Dating a pianist
Jean-François Zygel, man of many talents, returns to the Philharmonie Luxembourg for a second year’s residency.
He has done it all: accompanied dancers, improvised for silent films, created an improvisation class at the Conservatoire de Paris to satisfy his passion for teaching, tackled a variety of musical genres, played soundtracks for videos, played concerts for little children as well as in museums, and was awarded the Victoire de la Musique Classique in 2006.
Mr Zimerman, who was performing at the Ruhr Piano Festival in Essen, western Germany, spotted an audience member filming him from a balcony and broke off the concert to ask him to desist.
The pianist then stopped playing and left the stage.
Okay there is some nice music to listen too, but, for the rest, it isn't that good to look at, and it tries to be clever with plot distractions that fail miserably.
I will not be watching it again to see what I may have missed.
Highlights of 2017 include concerts in London’s Wigmore Hall and Kings Place, Zurich’s Tonhalle, West Cork, Ryedale, Resonances and Ernen festivals, and collaborations with Adrian Brendel, Philippe Graffin, Pekka Kuusisto, Alexander Melnikov, Pieter Wispelwey, the Doric String Quartet, Meta4 and the Nash Ensemble among many.
Alasdair is founder and artistic director of the French chamber music festival Musique à Marsac.He has done everything except follow the usual path for a virtuoso pianist who has come through the Conservatoire, that of playing solo recitals and concerts with orchestras.Above all, his work has included the «concerts with words», as accessible as they are educational, which have been enthralling audiences far and wide for several years now.And our promise to you is that we will always strive to provide indispensable journalism to our community. Subscriptions are available for home delivery of the print edition and for a digital replica viewable on your mobile device or computer.