Apologies for my delayed response to your messages. I must say this was one of the most touching gestures I have encountered. Thank you for being with me all this time, for many, many years.
It is hard to believe what happened, obviously, and it is downright terrifying to be given such a prize. That is why I am writing only now; I wanted to wait until things settle down. Happiness comes with time and I have â€œcome to termsâ€ with what awaits in the following months/years and am looking forward to it very much. One asks himself/herself all sorts of questions, if the competition was well deserved, if one is ready for this and so on. But I came to realise, it matters in the end not at all. In a competition, each participant plays their heart out, and a jury hands out results. That has nothing to do with the playing part. Well, I happened to gain this accolade and I have the chance to work towards making music on the stage as a sustainable career.
Sorry for writing so long, but in such company I wanted to share some thoughts and feelings. I hope it also makes up an interesting read. Also, now that I have a lot of concerts going on, I am planning the programmes accordingly. I want to ask around here for some ideas for piano concerti. Precisely concerti that are (naturally) excellent music but also are approachable on the first hearing and are plausible for an orchestra to accept. So FurtwÃ¤ngler b Minor probably isnâ€™t very logical
. I have found some interesting stuff. Please add anything that occurs to you. Extra points for classical and early romantic concerti!!
-Schubert/Liszt Wanderer Fantasy
-Mendelssohn 2nd Concerto (why doesnâ€™t anybody play this?!?!?!?)
-Stenhammar One of the either Concerti
-Perhaps a Dussek Concerto?
I was looking very hard for a classical concerto that can stand against the usual suspects. But it is surprisingly difficult. Ferdinand Ries has some charming stuff but no way it is going to be interesting for 30 mins. same with Hummel and co. I like it very much but honestly, Chopin did the piano writing SO MUCH better. Dussek is the best of the lot so far but even he is such a far cry from any Mozart Concerto.
I am missing MANY names I am sure and I am ignorant to just as many. Looking forward to hearing from you!
And thank you very much again.