Back from Texas! What a whirlwind tour. Absolutely crazy and fun. So many impressions, I don't even know, where to begin. I had only a few things right in my post 'Texas before'.
Here a short list of the unexpected (and of course the expected):
- Speed limit is up to 85 mph in some places, which suits me rather well. Quite easy to get used to. Better watch it as I go back East...
- Some (?) Texas toll roads have no barriers and it is frowned upon to even slow down. So everyone zooms right through. Nice!
- Most cars are huge, so are the roads and bridges, traffic is mild however and easy going.
- The pianos were wonderful all around and remarkably well regulated (a technical term for evenness of the playing apparatus). I loved playing on them. Beautiful!
- The food I had the pleasure of sampling was wonderful, lots of flavor, some with a Texan influence of breading (think juicy and crisp fried chicken as basis of departure). Yummy.
- But the most important are of course the people. The people were more than amazing! Open minds paired with warm hospitality. It made me feel so very welcome and made it quite hard to leave.
Texas is truly a great place to visit, very American - as seen through my rather European eyes - old fashioned and cutting edge modern at the same time, with a wonderful self understanding and pride of place.
I'm sure I'll be back!
It’s summer time!
For me this is a great time to take a breather and to recharge as the concert season winds down.
Long haul flying has always been a substantial part of my life as a pianist. No long haul flight is easy to weather, put getting prepared for air travel before flying has enabled me to arrive feeling fresh and ready to play concerts and/or rehearsals even on arrival day.
Hello from the Southern Hemisphere!
This marks my fifth visit to the campus of North West University in the city of Potchefstroom, South Africa. My guest professorship was a lot of fun, and it was great to reconnect with the faculty and the students.
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.