Claudio Abbado: culture is a primary asset

“The culture is a primary asset as it is water. The theaters, libraries, museums, cinemas are like aqueducts. The culture is like life, and life is beautiful.” Claudio Abbado said in an interview in 2010. And further: “The reaction I’ve ever had in front of those who say that the culture costs too much was answer that they need to do more.” Many would remember Abbado as a great conductor and for his wonderful recordings. But he was more than that. He was a man who believed in the power of arts, because every human being lives for arts and … Continue reading Claudio Abbado: culture is a primary asset

Being a pianist

Time ago a very old lady was playing the piano in a piano store: she played so wonderful that I felt compelled to tell her how much I enjoyed her playing… She was not famous, I guess, she was “just” a pianist. She told me a little bit about her life. Then she asked me if I could play Bach’s Italian Concerto… (well…she added…since you are Italian ).” Yes, I can”, I answered. And then without even thinking so much, as her words were spoken from another world, she told me to always work on my own projects, no matter what … Continue reading Being a pianist