Interview conducted by Kevin Friedrich,
in Ikaalinen, FINLAND
interview with Mika Väyrynen was conducted in Ikaalinen, Finland on
June 30, 2004.
Mika is undboutably one of the most outstanding accordion artists of the
new Millennium. He has performed all over the world both solo and in concert
with other internationally acclaimed artists and orchestras. He has an impressive
list of recordings and is responsible for commissioning many new works for
In addition to his busy concert and recording career, Mika also teaches
the accordion at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki as well as giving masterclasses
and seminars around the world.
Accordions Worldwide visitors have followed Mika's career with considerable
interest, we so are very excited to have this opportunity to share this
interview with our readers around the world.
My sincere thanks to Mika for taking the time out of his busy schedule to
do this interview. In addition, I would also like to offer my gratitude
to the following who helped make this interview possible.
Finnish Ministry of Culture - Helsinki
(for their generous support of Accordions Worldwide)
Kevin Friedrich - Accordions Worldwide, USA
||You were born in Helsinki. Was your family originally
||I'm not exactly sure where my family was originally
from. My Mother and Father were living in Helsinki when I was born,
however they divorced when I was just a baby.
When I was about five or six years old, I moved away from Helsinki
to Tampere to live with my Great Grandmother.
So I was born in Helsinki, grew up in Tampere, and then after my schooling
I returned to Helsinki.
||How did you begin your music study and why did you choose
||I was living with my Great Grandmother and her daughter,
(the sister of my grandmother.) I was living with these two ladies
and it was the sister of my grandmother who was playing the accordion.
She had a little old Weltmeister instrument.
I have to say, I really didn't like it when I heard it, however one
autumn it was raining and I had nothing to do, so I took the accordion
and started to play it. Somehow I figured out how to play a waltz
with both hands on the first day, and since that day I just continued
you to play!
||Was your family musical and did your parents play an
important part in your early music education?
||My family was a very musical family and has been involved
in music. My mother, who I don't really know that well, was a professional
musician, so there might have been some musical genetics I suppose.
However, where I grew up, there was no exposure to high perspectives
of music or to classical music. It was quite old fashioned in fact,
because my Great Grandmother was born in 1907, so I got the education
from that time.
||Who was your first accordion teacher and what other
teachers have influenced you?
||I started to play by ear. I didn't have any knowledge
about music, but I was able to study from recordings that I had such
as those of the Rhapsodies by Frosini.
Those days I recorded myself, so I have several examples of how I
was playing when I was a child. I have to say when I listen to these
recordings, I am quite surprised how I was playing in those days.
They were really quite difficult pieces, but somehow I found almost
all the correct notes, plus some extra ones as well!
In particular, one accordionist called Tauno Jack was living in Helsinki,
and somehow had some connections with my family. He sent me tapes
(60 minute cassettes) which I studied by just listening to.
Eventually a private accordion school was established in Tampere.
It was the first school of its kind in the area. I was very fortunate
that the two teachers were first generation academics, both young
guys in their early twenties who had studied at the Conservatory in
Jyväskylä. It was just by luck that I met the right people
and the right time.
They introduced me to what might now be considered the modern way
of playing the accordion. In particular I really admired the man who
taught me in the beginning, Tapani Luojus. He was almost like the
missing father to me. He had the perfect psychology for children and
probably because of his fantastic teaching, I did as well as I did
in those days.
It was just my good luck and he was the best teacher of my life. I
think the first teacher is very important.
||Tell us a little about your musical education that has
taken you all the way to a Doctorate degree?
||I was with Tapani for my younger years. When I was about
11 or 12 years old, I started to play repertoire like the Sonata No.
2 by Vladislav Zolotariew and Capriccio by Albin Repnikov. He wanted
to put me forward so passed me on to another teacher called Vesa Vienola.
At the same time I started to study at the Tampere Conservatory and
it was at that time that I was recognized as having a special talent
for music. Until that time I really didn't know that all the other
accordionists were not doing the same thing.
When I was 13, I played in a local accordion concert. I played the
Sonata No. 2 by Zolotariew and in the audience was the teacher from
the Sibelius Academy who immediately recruited me to attend the Junior
Academy. In those days it was still called The Department for Specially
Gifted Children. I was 14 years old when I started the Junior Academy.
