Style icons of the world of classical music like Anne-Sophie Mutter, Stephen Hough, and Maria Callas have been able to pull together music and fashion with effortless ease. It makes me wonder if the worlds of fashion and music are more related than they seem, almost like cousins maybe. Naturally this makes me wonder, what they have in common? Here are some ideas:
Here and Now –
The intensity of the moment, the urge to capture just for one moment the fleetingness of time, that's for me the most striking resemblance. Music is there for one moment, experienced by all present, but then it seems to vanish, only to be captured in the hearts and minds of the audience and the performer. Fashion lives in the here and now, capturing our ‘Zeitgeist’, capturing how it feels to live on this earth in this very minute, but much of it will be outdated very quickly.
The large musical family of J.S. Bach - just to name one example - is well known in the world of classical music. But family ties play a huge role in the fashion industry as well. I recently was privileged to witnessed this in the fashion family of Nanette Lepore - just to name one example here as well. Talking to her sister about all her family connections made me realize the depth and strength of this family. It is the passion and dedication of this blood relationship, that seems to run through the veins of the entire company.
Both musicians and fashion folks are consumed by perfection in their craft, by beauty, by the expression of emotion. Work ethic is huge. Contrary to common belief classical musicians don’t party all the time, they don’t sleep in and wait until their muse kicks in, but how often do I encounter those perceptions in conversation. Since both worlds run in my background, I can safely say, that the same is true for fashion, a world of hard work and dedication, every day, every minute.
Unlikely cousins they might be at first sight, but both dedicate their lives to the reflection of the beauty within us.
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.
Time to celebate!
It has been one year since I joined my gym, and I am loving it! I am going regularly three or four times a week, and it has been fun to find out, how getting fit helps my piano playing.
Intensity and focus are just some of the words that come to mind, when I play ‘Le Vent dans La Plaine’. I love how the piece paints a picture of gusting winds, slamming windows shutters and blowing leaves.
I just returned from my China Tour 2018. What a wonderful success! I loved playing there, getting involved with teaching and judging, and I was able to use my still somewhat rudimentary Mandarin all the time. It was so much fun to be able to make new friends and to see so many different things. Looking back there were so many things I truly loved about my visit. Here are four of them...
Happy Valentines Day! What a beautiful celebration of love and romance. For me this is definitely a time to start thinking about Spring.
Playing Domenico Scarlatti’s keyboard music is a great pleasure and also a big challenge. Besides the complications of playing baroque ornamentations, of mastering the rather difficult technical requirements, and of simply finding a compelling interpretation of a piece written so long ago, there’s also the huge question of truthfulness to a historic interpretation.
What a great experience to record for Spirio, Steinway’s high resolution player piano! Lots of people have asked how the process works, and it really is a bit of piano magic.
I am thrilled to announce my return to China next month! Some of you might recall my first China concert tour back in 2015. I absolutely loved my time there since it was outside of my comfort zone and way of life. Now in February 2018, it will be fantastic exploring new and familiar parts of this country.