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Mother’s Day – Mammendag

I wanted to surprise my mother with a very special gift for this year’s Mother’s Day (which we celebrate on the 2nd Sunday of June in Luxembourg). So I wrote my piece “Mama” on Friday, 10.06.2016 and showed it to my friend Vitùc who came up with the idea to record a music video in Luxembourg city, where over a dozen pianos are installed all over the city during the month of June for “My Urban Piano”, a fantastic initiative to inspire people’s creativity.

On Saturday, 11.06.2016 we recorded the piece on eight different pianos at different locations, and Vitùc edited the clip until midnight. I could’t be more excited about the finished project and I am so happy to share it with you today.

If you like this video, please share it with your mother to tell her that you love her. I wish all you mothers out there a happy Mother’s Day (even if you don’t celebrate today)!

Due to its great success, Vitùc and I are going to perform PARALLEL WORLDS once again. We are looking forward to meeting you:

Saturday, 07.05.2016, 20:00 at Ancien Cinéma, Vianden (L)

More infos here.

PARALLEL WORLDS

Impressions from my recital with Claudia Moulin-Galli

2014 in review

2014 has been an exciting year. Like in 2012 and in 2013, I can look back on many fulfilling moments with gratitude.

  • January was a month of intense piano practice. I played the Luxembourgish premiere of Holy Lake op. 91 in Bourglinster (Instagram picture). The classical works I played were Mendelssohn’s Prelude and Fugue no. 1 op. 35, César Franck’s epic Prélude, Choral et Fugue and Liszt’s Fantasie und Fuge über BACH. Vitùc composed a wonderful little teaser video (original blog post) for my album Prayers of Silence which was to be released a couple of months later.
  • In February I played the world premiere of my cycle Adoratio op. 110 in Wiltz (Instagram) and Schubert’s beautiful Piano Sonata D 960 (Instagram). I also rediscovered my love for Alexander Scriabin’s Fantasy op. 28, which I had played a lot in my teenage years. I was going to program this piece for many of my recitals in 2014.
  • March marked the release of Prayers of Silence and my debut at the Philharmonie in Luxemburg (photos), where I played the release concert (Instagram). I was happy that the Luxembourgish media covered the release quite extensively (blog post).
  • In April I went back into the studio (Instagram) of the Konzerthaus Wien in order to finish the recordings that I had begun in December 2013 (Instagram) (including Adoratio, my three arrangements of Paddy Kelly songs and my Piano Sonata no. 2blog post). I also composed my first new work of 2014: Farewell Prayer op. 111 (Instagram).
  • In May I had the honour of playing my piano compositions at the cathedral of Luxembourg at a prayer night with the Archbishop of Luxembourg (blog post) as well as a piano recital at the wonderful Vianden castle in Luxembourg (Instagram). I composed the first two pieces for a new piano cycle that was beginning to take shape: Piano Songs op. 112 (Instagram).
  • The documentary Follow Me Home, for which I had composed my first soundtrack (blog post from 2013), was published online in June (Vimeo). Since being an artist isn’t always about success stories, I was inspired to compose another piece for my Piano Songs and wrote a very personal blog post about it.
  • In July I played a concert in Potsdam and visited the beautiful Holy Lake again - the place that inspired my piece Holy Lake (Instagram). After that trip I composed my Piano Sonata no. 3 for the Luxembourgish pianist Sabine Weyer (Instagram). She will play the world premiere on 10th January in Wiltz (more info).
  • August was quiet, and I enjoyed the vacation with my family (Instagram).
  • In September I reworked my Seven Waltzes op. 77. At the end of September I recorded the orchestral part of my children’s opera De Klenge Gnom (The Little Gnome) with several colleagues from Luxembourg. The music is going to be published in 2015 (blog post).
  • At the beginning of October I played my Seven Waltzes for the first time in ten years in a public recital. The reception of the audience was quite fantastic, and I look forward to playing these pieces more often in the future. I finished Piano Songs op. 112, a cycle of seven pieces, later that month (Instagram). These pieces mean a lot to me. Together with my Third Piano Sonata they mark the beginning of a new musical chapter for me.
  • I played the world premiere of Piano Songs in November (Instagram). Each of those pieces is a joy to play. So I was extremely happy to be given the opportunity to present them in Vietnam, where I played two recitals with my piano music. I wrote about this memorable experience and posted pictures on Storehouse.
  • In December I played my Seven Waltzes for the first time in Paris – at the beautiful Théâtre L’Athénée (Instagram). I couldn’t have been happier about the enthusiastic reviews (blog post). During the week before Christmas I travelled to Vienna once again in order to record my new piano music (Sonata no. 3, Piano Songs and WaltzesInstagram). I was accompanied by Vitùc who is going to make a clip about the recording sessions at the Konzerthaus. Working with Vitùc and Georg Burdicek from Tonzauber was a pleasure and an honour (Instagram). I can’t wait to have this music published. To close this year, I composed an intense version of Tota Pulchra Es for 9-part unaccompanied choir.

Thank you to everyone who has been a part of this story so far. Thank you for listening to my music and for loving it. It means the world to me. I look forward to meeting you in my concerts and on the social networks (Twitter, Facebook, SoundCloud, YouTube…). May 2015 be filled with blessings for each and everyone of you!

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