In 1985 I began my studies at the soloist department of the Academy.
In 1988, right after my military service, I spent one year at the
Gustave Charpentier Conservatory in Paris, France studying with Prof.
After returning from Paris, I continued my studies at the Sibelius
Academy. After I graduated from there, I decided to take the post
graduate studies and finally finished my Doctorate degree in 1997.
To this day, I am still at the Sibelius Academy, where I am now a
||Your concert career has been quite extraordinary. When
was your first concert, and where have your concert tours taken you
||I gave my first official full recital in 1985 in Tampere.
I was still 17 years old, but that was my first full recital. It was
broadcast live on the radio, which was quite extraordinary in those
Since that recital, my concert career has developed slowly. Sometimes
I had the feeling that it wasn't developing at all, but little by
little I would do some more concerts per year. Its slow work, but
now I have been playing concerts for almost 20 years.
My concerts have taken me to many countries including Austria, Belgium,
Ukraine, China, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland,
Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, USA
and Yugoslavia, I think in total until today, I have played in about
||In addition to your vast international travel, your
concerts have seen you appeared at some of the most famous concert
halls in the world. Name some of your favorites.
of the best quality concert Halls have surely been in Japan. There
are also some very fine halls in Finland, and I have been lucky to
have played in them all.
Mika has performed at the Salle Pleyel in Paris, Musashino Hall
in Tokyo, Phoenix Hall in Osaka, Kiew Philharmony, The Gnessin Academy
Hall in Moscow, De Ijsbreker in Amsterdam, Finlandia Hall (pictured
above), Sibelius Academy, Tampere Hall and the Sibelius Hall all in
||In the course of your concert career, have you had any
unusual or humorous situations?
||I did a lot of small concerts when I was still younger.
I was playing the Pictures of an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky.
During the movement called 'Old Castle', an old lady fell asleep!
It was the first time I had seen someone fall asleep in one of my
I guess this is the funniest thing that I have noticed. Many funny
things have happened on tours during my days off, however nothing
really humorous has happened in concert.
Now however, he laughs, most people seem to stay awake in my concerts!
||An important part of your concert career has also been
your appearances with Symphony Orchestras. What has led to your appearances
and who selects the repertoire?
is time that leads to these performances. Unfortunately, the young
accordionists don't always understand that we cannot get everything
today or even tomorrow. They don't always understand that we have
to also think about what is coming in five or ten years.
I decided to work and to practice very hard in succeeding in this
very difficult profession. I am always working to increase my capability
and increase my repertoire. My philosophy has always been that if
I'm worthy, people will find or recognize it. Its the most natural
way and other musicians begin to recognize that you might be an instrumentalist
of the same quality or standard as they are.
The same is true with the Conductors. One good concert might produce
a new booking with the same conductor. The conductor's opinion of
you is very important. They don't just see the concert, they see everything,
including the rehearsal. Perhaps then there is a respect created from
both sides, and so in the best cases it can create new opportunities.
To me its just the result of time, and going slow... my method is
'slow.' I don't want or expect everything today or even tomorrow.
I know that if I keep to my philosophy of practicing and working,
and don't go cheap, then things will come sooner or later.
As my reputation establishes, I don't have to make any telephone calls
anymore. Of course there was a time that I had to make the telephone
calls just to introduce myself and let the orchestras and conductors
know that I existed, but now things really happen as the result of
all that slow work.
Mika has performed as a soloist with several major orchestras including
the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra (Okko Kamu - Conductor) the Lahti
Sinfonia (John Storgårds - Conductor) and the Turku Philharmonic
Orchestra (Tonu Kaljuste - Conductor.) In addition, he has performed
in many important Chamber Music Festivals including the world-famous
Kuhmo Chamber Music, Naantali Music Festival, Lahti International
Organ Festival, The Sibelius Festival in Loviisa, Tuusula-Lake Chamber
Music, Korsholm Music Festival and others.
||You are now teaching the accordion at the Sibelius Academy
in Helsinki. How many students do you have?
||Each year it changes a bit. I won't know the exact enrollments
for next year for a few more weeks yet, but usually it is between
five and nine students.
||You once told me how important it is to you to offer
guidance to your students while studying with you. Tell us a little
bit about this.
for a student's future is done on a very individual basis. Some of
the students don't need so much planning as they will automatically
find their own way. However, some students might need some honest
advice and discussion about their true possibilities. It could be
so, that a student is truly looking in the wrong direction. For example,
maybe a student wants to be a concert artist, but it might be obvious
that this is not a possibility. However, that particular student might
seem to have an exceptional pedagogical ability, so my work is to
go slowly and gently to that direction.
