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" At a music hall, I'll get upset if someone coughs or if someone's cellphone goes off. "
" I do basically what a conductor does with a baton, except I also play along with the orchestra. So I have to juggle the roles of playing the concertmaster; sometimes I drop the violin and wave my arms. "
" The one thing in my contract that they have backstage for me is bananas. And usually my assistant will go and get me chicken broth. "
" When you play a violin piece, you are a storyteller, and you're telling a story. "
" The violin sings. "
" We like to categorize things into showy things and deep things, you know, and things that are high music - important music - and shallow music. And I think that's dangerous, because there's often a mix of both. "
" I use Facebook quite a lot to keep up with my friends, although I had to delete 'Words With Friends' from my phone because it was wasting too much of my time. "
" What drew me to the violin was mastering the instrument technically, which I'm continuing to do. You want to push boundaries, to not always be in your comfort zone. If you don't, you get stale. So you have to find areas of growth. "
" I want to do everything. That's my problem. Life is short, and I hate the idea of turning down anything. You never know what interesting experience might happen. "
Life Is Short
" I mean, the great secret is that an orchestra can actually play without a conductor at all. Of course, a great conductor will have a concept and will help them play together and unify them. "
" I like blackjack. I like the psychology of poker. "
" I think - I'm always interested in reaching people in different ways, not by - not by just standing on a - randomly on a subway platform. "
" The beauty of a Stradivarius is that you can play in Carnegie Hall without any amplification, and it has this - the sound has, inside it, has something that projects, and it has multifaceted sound, something that kind of gets lost when you use amplification anyway. "
" The great secret is that an orchestra can actually play without a conductor at all. Of course, a great conductor will have a concept and will help them play together and unify them. But there are conductors that actually inhibit the players from playing with each other properly. "
" Stradivarius, in particular, was the most amazing craftsman and one of the great artists and scientists that ever lived because he figured out something with the sound and the science of acoustics that we still don't understand it completely. "
" Music - you need the give and take from the audience, the feeling of attention. It's not about me: it's about the music itself. "
" It's interesting about classical music that the more you hear something, the more you get to know a piece, the better and better it gets, period, which is just an interesting thing on it. "
" I like trying things, I am kind of adventurous and I like thrill seeking. "
" I hope I will always have the chance to play the violin. "
" Being a director or a conductor is a balance of many things. And to do it right is a very difficult tightrope to walk. I've come to the conclusion that there's really no way to be one hundred percent popular as conductor. "
" Art and music is part of what it means to be a human being. And if you're neglecting that, you're basically ignoring a huge side of the brain and a huge side of what it means to be human. "
" For some reason I can't explain, artist and musicians tend to look younger than our age. Being in music, you need this youthful sense of discovery and wonder for what you're doing and keep your imagination open. That's a youthful way of looking at life and I think that reflects in how you age. "
" Hamburgers are my favorite thing to eat, period. "
" I think it's really important to always kind of stretch your boundaries and your limits and get out of your comfort zone. And for me, that's very important. "
" When I hear people clapping at the wrong times, I think that's great. We have got a listener that's not used to going to - we have got a new listener. "