— June 23, 2020
Back on something like a stage
Thanks to my friend Lars we are finally back playing wonderful chamber music! In the picture with superstar Vilde after our first rehearsal of Brahms’ C major piano trio. The whole week is filled with music, seeing friends and playing concerts and it certainly feels like something I have missed terribly during the last months.
— April 18, 2020
A fermata (Italian: [ferˈmaːta]; “from fermare, to stay, or stop”; also known as a hold, pause, colloquially a birdseye or cyclops eye, or as a grand pause when placed on a note or a rest) is a symbol of musical notation indicating that the note should be prolonged beyond the normal duration its note value would indicate.
Other names for a fermata are corona (Italian), point d’orgue (French), Fermate (German), calderón (Spanish).
— February 18, 2020
A week in Québec with my friends of the Orchestre symphonique, Dvorak Cello Concerto and a great conductor and musician, Otto Tausk. An inspiring and very cold interlude during the non-existing European winter, and instead of skiing with a friend we stayed at home, mixed drinks and listened to Sibelius. Looking forward to coming back to this beautiful and friendly place!
— January 26, 2020
Next stop: Norway
After the complete cycle of the Beethoven cello sonatas in my hometown I am off to Kristiansand with the Haydn C major Concerto in my pocket. As you can see Kristiansand is blessed with a spectacular concert hall, the “Kilden”, and I am especially looking forward to meeting the orchestra and their former musical director Giordano Bellincampi again after an intensive Schumann Concerto about three years ago. Also the Norwegian salmon is quite a pull factor, so long story short: Jeg liker det!
— December 30, 2019
Old and new
After revisiting Padova and the amazing Auditorio Pollini with a tough solo recital program (first time Hindemith Solo Sonata for me!) I am enjoying a nice long break at home with my family and nothing else. After (too) many flights and jet lags of 2019 I am happy that my next concerts bring me to Cottbus which I can reach so easily by train from Berlin! Of course the complete Beethoven Sonata cycle in my hometown Pirmasens is also on the menu, as well as going back to Kristiansand and its amazing “Kilden” Hall… but just see for yourself, I have finally updated my concert dates until May 2020 (lazy me)!
Happy new musical year!
— November 5, 2019
Flat whites with the Skride Piano Quartet
My week started in New Zealand with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra where I somehow feel very much at home- so far away from home. Must be the fine music-making and the friendly people! Meanwhile I am on tour with the girl band of the Skride Piano Quartet, visiting Sydney, Newcastle, Adelaide, Canberra, Perth, Melbourne and Hobart. We are enjoying the Australian spring (Berlin’s November weather is far away now) and try to cure our jet lags with the ever so tasty flat whites!
— October 16, 2019
Today a new chapter begins- the Impresariat Simmenauer is taking over my general management. I am very happy about this collaboration since I have always respected them for their artistically stringent philosophy which is a rare find in the music business. I am very much looking forward to starting our partnership!
— September 8, 2019
Happy birthday, dear Dvorak!
Dvorak’s epic Cello Concerto on his birthday together with the Staatskapelle Halle and her wonderful new Music Directrice Ariane Mathiak- and it is my start into the season after the summer break- I feel blessed!
— August 19, 2019
Kodaly Recording Out Now
My recent recording of Kodaly’s legendary Sonata for cello solo among his Duo and the early Sonatine has been pusblished now- check it out! My partners Antje Weithaas and Paul Rivinius on this CD are true friends and musicians and I am very happy this disc has materialized. Grateful to have a beautiful and loyal label by my side: Avi-Music.
— August 1, 2019
Once around the globe
I am quite sure that the”Fridays for future” movement would not approve with my current concert schedule- and they are absolutely right! It is indeed a dilemma. Still, here I am, back in Pyeongchang in South-Korea at this beautiful festival with really outstanding colleagues. After tomorrow I will fly to Quebec to teach at the Domaine Forget Academy before I will join forces with my dear friend Fabien Gabel, chief conductor of the Quebec Symphony Orchestra. After playing Tchaikovsky’s Rococo-Variations I will fly back to Europe and will rest… and not board any airplane for the rest of the month!