Teaching itself is half teaching and the other half being a psychologist.
I do think a lot about it, but on the other hand teaching is work,
and so it has to be.
I don't always take these things everyday to my home. When I am at
work, I work very hard and think about everything. I even think about
it to and from work, but once at home, I have to focus on other things,
I have to cut it off.
I still consider that I am teaching as a sideline. I consider myself
a performing artist and so my first job is to practice, my second
job is to perform and then teaching and the other things fall into
place after that.
||You are undoubtedly the most recorded accordion artists
of today. When did you record you first CD?
||It was quite soon after winning the 1989 CIA Coupe Mondiale
in Luzerne, Switzerland. It was the next year I got my first opportunity
to record my first CD. which was great luck.
Someone actually came to ask me to do it. I was very fortunate. After
that it has happened like almost everything in my life - slowly.
I have to consult with the recording companies to see if they want
to record a project, but so far I have been able to record every project
I was interest in.
||Since then you have recorded 13 CD's on such labels
as Finlandia Records/Warner Classics, JVC Victor Japan, ALBA, Naxos
and CPO. How is the process initiated in terms of getting the CD Label
to commit to the project?
Label seems to have a certain kind of philosophy of what they are
doing. One Label is more traditional whereas another Label can be
a little more avant-garde. The projects I have done so far, seem to
have fit in quite naturally with each Label's catalog.
Nowadays I am quite familiar with the various Labels and what kind
of profile that Label has. I understand what they are interested in
and what they are not interested in, so its quite easy.
I have not been met with any resistance to any of my projects, but
again, it has been developing as has everything in my life... slowly!
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||To give readers an idea of what goes into a CD, could
you tell us about the series of events relating to preparing and recording
the Goldberg Variations, the most recent of your recordings.
Goldberg Variations is a once in a lifetime project. A musician probably
cannot do a bigger or more demanding project. It was on my mind for
years. One day this piece sort of just knocked at my door and I just
had to open it.
The problem was to find the time to do it. It takes a lot of time
to study it. I was in Italy about one and a half - almost two years
ago and while at the hotel, I started to practice it. As I practiced
it, I realized that I was somehow able to play it. The recording was
made the next year in August.
What can I say... it
is a huge project, and maybe one can never be satisfied with it, it
is just so big for us. Can you imagine that Bach was actually able
to compose it and to play it! That is something! Its enough of a project
to just play it!
I recorded it in four evenings. It was the longest recording session
until today. Normally I have done my CD's in a couple of evenings,
but this was so big, almost 76 minutes in duration (with all the repeats)
that I recorded the first half in two evenings, and then the second
half also in two evenings.
It was for me, the minimum time to do this. I couldn't do it faster
and still achieve this result, with which I'm almost satisfied. Now
I would already play it differently, but as with every CD, it is already
old the day after its made.
It has received some very favorable reviews. In June 2004 the Goldberg
Variations CD was chosen as "CD of the Month" by the Finnish
Classical Music Magazine "Rondo Classica". To the general
music society, the idea of Goldberg Variations on accordion might
sound a little strange, or even very weird, but somehow the reviews
so far have all been very positive.
||You have done so much with the accordion, but do you
have any memorable highlights such as TV appearances or Premiere Performances
etc.. that you would like to share with us?
||I don't really like to think that way.. I'm not really
interested in highlights, Diplomas and such. It is all about myself
inside. Performing is my private work and I'm looking for something
on the inside.
I suffer before every concert and I sometimes I swear I will never
do it again and these days it gets even worse!
When I was younger, I was much more egotistic about these type of
things when there were nice celebrations and accolades after a successful
concert or premiere, but now that has all gone.
If I look into the mirror both before a concert and after a concert,
it is the same person. I know better than anyone how human or non
perfect I am, so I cannot be totally satisfied with what this 'non
perfect' person is doing or has done. As I always say, I think slowly
and I am always looking towards the future.
