I just came back home from Annecy, where I had a lot of wonderful and beautiful experiences!
On August 29th, I played in the concert "Nuit du Piano" at the Annecy Classic Festival, which featured 4 young pianists -Khatia Buniatishvili, Ingolf Wunder, Hyo-Joo Lee and me. It was a great honor for me to share the concert with them and to play in the Imperial Palace again, which is just by the beautiful lake! The last time was back in the Summer 2003, a week after winning the Cleveland Competition. That was a quite special concert for me, but this time was even more special, because it was my 29th birthday and the last concert before the 10th anniversary of my life in Europe! (I arrived in Paris on September 3rd, 2001)
You can watch the performance here after the free registration (name, email address, the place you are).
I stayed until the end of the festival and enjoyed the environment, making excursions to the lake and to the Mont Blanc - Chamonix with some friends. As the weather was just perfect, the shimmering water and the magnificent Alps enchanted me the whole time!
The last two concerts of the festival were held in the Église Sainte Bernadette and featured the St.Petersbourg Philharmonic Orchestra with Maestro Yuri Temirkanov. Their performance of the Tschaikovsky 5th Symphony was absolutely one of my most profound musical experiences and the climax of my Summer 2011!!
Bravo to all the artists & thank you to the Annecy Classic Festival and its enthusiastic audience!