The final week of the 2011 Proms season began with a flamboyant and exhilarating concert given by the superb Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, who celebrate their 110th anniversary this year. They were joined by pianist Hélène Grimaud, playing Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto, the piece with which she made her Proms debut in 2001. Read my review for Bachtrack.com here.
What, for you, is the most challenging part of being a conductor? And the most fulfilling aspect? “The most challenging part is the daily life of travel and inconstancy, and how to balance that with family and relationships, with friends and the close circle of relatives and colleagues. Also, keeping in good shape —physically and mentally —remains a challenge. The greatest fulfillment comes from music-making with great orchestras around the world, it simply breaks boundaries, and gives a feeling of being useful in changing the world for the better” Meet #conductor Kirill Karabits #meettheartist #interview @bsorchestra @lighthousepoole #classicalmusic
My son’s cat, Naboo #catsofinstagram #tabbycat #mightyboosh
Special friend Sylvia, long-time concert companion and who, in part, inspired me to start writing my #classical #music #blog and is a loyal reader. @ifru_london after an interesting event on #French #piano #music with #pianist Bertrand Chamayou
In The Bleak Mid-Winter (Holst arr. Nikki Iles) #christmas #music #carols #piano #Bechstein
Beautiful eclairs @maitrechoux - elegant edible works of art! #delicious #patisserie
What do you consider to be the most important ideas and concepts to impart to aspiring musicians? “I tell young musicians to be truthful to the score, always work hard, and be ready to be a strong advocate on behalf of great music, the music you truly believe in.” #MeetTheArtist #interview with Wu Han, concert #pianist and co-Artistic Director of @musicatmenlo https://crosseyedpianist.com/2019/11/28/meet-the-artist-wu-han-pianist/
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