Steven Devine is our Co-Principal Keyboard player and is appearing in tonight’s concert of CPE Bach, both within the Orchestra and also as soloist for the Harsichord Concerto. We’ve actually just released some more tickets for the concert, which is at the Queen Elizabeth Hall tonight – come and hear acres of CPE Bach for just £12! Anyway, here’s Steven’s Speed Interview.
What/when was your big breakthrough?
I’ve been so lucky to have had a number of “lucky breaks” – the first was arriving at Finchcocks Musical Museum on holiday when I was 12 (I’ve been there, on and off, ever since). The second was winning the first Broadwood Harpsichord Competition.
What do you fear the most?
Losing the ability to think clearly.
Which mobile number do you call the most?
My partner, Kate’s.
What – or where – is perfection?
It is something to aspire to. In a domestic sense it is at home, in the garden with my family and a Chablis.
Who is your favourite hero from fiction (book/comic/film/opera) – and why?
Changes daily, but overall I think Madame Souza from Belleville Rendez-Vous for dogged persistence, with a dog that’s bigger than she is.
What’s your favourite ritual?
Shaving – proper brush and lather, water as hot as I dare, new blade. Ideal way to get going in the morning. Making the cappuccino that follows runs a close second.
Which living person do you most admire (and why)?
So many people for so many different things, but my 98 year old grandmother is a regular inspiration for being “sorted”.
What other talent or skill would you like to possess?
Languages and teleportation.
What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
Be nice to people. Please!
What is the most played piece of music on your MP3 player or in your CD collection?
Brahms’ Fourth Symphony
What’s the best thing about working with the OAE?
My colleagues and the wildly varied work!