I want to check my situation when I am 40. I want to ask myself if
I learnt what I promised myself I would do, and then decide what I
will be going to do in the following years. If I cannot do it today
I will work on it in the future... again, just slowly.. but this process
produces the long lasting results.
So, no highlights really.
||Is there any teacher or artist to whom you would like
to pay particular tribute, for their inspirational effect on your
||To be honest.. not really.
As I mentioned I had a very good teacher Tapani Luojus. In addition
in my later years some accordionists have had a positive influence
on me. I didn't have a teacher in the traditional sense of the word,
meaning someone that was guiding me for a long period of my life,
or someone that would take into consideration more things than just
my playing. For me, such a teacher didn't exist.
I learned mostly through listening and reading which were two of my
main interests. I also became interested in other instruments very
early. I played Organ as my second instrument which was incredibly
productive to me. It was beneficial to study organ music, esthetics
and cultural things from different periods.
I still love to read. I have children now too, so its not always that
easy, but I usually read one book per week.
Friedrich Lips influence was important for me at certain points in
my career during master classes, but it was not on a long term basis.
Similarly Max Bonnay was also very important, but again, it was also
just for a short time.
In Finland I had a few teachers here and there, but again, nothing
long term. There are some people who claim to have been my teachers,
but to be honest our cooperation wasn't very productive.
However, if I'm proud about anything, its that it has been possible
to learn much about music by oneself if there is really a sincere
interest to learn it. So in this respect, I'm not really missing having
||You were the winner of the 1989 Coupe Mondiale in addition
to other international competitions. What are your thoughts regarding
competitions and their importance to the up and coming artists?
not really for competitions. I don't really understand what the competitions
can produce, that one couldn't achieve without them.
Perhaps for the motivation of the student it is a useful tool to prepare
a big program to study the psychology of this demanding process, to
see how the psyche will function. Competitions might prove to be a
tool to do this if there are not other possibilities. Also, to be
honest I've seen juries in action and it is very difficult for them
to work objectively. The accordion world is very small and everyone
knows each other. Many things could and have happened. So far the
so called 'fair play' has never really existed in any music competition
even in the great great piano or violin competitions. This 'fair play'
just doesn't exist.
Its very wild time for the candidates as well. After I received prizes
in the various international competitions, I didn't get any bookings
because of it. After winning the Coupe Mondiale I did get the possibility
to make my first CD which was like the jackpot, but since that time,
The world is full of competition winners. Any artist performing on
any instrument in any festival has won this and that competition,
but what good has it done? It seems like we have a competition winner
on every block. I don't know, I'm not totally opposed to competitions,
but on the other hand, I'm not really for them.
It has been talked about making a competition offering concert tours
and launching a career, but in a way it is just a dream, the real
life is the real life and that is the way it has been for a long time,
and so far nothing really comes of a competition. So unfortunately
the situation seems to be that each person has to find their own way.
We can look at the late Mogens Ellegaard. He was not known as a great
competition winner, but became a legendary figure in the accordion
and music society because of his outstanding work in other areas.
Some of the other leading figures of the accordion world have never
participated in accordion competitions either, but they are still
very well known and respected in the areas of avant-garde music, chamber
music, composition and so on. So there are many possibilities, but
of course it is difficult.
Perhaps someone does receive something for a competition, if there
happens to be the right person in the he audience, but until now,
I have never seen a music agent at an accordion competition. I don't
know if anyone has ever invited them there in any nation, but in all
other instrumental competitions there are agents listening and checking
out if there is anything or anyone interesting, but we are a bit primitive
in this sense I guess.
||Your repertoire is extremely vast, including many transcriptions
which are featured on your recent CD of the same title as well as
on previous CD's. Tell us about your process of selecting and working
transcriptions into their finished product.
a very selfish process I think... its question of what one likes and
what one wants to play, then you have to find a way to do it. To me
music is a practical thing. It has always been a practical thing.
During the last 50 years, there has been some kind of direction among
some reviewers, musicologists and such who are looking for some ideals.
They are thinking of a very pure sound with old instruments and so
on, but in reality the history of music is practical.
Bach was a transcriber, and then it went on until it ended up that
Horowitz was maybe the last big transcriber, but now its coming back
again. Transcriptions can be made badly or they can be made well,
that is the issue.
