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" A specialist is someone who does everything else worse. "
" When you can hear a violinist, that is better than you, then you learn from him, because if you play with somebody who is worse than you, then you go down. "
" Colour does not make so much difference. Look at the Bach Chaconne: There is not one dynamic mark in the whole Bach Chaconne. Colours do not make so much difference. "
" Of course the most difficult thing on the violin is always intonation. The second one is rhythm. If you play in tune, in time with a good sound that's already high level. Those three are the main things. "
" A good interpreter can take a piece of bad music and make it sound pretty decent, while a bad interpreter can take good music and make it sound cheap. I can tell that some people have a bad taste, and unlike on the piano, they smear around a lot, that is bad taste. "
" I don't have favourites, I think, when you play, you have to be like a prostitute, you have to love the piece you are playing. Even if you don't like it, you have to play it as if you would like it. Then you are a good interpreter. "
" So, first you have to be able to play with a metronome. Then you take your freedom. If you play in an orchestra, you got to watch the conductor, he is like a metronome, but it is more difficult because he can change rhythms. "
" Every violinist has a different style, so it's important to be able to recognise their styles. You don't have to like everyone's style but you have to know these styles. "
" Well, rhythm is 90 percent of the interpretation. "
" You have to do a lot of listening, you don't just learn out of yourself. "