How did you first take up the piano?
Playing the piano just happened to me. It was not a conscious decision; I just felt I could express myself better (on the piano).
You have often said that you used to be something of a ‘problem child’.
I was even sent to a counsellor as I was not able to relate to others. Although I spoke seven different languages, there were times when I felt misunderstood.
Now people usually call you ‘child prodigy’.
I don’t know how and when that tag came about. But by 17, I had already written and produced my first musical (the award-winning “Totaler Wahnsinn”).
How did you come to composition?
When I was around nine years old, the music school held an annual concert where we could perform. The audiences came to congratulate me after the show. That was the moment when I felt really understood.
Tell us a little about your solo program Retour a l’art brut.
It is a mix of easy melodies with some slight pianistic challenges.
It’s your first concert here, but is this your first trip to India?
Yes, I look forward to learning about the country, the culture and the people.
An Indian artist who inspires you?
I am not too familiar with names and personalities yet, but Bollywood is cool anyway, delightful and exciting in many aspects.
How would you describe your music?
Innovative and pure with a child’s innocence.
Is it more European or more Asian?
I cannot classify it. My music has been influenced by both.
Is classical music for the elites only?
Not at all. The language of music, after all, has an universal appeal.