I will be performing later this year at the Stars on Baikal Music Festival in Irkutsk, Russia. this is a festival which is held each year in August and features some of the best Russian and International musicians. The Artistic Director is the pianist Denis Matsuev, previous performers include the conductor Vladimir Spivakov, the opera singer Elena Obraztsova and Denis Matsuev.

I will perform a solo recital as well as Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1. This will be a great concert so I am looking forward to performing there. A huge thank you to Maestro Denis Matsuev for making this happen for me, it will be great to be back in Russia again!

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Being able to sleep in airport waiting areas is pretty useful at times…

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Position Two
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Position Three
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Position Three with alternative head scratch
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Still Position Two (sort of)
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So I’m taking part in the International Grand Piano Competition here in Moscow. I arrived on Friday last week and on Saturday we drew the numbers for the order in which we are competing. I got number 7, which might or might not end up being lucky for me!

Yesterday, on Sunday, we performed in the first round, the solo round. I performed pieces by Bach, Ravel and Balakirev. It went alright I think.

Today I worked on the piece I will play in the next round, the concerto round. I will perform Tchaikovsky Concerto No.1. I am really happy about this part of the competition because I get to perform with the Moscow State Symphonia and the conductor Alexander Sladkovsky. We rehearsed this afternoon and we will rehearse again tomorrow. Then I will perform in the final tomorrow evening… hope it goes OK.

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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.

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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!

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