The Final Concert in Taipei
And again, it’s time to practice, concentrate
and get back to my rhythm.
Although the Steinway for the concert is free,
I am not allowed to try it out, not even for 15 minutes,
so I get back in my room without windows and with a
never-ending air conditioning.
After a couple of hours,
I go for a walk to find something to eat and the
contrast couldn’t be bigger. Both buildings, the
National Theater & Concert Hall look the same,
in between a big open place.
On the side there is a
mausoleum for the first president of
Taiwan and in front of it, an immense tent
for a fair dedicated to Frozen, the ice princess.
My daughter would have loved it!
Because of the 34 degrees and one of the last days
of the New Year vacation, the whole place was crowded,
especially with a lot of kids with very happy faces.
3 years old girls were ready to wait in the line for
more then one hour to get into their beloved fairytale.
I was still hungry and trying to find something vegan,
without taking a seat in a restaurant alone, is not that easy.
I stumbled upon some kind of a shopping mall with food on
the ground floor and clothes upstairs.
When I entered the food area, I could see that the people
were looking surprised.
I looked around and realized that I was the only tourist in
the whole mall, a place where they wouldn’t expect it.
Even if it smelled fantastic, I didn’t try to order something
because all tables were full.
It was impossible the change my practicing time which was decided
in October, so on that day,
I didn’t even see the other musicians. When they came to the
hall, I had to go.
The next day, my final concert on the project.
The piano was fantastic, as well as the sound of the hall.
Because of the unexpected flight problems, a lot of members of the
orchestra had some really tough days behind them.
It was amazing to see how professional, flexible and cooperative
the musicians of the RSO and the members of the management were.
When the music started, every single one of them gave the best
and it was a great experience to play together on stage.
The audience welcomed us as warmly as in Bangkok -
2 encores and a lot of applaus afterwards.
The room for the autograph session had one of the nicest tables
I have ever seen:
Despite of the rain, people were waiting to get a signature outside,
one lady even had a violin and she wanted Cornelius Meister
and me to sign on the wood, next to Hilary Hahn’s signature.
It got late, we reached the hotel at midnight when most of musicians
already had dinner, so we started running to find an open
restaurant. We didn’t, but the soup we ate on the side of the
street was the best I got in Taipei - less glamour then during
the evening, but not less exciting. Today, the orchestra has left
to Japan and I have my flight to Vienna again.
It was hard to say good bye and to look how the buses
are leaving towards the airport, but being part of this tour
has given me a lot of new impressions that
I can take with me in the future.
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