FROM THE HEART

At age 10, the frightening question...

"I can still recall my father saying to me: 'A teacher from the Conservatory heard you at an audition and said to us: your son is gifted, you should bring him along'."

 

On the Conservatory...

"My experience at the Conservatory, as a very young boy, was memorable in a bad way. It was a source of suffering. We were in the middle of our teenage years and off the normal path – no more high school, no more friends, no more holidays. We were plunged into an environment where you could feel that ambitions were high and teachers argued because they wanted the best students. The atmosphere was not particularly ideal for making friends. I was delighted when I left, feeling that I had not learnt much! I was put on a pedestal, as I was still just a boy. I was so young. I felt so lonely when I left – what was I going to do? My parents had to make sacrifices and pay for private classes. However, I was able to pull through quite unharmed thanks to a certain strength of character and to my parents' clear-sightedness.

 

How do you manage to find yourself under such circumstances?

I was doubly fortunate. First, I never had unreasonable ambitions for this profession, although ambition was part of my family culture. I had no dreams of stardom. Secondly, I always yearned for a balanced, rewarding family life, to the extent that I sometimes would not go on long trips away. In the end, I wasn't hugely ambitious but I still managed to seize the small opportunities I was given. I am happy professionally because I am not in the spotlight. I am not the object of any media frenzy and I have the life that I want. Music should remain a source of pleasure, something to be shared, not a quest for applause.

 

On music...


French music is very dear to me: it is part of my roots. I love representing French music when I travel abroad. Fauré is probably the composer I feel closest to." If I hadn't been a musician, I would have tried to get into Sciences Po (Paris Institute of Political Studies) or ENA (National School of Administration), and I might have been in politics... 


 

But what I really like is the earth, the reality of things,
the flowers, the wind, all the simple things in life.

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