What images or things keep you company in the space where you work?
Next to the piles of scores and manuscript paper on top of the piano, there is a vaguely extraterrestrial-appearing stuffed animal I found in the basement of a Tokyo thrift store, a Mata Ortiz vase, two Langenscheidt “Lilliput” dictionaries (1.5 x 2 inches each), an origami flower given to me by a stranger on a train somewhere in Italy, and a hand-sculpted glass spider made by Wesley Fleming.
Which artist would you most like to have dinner with, from any time in history?
George Enescu, Romanian violinist, pianist, and composer (1881–1955).
If you could collaborate with anyone alive today (someone you don’t know personally), who would it be?
Author Isabel Allende. An opera libretto? Songs? A ballet scenario?
What could you imagine doing if you didn’t do what you do?
Perhaps being a travel writer. I love studying languages and exploring unfamiliar places.