Jet way versus air stair? Most major airports use jet ways, but as frequent traveler I do come across the air stair on occasion. A jet way is btw. that movable bridge connecting the airport terminal gate to a plane. The air stair is just a staircase from the Tarmac into the airplane. It is something I much prefer, since it leaves me with a clear impression of what I get myself into. Even small planes are pretty huge once we stand right next to them. It's quite a rush to see up close. Embarking via air stair gives me that tiny rush of the bygone romance and excitement of aviation. Nowadays realities like tight seat rows (under 30 inches forward space in economy!), luggage battles (I now only fly with carry on luggage having lost too many checked bags) and meals (I have no words...) become an easy burden in light of the air stair, the awe of a machine that flies, and the romance and excitement of aviation...
...or do they?
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.
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.