The concert at Teatros del Canal went really well, the audience were great and the hall itself is a great venue. The concert was part of the Scherzo Series which is one of the most inportant piano series in Spain with past performers including Yuja Wang and Mitsuko Uchida.
Before the performance I was lucky enough to be able to use a piano at Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid. I met with the Director of the Conservatorio, Ana Guijarro who showed me some of the great facilities they have.
Thank you to Barbara McShane for your assistance and to Federico Hernandez at Harrison Parrott.
On the evening of 1st February there is a musical event happening at Tate Modern in London. This event is one of the ‘Musical Responses’ series and is to accompany the ‘Red Star Over Russia’ exhibition which is currently running until 18th February. The exhibition is to mark the centenary of the October revolution which transformed the Russian Empire into the Soviet Union.
The evening will feature three students from The Royal College of Music each performing a piece of Russian music. Veniamin Zhukov will perform Scriabins Fantasy in B minor, op 28., Rustam Khanmurzin will perform Prokofevs Visions Fugitives (1915-17) and I will perform Mussorgskys Pictures at an Exhibition.
Here are more details about the evening.
I had tea in the cafe at the Royal Albert Hall this afternoon, with the lady who is sponsoring me during my studies at The Royal College of Music. Her name is Ruth Keattch and she studied mathematics at Oxford before becoming a stockbroking analyst and then an investment fund manager. Now she sits on the Council of the Royal College of Music.
We had a very nice tea and I hope that I can repay Ruth by performing as well as I can.
Thank you Ruth, your sponsorship has made it possible for me to study at RCM.
My good friend Professor Georg Friedrich Schenck has invited me to perform again in Dusseldorf in February next year. The concert will be at the Robert Schumann Hochschule which is one of the most highly regarded music schools in Germany.
Named after the German composer, the school has over 850 students from all over the world.
I performed at the Hochschule two years ago and really enjoyed it, the audience were wonderful and Professor Schenck made me feel at home. Looking forward to being in Dusseldorf again!
At the weekend I performed again with Lang Lang, this time on the island of Sylt, just off the coast of Germany. The island is beautiful, with long sandy beaches and a flat landscape. Very exciting when it is windy…
I performed a series of duets with Lang Lang, including Mozarts Rondo alla Turca and Brahms Hungarian Dance, as well as some solo pieces. It was great fun.
Getting to the concert was fun too as Lang Lang picked me up in a private jet!