Who was your first favorite artist(s) growing up?
To pick favorite artists is difficult since different artists offer different things, but my earliest memories include Leonid Kogan and Sviatoslav Richter, who truly affected me when I was young, causing me to listen to many of their records and video footage.
When did you realize that you wanted to be an artist/ composer/creator?
I assume it was during my high school years when I decided to devote my life to music. Before then, I never gave a very serious thought about life and music, but since I attended a high school for the arts, and witnessed fellow musicians of my age, it left an enormous impression on me, which led me to focus and work harder than before.
If you could spend creative time anywhere in the world, where would it be? And why?
In the past year, I discovered hiking for the first time in my life when I visited Poland so I would assume anywhere where I can find beautiful mountains, I would want to spend time there. It might be hard at first to understand how it would be linked to creativity, but for me, being so close to nature in today’s day and age brings something special out of me, which helps me a lot in my creative process.
What was your favorite musical moment on the album?
I do not have a favorite musical moment in the album since the whole musical experience was so great. Recording my first album with Carmine Miranda was so special not only because of his incredible playing, but because of the fact that we are close friends, and I got a chance to learn a lot about the process of making an album of this kind.
What does this album mean to you personally?
This album means a great deal to me for many reasons. First of all, it is my debut album, and I could not be happier than to share it with Carmine. It also represents an interesting choice of repertoire which is not usually done (the Mozart duos being played with Cello instead of Viola, and Beethoven’s duo originally written for Clarinet and Bassoon). Overall, the album presents interesting ideas regarding the music and recording techniques.
Is there a specific feeling you want listeners to tune into when hearing your work?
I would like our audiences to discover unusual musical combinations and different sounds that they might have never heard before. Since the album is unedited, it is extra special since the audiences will join a live concert-like performance which will only enrich the overall experience.