“Music gives my life fulfillment. After more than 3,000 appearances I still believe that the pianist’s primary duty is to love his audiences and to present them devotedly and arduously with masterpieces chiseled with utmost care, enthusiasm, and labour over months and years.
The long hours of daily practicing are an incredible source of joy to me. So much so that I cannot keep it to myself but have to pass it on to the largest possible audiences in the greatest number of places in the world. … This is the raison d’etre of my existence and the motivation of my zeal driving me to continue until my hands can bear. – All of it comes, as everything in my life, from God’s grace.”