What kind of #piano#professor would I be and not visit the @juilliardschool 😊...and how wonderful it was to see so many former @sydneycon students there (even a player who used to play for Judy Bailey's #jazz band. He was there at the time when they played at my #wedding!). I met the wonderful David Dubal whose conversations with #Horowitz I have read so many times. He is a wonderful man and we immediately had a connection. And then we met the legendary Jerome Lowenthal who at 85 is still teaching a full class. Eva @clevarish were lucky enough to be present at his weekly group class where his students play if they like to and at the end have dinner together in the studio. I might steal this brilliant idea when I am back in #Sydney 😁🎶 #juilliard#juilliardschool#gerardwillems#playsomewillems#nyx#newyork
I am at LAX, reading the Australian news and am utterly said to learn that Bill Leak has passed away far too early. He was the one who designed the cover for my "Mozartrois" recording of the complete #Mozart#Piano#trios. I taught one of his sons for a while who I remember to be a very talented and creative boy.
My heart ❤️ goes out to Bill's family and friends. This is very unexpected and sad... Rest in Peace, Bill.
I am in #sanfrancisco now and had a wonderful evening with an old friend. William Corbett-Jones came to the @sydneycon in the 90's for six months to fill in for another dear friend, Albert Landa. I have not seen Bill since I came to San Francisco in 2001 when I was preparing for my first #Beethoven recordings. So wonderful to see this man and to share some #memories,#food and of course #music 🎶
...and here I am! At @ucla! Due to a few little delays there was no time to get to our accommodation and now I am on stage, preparing for a #lecture#recital after 15 hours on a plane without having had the chance to shower or change. Oh well... I am excited regardless! The hall is slowly filling with keen faces. Let's do this! #gerardwillems#ucla#losangeles#playsomewillems
Yesterday was a very special day here in @london. Not only did the sun ☀️ shine (#luckyme ) but I also was invited to sit in on #questiontime in the @uk_houseoflords at the invitation of Baroness Gardner of Parkes - who is an #Aussie lady who graduated from our very own @sydney_uni!
I had not met this beautiful lady before but @clevarish and I thoroughly enjoyed the event and even more so the tea and private guided tour the Baroness was kind enough to give us. In true "Australian-abroad" fashion, we identified quite a few people we knew back in Sydney and hopefully we are going to meet again soon for some #music 😁
An absolute splendid day!
I am visiting #Heidelberg where my brother-in-law (an engineer) is responsible for some of the most important and historic buildings in town. This includes the #schlossheidelberg and some scientific buildings at the @uniheidelberg. I was lucky enough to go "jar to face" with one of the oldest humans ever discovered on this planet: #homoheidelbergensis
After such a historic meeting it is only sensible to go into one of the oldest student pubs in town. The "Seppl". If you watch the #bettelstudent movie you will get the atmosphere that I am exposed to at the moment. ...It is very romantic 😊
Happy New Year!!! Gelukkig nieuw jaar!! Ein frohes neues Jahr!!! ✨✨2️⃣0️⃣1️⃣7️⃣✨✨ Now finally we have started it in Germany as well. It is very cold but we are very warm on the inside.
I hope we all will have a wonderful, fulfilled, exciting but mainly peaceful 2017. I wish each and every one of you all the best and may your dreams come true. Spread positivity and not hatred... even when it is easier to be angry.
Lots of love from Eva and myself ❤️️
What is so great about the spirit here in Germany at the moment is that the terrible attack in #Berlin#breitscheidplatz that it only made people celebrate a peaceful Christmas in an even more conscious way. The #Weihnachtsmarkt in my wife's hometown #Pforzheim was packed with everyone being in a festive and positive mood.
It is terrible what happened. But no one here allows hatred to be the winner. @clevarish and I drink a #glühwein to that 🍷