Classical Musician Interview #2: Victoria Cua
1) How long have you played?
A: 15 years
2) How did you start playing your instrument?
A: I started after playing the violin at age 3 because I did not enjoy playing the violin, I went on to piano instead.
3) What motivates you to wake up in the morning and start playing your instrument?
A: I see the piano as my daily therapy when life gets overwhelming, even though I have so much to practice I tell myself one day I will get to perform it on stage to show everyone how much I have accomplished. As well as knowing the fact that I will be learning new pieces that I really enjoy hearing.
4) Describe your fondest musical memory.
A: When I was a sophomore high school student with heavy school workload, I only had about 6 months to prepare for the Royal Schools of Music Exam for Grade 8, I passed it with a merit, and in general people take about one year to prepare for the exam.
5) What was your worst mistake and how did you overcome it?
A: The worst mistake I have done was when I had a Chopin Nocturne competition, I blanked out on stage and forgot my memorized piece, even though I played it perfectly when I practiced. I have overcome it by walking off the stage as it never happened, and I learned to become a better performer.
6) How do you balance music with other obligations?
A: I keep an agenda with all my regular schedule written down, and every day I write down on sticky notes (to do list), then I can assure that I have completed all my tasks.
7) Were you always going to be a musician? If not, what were you going to be?
A: When I was a bit younger, I wanted to become a fashion designer, then lawyer, then a doctor. However, I am going to combine the medical field with music to become a music therapist as my future career.
8) What or who triggered your passion to become a classical musician?
A: When I first moved to America when I was ten, it felt very unusual when I had no piano to practice with for a while. Eventually when I got my piano, I couldn’t stop playing every day ever since.
9) In what way do you think classical music has influenced you?
A: Classical music has influenced me in many aspects, especially thinking about my own life at the end of the day (rewinds my day, remind myself of who I am) Also whenever I feel overwhelmed or stressed out I just go onto the radio tune into classical music to gather my thoughts together.
10) Have you ever considered stop playing and start something different?
A: No, I really enjoy playing piano.
11) What is your musical guilty pleasure?
A: Besides playing classical music, I listen to rap or hip hop genre in my free time.