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“ I feel connected for many years. It is a pleasure for me to perform in this edition the rarely programmed Respighi Sonata together with Renaud Capuçon.

The famous garden of Sceaux is a masterpiece of the great Andre Le Nôtre. One aspect of his art which fascinates me most is of philosophical nature: The world consists of mathematics, although it seems disordered. Le Nôtre, like most garden architects of the baroque, shares the idea of a harmonic order, which must be rediscovered in the earthly chaos.

At the Festival de l’Orangerie I will perform a.o. Schulz-Evler’s “Arabesques” on Strauß’ Blue Danube Waltz – by coincidence a sounding image of all the types of fountains and cascades which can be found in that magnificent garden.