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15 Questions to Tzimon Barto

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Hi! How are you, where are you?
Thank you, I've never been better. I am currently at my home in Central Florida.


What's on your schedule right now?
I'm touching up the last eight chapters of a 643 page  novel, "Harold Flanders", a satire on bedfellows Christianity and Capitalism, which takes place in a small U.S. town.


If you hadn't chosen for music, what do you think you would do right now?
Uniquely literature


What or wo was you biggest influence as an artist?
Christoph Eschenbach, Montserrat Caballé, Vladimir Horowitz, Stanislavski, Henrich Schenker and a number of actors and authors.


What is the hardest part about being a musician and what is the best?
The "hardest part" is travel (the word's origin itselves derives from a Latin word signifying an "instrument of torture." The best part - the feeling of bond and beauty that the performer may induce among the public.


What's your view on the classical music scene at present? Is there a crisis?
There is never a crisis for masterpieces, for such distills the best of human thought and endeavor.


Some feel there is no need to record classical music any more, that is all done before. What do you tell them?
I would ask them why they get out of bed in the morning, that's been done before!


What constitutes a good live performance in your opinion? What's your approach to performing on stage?
Absolute honesty. Exacting preparation.


What does the word "interpretation" mean to you?
Exactly what the word roots of the compund word means; "to travel, "carry" through"


True or false: It is the duty of an artist to put his person emotions into the music he plays.
False; if it were a duty the artist would be no artist


True or false: "Music is my first love".

I am my first love, my wife second, my son third, literature fourth, music fifth - but, chronologically being a linear - one-sided fallacy I opt for the sphere of all five at one.


True or false: People need to be educated about classical music, before they can really appreciate it.
True and false: the more one is educated the more one is able to appreciate.
 

You are given the position of an artistic director of a concert hall. What would be on your program for thi season?
An abundance of Charles Ives & John Cage


What's your favourite classical CD at the moment?
My Rameau CD, naturally.


Have you ever tried playing a different instrument? If yes, how good were you at it?

Yes, I did just that while in High School. "I tried" and "to try is to fail."


Photo: Bob Wilson - "Hot Water", 2000


Discography:
Rachmaninov - Piano Concerto No 3 (EMI) 1997
Chopin - Reludes & Nocturnes (EMI) 1997
Chopin - Piano Concertos No 1&2 (EMI) 1998
Schumann - Kreisleriana (EMI) 1999
Prokofiev/Ravel/Gershwin (EMI) 1999
Bartok
De Falla, Nights in the Gardens of Spain (EMI)
Liszt A Dur
Liszt recital
Saint-Saens, Carnival of the animals (EMI)
The Best of Tzimon Barto, Encore recital (out of print/collectors item)
For Disclavier Brahms Variations on a theme of Paganini (Yamaha)
Chopin - Preludes & Nocturnes (Seraphim Classics) 1999
A basket of wild strawberries (Ondine) 2006

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