I was born and raised in a musician’s family and started learning piano at age 5. My father—a great parent as well as a composer—always told me that inspiration and imagination are the keys to making better music. Later on, this became the motto that has followed me along my musical path.
Time flew as I finished a BA and Masters in classical piano in Austria, and I was quite successful as a pianist. But there was something missing in my music: being a jazz singer had been my dream since middle school. Back then, my days were filled with classical music, yet I always found time to immerse myself in different types of jazz.
On most musicians’ journeys we begin with imitation; it’s difficult to learn and create from scratch without drawing from the ideas of the past. So we sample, study, and draw inspiration from a variety of musical styles and “stand on the shoulders of giants.” Then, as we mature as artists, we selectively choose what to incorporate as we develop our own style.
Although I always seek to discover and employ different sounds and techniques, a performance that rests on complex skill, without any emotion, cannot affect people. And if music loses touch with that impact, it’s a failure in my opinion—it has lost its value.
Similarly, technology will continue to change rapidly, along with a constant stream of new ideas and effects to attract and stimulate music listeners. This is exciting, but if we remain stuck in a novelty-for-its-own-sake mindset, the pieces we write will always be cliché.
With my new chapter at Longy, I seek to expand my view of music even further, along with the continued development of my musicianship. I want my performance to be organically bound with traditional skills and new techniques. I am setting out to discover intriguing musical styles, to make music that really speaks—and reaches more and more people. With this next step, I’m on my way to achieving my professional goals and realizing this dream.