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!

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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!

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Last weekend I performed with Lang Lang at The Anatomical Society in Munich. The venue was a pretty unusual one, we performed in one of the lecture theatres which are usually used for teaching. The way the seats are arranged gave the audience a great view of Lang Lang and I as we performed duets and also some solo pieces so it worked really well as a venue for us. It was a lot of fun to perform with Lang Lang again, he always inspires me and the hosts, Mastercard, were amazing. Thank you Mastercard and Lang Lang for a #priceless event!

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This week I am in Pinehurst, North Carolina where I will be giving a performance of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto no.2 with the Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by David Michael Wolff.

Pinehurst is a beautiful area with lakes and (you guessed it) pine trees. Yesterday afternoon I gave a talk to the students at O’Neal School about what I do as a pianist and then last night I ran through the concerto with the orchestra. Today I have been rehearsing with David (in between eating General Tso’s Chicken with fried rice at the Red Bowl Restaurant…. ) and this afternoon I hope to have some time to go biking.

Huge thanks to the wonderful Nick Hancock for arranging this concert for me and also to Cassie Drexel and her family for giving us such a lovely place to stay and making us feel so welcome in Whispering Pines!

The concert is on Saturday evening and starts at 7.30pm. You can find details and tickets here.

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Really thrilled today as world famous conductor Alexander Sladkovsky (Peoples Artist of Russia) has agreed to work with me as mentor. It’s important for me to be able to speak with experienced musicians and conductors so that I can develop the way that I perform and also to help me really understand Russian music and what it means to people. I’m really looking forward to working with Maestro Sladkovsky again.

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