We all know HELLO STAGE’s favorite color! What’s yours?
My favorite color is green.
The green that you see on leaves in spring.
What was the best advice a teacher ever gave you?
That´s hard to say. There were so many from many great teachers.
I like a quote from the wonderful Chilenian Pianist Claudio Arrau:
"Vanity is the most terrible, the most blocking thing for an interpreter. If you are sure that what you have to say
is unique, then you are not out to please or to impress.
You have your message and that´s it."
How has your practice changed with time?
I practice less, and unfortunately sometimes also less concentrated
than I used to.
Sometimes there are so many things going through your head,
that are not related to the music,
that it´s hard to stay focused.
Thoughts like: "Oh, I still have to write this email!",
"Don´t forget to call that person!",
"I still haven´t bought a flight ticket for this and that trip..."
and so on. But of course I still try to get in a couple of hours
of constructive practice every day.
What do you think is the most important trait of a successful artist in today’s modern world?
I wish I could answer that. So much has changed in
the last 20 years. There´s no recipe or general trait.
You have to play well of course, but other things like
networking skills, public relations, even simply good
looks have become as important, if not more important.
If that is a good thing is another question.
How much time do you spend every day on Facebook, twitter, and which other ways do you use to promote yourself?
Not that much, to be honest. I guess I´ll have to
do it more and more (see last question).
I have some videos and recordings on youtube.
I try to make a new CD recording every two or three years.
How do you prepare for a special recital?
For a special recital, like the one at Wigmore Hall in March,
I try to play the program in a couple of smaller recitals before.
In this case, I play it six times in different cities in Germany.
I also play several other things in the meantime to keep
the program fresh, I try not to overprepare.
Tell us about your upcoming projects - we heard that you are off to Australia this summer!
Yeah, I´m going to Australia for the first time this summer.
I´ll be travelling with my girlfriend, who is a singer
and we´ll give a couple of concerts together.
So it will be half holiday, half concert tour.
Right after my Wigmore Recital in March,
I´ll play the Beethoven 2nd concerto for the first time,
together with the Munich Symphony Orchestra.
A month later, I´ll play Bartok's Third Concerto
a piece I love a lot, also for the first time.
In the meantime, there will be some chamber music,
the Chausson Concert for Violin, Piano and String Quartet
(which happens to be the most ridiculously difficult
chamber music piece I ever had to learn)
and the wonderful Schubert Trout Quintet
You live between Munich, Berlin and New York - which city hosts your favorite place to have a coffee?
I´m actually not a big coffee drinker.
So instead I would say: you can get the best burgers
in New York, the best beer in Munich and the best Currywurst
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