.
When you perform... who are you playing for?
For the people.
What job would you least like to do?
Something paper-based or political.
Is there a joke about musicians that you would like to share with us?
Leo Tolstoy loved to play the balalaika, but could not do it. (D. Harms). But this is a joke about the balalaika more than a musician...
What's the "most played" non-classical track on your phone?
Tom Jobim: Retrato em branco e preto.
You are on a desert island and can bring only 3 items, what do you bring?
A saw, chisel and logical thinking.
What is your favorite noise/sound? What is the most annoying noise for you?
I have many favourite sounds, but my annoying sound is foam on glass.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
In Barcelona where holidays are eternal.
What is the first thing you think about when you hear the word Tchaikovsky?
What is the first thing you think about when you hear the word competition?
Sergei Prokofiev. Sonata 6 in A major, Op. 82
Claude Debussy. Des Pas sur la Neige and Feux d’Artifice from the 24 Preludes for piano, L. 117,6; L. 123,12
Franz Liszt — Feruccio Busoni. Reminiscences de Don Juan based on Mozart’s opera