Settimane Musicali di Ascona – Hommage à Schwarzkopf

It is almost two years ago that I have been asked to become the new artistic director of the distinguished music festival „Settimane Musicali di Ascona“. I gladly accepted, not only because it is my home town, but also because I liked the idea of getting to know the other side of the music business, […]

59th F. Busoni Competition

After my New York Recitals I flew directly to Italy – I feel very honored that I’ve been asked to be a Jury member at the International Busoni Competition in Bozano. Live Stream, Results and further details can be found on the official website of Busoni Foundation: Furthermore, this is an appropriate opportunity to […]

Mostly Mozart… and some Debussy!

Many years ago, my teacher Cécile Ousset revealed to me that she is the owner of her teacher’s copy of Debussy’s Préludes. She was a student of Marcel Ciampi at the Conservatoire in Paris, who worked on this pieces with the composer himself. This score is simply overwhelming: Remarks, phrasings, fingerings are written in different […]

Frederiksvaerk – Gstaad – Duszniki Zdroj

Since my first visit in Denmark, I have felt admiration for this beautiful, free and tolerant country. This time, I am looking forward to a marvelous chamber music concert with three outstanding musicians in Frederiksvaerk: Alexander Sitkovetsky, Lawrence Power and Torleif Thedeen. The program may seem challenging, but the listener will be rewarded for the […]

Lugano and Sceaux

The heat is almost unbearable in Berlin these days, and I am looking forward to the next two performances, who happen to take place in a more arcadian sourrounding: Lugano and Sceaux. Early Summer is the best time of the year to spend a few days at home in Ticino, and with „Progetto Martha Argerich“ […]