One of the best things of being a cellist is to play the Dvorak Cello Concerto, again and again. It is a most magical piece, and always brings back so many memories for me. I know the concerto well, since the age of 14. At the time, I loved playing it because it just feels so damn good, especially on the stage, with a full symphony orchestra behind you. Now, I love it more, because I feel like I am telling my own life story through the music. We are as one. There are moments of joy and sadness, passion and despair.

I surrender to the music when I’m performing. I cease to exist. There is only music, and the cello becomes the voice. Even the stage disappears. There is something so special about live performances – you only get to do it once. Anything can happen. Be spontaneous. Be yourself.

Thanks to everyone who came last Thursday to St John’s Smith Square. What a stunning venue for concerts. It was a most magical evening and I hope to see you all again very soon.