I am a general. My soldiers are the keys and I have to command them.
Everyone goes to the forest; some go for a walk to be inspired, and others go to cut down the trees.
False notes [on the piano] are human. Why does everything have to be perfect? You know, perfection itself is imperfection.
I must tell you I take terrible risks. Because my playing is very clear, when I make a mistake you hear it. If you want me to play only the notes without any specific dynamics, I will never make one mistake. Never be afraid to dare.
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