A personal note
As a child I was lucky enough to discover the joy of music. It always made me feel at peace and was a source of happiness and energy. From a very early age, I loved improvising, singing, playing the piano, even dancing to music - music and playing were the fun part of the day.
I dedicated myself first to the piano and in my daily practice I found, like every pianist who tries to overcome the limitations of the instrument by making it sing, that what Chopin said was more and more true. ‘You must sing if you wish to play’, he said, and he encouraged his students take up singing lessons.
All great music imitates the human voice. It is powerful and has such an immediate effect on the soul and the heart.
While practising solo piano pieces, I would love to sing the melodic lines and, conversely, when practising singing, I would get extraordinary pleasure from playing the piano accompaniment at the same time, enjoying the harmonic depth that the piano gave. It was like I was able to overcome the limitations of the piano by using my voice. And then when I was just playing again and not singing, I felt more deeply than ever what Chopin said: ‘Il faut chanter avec les doigts!” ( “You must sing with your fingers”).
Serving music in these two ways - with the voice and with the piano - has been a long and fascinating journey. I feel so lucky that I can both play and sing and I hope that you will enjoy this combination of piano and singing that, after a great, exciting and adventurous journey, I am able to offer!