Why is it so hard to listen to yourself play? The ongoing evaluation of one's own performance is overpowering. I have not met a performer in my life, who has enjoyed listening to his or her own playing as any other person would. It is as if the entire piece is stacked with problems, mistakes, and conceptual inconsistencies. I wonder, how I would listen to a recording not knowing that it was my own playing. I might actually end up quite liking it, and probably rather agreeing with many interpretation decisions. I am still waiting for this practical joke to be played on me! It might be quite a revelation.
In the meantime I will keep listening to my own playing, because the recording - an opportunity many might have loved to take advantage of in the past - is the greatest teacher I could ever imagine.
I am writing this just hours away from the radio broadcast of the show The Crumb Kaleidoscope in Germany, and am anxiously awaiting the impressions I might have.
A modern grand piano features three pedals, each with very distinct abilities to change the sound of the piano. Being able to use these three pedals discerningly is an art form in itself.
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.