How can politics encourage creativity and innovation?
My personal views are determined by my experiences over the years as an active artist and a teacher. Art draws from creativity and a spirit of innovation and nobody is more receptive to musical-creative ideas and influences than children and young people with their natural spontaneity and honesty. Regardless which sphere of life is under discussion, without creativity and a spirit of innovation there is no social progress. By developing and supporting the arts in schools in a sustainable manner, politics could achieve a great deal.

What do you like best about Vienna?
Those who, like me, came from India and have lived more than 30 years in Vienna must have derived great pleasure from many things. First and foremost the Viennese art and cultural scene. Maintaining classic traditions that have matured over the years and keeping that valuable continuity, but still not ignoring new ideas and impulses and being willing to open up, is by no means an easy balancing act. Impressively, Vienna has mastered this and is therefore constantly and refreshingly in motion.

What should the world know about your work?
As an active artist, pianist, chamber musician, curator, teacher, festival jury member, lecturer, etc. I have learned to appreciate the creative importance of provocation. Anyone who never tests his own or others’ boundaries and never oversteps them, paralyses his creativity to the extent of inevitable fatigue. Artistic creation without provocation that crosses borders is like cooking without spices, painting without colours. That creative things can also be done differently is shown by successes such as “Young Meets New”, “Uno, due, tre”, crossover projects between teachers and students, artists and the public, folk and jazz, ethnic-regional and global, etc. Creative provocation attracts a response and raises value awareness. Understanding it more as a purposeful medium for artistic creativity would mean a great deal to me.