One of my favourite past times is to try and listen to great concerts by some of the fine colleagues I have all around the planet. This sometimes transpires to be the most influential and energising experience any artist can wish for. The inspiration of a fellow musician who makes it all look like the magic all over again enables me to see from the outside in what power lies in music. It remains a blessing to be able to make music for a living and get paid for it.
I recently travelled to Paris, France and heard a young star of the piano world Daniil Trifonov. He won the prestigious Rubenstein, Chopin and Tchaikovsky piano competitions in the same year (the first pianist in history) and is one of the young new recording artists for Deutsche Grammophon.
He performed Chopin second concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra under Valery Gergiev. What followed was a totally mindblowing experience. I was so impressed with this young mans musicianship – he was able to play so refined, soft and with the utmost variety of colours. It almost seemed like he made the concerto sound new and even more sophisticated than it already is. An aural experience like this makes me sit on the edge of my seat and reminds me of what an artist at the Steinway sounds like.
Thant is why I find it strange when some of my colleagues proclaim they never go to concerts – how on earth do you stay in touch with current live performance, know what the audience looks like or get that electric sensation that only live performances can offer if you do not visit the theatre and concert hall regularly?
Three cheers for Trifonov and for live artistic piano playing!