International Email Interview: Q & A with James Rhodes

Thanks to all of you who submitted questions for James Rhodes. His answers are below!

Q: Do you have a favorite representation of Sherlock Holmes or Sherlock Holmes story?
A: Clearly Benedict – he is, in my opinion, the most in demand actor in the world for a very good reason.

Q: If you weren’t a world famous pianist, what else do you think you’d be?
A: A totally unknown pianist.

Q: Was there a moment when you decided “yes, I’m quite good at this” or was it something that sort of built up over time?
A: I’m still waiting for that moment to come. Doubt it ever will…

Q: Are there any charitable organization you support that you want to give a shout out to?
A: Lots! Barnados, Scope, Body and Soul to name three.

Q: If there were only three things you’d want us to take away from this interview, what would they be?
A: You guys (and your support) are hugely appreciated, classical music is for everyone, please buy my albums 🙂

Q: What do you recommend as a good primer material for newbies who want to cultivate an appreciation for classical music?
A: This is sadly lacking, IMO. I’d say ask people who know about classical music on twitter, facebook or friends of yours and try and find one or two composers you really like. And then go from there…

Q: From all three classical music composers Bach, Beethoven, and Chopin, which songs do you like most by them?
A: Bach Keyboard Concertos (played by Glenn Gould); Beethoven 7th Symphony; Chopin the 4 ballades (played by Krystian Zimerman).

Q: When you were a kid, what did you want to become when grown-up?
A: A superhero, then a policeman, then a rock star, then a pianist.

Q: If you were offered to compose the score for a film/TV show/musical, what would make you accept that project?
A: Money, sex, fame and a great story.

Q: What makes you smile?
A: Acts of kindness.

Q: Do you see yourself living anywhere apart else but London?
A: NYC, Paris, anywhere with a piano. London will always be home though.

Q: Favourite song? (non-classical)
A: Ben Fold ‘The Luckiest’

Q: How do you feel when one of your fans comes up to you? (I know they can be pretty crazy!)
A: I love it. Who doesn’t want to be told they’ve done something that has been appreciated?!

Q: If you could give one piece of advice to an aspiring musician what would it be?
A: Play what you love, take things slowly, and don’t listen to the haters.

Q: Have you ever been so moved by a piece of music or a performance that it made you cry?
A: Too frequently to mention. It’s particularly attractive when on a first date, I find.

Q: What is your favourite piano model?
A: Steinway (and no they don’t pay me)

Q: How do you feel about the nowadays pop music?
A: Anything manufactured should go out of the window. Everything else is glorious.

Q: Steven Moffat and Amanda Abbington deleted their Twitter accounts after experiencing problems with agressive people, so how would you think celebrities and well known people should use Twitter to avoid this kind of thing?
A: Take nothing personally. And don’t get too involved – see it as fun and light-hearted.

Q: What’s your favorite TV show?
A: Friday Night Lights.

Q: I wonder how you feel about the female fans/followers you have acquired since it became known about your friendship with Benedict Cumberbatch?  Fun or scary?
A: Utterly delightful, if a little bit baffling.

Q: How did you first meet Benedict Cumberbatch?
A: We were at school together and then reconnected a few years after leaving when I was playing at the press launch for a festival in London. He was in the audience and we started chatting… He’s been a hugely positive support and a good friend for the last few years.


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