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capturing our ‘Zeitgeist’, capturing how it feels to live on this earth in this very minute, but much of it will be outdated very quickly.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.
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.
We started the festival 11 years ago in the most impromptu and unstructured way imaginable, and it has grown without advertising or recruitment into a well established high caliber classical music course filled to capacity. This got me thinking on my flight back from Germany to the US. Why does a somewhat rustic and seemingly basic format like this get such resounding and positive reaction…
The Holidays are such a festive time with lots of fabulous receptions, parties and events.
I love cocktails this time of year. They are fun, they are wonderful conversation pieces, they make for such a festive atmosphere, and they look stunning.
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.
Some of you might know, that I love to play with numbers, so I took a closer look at my travel plans. This is what I found
“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.
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.