We all know HELLO STAGE’s favorite color! What’s yours?
Rose, as in ‘La vie en rose’
What was the best advice a teacher ever gave you?
All of the many great artists,
teachers, scientists, writers and musicians
whom I had the privilege to meet left deep traces on me;
their valuable words are with me every day when I perform,
teach, practice or listen to music.
Some of the advice I can recall word by word,
some of got slightly transformed and
became a sort of me and my concept.
I recall precious words told by
a highly-esteemed professor of
literature whom I met at the Trinity College
Library in Dublin.
As I questioned him on
how he could possibly have achieved
this enormous knowledge and wisdom he said:
‘don’t ever lose your capacity to be amazed’
For many reasons those words have stayed
with me ever since as a source of inspiration.
How has your practice changed with time?
During my school years
I was ‘eating’ music,
that is how my large repertoire was built.
We used to challenge each other in music games like
‘who can learn the Liszt Sonata
or any Scriabin Sonata in 3 days by heart’ or
‘a Prelude and Fugue by Bach in 2 days or less’ from scratch.
It was of course a ‘sportive’ achievement
of learning all the notes by heart, but nevertheless
incredibly exciting -
we would then stay over night in the school
or the Conservatoire and practice non-stop
day and night in order to win these games in even
less time than agreed upon.
Of course it was a rather silly thing to do,
but oh, such fun, I’ll never forget.
In those years I felt like I was having piano music for food,
drink and sleep!
However, as life goes,
things change as so does practicing.
Fortunately and hopefully,
the quality becomes then more important
than the quantity of notes, and we evolve to
a more mature approach in both playing and practicing.
What do you think is the most important trait of a successful artist in today’s modern world?
Talent and passion are timeless, they say, this has been always the case…
How much time do you spend every day on Facebook,
Twitter, and which other ways do you use to promote yourself?
I try to divide my time
in the best way I can between social media and
all the things I am doing, it depends on my schedule.
I am using Facebook, Twitter, HELLO STAGE, YouTube, LinkedIn,
Xing and I designed my own Homepage many times.
I also keep regular email
contact with the ones who are not using
any of the above, so yes, internet is important to me!
Tell us about your current tour with Chants nostalgiques!
The Album Chants nostalgiques
is one of my favourite recordings I have done so far.
Not only because of the Schubert-Liszt Songs
which I adore, and all the other transcriptions,
but also because of a number of
important premiere recordings:
by Constantin Silvestri
and historical recordings during the
George Enescu Festival with the legendary tenor
Ion Buzea when he won the 1st Prize.
I feel honoured and excited
to be involved with such a beautiful
project which has
already received international praise from
Classical Ear, Fanfare, Pianist, International Piano,
Gramophone and The Independent among many others.
So far I presented Chants nostalgiques in
London, Hamburg and Bucharest
and I am looking forward to recitals
in Linz, Hannover and Berlin next month!
Do you have a special hobby?
I love flowers and especially gardening, it relaxes me completely.
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