Can’t get enough of Paul Lewis
Audiences can’t seem to get enough of Paul Lewis. Yesterday’s Sydney concert had the audience stamping and cheering and some even rose to their feet at the conclusion of the Waldstein sonata. The post-concert Q&A was packed and the event, which was only meant to last 20 minutes, ran for well over half an hour, and could have gone on much longer too. Questions ranged from Paul’s opinion on applause between movements to Paul’s approach to recording sessions and whether he’s already memorised the Beethoven concertos for his upcoming performances at the BBC Proms. When asked how Paul would have shaped his Australian tour program if he’d had an extra half hour to fill, he even revealed that he’d love to one day play an encore on the bagpipes! (One audience member remarked that he’d happily teach Paul the bagpipes in exchange for a private recital).
In other news, Melbourne’s Age has described Paul Lewis as having “a rare combination of purity, passion and intellect”. The article canvasses Paul’s views on his tour program and the future of classical music and is highly anticipatory of his Melbourne concerts, the first of which is tonight at the Melbourne Recital Centre. While in Melbourne, Paul will also give a masterclass and participate in a panel discussion as part of ANAM’s Piano! Festival.