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!
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.
Half a year ago I joined a gym. My main goal was to increase strength and energy levels. I had no idea how inspiring this decision would be!