Sunday, April 25, 2010


I'm now at AA's flagship lounge in Miami at the beginning of a month-long "outing". I was lucky enough to spend last week playing at the Aruba International Piano Festival. The name says it all. Lucille joined me and played for  the first few concerts but had to leave a couple of days ago to play Saint-Saens' Second Concerto in Toronto. The rehearsal and performing schedule was supposed to be quite relaxed but because of Eyjafjallaj√∂kull (yes, I copied and pasted that)  things became quite hectic. Three of the musicians were stuck in Europe and we had to come up with a brand new festival on the spot. Lucille did most of the organizing, if not all of it, and I really think it all turned out for the better. The audience enjoyed the new programs very much and we had a lot of fun playing "a lot" of music. On the flip side of it, we couldn't spend any time on Aruba's gorgeous white beaches. Only 15 minutes at the beginning of the festival were enough to give me an embarrassing T-shirt tan which will stay with me a for the next few months. So a lot of unexpected work and no holiday, but then, I'd rather be working looking at the beach and looking forward to a freshly made Pina Colada than anything else. I also met a lot of new wonderful musician friends, and had the feeling that very long friendship started this week. That's an incredibly rewarding feeling.
I now have eight full hours at MIA and no excuse not to update my blog. I am on my way to Bilbao, where I will be rehearsing the Tchaikovsky First Concerto with the Bilbao Symphony to play it in Madrid's Auditorio Nacional on the 29th and in Salamanca on the 30th . This is the concert that triggered that strange exclusivity clause with my contract with the Castilla and Leon  Orchestra last month and saw Lucille come to the rescue...
I am very excited to be playing in the main hall of the Auditorio Nacional for the first time. I played in the recital hall for Joaquin Achucarro's 70th birthday a few years back, and this is now quite a nice event for me. The schedule is pretty hectic. Rehearsals on the 27 and 28, bus to Madrid on the 29, concert in Madrid (at 1030pm!!!), bus to Salamanca on the 30, concert in Salamanca, bus to Bilbao and recital in Mondragon on May 1. Then on May 2 I fly (via Stuttgart!!) to Bari for rehearse a chamber concert on the 5th. I will stay few days in my home town to be with family, get a new tuxedo made, and a couple of suits "touched-up". Lucille will reach me on the 4th and we'll go to Lubeck for the last concert of this segment on the 13th. Back to NYC on the 14th and rehearsing a chamber program on the 15th morning!

The Tres Leches cake in the lounge looks very tempting right now. After a night spent with musicians roaming an island in search of food, running into closed restaurants and ending up at a McDonald's,  a Tres Leches sounds very good! Maybe if I dare venture outside the lounge I can find a nice cuban cafecito somewhere in Miami airport.
Blackberry pictures of a couple of rehearsal breaks in Aruba:


  1. When do you practice? Or while you're touring, do you not practice much, but just keep your fingers in shape a little every day?

  2. That's definitely the most challenging part of touring, since pianists can't bring their own instrument around... So we need to schedule what to practice and when, ahead of time. Unfortunately that might mean forgetting the beach in places like Aruba! But really there is no substitute to practicing!
    Thanks for the post

  3. Thank you for this information. It was very useful for me.
    Well Done

  4. Getting holiday week is great after getting tired from work routine but holidays tour rejuvenates our life.
    airport parking deals

  5. I think this is a really good article. You make this information interesting and engaging. You give readers a lot to think about and I appreciate that kind of writing.
    Buy prescription drugs online

  6. This particular papers fabulous, and My spouse and i enjoy each of the perform that you have placed into this. I’m sure that you will be making a really useful place. I has been additionally pleased. Good perform! click to find out more

  7. city and its cultural values. Since you are on a business trip, in all probabilities, you would be visiting one of the metro cities. Each city in India is different from the other india visa application

  8. Daftar GRATIS Situts Poker Terbaik , Dan Menangkan Jackpot Yang Luar Biasa :

    Deposit Rp,- 15.000,00 - Rp,- 25.000,00


  9. This is one of the best post i have read in months, its really great and inspiring, i will really like to read more form you and will like to share with others as well, keep writing more
    Buy Weed Seeds Online
    Buy A-796,260 Online
    Buy Phenethylamine Psychedelics online
    Subutex 8mg Online
    Order Quaaludes Mandrax 300mg online
    Buy DMT Dimethyltryptamine Online
    Valium Diazepam For Sale Online
    Buy Harvoni ledipasvir sofosbuvir online
    Wockhardt Actavis Codeine Online
    Cannabis Oil For Sale
    Buy enzodiazepines online you can as well Whatsapp/Text +1(646)883-3072 , Telegram: primenature or for more details.

