Where do you live?
In Berlin, alone
Best childhood memory?
Choir festival in Komló, Hungary
Most frequented restaurant and absolute favourite dish?
Chinese – Peking Duck
What did you have for breakfast?
Jasmine tea, yoghurt with fruits
Would you class yourself as a day or night person? What’s your idea of the perfect night/day out?
Enjoying both day and night. If I am in Berlin I like to walk in the early morning in the city, when there are only few people on the street. At night I like to walk by the sea in Cyprus (in Limassol)
Best book ever read?
Difficult to say. I like romantic stories from Nicolas Spark (The Notebook, The Last Song, Dear JOHN), the books of Alkioni Papadaki, the poetry of Tasos Livaditis etc. I was writing recently the biography of Hugo Distler (composer – musician) and I was really touched by his life.
Favourite film of all time?
Les Choristes. It’s a film of a musician – choir conductor trying to build up a choir at a school where he was facing a lot of difficulties but at the end he did it! Also La Passande du Sanc Souci with Romy Schneider. I like her acting in that film. It made me cry.
Favourite holiday destination? What’s your dream trip?
Budapest (by night), because of the bridges, walking at the Dunabe, the fisherman’s castle. Dream trip: to the moon!
What music are you listening to in the car at the moment?
What is always in your fridge?
Dream house: rural retreat or urban dwelling? Where would it be, what would it be like?
Rural retreat! Somewhere in the forest, near to a river and waterfalls. It would be built of stone and wood and it would have a fireplace, a music room and a big terrace. Why? To be able to escape from the world and focus on my family and music.
If you could pick anyone at all (alive or dead) to go out for the evening with, who would it be?
Herbert von Karajan. The first time I watched him conducting (DVD – 9th of Beethoven), I cried.
If the world is ending in 24 hours what would you do?
I would gather my family, my choir – ‘HXOS Chor Berlin e.V. and start singing!
What is your greatest fear?
That I won’t be able to inspire people to sing and make them happy.