Farewell 2021, welcome 2022!
Here we are. Yet another challenging year for humanity gone by and the hope of a better one timidly awaking.
I wish I had the right words to soothe, help, console. Alas, I am but a musician, and I already barely manage to do any of those through my playing. Therefore, here goes just a little update in case you’re curious, and a heads-up of things to come…
Some musical highlights of 2021 include the triple Beethoven concerto that I had the immense pleasure of playing with the ridiculously talented young violinist, María Dueñas, the ASTOUNDING last minute step-in of LA Phil’s principal cellist, Robert deMaine, and, of course, my admired friend, Gustavo Dudamel and his delicious Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. (Wow, that’s a very adjective-pregnant sentence!) There were those concerts that linger in my heart –I’m talking about the Grieg I did with Federico Jusid and the RTVE Orchestra in Madrid, as well as the performances I was so happy to do with my sister, Karin Lechner, at Martha Argerich’s festival in Hamburg. But there were also exciting new experiences during the summer which include the very special and stimulating collaboration with cellist Jan Vogler as well as other magnificent musicians during his festival in Moritzburg, and later on in the year a particularly moving partnership with Maestro Topchyan and the Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra. I thank them all for so much warmth, devotion, and love.
As for 2022, if all goes according to plan, there are a number of very exciting projects! In March I will be playing Prokofiev 1 in Los Angeles with Ludovic Morlot and the LA Phil, as well as my debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra towards the end of the same month when I will be performing Ginastera 1 with Gustavo Dudamel. Also, I have a recital tour scheduled for May in the US as well as appearances in Belgium and Germany in June. I’m very much looking forward to my first partnership with Rafael Payare, as I will be playing with the Montreal Symphony in August. And towards the end of the year, I will finally be able to return to Argentina playing Rhapsody in Blue with Enrique Diemecke!
So, crossing fingers for a smoother and more generous year, I hereby leave you with my last little baby. This is a single I recorded with my cellist friend, Alexandre Debrus at the beginning of 2021. Mozart wrote music for almost every single instrument except for the cello. (It makes me wonder whether or not his wife was having an affair with a cellist). So, Alex decided to arrange one of the violin sonatas to play on the cello, and guess what! it works beautifully! I hope you get a chance to listen to it and let me know what you think. Now available on all major platforms…