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» Four months of Lockdown

Here we are four months (17 weeks) into lockdown–such as it now is in London. Actually, it hasn’t changed much for me. Yes, I was able to go to the hairdressers for the first time and can finally get a massage next week, but indoor concerts for an audience are not happening anytime yet.
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» Week 11 of Lockdown

It’s been eleven weeks now since I’ve been in lockdown in my London flat. Two months since I last posted a news item here. A different experience. But touring concert pianists are used to being alone, and fortunately I’m happy in my own company.
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» A different world

How the world has changed since I wrote my last post at the turn of the year.

With the virus pandemic now overtaking all of normal life, I find myself in lockdown in my London flat, where already for two weeks I’ve seen nobody other than the cashiers in the supermarket around the corner. At least here I have my Fazioli F183 (not a concert model—smaller, but still a wonderful instrument and my companion in this flat since 1999); all my professional possessions like scores, books, tax papers; and endless things to keep me occupied.
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» 2019 in review

Remember when it was about to turn 2000? We all can recall where we were at that very moment. I was on top of Primrose Hill in London, looking at the fireworks all around the city. Here we are twenty years later, about to enter 2020.
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» Wigmore Hall Medal

Another very unexpected award has come my way which will be presented in June 2020: The Wigmore Hall Medal. There is no recital and chamber music hall in the world that has the wide range of programming and array of artists as does the Wigmore, and this honour means so much to me.
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» An unexpected and wonderful honour!

It was announced last week that I shall be the 2020 recipient of the City of Leipzig Bach Medal! This is an honour that has been awarded since 2003 to somebody who has significantly promoted the music of J.S. Bach around the world. Nothing could make me happier!
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» My busiest time of year

I’ve been trying for months to post another news item, but something else always gets in the way. My Facebook and Twitter pages get priority—so I apologize to those of you who are not on social media! It’s hard to do it all.
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» 2018 in review

When we cross over into yet another year, we have no idea what is ahead of us. Well, some of it I can predict: concert dates in the calendar, already scheduled years ago; flights booked months in advance; repertoire plans made eighteen months ago that I must stick to and learn; people I will hopefully see along the way; festival plans well advanced.
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» Two landmark concerts this month

The Trasimeno Music Festival is over for another year. It’s such a special week that it’s very hard to explain it with words if you haven’t been there. The beauty of Umbria, the wonderful venues we have for our concerts, the camaraderie between members of the audience, the joy of the artists who come to perform—all of that makes for something which is quite far removed from ordinary concert experiences.
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» An exciting weekend ahead

This weekend Canada celebrates what art means to their country, and I am very proud to be a part of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards. Mind you, they’re keeping me busy! A full day today with meetings, reception at Parliament Hill, sitting in on Question Time, a rehearsal for Saturday night’s Gala, and then a dinner with close friends. Tomorrow is the big ceremony at Rideau Hall, the official residence of the Governor General when I will receive my Lifetime Achievement Award.
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» Touring with a broken foot

The good news is that I’m much better, and at least now am going out in the street with just one crutch for safety, rather than two. Around the house I don’t need to use them, but mind you, I was just on my feet steadily for almost 6 hours getting ready for yet another trip, and now BOTH feet are killing me!
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» For my friends and fans in Japan!

5月22日(火)と24日(木)私は紀尾井ホールでBach Odyssey​シリーズ​​第3弾を​弾きます。22日​は平均律クラヴィーア曲集第1巻を​、そして24日​はゴルドベルク変奏曲​を弾きます。Bach Odysseyは、​東京の他、NY,ロンドン、オタワ、フィレンツェなど世界主要各都市で2020年までの4年間​に12回​のリサイタルでバッハの全ソロ鍵盤​曲を​弾くプロジェクトです。皆様もバッハ歴訪の旅にようこそ!
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» Always the unexpected

The new year started off so wonderfully with a four-day festival, organised by my Trasimeno Music Festival staff, in the Ca’ Sagredo Hotel on the Grand Canal in Venice.
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