We should make decisions in life with our hearts, not our brains, not only in music but in daily life.
Other people might want a Ferrari, but I wanted a butterfly house. I built it together with a blacksmith. We designed it together.
I was a fat child and loved cake, perhaps because it was the only sweet thing in my life.
The waltz can be sad and at the same time uplifting. You have to see life from both sides, and the waltz encapsulates that. If you're in my audience you give yourself to me and the waltz will grab you.
I am travelling half the year around the world, every year, so coming home is one of the most beautiful things.
I was the black sheep of the family, and my mother never really understood me.
Mozart composed his music not for the elite, but for everybody.
I'm an un-healable positive optimist.
It is a real piece of art if you can make a waltz sound like it is the easiest piece of music to play, because it's really not.
I first picked up a violin aged five - I just assumed everyone played.
It is my personality alone that has brought back the waltz and made it a global craze.
When I was 4 or 5, I attended my father's concerts. He very often played Strauss waltzes as encores and I saw something happening with the audience.
I believe that music in itself heals and that everything is about the power of the mind. I thought if you are happy, you don't get ill. Your health is in your head. When you are satisfied with your work, you don't get ill.
Critics or musicians who attack me are jealous of my success and the fact that I make people feel so happy.
I am a showman in the traditional sense, but modern, too. I like to use sets and lighting to create magic.
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