The violinist on why a piano trio is “the best of everything” and why he’d need a higher ceiling for his dream dinner party.

1. Three pieces of music you particularly love?

Bach’s Chaconneis always there but I go through phases.

I just heard the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra perform Stravinsky’s Petrouchkalive in St Petersburg. It was such an overwhelming performance that it made me think that Petrouchkais the greatest piece ever written.

I also love the music of Ernő Dohnányi.

2. Your musical heroes?

Yehudi Menuhin, not only for his artistry but for giving me the opportunity to come and study at his school and supporting me in these years.

My whole family of musicians who have always been role models to me and from whom I have learnt so much.

My teachers. Without them I wouldn’t be talking to you now.

3. Your father was a Russian rock star. Were you ever tempted to follow in his footsteps?

I loved his music and I remember hearing more Led Zeppelin than Mozart when I was little, but I think my mum would have found that very hard to take as she really wanted me to be a violinist so she made sure that was...

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