Music is an artistic discipline.
Mastery of music involves the communication of distinct ideals, not merely the presence of technical skill.
Technical excellence is a necessary but insufficient condition for artistic excellence in musical pursuits.
Artistry empowers communication.
Aesthetic convictions establish an identity and uphold particular ideals.
As one grows in musicianship, a credible, personal style emerges.
I believe in minimizing motions, delivering sounds and not acrobatics.
Irrelevant and sensationalist additions may draw crowds, but they do not constitute genuine artisitc contribution.
For art music, there is often a tension between the exploration of musical ideas and the cultivating of listener understanding and acceptance..
Composers and performers seeking originality at all cost often diminish their own relevance and viability, not considering audiences sufficiently.
I tend to be a traditionalist, preferring sounds that will outlast current fads.
First principles determine potential.
I believe that the best way to advance rapidly is to practice very slowly and carefully, insisting upon excellence.
It is not enough to possess technical mastery, but artistic expression is most possible where technique is strongest.
Trying to maximize practice effectiveness, I believe in revisiting fundamentals regularly and carefully.
I desire to uphold these ideals, but I still have much to learn.
The pressure of immediate performance objectives can clash with long-term goals.
Competent mentors and effective resources (including these) shape my approach to music.