For the first time I am proud to join the jury of the international music competition “Music & Stars Awards”. Competitions are part of every young emerging musician. From my experience, beside all hard work an important part of standing out in competitions is luck. Even winning international prizes do not guarantee a career. Therefore, it is more important than ever, to find the personal benefits and integrate it into the artistic work. The wonderful example with this very competition ist e.g. the prize for a CD recording. I wish every participant lots of success!
During this summer we not only had many beautiful first performances with live audiences, but also mezzo-soprano Magdalena Hinz and me had an equally marvellous project with “Lieder” (songs). Together we formed a repertoire including masterworks by Hugo Wolf, Franz Schubert and the like. Furthermore, we premiered the musical version of Friedrich Hölderlin’s poem “Die Kürze” (The Brevity) by German composer Stefan Heucke (*1959), which can be watched at the end of the video.
Aside from the Corona- and Beethoven-year 2020, we also celebrate German poet Friedrich Hölderlin’s 250th anniversary – same as master Beethoven.
Beethoven’s “Destiny Symphony”. Corona locked the doors of our world’s concert halls. But when the destiny “knocks” on the door with probably the most popular theme in music history, new possibilities are awaiting us.
The Beethoven anniversary goes on and the composer’s works should not be missing on any concert program. Although travelling further distances is not possible due to Corona, there are some concerts happening in attendance of an audience. E.g. in:
Finally! The first live concerts will be possible very soon. Within an intimate atmosphere the first public performance is at the wonderful garden trips (Tours Fabuleux) by Anke Mattern. Furthermore, the duo recitals with Norwegian violinist in August are fixed. And last, as a soloist it will go on – my personal highlight is definitely playing in my home town in Austria in September.
Despite the lockdown and all the cancelled concerts, there were wonderful projects and silver linings possible for me. Besides plenty of time to rethink I had my daily Couch Concerts, one world premiere and the passion for Styrian folk music has newly sparked my enthusiam. Without you all this would not be possible – that’s why I want to say “Thank You” from all my heart!
I am looking forward to meeting you again in the concert hall! See you soon!
Even during these tough times due to the corona crisis, art and music does not stop. The Austrian composer Gerd Kühr wrote the piano piece “Corona Meditation”, which has its world premiere on Thursday, 30 April 2020 at 20:20 CET. Two special things about this project are: (1) The concert organisation “styriarte” helds this whole event online and (2) everybody can paly along live via the app “Zoom”.
I am very excited and happy to be part of this unique and fantastic project and invite all of you to be a part of it, too. More information here:
The Austrian newspaper “Kleine Zeitung” created a new virtual podium for artists during the coronavirus crisis. On Saturday, 4 April 2020 at 19:00 CET I am playing the so-called “Living Room Concert“, which can be followed via livestream or as a recording. The program includes works by Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann and Liszt. I am looking forward to play for You!
Due to the coronavirus crisis and the cancelled concerts I have founded the format “Couch Concerts” on 20 March 2020. These miniature concerts are live-streamed videos. Now, I am happy to annnounce, that from Wednesday (25 March 2020) onwards, it will be possible to follow the live-braodcast also via YouTube on my website. I am looking forward to “seeing you”!
Stay tuned, stay healthy and stay home! #couchconcerts2020
Currently everything and everybody is concerned about one thing – the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Especially the concert world, artists and musicians are affected by the consequences of the worldwide outbreak. My tour in Russia and the concerts in Italy are already cancelled – alternate dates in progress. A lot of things stay uncertain…
The most important thing for me as a musician is to stay positive, take the worldwide measures serious, but on the other hand to make the best out of this situation. Music accompanies us everywhere – even far from concert halls and concert tours.
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