Every concert is a debut. Each time it’s as though it’s your first time, over and again
When I recorded the five Mozart Concertos with the Camerata Salzburg, its conductor (and founder) Sándor Végh told me there were three keys to performing Mozart: to play cantabile, risoluto and grazioso. ‘Mozart is an opera,’ he would say.
I met Rudolf Serkin at Marlboro soon after I won the Queen Elisabeth Competition. I told him I felt as though my life was nothing but debuts everywhere. He said, ‘That depends on how you look at it – every concert is a debut. Each time it’s as though it’s your first time, over and again.’ He must have been almost 80 at the time.
Finally, I like what Jascha Heifetz once said: a solo violinist needs the courage of a toreador, the delicacy of a ballerina and the patience of a woman who runs a night bar.
Photo: Masamichi Kageta. The Montreal International Music Competition runs from 6–17 May