Blog Archive for February, 2010

Fasil Say concert Feb 2010 Baden-Baden:

It all began by being met with astonishment at the sight of Pianist Fasil Say…. He is a wonderfully talented and inspired Musician but does not look anything like the 25 years old concert pictures that I have seen about him……But I guess that goes for a lot of musicians these days.

We started with his own composition for piano and strings called “the silk road” Read on…

Rococo in Geneva with Orchestre de la Suisse Romande:

I was about 15 years old and this was my first concert with the OSR under the baton of Jean-Jacques Kantorow
Having rehearsed enough I decided to spend my free afternoon before the concert to go for a walk around town. I guess this was my first mistake…. Read on…

Quartet for the end of time in Kuhmo 2009

I met Massimo Quarta at Rome airport ( well if you can call that a meeting, I recognized him, but because I was so tired and in a bad mood I was wearing my sunglasses and I did not want to talk with anyone at that stage ) only to discover the beginning of a great relationship with a wonderful musician. Read on…

S.Gubbaidulina with BBC and Philharmonia and Martin Brabbins

The first time I discovered this work was before my appointment with the Philharmonia Orchestra as principal cello. This was to be performed at the RFH as part of the MOP (Music of Today series ).  I later had the chance to do it again for a recording for the BBC with Martin Brabbins.

This wonderful work sets out in distinctive seven parts the seven last words of Christ. Read on…

Lutoslawsky cello concerto at RFH

When the General Manager of the Philharmonia Orchestra asked me to perform the W.Lutoslawsky cello concerto, a certain amount of excitement took over at the prospect of tackling such challenging work.

I set about to discover in greater detail a piece that I only knew by word of mouth and soon became intoxicatedly passionate about. Read on…

Barber cello concerto at Barbican

This one event in my life is very close to my heart. Once I decided to enter the Gold Medal competition at the Barbican, part of the program was to choose a possible concerto to perform for  the final (even though I was not sure that I would get to that stage!)

I wanted to choose something unusual, exciting and with a wow factor….it came to me when I discovered the S.Baber cello concerto, straight away I knew that this piece was a winner. Read on…

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