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I have just one fiddle. It works, and that's it. It has been an old friend.
Only one of my grandchildren is serious about a musical instrument. The others dabble in it.
To bring a large audience to a piece of serious music and make it accessible does not mean reducing it in any way. And I've learned that if something is good, even if it is a little difficult, people will get that it is good.
I've been lucky to conduct the very best orchestras in the world: New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Berlin, the London Philharmonic.
If you can read, then you can recite Shakespeare. But that's not acting.
Believe me, I've had interviews where the person says, 'So when did you start and why? What about your parents?' I say to them, 'Please, have you heard of the word 'Google?'
The thing about talent is that it comes at different ages, sometimes at a very early age. That's when I find it to be the most challenging.
An amazing gift in a young child is, in some ways, an abnormality.
I met my wife in music camp. She's got great ears, and we have a relationship where she's not afraid to tell me anything. If something's going on in my playing, she will tell me about it, and that's very, very important.
I am an eternal optimist. I always say 'Yihyeh Tov' or 'It'll get better.'
When I was growing up in Israel, Cantorial music was something I heard over and over on the radio, so it wasn't at all strange to me. I was very familiar with the music.
My message is that giving is very important. Giving is a Jewish thing, and I like to talk about that. There's nothing more important, personally, for anybody than being able to give.
I actually wanted to play the violin before I had polio, and then afterwards, there was no reason not to.
The difference is that with Ebola, it is such a devastating disease, and there is still no cure. They're still working on vaccines. The fact of the matter with polio, there is a cure; there is a vaccine.
The danger in playing a piece over and over again lies in getting stuck in a rut where you don't ask questions anymore and you always play it the same way.
There is no such thing as getting rid of nervousness.
I have always been very proud of my Jewish heritage, which has greatly influenced my music, my world view, and my work as an advocate for individuals whom society often leaves behind.
My experience with the Detroit Symphony has been musically very satisfying. They have a wonderful sound, which for me is one of the most important qualities in an orchestra.
Access Living is a powerful voice for people in the Chicago area who live with disabilities.
The arts are part of the fiber of American society and should get Federal support.
Architects have to become more aware of exactly what is involved in designing barrier-free buildings and homes.
As for minimalism, I don't care, don't care, don't care to repeat myself, repeat myself.
I'm a mushroom freak. I make a mushroom soup where I use maybe six or seven varieties, not just portobello and shiitake, but dried porcini and morels.
I always find Bach to be an expression of a love of life. There's an enthusiasm that's absolutely contagious.
Brahms is one of my all-time favorite composers.
Whenever I play recitals, the part where I talk about music and my experiences of music, audiences always like it. They feel more involved with an artist who talks to them. It's a nice experience for me as well.
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