I just got back to the UK after spending a few days in Vienna and attending the 2018 Summer Night Concert at the Schönbrunn Palace. This is an amazing event which happens every summer and this year Maestro Valery Gergiev was conducting while Anna Netrebko performed Arias including pieces by Puccini and Verdi.

The event has a great atmosphere and with an audience of over 130000 it was by far the largest number of people I have ever seen attending a classical music concert. Love it!

I was really lucky as I was invited to watch the performers from the VIP area right at the front, I also got to meet the incredible Anna Netrebko.

A huge thank you to my bro Holger Wemhoff for inviting me to the event, while still managing to interview Valery Gergiev and the other performers.

Sorry about the fuzzy photos! Somehow they seemed to get more out of focus as the evening wore on!

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At the Schönbrunn Palace

 

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Before the performance.
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Lunch!
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With Clemens Trautmann.
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With Per Hauber and Holger Wemhoff.
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With Anna Netrebko after the performance.

I found out this week that I have been nominated for an award at the upcoming Classic BRIT Awards. The award I am shortlisted for is the ‘Sound of Classical Poll’ which promotes the best emerging artists and ones-to-watch in classical music. Aged 30 or under and tipped for a great future…. The winner will be chosen by a panel of experts and revealed at the ceremony at The Royal Albert Hall on 13th June. Really looking forward to this event!

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I am going to be travelling to Dusseldorf in a couple of weeks for a performance at the Robert Schumann Hochschule. I have been invited to appear there again by the wonderful Georg Schenck and I will be performing solo pieces as well as duets as one half of the Harliono Lapshin Duo.

My duet partner Konstantin and I have been working hard on some new pieces as well as the old favourites. It would be great to see you there.

The concert is on the evening of Sunday 17th June.

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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.

You can buy tickets for the concert here.

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The stage of the Berliner Philharmoniker. Photo: Mattias Hamren.

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!!

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