The more you build, the more protection you have
I would tell myself to spend a bit more time doing other things. When I was six years old, my father imposed a rigid schedule, which involved my getting up at 5am and practising for a few hours before school. Both my parents were keen for me to have a balanced life at school, but I would have only around an hour each day to play with other kids.
I would also urge myself not to be too focused on just a few works, but to go out and get an overall picture of the string music repertoire – which is easier said than done. I didn’t have opinions at that age, as my teachers introduced me to most of the works I played, and opinion is formed from recognition, and building up enough knowledge for you to stand on your own two feet. It’s like constructing a castle: the more you build, the more protection you have.
Photo: Chab Lathion