I sit down at the piano and play a classic or two from sheet music. I am trying to fill the gaps and improve my score-reading skills.
It’s a tough question. One of the things I’m involved in is audio history of music, so I listen to everything from folk music to classical music.
I haven’t done much reading in the past five or six years because I’ve been preoccupied with so many other things. But if I had to pick a favourite, I’d say Chess Story by Stefan Zweig.
Italy, in the Lake Garda area.
Definitely cooking, together with someone, although my role is more limited to preparation and serving. Because of my job I often perform in restaurants and on those occasions I really enjoy tasting their food.
I don’t read the news.
I don’t read magazines.
Jeans, T-shirts and trainers for everyday wear. For stage performances I’m getting used to a more formal style.
I don’t think I would wear tracksuit bottoms out on the street.
I listen to their opinions. Their influence on my decision might be around 10% at most. If I work with fellow composers and musicians, of course it’s a collaborative experience.
It depends on what stage of my life I’m at. But there are quite a few works that I still feel good about, for example my instrumental electronic album Lushlife was released in 2005 in Germany.
Keith Emerson. When I was at high school I heard a Mussorgsky interpretation played by Keith Emerson. I bought the original scores and the music. That created the desire in me to work with music in the future. The next step was studying musical theory and conducting at ELTE [Eötvös Loránd University].
I can only refer to my own case. I had a dream, and that’s important. If you believe in yourself and work hard, the results will start to show.
I usually work on five or six things at once with varying levels of intensity. Sometimes I return to half-finished works and find that they are all right as they are.