Christopher spent 10 days on the jury of the Busoni Piano Competition in the beautiful town of Bolzano in South Tirol. This prestigious competition takes place every two years, and the pre-selection in the off years ensures that the level of the 24 candidates who make the competition is very high. The jury was made of soloists, teachers (but none of their students were in the competition), concert hall artistic directors and one recording producer. The various nationalities, ages and backgrounds made for an interesting mix. Mari Kodama was an excellent and diplomatic president. After the first intense week the schedule became slightly more relaxed for the chamber music stages and the final rounds with orchestra. The winner was Ivan Krpan who impressed particularly in the last rounds.
The rest of the summer was spent editing the Christmas releases and traveling to some of the artists to listen and to obtain their approval. In October the season started with a recording of Dvorak’s Syphony No.9 and other works in Helsingborg with Stefan Solyom and the Helsingborg Symphony. Shortly afterwards a recording of a John Adams program in Canada with the Montreal Symphony conducted by Kent Nagano made a welcome and challenging change .The day after returning to Germany Christopher was recording with Martha Argerich and Sergei Babayan at Schloss Elmau. Martha’s rhythm of starting at 6pm and finishing after 4am fitted Christopher’s jetlag just fine! In November there was a recording near Venice at the Fazzioli concert hall with the Duo Praxedis on harp and piano.
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