Is style essential to attracting a new audience to classical
Yes. My musical influences are Maria Callas and Vladimir Horowitz, who come from an era when classical musicians were popular.
Do you ever feel burnt out?
I haven’t questioned it. I said to my parents when I picked up the violin the first time, “I will not put this down until I die on the stage with it.”
You said that at age five?
Yes! It was such an immediate connection. I’ll never forget when I walked onto a stage for the first time. The entire audience was shocked.
What kind of hair did you have then?
Something cute! You know, my mother actually designed her own clothes when I was young.
Is that where your style comes from?
I think so. And my father was the biggest music lover. I guess it’s only natural that now I get inspiration for Bach from Allen Ginsberg or for Mozart from Andy Warhol. In a way I feel Warhol was Mozart.