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….

After a while I came across a small square that had been temporarily converted into a small ice skating ring. Having done a fair amount of skating in my youth I could not help the urge to go and try it. Half an hour into my enjoyment some rather reckless idiot started to mess around and without realizing was speeding backwards towards me…only to crashed into me and send me straight to the floor, I tried to break the fall with my hands and did hurt my left hand and more specifically my left thumb.

He apologized, the pain was not bad, so I decided it was time to call it a day and go back to the hotel to get dressed and make my way to the concert hall.

This Hall had one little problem, there were no dressing rooms and basically no back stage area to warm up, we could not play a note because it could be heard loudly into the hall.

So the first notes I played that evening were on stage. Everything was going well until I started the variations that involves heavy use of the left hand thumb positions…only to discover a world of pain that I had not noticed before…something had happened, at the time I thought I had twisted my thumb or something…anyway, I carried on the concert, with a lot of adrenaline pumping into my veins, but this was not enough and I could not help but be in real pain…it was agony and my face was showing it, I was rather red and I had tears of pain coming down my cheeks.

Concert went very well and I had great review, I especially liked the paragraph of the critic about how sensitive I was during my performance, feeling the music to the point of crying on stage……

The diagnosis once I came home was…..broken thumb ! But nothing that did not heal quickly!