Most people are at a concert because they want to be inspired, entertained, moved; we musicians have the mission to be bringers of joy, of ecstasy.
In anything, there has to be that moment of fasting, really, in order to enjoy the feast.
Few occupations pass the solitary hours more fruitfully than the playing of a musical instrument.
Live in the present moment. The past and future are nonexistent. Only the present can be grasped or, better, embraced.
Musicians keep playing when the lights go out, when people are suffering, confused, or angry.
Discovering how to spend leisure time well, especially during a time of austerity, could be as important in the effort to reduce crime as having extra police on the streets, and increasing the population of concert halls may actually help decrease the population of prisons.
I would do a sort of violence to myself if I didn't express myself in the directly creative ways of writing, both words and music.
I don't think of faith as something that's like a rock, that never changes. I think it's something that's very fluid, always changing.
Life is an incurable disease leading to death, but it's also an unrequested gift, which, if we can manage to keep giving it away to others, can keep giving back everything to us.
The daily glitter of skyscrapers competing with the stars is an unnecessary, unforgivable decadence.
Food waste is an atrocity that is reducible, if not completely avoidable.
I've twice been on the point of giving up my performing career to train for the priesthood.
I think there are very few people that I would give the title of genius to, really, but Beethoven unquestionably is one of them.
Freedom comes with the impossibility of choosing.
I think the actual art of expressing yourself is a very important part of being human. And an important part of being a performer is understanding what it's like to create yourself.
Out of silence is born concentration, and from that comes learning.
In the bit of painting that I've done, I'm interested in colour and texture. I'm very interested in transparency.
Silence is the necessary soil for any thought to flourish.
I wanted to be a monk at some time in my life, or a priest, so there was a kind of reflex quite early on not to be attached to anything that might be taken away.
I'd never thought about living in London until about 1999.
I have had a place in New York in the musicians' district on the Upper West Side since 1986.
If you are not living in the same area when you are looking for property, it is a nightmare because you come down for a day or two, have appointments to see places, and have to be able to make instant decisions before flying off to St. Louis or somewhere.
I've always written - about music, art, things going on around the world. The danger is that it becomes too personal. I don't think people want it at that level of intimacy.
My principal commitment is playing the piano. But I always loved words.