Three pieces of music you love?

Bach Johannes Passion

Brahms Clarinet Quintet

Beethoven Violin Concerto

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Three recordings everyone should own?

Beethoven Sonatas with Oistrach and Oborin

Goldmark Violin Concerto with Nathan Milstein

Beethoven Symphony No 7 with Carlos Kleiber

Musical heroes?

My musical heroes are the Latvians who during the fall of Soviet Union went on the streets, built barricades and sang together against the Russian army. It was the so called singing revolution, very special time in Latvian history.

Three really underrated composers?

Leoš Janáček

Benjamin Britten

Frank Martin

An underrated piece of music?

Schostakovich’s Second Violin Concerto

Three pieces of music you could happily never hear again?

Any Schlager Music, for me the worst of all music directions…

Your greatest concert experience?

Playing Vivaldi’s Summer in the middle of the Malaysian jungle, and at the time of the thunder movement actual thunder started and fitted exactly to the music!

Your favourite films?

Pulp Fiction, Big Fishand the series The Wire.

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Three clichés about violinists that annoy you?

That we are Divas, that we can’t listen, no idea if there is...