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" An amazing gift in a young child is, in some ways, an abnormality. "
" Competition can be the most nerve-racking experience. Some people just thrive on it. "
" For people who are really talented, what you don't say becomes extremely important. You have to judge what to say and what to leave alone so you can let the talent develop. "
" Television will always err on the side of making something not quite as classy as it could be. "
" 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. "
" 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 can tell you that many soloists probably wish they could sit. "
" I love to work with young kids. "
" That makes classical music work, the ability to improvise. "
" I'm now doing three things: concerts, conducting, and teaching, and they each support each other. I learn to see things from different perspectives and listen with different ears. The most important thing that you need to do is really listen. "
" Teaching is really very, very important. I always tell my students that you should find an opportunity to teach. When you teach others, you teach yourself. "
" My oldest daughter is a pianist; she plays concerts. We play together, also. "
" The arts are part of the fiber of American society and should get Federal support. "
" It is good medicine to go to a concert hall and forget the harshness of what's going on. It can be a very positive thing. "
" 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. "
" Everybody's saying, you know, 'You're so heroic and so on despite of the polio that you had and so on.' Look, I had polio when I was four. So when you're four years old, you know, you get used to things very, very quickly. "
" You get more nervous in front of a lot of people. That's why, when you play a concerto, you play with a small orchestra, in some place where you don't feel that it is as important as Carnegie Hall. "
" I say to string players in small chamber orchestras, 'it's always easy to become a passenger on the journey in sound, just adding volume to the whole. But if you play in an individual way, it makes the difference between good and great sound in an orchestra.' "
" The most important thing to do is really listen. "
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" 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. "
" So many things can drive you mad as a child, not only music. "
" I actually wanted to play the violin before I had polio, and then afterwards, there was no reason not to. "
" Access Living is a powerful voice for people in the Chicago area who live with disabilities. "
" I don't feel that the conductor has real power. The orchestra has the power, and every member of it knows instantaneously if you're just beating time. "
" Life is always full of challenges. I believe you're never happy unless you're consistently making challenges for yourself. "
" When you are 8 or 9, you should have a childhood. You should have adolescence. You should go through everything in a normal way. "
" The problems of the disabled are unpopular. "
" If you put four different people on a podium conducting the same downbeat, you get four different sounds. It's a little mysterious and fascinating. There's so much you can do with motions and body movements besides giving accurate beats. "
" Every person with a disability is an individual. "
" A lot of society tries to put people with disabilities into one cube, and when you think about it, many, many people have different types of disabilities, and you cannot put a code that applies to towards everyone - generally, they can be guidelines, but in the long run, interior designers and architects need more education on the subject. "
" I think that music has to do with what kind of passion do you have. "