  10. The best online overnight system is here. Buy Dilaudid Online Overnight from Drche Counter and it will be delivered directly to your address. We are the best online pharmacy where you can always buy cheap dilaudid online Overnight. Our packaging system is just amazing so Buy Dilaudid Online Overnight from us.

    This combination product contains two medications:oxycodone and acetaminophen. Acetaminophen belongs to the group of medications called analgesics (pain relievers) and antipyretics (fever reducers). According to Wikipedia Oxycodone belongs to the group of medications called narcotic analgesics. Oxycodone – acetaminophen is used to relieve moderate to moderately severe pain, including conditions associated with fever.

  11. Haloo pak^^

    Kami dari SENTANAPOKER ingin menawarkan pak^^

    Untuk saat ini kami menerima Deposit Melalui Pulsa ya pak.

    *untuk minimal deposit 10ribu
    *untuk minimal Withdraw 25ribu

    *untuk deposit pulsa kami menerima provider

    untuk bonus yang kami miliki kami memiliki
    *bonus cashback 0,5%
    *bunus refferal 20%
    *bonus gebiar bulanan (N-max,samsung Note 10+,Iphone xr 64G,camera go pro 7hero,Apple airpods 2 ,dan freechips)

    Daftar Langsung Di:


    Kontak Kami;

    WA : +855 9647 76509
    Line : SentanaPoker
    Wechat : SentanaPokerLivechat Sentanapoker

    Proses deposit dan withdraw tercepat bisa anda rasakan jika bermain di Sentanapoker. So… ? tunggu apa lagi ? Mari bergabung dengan kami. Pelayanan CS yang ramah dan Proffesional dan pastinya sangat aman juga bisa anda dapatkan di Sentanapoker.

  12. Great work.... This is an very informative article.. Thank you for this:) apply for Pakistan visa free through online e visa applicaiton and can visit Paksitan. A country with distinct cultures and real beauty, Pakistan is a heaven for any tourist. From snowcapped peaks and frozen lakes to serene valleys and beautiful shores, scattered with the ruins of ancient civilizations and Mughal monuments. The entire pakistan visa applicaiton is online that offers fast, secure e visa services.

  13. Thank you for this post.. International travelers who wish to travel to Azerbaijan for tourism and business purpose need to apply for Azerbaijan electronic visa through e visa application.

  14. Great post. Thank you The international travelers traveling to Kenya need to check the Kenya visa information online. However, the online visa application offers you the best, fastest online visa services. Thank you

  15. I love to read this, thank you... Getting an Indian visa online is easy. You can apply via evisa India website online fully securely.

  16. There are a lot of good things on this website. I am sincerely grateful for your work. Indian visa for US citizens, Indian visa online for US citizens, Us citizens can apply online via India E Visas website.

  17. I love what you guys do too. Much clever work and reporting! Keep up the great work guys... You can apply online & get your Turkish airline viosa online in a few clicks you can fill your Turkish e visa application form online via Turkey evisa website.

  18. Hello, I think this information is very useful. The article motivates me to have the same attitude as you. Are you interested in visiting India? You will need an Indian visa to travel to India. I don't no about what is medical visa in India? This site helped me get knowledge about the Indian medical visa & requirements. I applied through this site and received my visa within days. Amazing service and highly recommended!

  19. It's great for me to have a website that's valuable in backing up my information. thanks admin.. Many people ask how to apply for urgent Turkish visa? You need not worry because now you are just a click away. You can apply for e-Visa and select urgent if you want it soon. Travelers can quickly apply for Turkey e-Visa by filling out an online form which only takes a few minutes.