He began his meteoric rise to fame on the humble recorder. After that he sang treble in the choir. And then he wanted to be a violinist. It seemed he had settled for the trumpet, before finally plumping for the tuba. Speed is not really his thing. What he likes to do best is to produce some nice notes that are neither too high nor too low and make the concert hall and those sitting in it resonate in a pleasant way. He has no idea why people like tunes in brisk tempi.