In a few days it will be spring, and the year is passing by with record speed. So far in 2023 I’ve been on the road almost constantly, and in many different places. Right now I’m in San Francisco where tomorrow I give the first of three recitals in the Bay Area. The past two weeks were spent in beautiful British Columbia, performing and conducting Bach Concertos with the excellent Victoria Symphony, and giving three recitals, including one in Vancouver. On this tour I will still visit Seattle, Maryland, and Ottawa. The best thing, besides giving the concerts and talking with members of the audience afterwards, is seeing so many friends after the difficult years of the pandemic.
The programme for this year’s Trasimeno Music Festival (our 18th) in gorgeous Umbria has been announced, and packages and subscriptions are now on sale to the general public. It will take place from June 29 to July 5, 2023. I hope many of you will be able to come. Single tickets open on May 1st. We have already sold 25% of capacity, and about 33% of our top price tickets. If you’re thinking of coming for the whole week, this is the time to book! It’s a very varied programme with some wonderful musicians, and our special guests are author Margaret Atwood and actor Samuel West. Among the instrumentalists is Austrian violinist Benjamin Schmid (performing Bach and Beethoven) and Canadian baritone Joshua Hopkins (giving the European premiere of the song cycle “Songs for Murdered Sisters” by Jake Heggie with words by Margaret Atwood).
I am also giving a week-long masterclass in Perugia from August 16-23 for young pianists from all over the world. All details and the application form can be found on the Trasimeno Music Festival website. You may also attend as an auditor, either for the week or on a daily basis. This will be a terrific week of hard work, but also of great discovery and joy. The event will end with a recital given by the students.
Before those events, however, I’m all over the place. You can find my full schedule on the Performances page. Look out for me in Vienna, Bologna, Cambridge, Oxford, London, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Leipzig, and Venice (La Fenice) on June 11th.
I’m working hard, yes, but I love it just as much as I ever did, and even more. Which is a good thing!