Italian Debut Recital (May 2015, Florence, Basilica Di San Miniato)
The great teacher and pianist Heinrich Neuhaus once said something along the lines of: " A musician has two places he should call "home". One is where he was actually born and the other one is Italy". I completely agree. I love Italy and it was a dream come true to play there. To be able to play in one of the most beautiful and important Basilicas in Florence was beyond what I could have ever wished for.
It was a most memorable occasion. The Basilica Di San Miniato stands a top of a hill over looking the valley which cradles the magical city of Florence. Some say it is the best view in the world. It certainly is breathtaking to say the least.
The concert began at 9pm - the twilight of the famous Tuscan sunset. Though the venue could only hold about 200 people, more than 350 arrived. Thankfully nobody was turned away. People stood in the aisles, sat all around the piano, on the steps, reclined by the columns. The atmosphere was electric. And though I was just recovering from a bad hand injury the energy from the audience and my gratitude to them spurred me on to try and give all I could.
I can not describe my feelings of thanks and gratitude to the wonderful Benedetta Brazzini for everything! Also, I want to thank everyone who travelled from London to hear me! I was so touched by your support. And finally I must thank everyone in Florence who helped with the concert, and a separate special thanks to Giani Ugolini for making such amazing photographs of the event!