Enjoy the romantic beauty of Leos Janacek’s “A blown away Leaf” from his collection called “On an overgrown Path”Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Before I left for my China Tour 2015 I wasn't sure what to expect as far as instruments are concerned. I am so surprised by the variety and the quality of the instruments on the concert stages here in China! As a Steinway Artist I'm naturally drawn to Steinway instruments, which pretty much make me feel as if I'm playing my own pianos in the comfort of my own practice studio at home.
Also Bechstein has always been for me a piano brand that enables a great variety of sound, color, and articulation. However, with this brand the individual instruments differ a lot.
To my utter surprise there were several piano brands I haven't heard of, which sounded very good. Particularly impressive was the Hailun piano, a brand to watch as China's classical music world is growing exponentially.
Another maker I had not heard of before was a Poligny piano, a solid instrument with reliable action but limited tonal range.
As to be expected the winner was the Hamburg Steinway. As mentioned above Steinway has always been my go-to instrument, this one here was in Shanghai:
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The Venezia e Napoli launch party hosted by Steinway Piano Gallery Cleveland was so much fun! Many thanks to New York fashion designer Nanette Lepore for her generous support by providing the beautiful blue dress for the event (see photos below). Former football coach and current president of Youngstown State University, Jim Tressel, co-hosted this party where arts patrons, industry executives, fellow artists, and music-lovers gathered to toast the release of my fifth album. I'm so grateful for all the love and support displayed on this very special day! Take a look below at all the fun times captured...