I have been a collaborative artist ever since my first public performance as pianist and cellist. Thriving on interactivity with my instrumental colleagues, nurturing the talents of vocalists, and drawing the best from orchestras.
Instrumentalists and vocalists draw their energy from many sources - language, breath support, harmonic tension, or sympathy for their characters. I always seek to channel energy from those who have it in the moment to those who need it most.
The force that unifies elements within the musical score, integrity is also the governing principle of healthy collaboration and a truthful artistic result. Doing the right thing, seeing the big picture. When casting an opera or building an ensemble I think carefully about the potential chemistry of the team I am creating as much as their individual talents.
My favorite writer on music, the late Charles Rosen, described a style as “a mode of understanding,” the aspect of music that allows musicians to “agree” on a shared language. The rhythms of a baroque or Latin dance, the colors of a bel canto line, the composer’s ability to satisfy or subvert expectations, akin to learning new languages.
Respecting the composer, the language, and my colleagues is something that grows naturally from observing the four principles above. Musicians are uniquely equipped to be a positive example of respect and flexible leadership in the world, and it is humbling to continue the work of those who set this example for centuries. If you believe in and strive to embody these principles too, I would love to work with you.