'Time must be given to take in and appreciate the beauty'
I think what resonates most in my mind whenever I perform are all the things I heard in my early years about musical shape and journeying through music. For example: listeners should feel the distance you travel in a shift; they are always being taken on a journey; and if musical passages are similar, both the player and the music are still moving, and still getting nearer or further away from something. I learnt this in a variety of ways from all my teachers, including Ralph Kirshbaum, Heinrich Schiff and David Waterman, as well as in many masterclasses with Steven Isserlis.
However, the person who got me started thinking in this holistic way was the wonderful Joan Dickson. She would tell me how, on every journey, there would be beauty spots that one would pass, and that time must be given to take in and appreciate that beauty, instead of rushing through the moment.