Archive for the ‘Concerts’ Category

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 […]

Klee, Fournier, Atanassov Trios

Posted by Susan Tomes on 27 September 2011 under Concerts, Daily Life, Musings  •  Leave a comment

Yesterday on the flight home from Norway, our flight crew announced that the airline had just installed free WiFi on certain planes, including ours. As I had a laptop with me I was able to send my first e-mail from the sky. Even more amazingly, a reply pinged straight back from my astonished family, who […]

Trondheim trio competition

Posted by Susan Tomes on 23 September 2011 under Concerts, Daily Life, Musings  •  Leave a comment

This week I’m on the jury of the Trondheim International Chamber Competition, which this year is for piano trios. During the day we’ve been listening to nine piano trios playing very demanding programmes, and in the evenings we’ve been rehearsing for and playing in concerts of our own, in the festival which runs parallel with […]