Archive for the ‘Concerts’ Category

Five-star review in today’s Guardian

Posted by Susan Tomes on 15 November 2011 under Concerts, Reviews  •  1 Comment

Blowing my own trumpet, or rather hammering my own Klavier – but it’s not so often that one gets a five-star review in the Guardian! Here’s the review of my concert in Perth last Friday with violinist Erich Höbarth: ‘Some of the most intuitive, candid and affectionate ensemble playing I’ve heard.’ (Guardian, 15 Nov 11)




Living with Mozart

Posted by Susan Tomes on 10 November 2011 under Concerts, Daily Life, Inspirations  •  5 Comments

I’m on my way to Scotland for the start of my Mozart Series with violinist Erich Höbarth. On Friday evening we’re playing our opening concert in the Horsecross Concert Hall in Perth, one of Scotland’s newest arts centres. For this series, I’ve been preparing nearly twenty works by Mozart – duo sonatas and solo piano […]




Exploring other ways of doing things

Posted by Susan Tomes on 24 October 2011 under Concerts, Inspirations, Musings  •  Leave a comment

How nice it is to work with young musicians at that interesting crossroads when they’re emerging from higher education and developing their own identities as professional musicians. They are no longer dependent on teachers (sometimes they no longer have access to teachers), and they have ideas of their own, but are still open to hearing […]




Sonatas for piano and violin

Posted by Susan Tomes on 9 October 2011 under Concerts, Musings  •  6 Comments

I’m off to Vienna to rehearse four programmes of Mozart’s music which violinist Erich Höbarth and I are playing this season in Perth Concert Hall, Scotland’s newest concert hall (our first concert is on November 11). We’re tackling twelve of Mozart’s sonatas for piano and violin. Piano and violin, I hear you say? Isn’t it […]




Differing tastes

Posted by Susan Tomes on 1 October 2011 under Concerts, Musings, Travel  •  14 Comments

In the wake of the Trondheim competition, I’ve been thinking about the gap between the jury’s taste and the public’s taste in performers. Several times during the competition I happened to bump into members of the public in the coffee shop, or in the foyers of the concert hall, and got chatting to them about […]