Listening to my own studio recording is difficult for me. As I am preparing to release my next solo CD, I am in the middle of it all again. It is worse than listening to a live recording on the radio because a studio recording usually is the result of painstaking editing hours and many decisions. So it is 'as good as it gets'. And the worst part is, that you have to listen many times to your recording to make sure that you release only, what is absolutely the way you want it to be. And still a recording is only the capturing of a live performance. So what is this 'live studio' performance? What does it really look like? There is no stage, no audience, actually nobody in the studio. There a microphones, cables, and other recording tools. Not entirely inspiring...but then there is the piano! And even better: there are the notes, the pieces. Even though this sounds like an intimidating situation, it may well be the most clear and perfect one. It can be the opportunity to perform exactly how one would like to. It can be the most uninhibited and free, the most intimate and inspiring situation. And best of all: there is a chance to correct, what might have gone wrong! What a unique set-up. If only life had this sort of redo button!
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.