"This is my fifth time in the United States. I like the public here. I remember my first concert here was in 2008 at the Gilmore Festival. It’s a prestigious place and I was happy when I got the invitation. Also, I had a very good impression when I played with the New York Philharmonic in 2008. We played Chopin’s second concerto together and it was a wonderful experience for me to play with the great orchestra in New York.
-- Have you noticed any differences between, say, Japanese and European audiences?
The differences are not so big. In Japan, when I play Chopin, I know the concert hall will be completely full, because Chopin is amazing for them. I think that which program I offer to each country is very important. The first tour in Japan, seven years ago, was only Chopin music, because it was a request from my Japanese agency. But when I play in Germany and France and the U.K., I think it’s very good to combine the program, to present different styles and composers. So usually I am playing Bach, Beethoven, or Mozart in the first parts of the recitals, and in the second parts I often play Romantic music—Chopin and Schumann, for example. During my recitals in this season, I present quite a lot of Debussy and Szymanowski, which is connected to my last recording for Deutsche Grammophon. Szymanowski is not so popular in Europe and also in my country, Poland, so I would like to present him more.
|Gilmore Festival, April 2008|