Who or what inspired you to take up piano, and pursue a career in music?
That’s always an interesting question, because I don’t think there was a particular event or person that inspired me directly – it was rather a collection of circumstances, I guess. I don’t come from a musical family, but my mother always loved music and played the piano as a child. One day, I came home and there was an electric piano in the living room – she just went to the music store on a whim and decided to get a piano. I was intrigued right away, so it was decided that I should have lessons. The funny thing is, after six months, I decided that I didn’t like it at all and wanted to stop. I eventually came back to it after a while, with a new teacher, and I was hooked. I had a great teacher – not necessarily a world-class pianist, but I looked up to her immensely and she really kept me going. Then, I never stopped. I never had to ask myself what I was going to study in college, or what I was going to do “when I grow up”.