What do you consider to be your biggest achievement?
To continue enjoying the fun of playing the music I love for audiences around the world after all these years.
You’ve got 22 Grammy Awards – what importance do these awards have for you?
I think they are genuine acknowledgments from my musician peers, and so it inspires me to do even better and improve as much as I can.
What do you find the most satisfying about being
I love everything about being a musician. To be able to create what I love and have it be enjoyable and inspiring to others is a great fulfillment to me.
You’ve worked with many amazing musicians – what qualities do they have in common?
You recorded your solo piano improvisation starting in 1971 – how do you remember Piano Improvisations Vol. 1?
It was a newfound ability that I discovered, to be able to improvise a piece of music from nothing. It was a very satisfying experience to see it captured so nicely on recordings.
What do you love about playing solo?
It’s intimate and it’s challenging. It affords me the opportunity to explore my own universe and imagination thoroughly.
How much time do you dedicate to composing your own music?
As much time as I can possibly find and create. Composing music is my number one favorite thing to do. I get to do it in real time when I improvise in my solo shows.
What do you seek for in the music of other composers? What kind of compositions do you admire and love the most?
The way a composer will bring out of nothing some fresh new pattern or viewpoint of life, or of the world, or different combinations of sounds. The possibilities are endless, but I know for sure when my interest is captured.
Thank you very much!
You’re welcome. Thank you for your interest in for your questions.