20 Questions with Ingrid Fliter

Ingrid Fliter, piano

Ingrid Fliter, piano

Meet Ingrid Fliter! This internationally renowned Argentinian pianist joins the Houston Symphony on March 9, 11 & 12 for performances of Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Get to know our special guest with these fun questions.

Calvin Dotsey: What’s one thing most people don’t realize about playing the piano?

Ingrid Fliter: That it is indeed a percussion instrument, but we shouldn’t make it sound like one (except for some specific works).

CD: If you could go back in time and meet one person, who would it be?

IF: Beethoven.

CD: What is your biggest dream?

IF: To save animals from mistreatment.

CD: What is your spirit animal?

IF: Dog.

CD: If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

IF: Flight.

CD: What is the last recording you listened to?

IF: Bartók’s The Miraculous Mandarin as performed by pianist Zoltan Kocsis.

CD: What’s something that scares you?

IF: Loosing freshness of spirit.

CD: Describe the music you are going to perform in three words.

IF: Beautiful, sparkling, alive.

CD: What is the last really delicious thing you ate?

IF: Argentinian Asado.

Lake Como. Photo Credit: Bernini Massimo.

Lake Como. Photo Credit: Bernini Massimo.

CD: What are you most proud of?

IF: My family.

CD: What is your favorite place in the world?

IF: Lake Como.

CD: What is the last book you enjoyed reading?

IF: A Year with Schopenhauer by E. Yalom.

CD: What is the last movie or TV show you enjoyed watching?

Brooklyn Nine-Nine is an American police sitcom.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine is an American police sitcom.

IF: Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

CD: Name one person who inspires you.

IF: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.

CD: If you had to have a job in a different field, what would it be?

IF: Painter or…hairdresser.

CD: What’s one thing people might be surprised to learn about you?

IF: That I’ve designed a dog’s coat collection.

CD: If you were a musical key, what key would you be?

IF: Eb Major.

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau was one of the great baritones of the 20th century.

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau was one of the great baritones of the 20th century.

CD: What is the natural tempo marking of your life?

IF: Allegro agitato.

CD: What’s one quality you look for in all your friends?

IF: Honesty.

CD: If you had to play another instrument, what instrument would you pick?

IF: Clavicembalo or French Horn.

Don’t miss Ingrid Fliter with the Houston Symphony March 9, 11 & 12, 2017. Get tickets and more info here.

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