People are craving this great progress in electronics, going after computers, the Internet, etc. It's a giant progress technologically. But they must have a balance of soul, a balance for human beauty. That means art has an important role.
My mother carried me for 10 months. I asked her 'Mother, you had an extra month, why you didn't make me a beautiful face?' and mother told me, 'My son, I was busy making your beautiful hands and heart.'
I came to Moscow when I was 5 years old from Baku. To walk all night in Moscow will bring back my youth to me.
All my life I wanted to play music with love to every member of the audience.
It is my aim, my destination in life to make the cello as beloved an instrument as the violin and piano.
I listened to Pablo Casals, which was a big change for me. Without hearing Casals, I would never have advanced as I did.