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» An autographed CD for Christmas?

Flute Sonatas

If you would like a personally autographed CD for a Christmas present to yourself or somebody else, just visit the “Shop” in the menu and you will see what is available. The last day for an autograph in 2014 is December 16th!
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» A Japanese Record Academy Award

A Japanese Record Academy Award

A big thank you to the Japanese Record Academy for naming my recording of Bach’s Art of Fugue as Best Instrumental CD of the Year! Also to all of you who have purchased it and kept it in the top of the UK charts for so long already. I am glad that many people will get to hear this music who haven’t heard it before. Just yesterday I made the final selection of Sonatas for my first Scarlatti CD on Hyperion which I will record in Hannover in February. Hard to choose among 555, but I think I have a nice group of 17.
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» Recitals in London, Canada, and Cleveland

Recitals in London, Canada, and Cleveland

I’ve played some recitals in great places since I last wrote. The first was in the church of St. John’s Downshire Hill as part of the Hampstead Arts Festival in London. It was totally inspiring to perform there, and the acoustics for the Art of Fugue were perfect. What a difference that makes to the overall feel of a performance! Then it was over to the Toronto area where I played a different programme (Bach, Beethoven, Scarlatti, Albeniz, Liszt) for the recital series in Aurora, Ontario.
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» Mozart with the Kristiansand Symphony

Mozart with the Kristiansand Symphony

Then it was on to Norway – not to Oslo but rather Kristiansand in the south of the country on the sea. They have a beautiful-looking and beautiful-sounding concert hall there, Kilden, designed by Finnish architects. A nice discovery! And the Kristiansand Symphony played Mozart K482 very well under their music director, Giordano Bellincampi. We also did a “run-out” to Arendal further up the coastline.
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» Recitals in October

Recitals in October

The rest of October was extremely busy. Almost constant travel. Upon my return to Europe, I played that great Scarlatti/Spanish programme (Albeniz, Granados, de Falla) in Nottingham, in Devon at the Two Moors Festival, at London’s Wigmore Hall, in Richmond, at Holkham Hall in Norfolk (a real highlight!), and in Copenhagen. At Holkham, a grand Palladian mansion and estate in Norfolk, designed for the 1st Earl of Leicester, I had a butler to look after me. Now that was the life!
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» Bach’s The Art of Fugue now out on Hyperion!

Bach's The Art of Fugue now out on Hyperion

It’s out! One of the CD recordings which means the most to me in my life (so far!): Bach’s The Art of Fugue. It makes me very happy to share this great music with so many people around the world. It’s available on this website (and if you want it signed personally, I can do that before November 11th or after December 4th).
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» Concerts at the Kennedy Center, Washington

Concerts at the Kennedy Center, Washington

It was a very moving few days. Three concerts of the joyous Concerto No. 22 in E-flat major, K482 by Mozart with conductor David Zinman and the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center in Washington. A very nice reunion with a conductor I respect highly and was so happy to work with again. He is a very natural conductor–letting the music speak without forcing anything, but always to great effect.
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