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Welcome to my brand new blog. Here you will find all latest information about concerts, latest projects and more.

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Sophia Rosoff

Well, where do I start? She is a true piano guru, who's in the beginning of her nineties and very, very on top of her game. Sophia Rosoff is the only one still alive who has worked with Abby Whiteside, who created a unique way of how to use your body when playing the piano, not using the fingers as moving joints. After an hour, playing felt so light and as if everything worked just by itself... amazing! I got a load of new ways to practice and that's exactly what I came for. I'm very thankful for her advice and I urge all pianists who are planning to go to NYC to study with her.

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International Center of Photography

January 3 started off with a visit to the International Center of Photography, which held an exhibition of photos from the horrible era of apartheid in South Africa. I'm always interested in war and protest photography. It makes you realize that our troubles aren't that big.

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David Berkman

After a ridiculous trip, in which I felt like the starring role of a Jacques Tati movie, I finally arrived at Queens College for my second piano lesson. This time with David Berkman. I told him what things I'd like to do, and he came directly to business. How do I say this? I think I have practice material for, let's say, five years now! An enormous amount of ideas for, mostly, rhythmical practice. I'm so glad I taped it! Also his tips about composition I will take with me, and it really makes me feel like working! I went to New York to get my ass kicked, and I got what I wanted. Thanks a million, Dave!

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Barry Harris

The next day I went with Stefano and Richard Clements to the house of the late jazz patroness Nica de Koenigswarter (Nica's dream, Pannonica), where grandmaster of bebop piano Barry Harris resides. I felt very honoured to visit Barry, and was expecting lots of tips about playing piano, but it became more like a jazz party, complete with a club of Japanese fans who brought incredible food.

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Guggenheim museum

And then it was January 6, and the feeling came to me that I would have to leave this fantastic city in two days. So off to see the Brooklyn Bridge and then to the Guggenheim museum to treat myself to a massive amount of black and white paintings, drawings and sculptures by Pablo Picasso.

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