What's it like "Being Pat?" We asked Patricia Kopatchinskaja—who has been called "the inexplicable wild child of the violin"—10 questions to get to know her better before she joins conductor Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic on Monday, February 27, for a performance of Prokofiev's Second Violin Concerto.

1. When you first knew you'd become a professional musician?
In the belly of my mother.

2. First performed barefoot because?
Forgot my shoes at home.

3. Work you felt immediately connected to?
Michael Hersch violin concerto.


Film by Chris Shimojima

4. Composers you've learned to love?
John Cage, György Ligeti, György Kurtág, Galina Ustvolskaya, Michael Hersch.

5. Pre-concert ritual?
Concentration under any circumstances.

6. Non-musicians who inspire you?
My dog.

7. First impression of New York City?
A city I could live in.

8. Music you're listening to lately?

9. Favorite non-music thing to do?
What is non-music?

10. Advice to young artists who don't follow conventions?
Trust yourself.