A Brave New Dawn!
It?s 5am and I?m woken by sounds.. First a sniff, a chortle, a grunt, a sigh, a gurgle, a little shout and finally a small cry. That split second when I?m not sure what day it is has been and gone and now I?m catapulted into reality. My baby needs me to feed him now, […]Continue reading
New Life, New Me.
It?s been 3 weeks since Nick and I became parents for the second time and we couldn?t be more delighted, thrilled and over the moon with the beautiful addition to our Steinberg clan! Little Rory Alexander attended his first concert on Wednesday night and was good as gold listening to his Daddy perform Mendelssohn. It […]Continue reading
B-day! When a big concert day approaches, I always feel like I?m being sucked into a time vortex that shoots me towards the inevitable ?big day? and when it?s over, I feel like I?ve been spat out the other side in a spin of emotions, haggard but elated, exhausted but high as a kite, older […]Continue reading
If there is one aspect of a career in music that is certainly true, it is that despite the requirement to seek a certain amount of limelight, the vast majority work goes on quietly in private, behind closed doors and well and truly out of the spotlight. Hours of practice obviously, but also almost an […]Continue reading
Facing the Critics.
It?s always really hard when a critic didn?t think much of your CD? They didn?t seem to understand your music-making, comparing you to ‘the greats’ and you are left feeling really flat. On the CD is music that I?ve poured every ounce of myself into, the hours of hard work, the practice, the editing, the […]Continue reading
A Decade of Duos!
How is it 10 years already! It all began with a Christmas present that Louisa gave me, a Henle edition of the Cesar Franck Sonata, back in 2006. I had played the work a few times already (but only with a cellist) and I was very keen to play it with Louisa. So, after a few […]Continue reading
Grieg Violin Sonata No.3 in C minor, Op.45
Grieg was working on a major new work for piano and violin in the summer and autumn of 1886, at his house in Bergen, Norway. Unlike his two earlier sonatas, which were written in a matter of weeks (some 20 years earlier), the C minor Sonata required several months of effort to complete, and it […]Continue reading