angela hewitt, on not wasting one minute

There’s a lot about Canada in the news this week, but bizarre feuds about dairy tariffs are crowding out more joyous stories out of our neighbor to the north. Earlier this month, the Canadian pianist Angela Hewitt received the Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award at the Canadian Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards, and in May, she was interviewed by Minnesota Public Radio’s Julie Amacher about her latest recordings and accolades. When Amacher asked how she felt about the Lifetime Achievement Award, here’s what Hewitt had to say:

Well, I don’t quite feel old enough for that. But it’s a huge honor, of course, a huge honor to be selected for this award in the company of such people as Geneviève Bujold, the actress. So many notable Canadians have received this award. When I do think back and think of all the repertoire I have done over the years, and the recordings, and the concerts, and everything—I haven’t wasted my life, that’s for sure. I haven’t wasted one minute of my life.