June 20 2013
In the evening I performed a concert with the famous Dutch Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and a brilliant maestro Mariss Jansons, its chief conductor for many years already.
I was deeply impressed by the Royal Concertgebouw Hall, where we performed and of course by the orchestra, as it is one of the best orchestras in the world, with an long history, incredible sound and rich in tradition. We performed Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini by S. Rachmaninoff. I’ve had honour to work with Mariss Jansons for many years already, but it was the first time when I performed with him and the Concertgebouw orchestra. Now we are off to South America. I know that there are waves of protest on the streets. But we decided not cancel the tour and I really hope that classical music will help public there to be more optimistic and positive thinking and smooth the conflict.