July 31, 2013

Day 15

Heard Janine Jansen with the most amazing Bartok Sonata today, followed by my solo concert this afternoon at the Verbier Cinema and then we hit the market. Harold’s is the place we all hang out, eat, talk about all and nothing, and where I write these posts every evening. 5 more days in Verbier heaven, […]

July 30, 2013

Day 14

best day so far! We had the most fascinating 2 hour talk with Alfred Brendel this morning, met Janine Jansen, who is the most wonderful human being apart from my favourite musician in the whole world, spoke to Maxim Vengerov and told him he’s pretty good (he laughed, and no, it wasn’t nervous laughter!), went […]

July 29, 2013

Day 13

This is where we have our masterclasses every day and today I went to a lovely recital by 2 young pianists, Romanian Stefan Mircea and Swiss Fanny Monnet. Felt very proud of little Stefan, he’s only 13 Afterwards, Academy Partaaaay- no comment, photos speak for themselves…But there was Karaoke and let’s just say Simon Cowell […]

July 28, 2013

Day 12

Beautiful Sunday here in Verbier: we started masterclasses with Ferenc Rados, went to Daniil Trifonov’s recital, rehearsed the Faure Piano quartet and had our Media Coaching Session with theatre director Tim Carroll. Well this was brilliant: each of us interviewed and was interviewed, all filmed on Medici Arts TV. We watched it afterwards and made […]

July 27, 2013

Day 11

Lesson with Bashkirov on Beethoven op 10 no 2. Let’s say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger…I was gonna promote him to the B dude title but it’s not happening this time. Lunch was delicious, wonderfully prepared by the lovely Peggy S Czyzak-Dannenbaum, with Florian Leonhard and Gabor Takacs-nagy. We spent a gorgeous afternoon […]

July 26, 2013

Day 10

Half way through the Festival Academy. Masterclass with Gabor Takacs-nagy on Faure 2nd mvmt of Piano quartet- complete bliss! He created a Parisian atmosphere and said the audience is the mirror of the performer. Beautiful way of communicating and inspiring us. Then Media Training Coaching with theatre director Tim Carroll who talked about charisma, one’s […]

July 25, 2013

Day 9

Why a day! First, I heard the Psychologies Magazine is out (any shop in Romania) and I’m in it ahead of the Enescu Festival in Sept- Happy reading:-) Morning included masterclasses with the B Man, piano recital by Khatia Buniatishvili, and the evening…where do I begin…we heard Valery Gergiev conducting Verdi’s Otello act I with […]

July 24, 2013

Day 8

First lesson on Shostakovich concerto 2 with Bashkirov went better than I could have ever imagined. The B Man even said Bravo twice so I’m on cloud 9… Then Career Development talk with Susan Wadsworth from YCA New York, Pierig Escher from Interclassics Zurich and Kathryn Enticott IMG London. Interesting stuff about crowd funding, which […]

July 23, 2013

Day 7

Two legends: Gabor Takacs-nagy and Grigory Sokolov. That is all, good night! at Verbier Festival

July 23, 2013

Day 6

Well this is what an exciting day looks like- went for a walk with the Academy in Mont Fort, witnesses an alphorns class, did a pre concert talk with Rebecca Schmid from Musical America on Beethoven Piano Concertos 1, 4 & 5 before in credible concerts with David Kadouch, Adam Laloum, Louis Schwizgebel, Denis Kozhukhin, […]