Mostly I select to do transcriptions of transcriptions. I often find
pieces that have already been transcribed once. The Vivaldi concertos
have been transcribed by Bach, the Chaconne by Bach has been transcribed
by Busoni and the Vocalise by Rachmaninoff has been transcribed dozens
I was thinking at a certain point that it was fine to follow those
ideas of transcriptions and then make my own transcriptions with the
same spirit. I would even add things sometimes, so it ended up somewhere
between an arrangement and a transcription.
It is very important to understand what sounds good and what doesn't.
For example in the case of the Bach Chaconne, I played it for 20 years
before I finally recorded it. During these 20 years, I have changed
my transcription several times. Now I'm planning to put it back into
my program, but not as the same transcription! I have some ideas to
change it again!
Music is practical and ... slow. Its always the practical old traditional
hard working culture of learning by doing. Very simple!
||You have been instrumental in the recruitment of several
new works for the accordion. Tell us about the importance of working
with these composers in commissioning new works.
is a duty! Even though I am thinking of myself, my own repertoire
and career, I realize that each one of us must do our duty for the
next generation of accordionists. If during one accordionist's lifetime
one can commission lets say 25 pieces, then in the big international
picture it produces a huge amount of repertoire in different styles,
and that is very important.
I'm just trying to do what everyone should do. Secondarily, to be
associated with people that are smarter than I am - the best composers,
is a way to study... it is a way to learn. Its a very important thing.
From one composer for example, you might learn very complicated rhythmical
things because that composer may specialize in it. Or there is a composer
like Kaipainen who was very interested in removing the technical barriers.
He wanted to do something so extraordinary difficult, that t was like
a project to study it and learn it. After that piece I felt I had
developed myself a little more technically.
So its a duty and also an educational question. Of course it also
brings the accordion to a positive light when famous composers write
for it. Listeners in the musical society and others realize that these
famous composers don't just write for anyone, so there must be something
in this instrument. It ends up raising the respect of our instrument
as well. These are the important things.
||For an artist of your stature, your instrument is of
utmost importance. You are the owner of a rather new Jupiter Bayan
from the Jupiter factory in Moscow. Can you tell us a little bit about
this beautiful instrument and the craftsman involved.
||I have been very lucky with my instruments. During my
adult life I have had three very fine instruments.
This is the latest of the three and probably one of the best bayan
instruments that has ever been produced in the history of the modern
This bayan is made for me. It is not an ordinary instrument. All the
things such as the intonation, the dynamic capability and such things
are designed for the way I play. The makers are the best of the best.
It is a team effort.
My previous instrument which was from Italy was also very fine I have
to say. However, I'm always looking for something a bit better I don't
really care what brand it is. If I find an instrument with features
which are closer to what I am looking for, I wouldn't hesitate to
I move also quite slowly in that area too. I don't want to necessarily
be tied to an instrument for ever. If there will be development in
manufacturing over the next 20 years that will produce something better
than this instrument. So then I'll change to that.
||You have performed the works of Astor Piazzolla many
times with various orchestras and ensembles. This month, you made
your premiere performing Piazzolla on Bandoneon. Tell about your transition
to include Bandoneon?
was a long process. For me to finally own one and actually play on
bandoneon was the result of 10 years.
Initially I was a bit against it, because in some ways I have always
thought that the accordion can produce the same, or even a better
sound. But I was also quite curious. There was also the question of
the audience and the organizers. Sometimes people told me that if
you play Piazzolla on accordion it is not very acceptable, so I decided
to play on Bandoneon and then see what they can find to say.
Since I got this very fine bandoneon, it has almost taken one year
before performing on it. I play a chromatic instrument so it is a
bit easier but still the whole ergonomics is different, so I needed
some time to adapt.
The instrument is made by Victoria. Its a fascinating modern Bandoneon
with an incredible dynamic range. Its quite unique having such a broad
range from incredible pianissimos to dynamic fortissimos almost as
big as my bayan. Its the concept of how they use the wood that allows
such an incredible sound.
||At festivals abroad and here in Finland, including this
one here in Ikaalinen, you give lectures on various subjects. What
are your favorite topics to lecture on?
always like to speak about technical aspects of playing. The accordion
is so young still, that we cannot compare our methods and understanding
of the dynamics of the body with the piano and violin, where the techniques
have been tested for hundreds of years. With those instruments, there
is a lot of tradition and to each question there is an answer as to
why its done that way.
the accordion its not quite the same. Because of the amount of playing
I have done, I think I have some knowledge that cannot be read from
books. It's the knowledge of the 'how and why' about certain concepts
I do teach these things a lot. I try to at least open some eyes to
the idea that the fingers don't play the accordion. The finger is
the most unimportant thing. It's the last touch with the accordion.
