Connecting to the audience is vital to a memorable performance. And a memorable performance is one way to eternalize music. So how can we connect to this group of people sitting out there? Pianists already don't face the audience, which is psychologically not exactly the greatest way to connect. I look at my audience as I enter and bow to known and unknown faces excited to experience live music. That exactly is the connection I hold on to, I try to spin through the entire evening. Telling a story is as little a one-way-street as performing a live concert. The reaction of the audience can be felt, reacted to, and 'played' with the same way. This play with communication through music is my reason to be a musician (there are others, but this one is big). The piano just happens to be my instrument, the instrument I love.
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!