Before he joins us on August 11 as part of the special Mostly Mozart series A Little Night Music, pianist Pedja Muzijevic answered a few questions while "sitting at a terrace in Verbier, looking at shadows of the Alps in moonlight."


First instrument you played?
Piano.

Top three influences, musical or otherwise?
Albert Fuller, Maria Callas, and Alexei Lubimov.

Artist or album you have on repeat?
Rene Jacobs recording of Mozart's Idomeneo. I can't get enough of it. Do you think my condition is serious? 😊

Last live performance you saw?
Chamber music by Shostakovich and Taneyev at the Verbier Festival, an hour ago.

Favorite city to play?
Where my next concert is...that means New York!

Hidden talent?
Cooking.

Favorite book or movie?
Book: Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita; Movie: Almodovar's Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.

Artist you'd most like to meet, past or present?
Hieronymus Bosch.

First live performance you remember seeing?
Mozart Requiem. Really! Quite the entry-level choice.

First paying gig?
TV broadcast on Sarajevo television when I was 13. It was probably 10 dollars and I felt like the richest man in the world!

Country you'd most like to visit?
South Africa.

Artist you’d most like to collaborate with?
Luis Buñuel.

First time you realized you wanted to be a musician?
When I heard piano music on the radio when I was 8.

What you wish someone had told you when you were starting out?
Nothing really. I happily march to my own beat.

Practice tips?
Practice as little as possible, but not too little.

Top three pieces of advice for aspiring artists?
Just one: Go through any door that opens to you. Doors are a two-way street. You can always get out if you don't like it.

You hope someone comes away from one of your shows…
With a smile on their face.

Next goal or challenge you're setting for yourself?
To wake up tomorrow!

What do you want to be when you "grow up"?
James Bond, of course!