In 1996, at age 8, I became a pupil in Claire Burnill‘s class at the Colombo International School in Sri Lanka. I remember our first meeting: me being very shy about meeting my new teacher, she being slightly scattered because my parents and I walked into her new classroom unannounced during the summer holidays while she was busy setting up for the new academic year. Continue reading “From many different countries…”
Brussels Zaventem Airport. As my taxi pulls into the passenger drop-off area a couple of heavily armed policemen peer inside for a moment and give me and my lovely African driver the green light. A mass of passengers walks towards the temporary departure hall through a closed-off, otherwise deserted area of the car park building. Continue reading “Brussels Zaventem Airport”
I just conducted the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Netherlands Chamber Choir during their rehearsal of Bach’s Magnificat in D, with Iván Fischer at the helm. Yes, I can’t quite believe it myself..
‘Are you a girl or a boy?’ Whenever someone asked me this question before I was a teenager, my usual—sincere—answer was always ‘both equally’. Continue reading “Are you a girl or a boy?”
I think September 12th 1723 was one of those mornings in Leipzig that Bach must have said, ‘guys, today, we’re really going to kick some ass.’ Continue reading “Bach kicking ass in 1723”