» Already August!

I had better write something before another season starts! Plus I have just learned how to insert material myself on this new website (there simply wasn’t time during the past year to meet with my new web designer…I’ve been so busy), so I’m eager to try it out. What to say?
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» Easter Sunday at Hong Kong airport

Easter Sunday, and I am sitting in a transfer area at Hong Kong airport. After coming all the way from Nashville to here via Chicago (the last flight a 16-hour one), I am not thrilled to wait four hours for the ferry to Macau.
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» Some news that I should share on New Year’s Eve

Some news that I should share on New Year’s Eve: the Governor-General of Canada has announced new members to the Order of Canada, and I have been “promoted” to a Companion – the highest honour Canada can bestow on one of its citizens.
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» This year has been an exceptionally busy one

This year has been an exceptionally busy one, but perhaps one of the best in many ways. My last update was at the end of July. It’s quicker and easier to post things on Facebook and Twitter these days, and I always seem to have 300 emails in my Inbox to deal with. And that’s in my spare time, which is very spare indeed.
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» It’s already almost August…

It’s already almost August, and the Trasimeno Music Festival finished three weeks ago. It is hard to describe the huge effort that it takes to produce it, and I would like to thank all those who gave of themselves to make the whole week the big success that it was: artists, staff, volunteers, sponsors, and especially the private donors and audience who came from all over the world to Umbria for this magical week.
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» The 2015 Trasimeno Music Festival in Italy

The 2015 Trasimeno Music Festival in Italy, of which I’m the Artistic Director, is about to begin! It’s always the busiest time of year. That’s why I haven’t written in so long. I’ll be performing in 6 of the 7 programmes—performing three of them twice in one day.
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» Tours of Brazil and Japan

My week in Tokyo is over. I’m about to leave and get on another very long flight. It was one of the biggest challenges I could give myself: my first performances ever of Brahms’ First Piano Concerto with the Japan Philharmonic in Suntory Hall; and two huge recitals on consecutive days with only one day off (to practise) after the concerto performances.
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» A very busy February

The most exciting thing was the recording of 16 Scarlatti Sonatas for Hyperion Records. That we did in the Beethovensaal in Hannover, where I made my first Bach recordings for Hyperion over 20 years ago.
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» Tour with Anne Sofie von Otter

Tour with Anne Sofie von Otter

The month of January was an incredibly busy one, but immensely rewarding. Touring North America with Anne Sofie von Otter (congratulations on her Grammy Award, just announced!) was a total delight from start to finish.
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» New Liszt CD on Hyperion

New Liszt CD on Hyperion

My new Liszt CD has just been released on Hyperion! It means so much to me to have finally recorded the B minor Sonata and the Dante Sonata (not to mention the 3 Petrarch Sonnets), all of which are pieces I played when I was a teenager or in my early 20s.
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» Happy New Year!

Gentileschi's Santa Cecilia

A very Happy New Year to you all! When I woke up this morning in Umbria, the hills were covered in snow! Bello! Soon I will be in Canada where the temperature is going to hit something like -26C. Winter has finally arrived!
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