Interview with piano soloist Yuliya Minina

Interview with Yuliya Minina, piano:

(1) Howdownload and why did you start playing the piano? 

I started to do rhythmic gymnastics when I was about 5 years old. My mom thought it would be a good idea to introduce me into some music lessons “to improve my sense of rhythm.” Apparently, I was a much better musician than I was a gymnast. I gave up gymnastics when I was 13 or so, but music has not only captivated me for life, but also became my profession.

(2) What inspires your music? 

Music itself is usually my biggest inspiration. Visual or sensual associations that music evokes in me inspire me to communicate these images to my audience. I cherish memories of sad and joyful events in my life and use these memories to make my performances more powerful and meaningful. Working with other musicians is another source of inspiration for me. I love adding to my music new and fresh ideas that I get from my colleagues.

(3) Beyond the piano, what do you like to do for fun? Do you have a favorite place to spend time in Seattle?  

I enjoy doing things that require a lot of concentration: knitting, cross-stitching, completing jigsaw puzzles, doing yoga. I am what you can call an “urban hiker.” I love walking with my family and exploring new neighborhoods in Seattle. I especially like my Phinney Ridge neighborhood with its great coffee-shops, cafes, and small stores.