Things certainly have been busy! The diversity of projects I’ve been occupied with over the last six months has no precedent in my musical life. Solo recitals on modern and ancient pianos, lots of chamber music, composing a soundtrack for Television, recording a cross-genre Opera with an American pop star, a week-long residency at a harpsichord centre in Tuscany, touring with several new ensembles, improvising at every opportunity and preparing for all the upcoming activities.
So much is in the works right now it’s difficult to go into too much detail at this point – but this site will be updated soon with all the relevant information regarding future projects.
In the meantime, it’s off to practise some more for tomorrow’s recital!
In early May I played a recital in Vienna on perhaps the most beautiful pre-modern piano I’ve ever played. The piano, dating from 1819, was built in Vienna by André (Andreas) Stein. It has a range of six octaves, from FF in the bass to f”” in the treble. The programme I played consisted of a sonata by Weber (Op. 39) and the ‘Eroica’ Variations by Beethoven, which I’ve played a few times recently. It was a huge privilege to play on this instrument and I appreciated each moment in its sound world. It is, of course, impossible to describe the extraordinary beauty of its sound – it’s enough to say that playing it was an experience which will be difficult to match under any circumstances. My thanks to all the staff at the Sammlung alter Musikinstrumente for making it happen.