Since I donâ€˜t have a teacher for the last 13 years anymore and most of the people wonâ€˜t tell you the complete truth after a performance I am happy to be able to learn from reviews, bad as well as good ones.
Certainly we mustnâ€˜t take everything which is written or said about us at face value, but on the other side if I find a common tenor in several reviews I take it very serious and actually this attitude made me a better player over the years. As for many musician it is not always easy for me to accept criticism, it can hurt at times, especially because we need enough self-confidence in order to survive on stage, which can be undermined by a slating. I try to read reviews no matter if negative or positive a couple of days after a concert and then reflect about it. No, I donâ€˜t want to please everybody, rather the contrary: I try to find my own voice and play things the way I and not the possible reviewer, think they should be played â€“ but at the same time we never know how our music arrives in the hall, and for that the music critic is a good mouthpiece.