After ten concerts in Switzerland, one might think the return back to the US (and back to my state-side-home) would be a time of relaxation. Or at least it would include reminiscing about the recital experiences, unpacking, laundry -- a time of sleeping the jet-lag away!
It’s never been like that. Usually the crazy whirlwind awaits on both sides of the journey. This time was no different.
After just two days back from my super intense Swiss concert tour, I suddenly find myself in front of a microphone again. A live radio interview about Venezia e Napoli.
What a wonderful opportunity to talk about the album again. Suddenly, I am back in the middle of the recording process, recounting the thoughts and circumstances behind a piece of music - right where I like to be most.
Yes, it’s a crazy whirlwind on both sides of the journey, but it's still the way I like it best!!
With Jacqueline Gerber at the studios of WCLV 104.9 Cleveland
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.