Jet lag is all about time. Time differences between places, time spent on planes, time not slept. Coming back to the US from a recent trip to Asia with 12 hours time difference my jet lag experiences from US-Europe travels seems to pale compare to what I am going through. 12 hours time difference pretty much exactly turns the inner clock upside down. Typical symptoms include nausea, sleeplessness, sleepiness, lack of appetite, huge appetite and many more. I often hear questions like: are you over your jet lag already (one day after returning) or just get some sleep (after a night not being able to). What to do? Whilst the usual upper and downer methods I use in everyday life are travelers' best friends, my best bet is patience with myself and listening to my body. Good to know is, that the old rule of thumb 1 day per 1 hour time difference is somewhat true. I guess it all burns down to Socrates: Know Thyself.
This March I got to return to my old stomping grounds in Southern California. It was so good to reconnect with friends and to visit new places!
February has been a very engaging month for me so far filled with concert, festival and new opportunities.
Having recently returned from my 11th annual chamber music festival in Kaufbeuren, I realized again how important the role of music festivals for young musician really is.
The Holidays are such a festive time with lots of fabulous receptions, parties and events. I love cocktails this time of year. Let me share two of my all time faves with you.
Recently I got invited to come to China to perform, adjudicate and teach in December. This marks the second tour to China this season, which is shaping into a particularly exciting and busy one.
“How do you get to Carnegie Hall? - Practice, practice, practice!”
There is a lot of truth to this famous joke, but being a musician is not all about practice. Some aspects of our lives as musicians are seemingly unimportant and definitely less talked about. One of them is the question of what to wear on stage.
Enjoy the romantic beauty of Leos Janacek’s “A blown away Leaf” from his collection called “On an overgrown Path”
I love staying fit and I love to swim listening to my favorite tunes. Following my first blog about swimming with music I got an overwhelming 'wave' of reactions. So many of you offered creative comments and great new ideas for swimming music - thank you!
The last of two books, Feux d’artifice finishes the cycle of preludes by Claude Debussy with a festive display of fireworks, both as a musical image and as a pianistic challenge.
Feeling in the mood for a vacation? Listen to Sonetto 104 and take a trip to Italy!
Sonetto del Petrarca is part of the collection ‘Years of Pilgrimage’, a set of travel impression put to music by Franz Liszt in the most magnificent operatic way. The poem Sonetto 104 by the Renaissance humanist Petrarch focuses on a comparison between love and war as seen through the eyes of a warrior.