The most exciting week of my life so far has begun. 6 am start, huge storm in London but somehow I get to Paddington. Train delays everywhere, people soaked and quite a grim atmosphere. I finally board, change at Bath Spa, where the next train is 40 minutes delayed -this means I will only have […]

June 16, 2014

A perfect weekend :)

Perfect weekend- had beautiful St John’s Smith Square all to myself on Sat for a little rehearsal ahead of yesterday’s concert with the fab Royal Orchestral Society & Orlando Jopling, playing Shostakovich 2. Best feeling in the world to see lots of children in the audience enjoying such a good programme. And today is Monday, […]

PRESS: Cheerful, delightful, light-hearted – and yes fun, is how the concert programme notes described Shostakovich’s Second Piano Concerto. It was just that – and in dollops – under the hands of Romanian pianist Alexandria Dariescu when she appeared with Royal Northern Sinfonia, before a capacity audience at Sage Gateshead. From its sprightly opening chords […]

Beautiful time in Newcastle with the Royal Northern Sinfonia & Andrew Gourlay. Thank you so much to each and one of you for such a warm welcome & one of the most exciting Shosty 2 ever! Day off tomorrow…phew!

Thrilled to be performing with the Royal Northern Sinfonia & Andrew Gourlay at the Sage Gateshead. Lots of friends in the orchestra, brings back lots of happy memories from my College years.

October 27, 2013

A typical Saturday…

I was very honoured to receive an invitation for a breakfast meeting with “woman” conductor Marin Alsop, Jude Kelly, Artistic Director at Southbank Centre, Gillian Moore, Head of Classical Music at Southbank and Jessica Duchen journalist about Women in Classical Music yesterday morning. Legged it to the station straight after for a concert last night […]

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 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 […]

What an incredible night, loved every second of performing Shostakovich 2 with Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra on the last night of their season. Still buzzing! Tomorrow going to Verbier- awesomeness:-)

July 13, 2013

What a rehearsal!

Vasily Petrenko and the Liverpool Phil are simply awesome, wow what a rehearsal! We’re gonna rock Shostakovich 2 tomorrow night, cannot wait! — at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.