August 5, 2013

Day 18 & last day

last concert with my beautiful quartet, thank you guys for being simply wonderful! Christian Thompson‘s birthday, celebrated with lots of cakes all over Verbier, followed by a fab day out with my Swiss family on the Mont Fort, altitude of 3300m. Stunning views across the French & Italian Alps and Mont Blanc. Academy photo at […]

August 2, 2013

Day 17

had last lesson with Rados, which went better than ever imagined or hoped- on cloud 9! Then ran to hear the incredible Ebene Quartet and the Calidore String Quartet who gave the world premiere of Ed Nesbit‘s stunning new piece ‘Night Dances’. Ed is Verbier’s composer in residence this year and was commissioned by the […]

August 1, 2013

Day 16

The HIGHLIGHT of the Festival was the Verdi Requiem conducted by Gianandrea Noseda this evening. I can’t describe what a powerful experience this was. It was frightening and divine… we also had our chamber music concert with Faure Piano Quartet no 1 which was a lot of fun with lots of friends supporting us, thank […]

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 […]