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.
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.
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.