On Friday evening I performed with Konstantin Lapshin at the Masters Lodge at St. John’s College in Cambridge. The Masters Lodge is a beautiful building, built in the 1860’s and designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott and made a unique location for the performance.
We performed solo pieces by Chopin, Liszt, Debussy and Tchaikovsky as well as duet pieces including Dvorak’s Slavonic Dances, Hungarian Dances by Brahms and Libertango by Piazzolla. The piano we performed on was a beautiful Steinway Model C.
Thank you to Mr Christopher Dobson the Master of St. John’s College for his great hospitality and a huge thank you to Jane and John Baker for their support as always.
I will be giving a performance of Chopin Piano Concerto No.2 at the Berliner Philharmoniker on 29th November this year. The performance is part of a major charity concert hosted by The Siftung Gute Tat and presented by Klassik Radio‘s Holger Wemhoff.
Other performers at the concert include Martin Stadtfeld, Simone Kermes, Miloš Karadaglić Nils Mönkemeyer and William Youn and will be accompanied by The Bavrian Chamber Orchestra conducted by Johannes Moesus.
The Berliner Philharmoniker is one of the worlds foremost concert halls and is somewhere that I have always wanted to perform. I am really looking forward to this performance and it will be a highlight of the year for me as very many major artists have appeared here and it will be a great honour for me to play Chopin’s Piano Concerto No.2 on this famous stage.
Later this month I will travel to Hamburg in Germany where I will be interviewed by Holger Wemhoff for Klassik Radio. Klassik is a very popular radio station in Germany and Holger Wemhoff is Chief Presenter on the channel. I am looking forward to meeting Holger again and also Florian Schmidt who he co-presents with. They have invited me to sit in and watch while they broadcast live one of their famous Thursday (my favourite) ‘Cinema Shows’, so I am really excited about that!
It will be a great experience to visit the studios and to see the team at work.
While I am in Hamburg I hope I will have a chance to see the city and I am also planning to watch a performance at the Elbphilharmonie.
You can listen to Klassik Radio live here. It has a great mix of classical and film music. Love it!
Last week I travelled to the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire where I met my good friend, the photographer Candian Lee. I asked Candian if he would take some new publicity shots for me so he suggested we work in the conservatoire. The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire is in a wonderful new building where they have some great facilities, including the recital hall where we did most of the shoot. Candian had organised everything for before I arrived and the shoot went really well. The photos he took for me are definitely the best I have had done so thank you Candian!!