Moving across the pond!
Change is on the cards for us and as creatures of habit we all know how scary that can sometimes feel. I have the feeling of uncertainty, unease, anxiety and a need to look into the future to see what will happen next. I was totally surprised by the EU referendum result as I quite […]Continue reading
Love makes the world go round..
With our 1901 Arts Club concert just around the corner, I’ve been spending quite a bit of time recently thinking about this tiny four letter word that is at the centre of our themed programme celebrating St Valentne’s Day. L.O.V.E. It gets used so freely in my world, I hear it, feel it and […]Continue reading
Three is the magic number!
It’s a very odd feeling when suddenly the ground is moving beneath your feet and you’re in the middle of doing the washing up! Or when you feel sick to your stomach at the prospect of eating when your whole body is crying out to lie down right now, next to the washing machine, curl […]Continue reading
Reviews for our Elgar & Sawyers CD…
Here are the critics’ thoughts on our first CD release: [quote]The Steinberg Duo prove passionately committed advocates not only of Sawyer’s works but of the Elgar too…It is good to welcome two works to the repertory that deserve to be widely performed. [/quote] Edward Greenfield, Gramophone Magazine, December 2013?[hr] [quote]Rarely does a recording exude so […]Continue reading
To Evaluate or Procrastinate?
Now in full swing of Malaysian life, we have been loving our time here. Nick has been working hard examining hundreds of nervous little souls and I have been beavering away at my much neglected ‘List’. I did bring my violin, however it’s collecting dust at the back of the cupboard after my poorly violin […]Continue reading
Notes of a different kind
Over the last 8 weeks we have been editing our recording, listening and re-listening, trying the hifi, headphones, even the car to see how our performances come across over a wide range of devices. Over those three days in Banff we were absolutely determined to find the magic take of every bar and now the […]Continue reading
World Premiere Pressure!
This week we are giving the world premiere of a beautiful set of Lullabies by contemporary Czech composer Pavel (Zemek) Novak at the 1901 Arts Club on London’s Southbank. Performing any piece for the first time is always slightly unnerving, but giving a work its premiere is an altogether more daunting experience. I feel the […]Continue reading
Under the microscope
Many, many apologies for the silence over the last two weeks, perhaps inevitably once the recording drew near, our heads went down and we focused entirely on our playing. We are now back at home after an incredible four weeks and we of course want to bring you up to date on the rest of […]Continue reading
Joining the dots…
As performers we spend hours worrying about?perfecting the notes & rhythms, clarifying articulation and refining dynamic shading, diligently slaving away our practice hours in the hope of improving our capacity to realise the dots and symbols representing the composer’s elusive intentions. ?Teachers spend hours on techniques to improve?sound quality, rhythm,?articulation, balance, and so on, all […]Continue reading
Climbing the Sleeping Buffalo Mountain…
We arrived last Saturday at the stunning Banff Centre and while it’s safe to say it’s amazing to be back, (deer nibbling at the trees outside, snow falling all around so that it really does feel like Narnia!) something definitely feels very different this year. We have a serious and important job to do this […]Continue reading