My earliest memories go back to my childhood, listening to my mother telling a story while Wagner’s Flying Dutchman blares through the room. That Wagner would later play such an important role in my musical development is something very special. In search of my own musical voice, I learned that the discovery of the unexplainable, and to be carried away by the musical story, are essential elements of my musicianship. It is no surprise that my musical journey started with Wagner. His music made me aware of the transcending quality of expression which goes beyond the instrument. This journey has led me, completely naturally, to works and composers that embrace a sense of storytelling, of spirituality and of poetry.
For my album Musings I compiled pieces – Schubert’s last sonata and works by Chopin – that are very close to my heart. In their music I feel that storytelling, poetry and spirituality come together. It is endlessly mysterious which appeals to me greatly.
Schubert: “When I wished to sing of love, it turned to sorrow. And when I wished to sing of sorrow, it was transformed for me into love.” Whereas Chopin said: “I wish I could throw off the thoughts which poison my happiness. And yet I take a kind of pleasure in indulging them”. It is exactly this beautiful paradox that speaks to my imagination.
Storytelling, poetry and spirituality, discovery.. I want to stay true to these essential parts of my musicianship in future projects: Deepening my understanding of the music of Schubert and Chopin, to continue the exploration of Liszt’s unique artistry, to indulge in new contemporary music, to extend my love for the classical composers, to look for unsung musical gems and to enter the colourful world of the French impressionists.