Yesterday I performed with Lang Lang at The Royal Albert Hall in London. It was an amazing day. I had my own dressing room, with my name on the door!
We arrived early in the morning so that I could practice and get used to the piano I was going to use, a really good Steinway. The piano was being looked after by Mr Ulrich Gerhartz who had flown over from Hamburg just to ensure that the piano was in perfect condition and tuning for the concert.
Working with Lang Lang was a lot of fun, actually it didn’t feel like work at all. I performed solo and also a duet of Hungarian Dance with Lang Lang.
After the concert I was interviewed CNBC, I guess Lang Lang does this every day, but for me it was really exciting! You can see a video of me performing Hungarian Dance with Lang Lang here.
I have been invited to take part in a great competition in Moscow, The International Competition for Young Pianists. This is a very prestigious event which is founded and organised by the Russian Federal Government and the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory. I am feeling pretty honoured that I have been invited to be part of this competition! One of the best things is that I will travel to Moscow and perform with a full orchestra, which will be shown live on Russian TV.
The Artistic Director of the competition is the famous Russian pianist Denis Matsuev, so I hope I will be able to meet him.
Really looking forward to it, I will have to practice speaking Russian!
Last week I went to Steinway House in Marylebone Lane, London. I met the photographer David Lee there for a photoshoot. He took some really great photos… Thanks David! Also thank you so much to Steinway for allowing me to use one of their wonderful pianos.
I have a great concert coming up in April, with the world famous pianist Lang Lang at The Royal Albert Hall in London. Wow! I am so happy and excited to be able to perform with Lang Lang again, he is one of the pianists making Classical music so interesting and exciting right now. The concert has already sold out, after only a day!
I guess I had better start practising!!
Yesterday I went to Royal Academy for a lesson. On the way home I stopped at St. Pancras Station to see if Elton John’s piano was on the concourse. It was so I tried it out. It is a good Yamaha upright and sounds way better than the other pianos there. But it has been muted to dampen the sound… I guess it was a bit too loud before…
Here is a short movie of me playing it.