Paavo Jarvi asks: ‘Do you want to spend your life doing this?’main
From a tour promo interview with Classic FM, a reality check from the Estonian conductor.
‘The first thing any young musician should ask themselves is: do they want to be in this profession and are they aware of what they’re getting into?
‘The reason most musicians end up being musicians is because they love music, because they’re attached to their instrument. But “do you want to spend your life doing this?” is not very often asked. People don’t think about the realities of playing in an orchestra or, as a pianist, practising hours on end in a practice room. And it’s not necessarily something everyone is happy to do.
‘So I think the piece of advice is to make sure we want to do it, because it is a great, great art, but sometimes it can be quite complicated professionally.’