All the techniques are created before going out from the fingers.
Bad fingers doesn't exist, but bad joints, bad elbows, bad shoulders,
stomach, bad legs and bad backs do exist! It has been my own experience
with my students that it's possible to learnmuch by researching such
I have spent a lot of time researching how pianists really play in
the different schools and the key point is that the playing always
comes from the body not the fingers. There is much to learn and a
long way to go before we have reached the level of virtuoso. Virtuoso
means 'limitless possibilities'.. limitless! Somebody once said 'to
know what is above virtuosity, first one must master virtuosity.'
So, that is what we have to do right now and then let's see.
||Tell us about your family and do they share your interest
in music and the accordion?
||My wife has a musical education. My oldest son is now
8 years old and he is just starting his 4th year of violin study while
my second son who is just 5 years old has just been accepted to the
Institute to study violin. In addition, my oldest son is playing in
the student orchestra. My daughter is just one and a half years old,
so let's see...
||What non-accordion music do you most like to listen
||The old cliché goes that "I only listen
to good music." But I don't know what good hip-hop or punk music
is, or how to measure what is good punk.
I change my interest all the time. A couple of months ago, I was fortunate
enough to be in one of the greatest concerts I have ever heard by
the Russian pianist Grigory Sokolov. Since then, I started to listen
to lots of Scriabin. Until this time, I hadn't listened to a lot of
It depends a bit. I concentrate on one subject at a time . I can have
a period of Bach or I can have a period of Rachmaninoff where I listen
to just that music and nothing else.
Probably it has something to do with my own way of working because
I also concentrate on playing one thing only. I don't spread my energy
to several things. I find focusing on one thing at a time is the fastest
way to learn, and I also like to learn by listening.
||What other interests and hobbies besides music do you
||These days not many.
There was a time when I was very active in sports, but now I can basically
only do two things, music and my family. Music is my hobby and my
profession at the same time, so it takes 24 hours a day. I live that
way. I seem to practice even when I sleep, always trying to solve
Then, I have three little children, so they are my private life. Other
than that, my social time is quite minimal.
||What do you regard as your greatest achievement?
||It hasn't come yet.
I cant really name my goal. Of course it would be nice to have this
and that, but in the days when I was a child I couldn't imagine how
life could change.
I already achieved more than I was expecting in general. In addition,
the development of our instrument has got much more to go if we want
to see it progress, and people always want more and more now. They
don't realize that life is here and now and that the situation of
our instrument is already much better than it was years back, so its
important to be comfortable with our instrument.
I'm not ashamed of playing the instrument like maybe 20 years ago.
Now I can say it quite proudly and quite professionally that I am
an accordionist. So, maybe my achievement is being a musician among
musicians but I don't think it is so unique, and I hope other people
have the same experience as well.
||What musical advice do you have for aspiring accordionists?
||They must go at a comfortable speed and pace. It is
much more important to become a great musician that to get a great
career for two years. Really, I have seen so many people who want
everything right now, but everything needs time and they just have
to try and realize that.
Working... practice.. slowness... patience.. these are the things
I would suggest.
I should add that I didn't have any of those qualities myself in the
early days, but I learned their importance relatively soon. I guess
I was like anyone was in their early 20's, but I learned quickly enough
||What goals or plans do you have for the future?
concert tomorrow! (in this case, the performance of the complete Goldberg
Some interesting things always come up. Sometimes other things get
pushed aside. I'm working on some new programs and now I try to play
a program for one year before performing the concert.
There will be some premieres, like an upcoming premiere of a concerto
with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, my recordings will come
about one per year and the next two will include a chamber music CD
and then a Concerto CD.
For the next solo CD I'm not really sure yet. I have several programs
that I could do, so I have some ideas. After the Goldberg Variations
CD it's difficult to say. Normally people play the Goldberg Variations
towards the end of their careers, but I played it early and now I
have to go on!
But these things are nothing so extremely special.. this is normal
work for me... just my normal work of practice and going .... SLOW!