The one and only Emperor. Round 4 of my residency in Iena was Beethoven 5, with Jenaer Philharmonie and Simon Gaudenz.
It is a very difficult task to describe the feeling of joy that wins the hearts playing this music. Beethoven has been one of my heroes in my musical life, but also as a human being. He inspires me -despite all the struggles and illness he suffered, and the sense that fate was against him, he never lost his love of life. Beethoven stands for the love of mankind. When I play his music, I feel very deeply his absolute trust and faith in humanity and brotherhood, and his deep awareness of the beauty of human beings. Thank you, Iena, one more time; always such a treat to share these moments together, and with an always sold out Volkhaus.
“Courage is grace under pressure.”
It is beautiful and inspiring to see the sparkles and light in Maestro Blomstedt eyes. I feel honored and grateful to have shared that stage with such a vibrant and bright human being. The Philadelphia Orchestra sounds absolutely gorgeous, as always 🙂 and there is a special genuine atmosphere around the Kimmel center. Merci.
“We have art in order not to die of the truth.”
To me, everything I treasure is here: smartness, elegance, humour, gifts, sensitivity… without talking of the million details, also perfect.
“Humor is reason gone mad.”
to make a “political” statement.
I was in Abu Dhabi for the first time couple days ago and had the privilege to go to the Louvre Abu Dhabi . First, I was astonished by the beauty of the building, the lines, the proportions, the rhythm are perfect. Then I started the journey through the permanent collection. It is presented in a very smart and beautiful way: from the beginning of civilization, twelve rooms with a theme, always showing three different approaches from different parts of the world. One room is dedicated to the religions and one can see in the same space the Bible, the Coran and the Torah. Wao, that was such an intense and inspiring experience.
I came to Abu Dhabi to perform my recital “Shall we dance?” and the first window I saw was about Dance.
This visit gave me so much to feel and to think about. I’m grateful and happy to have been welcomed with such warmth and kindness. Merci.
“Wisdom begins in wonder.”
You would have been 75 today. I wish so much you were still here. I’m now again listening to your sublime Dvorak concerto.
The perfect combination between heart, soul, mind and body; that’s how I see you, that’s how I hear you. Your fabulous joie de vivre always came through. There is shyness and boldness in you; you are such an inspiration.
“We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are.
Playing lifts you out of yourself into a delirious place.”
Jacqueline Du Pré
For such a beautiful evening at the Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari. Playing in this beautiful sold out theater was a joy, I felt the audience intensely immersed with the music and me. The acoustic allowed me to explore the softest pianissimi, and I adore that ! And of course, Italy wouldn’t be Italy without pasta:)
“What does culture want? To make infinity comprehensible.”
On February 7th 2020, this wonderful album featuring Daniel Hope and Zürcher Kammerorchester will be released. I had the huge luck to be invited to be part of that amazing project. I’m beyond happy, excited and grateful. It features the Concert by Ernest Chausson among many others beautiful works. Countdown started!
“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
Charlie Chaplin has been an I aspiration since I discovered him when I was about 10. Everything has been said about him, so, I won’t go there. I will just say I can’t help smiling of joy in front of such intelligence and wits. This is one of my many favorite. Please enjoy!
“Life is a beautiful, magnificent thing, even to a jellyfish. The trouble is you won’t fight. You’ve given up. But there is something just as inevitable as death. And that’s life. Think of the power of the Universe – turning the Earth, growing the trees. That’s the same power within you- if you’ll only have the courage and the will to use it.”
What an honor to open this “année de la France au Qatar”, France year in Qatar. It was a real pleasure to be back to Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra for the third time. This is a fascinating country. I came here for the first time around 10 years ago, and I have seen the country grow on all fronts. One other beautiful and powerful thing about being a musician: over 30 nationalities on stage, probably as many in the hall; and somehow we could communicate through the music and share emotions. And funnily enough, I met a French musician on stage: we had a lot of fun with Marc Piollet working on this beautiful Saint Saens second piano Concerto. Thank you Kurt for your constant trust since all these years. Lionel, it was such a joy to reconnect after all these years, and you truly are a great leader! I can not wait to go back!
“Culture: the cry of men in face of their destiny.”
When I think about it, I feel very warm realizing I just want my life to keep bringing me beauty and emotions (from the brightest to the darkest), and it’s how it has been for the last couple years. Wait, I don’t say here my life is perfect and easy; I’m not living in a fairytale. Not at all. It took and takes a lot of work, different types of work, investments and engagements; and endless hours. But music and the path I chose give me so much, I am simply grateful. I started pretty early on to “work on myself” and growing as a human being has been the main reason why my music and artistry grew. I believe it’s fondamental to remember that music is an art that needs to be fed, always. Art needs to be alive. Here is a beautiful video, full of hope, strength and well-being
“It is strange how one feels drawn forward without knowing at first where one is going.”