The Tchaikovsky finals pianist is presently storming Russia with his own music, a new sonata for cello and piano.
He told Russian TV:
‘I knew that if I go to the finals of the Tchaikovsky Competition I would be invited for concerts but I did not imagine I’d be so in demand and that Russia would love me. The concert in the Chamber Hall is particularly important to me – it’s a prize from the critics.
‘This is the Russian premiere of my sonata, I wrote it a month ago. Composing music is an amazing process. You have to completely erase your ego, to become empty, a bystander and allow the music to flow through you and out of you.’