Who or what inspired you to take up the piano, and make it your career?
My mother chose the piano for me. I was a small child. I was inspired by Furtwängler conducting Beethoven’s 9th symphony. The slow movement made me cry. I chose music so I could be moved throughout my life.
Who or what were the most important influences on your musical life and career?
Denyse Rivière, Marcel Ciampi and Paul Badura-Skoda.
What have been the greatest challenges of your career so far?
Every concert, every meeting with a great artist, is the greatest challenge for me.
Which performance/recordings are you most proud of?
None, except the one I had in my dream last night.
Which particular works do you think you play best?
None. Because at the end of one performance, I know exactly what not to do the next time.
How do you make your repertoire choices from season to season?
I never plan. It’s a difficult question to answer. It’s just like a love story; you don’t know who you are going to fall in love with. Each season it’s a new surprise, a new love story.
Do you have a favourite concert venue to perform in and why?
Usually the most important concert is just the next one. There is no difference between a small village and Carnegie Hall.
Favourite pieces to perform? Listen to?
I listen like crazy to the music from the film The Umbrellas of Cherbourg by Michel Legrand.
Who are your favourite musicians?
Usually, the greatest dead ones because they are the most inspiring and they are no longer dangerous.
What is your most memorable concert experience?
In Kuala Lumpur. When I arrived on stage, there were no pedals on the piano.
What do you consider to be the most important ideas and concepts to impart to aspiring musicians?
To always be curious and inspired by the past. And I can say for myself that I love the past. It’s more relaxed than the present and much more secure than the future.
Where would you like to be in 10 years’ time?
How can I answer this question, when I don’t know where I’ll be in the next ten hours?
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
To fly in love (not fall).
What do you enjoy doing most?
I watch movies all the time, for example, Umbrellas of Cherbourg by Jacques Temy, Le Charme discret de la Bourgeoisie by Louis Bunuel, and all Frederic Fellini’s movies. And occasionally I like to practice.
What is your present state of mind?
I feel totally out of my mind. Fauré and Schubert are depressing me. The music is so very sad.
Jean-Marc Luisada gives a recital of works by Fauré, Schubert and Chopin at the Institut français, South Kensington on Saturday 5 April, 4pm as part of It’s all About Piano!