The Heroine’s Journey of Caroline Glory

What is the best thing that I love about my work? The thing I love most about my work is the freedom it offers me, the opportunity to play on stage at any moment and create music. Consequently I feel independent and able to give my best.

What is my idea of happiness? Happiness for me is those precious moments I share with loved ones, my family, friends and my audience. It’s after having lived happiness that we can recognize where to find it.

Photo credits: Jean Didier Tiberghien

What is my greatest fear? My biggest fear would be to loose my faith, to no longer dream and have no passion. If we stay positive and smile our fears can disappear.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? I can be very obstinate, I refuse to give up and insist on rising to a challenge, and succeeding. In music we have to learn very quickly to be insistent however in life in general it can have its dangers.

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? As composer and musician I am would say Alexandre Desplat, he has a very distinct musical style which moves me deeply.

What is my greatest extravagance? I’m very direct and hate to waste time, I like to move fast which can be mistakenly interpreted as over confidence or pretentiousness but in truth it’s simply that I don’t like indecision and compromise. Is that a quality or a fault ? , well perhaps a little of both. The danger is one can be judged too quickly but I prefer that things are said out loud to things remaining unspoken.

Photo credits: Jean Didier Tiberghien

On what occasion would I lie? I simply can not lie ! My face gives me away. If I think telling the truth will really hurt somebody I simply keep it to myself.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? I have problems dealing with administration, publicity and selling myself even though they are unfortunately totally necessary.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work? I’m always happy in my work and I’ve lost count of the number of concerts I’ve played and where. Like most artists ,I prefer to direct my own projects, the challenge is more rewarding. In 2014 I wrote an opera Un amour en guerre involving 150 people, the orchestra, choir, soloists, directors etc. Everything had to be put in place in just 2 weeks before the opening night at the opera, it was a very emotional experience. Subsequently I recorded an album of duos with the virtuoso pianist Erik Berchot Now ,I’ve been asked by my publisher to compose film music.

If I could, what would I change about myself? Perhaps my priorities, we should have objectives in life but sometimes we have to sacrifice some at the cost of others. I think we should seek an equilibrium between work, love, family and friends, a place for everything and everyone would be ideal.

What is my greatest achievement in work? I can’t really say, because for me a concert can be a huge success but similarly a composition or a recording. I’ve not accomplished everything yet, I’ve had a full and rewarding career but an unable to rate things by their relative success. I consider the opera ‘Un amour en guerre” to be a landmark in my career but also certain exceptional moments performing on stage, either as a soloist or shared with other musicians.

Photo credits: Jean Didier Tiberghien

Where would I most like to live? In the countryside, the morning birdsong, the rustle of trees blowing in the wind, the silence of the night inspire me and allow me to concentrate. Nature is a constant resource I could not live without.

What is my most treasured possession? My cello. It’s a Jean Bauer. A French luthier I met as a teenager. I duly adopted his cello and it’s become my other half, I can’t imagine life with out it.

What is my most marked characteristic? I’m a willing person, I like to achieve things correctly and see early results. I’m not always sure if this is a good or bad quality but it’s just the way I am.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city? I’d say high places, the hill of Montmartre for example. Its history, the view over the Paris rooftops, the evenings are like a dream. So many stories behind those thousands of lit windows, are they working late, having dinner, listening to music, watching television, relaxing with friends or making love. A whole world can be imagined from high in Montmartre looking over the city of light. That’s enough, just by thinking about it I have an idea for a new theme already … I need to write!

What is my favorite place to eat and drink, in my city? Paris is by definition gastronomic, it’s full of fabulous restaurants and cosy bars. I like some of the cult addresses like La Closerie des Lilas or the terrace of Crillon on the Place de la Concorde. I can also recommend a glass of good wine at “Les Petit Crus” in the Bastille area.

What books influenced my life and how? Lost Illusions by Balzac taught me about disillusion , cynicism, deception and to be cautious, Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse helped me understand my path in life, the sad truth that the choices we make are so very important.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? Thats’s a tough question because I like so many styles of music style if I had to choose I would say Sarah Vaughan, not only because I love that era, her voice, her style but also I can listen to her all day long and not get bored, our last day on this earth may just be a long one!

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? The Joker in Batman as played by Jack Nicholson, he’s a great actor and perfect for the part, wicked and crazy, yet sensitive, sad but with paradox and humour.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life Heroine, I’d say it has to all the women of the world, it’s not easy being a woman, to be good at our jobs, give birth, be a good mother, house wife, lover etc. etc. The list is long ! And my favorite hero would be the man who supports his woman!

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? Casablanca with Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. I adore love stories and this has to be historically the most moving and credible I’ve ever seen.

Photo credits: Jean Didier Tiberghien

What role play stories in my life and work? Stories are a source of inspiration in both writing and performance. If I live sad things I write and perform in a sad manner and vice versa.

What do the words ‘You are the storyteller of your own life’ to me? I wouldn’t say I’m the storyteller of my life, perhaps I will be on my very last day of my life. For the time being I write the story as it happens, I live for the present. The road we choose is the most important thing, to quote a French expression “we are our own best servants”

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? You can only count on yourself so I would say: me :))

Which people or companies would I like to work with in 2022? Cristal Music, I compose for them already but would like to develop things.

What project in 2022 am I looking forward to work on ? I have many, a film score that I can’t give details of for the moment, concerts with my quartet, a show I am preparing with an actress and two new records of my compositions.

Where can you see me or my work in 2022? On stage, I usually share links to events on my Facebook page (link) to my music on Soundcloud (Link) and videos on You Tube

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? I agree, true passion never dies.
Music is my passion, it’s necessity a pleasure and a way of life

Which creative professionals should Peter invite to tell their story?
A few people i have in mind at the moment:
Zorica Stanojevic, Violinist
Sabine Revault d’Allonnes, Singer
Ken Okada, Stylist
Steven Forward, Music Prod
Dominique Glory, Pianist and Actress

How can you contact me?

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