Soon it is time to release Venezia e Napoli.
Thinking back to how it started takes me back to my high school friend Udo, with whom I shared an interest in listening to classical recordings. Fast forward to running into each other many years later, and to making plans to produce a recording together. Udo now works as recording engineer for the Hessischer Rundfunk Corporation in Frankfurt, Germany. He knew of a great venue in Frankfurt with a German Steinway concert grand taken care of by a fantastic piano technician. August was the time we both could free up. It was also the time of the worst heat wave in Frankfurt. The heat was unreal, like a fever. Recording is an emotional and intellectual whirlwind of the most intense kind. The heat definitely contributed to it.
The German Steinway sounded miraculously beautiful, absolutely stunning, and the piano technician was amazing. As to be expected, Udo turned out to be a highly experienced recording engineer guiding the entire recording process. It was inspiring and fun to work with the team. We had two fantastic days of intense artistic work. The recording sessions were fueled pretty much exclusively by cookies (chocolate chip!). We had the venue for two days, and we recorded a lot of notes, so there was not much room to head out for food. Udo’s wife was wise enough to hand me a big bag filled with cookies on the morning of day one. We finished them all.
Soon it's time to release the recording. All of us are thrilled about the product, and we loved the making of Venezia e Napoli. I hope you'll enjoy listening to the beautiful sounds created on those two hot days of music making!
Last month I got to record the WIND project, which is now in production.
Since then, I have been playing the WIND music in concerts in the US and Europe to enthusiastic audiences, and one piece seems to be everybody’s favorite: Erlkönig by Franz Liszt.
This concert season started with a biggy - I recorded my new album WIND in Germany!
We specifically chose a venue in Germany called Reitstadel, a historic building in the tiny town of Neumarkt in Bavaria. The Reitstadel not only houses some of the most prestigious Hamburg Steinway Concert Grand pianos, but it also attracts some of the world’s most renowned recording artist…
It’s summer time!
For me this is a great time to take a breather and to recharge as the concert season winds down.
Long haul flying has always been a substantial part of my life as a pianist. No long haul flight is easy to weather, put getting prepared for air travel before flying has enabled me to arrive feeling fresh and ready to play concerts and/or rehearsals even on arrival day.
Hello from the Southern Hemisphere!
This marks my fifth visit to the campus of North West University in the city of Potchefstroom, South Africa. My guest professorship was a lot of fun, and it was great to reconnect with the faculty and the students.
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.