These women though!

I honestly don’t remember ever being this excited about or this in love with a musical project before! 

Although it was only a few weeks ago, I barely remember how the idea came to me to do a recording of piano music by women of the 19th century. It has been full-on researching and practising ever since though, and I am smitten by each and every composer that comprises this program! The time has come for this music to be heard far and wide, and I aim to do my part to shine some light on these undeservedly overlooked gorgeous gems. That’s where the project’s title comes from: “en pleine lumière” (in full light).

This idea to do a recording has actually been steadily (daily!) evolving, such that the scope of the project will turn into more of a life’s mission. The focus on solo piano repertoire will expand into song repertoire and chamber music involving the piano, beginning with the 19th century and progressing through to present day. My vision is that through recordings, live performances, video projects and podcasts, I can help to bring these deserving artists to a wider audience. But more about all of that later...for now it is time to focus on Phase One, which is this “Volume One” recording and concerts featuring music composed by women born in the mid-1800s.

If you are near Stratford, Ontario (where I am currently taking a little “leave of absence” from my Copenhagen life) this month, I would LOVE to show you this music in an intimate house concert, while you enjoy a glass of wine or a cozy cup of tea. Saturday and Sunday, February 16, 17, 23, & 24 at 3pm. A special International Women’s Day concert is also set for Friday, March 8, 7pm, also in Stratford. You can find the exact address by clicking here and dropping a quick note. (Admission $22 in advance by e-transfer, or $25 at the door.)

There will be more opportunities to hear the program in Ontario during March, and in Copenhagen in the spring, so stay tuned...

I have performed this music in concert a few times now, and the response has been overwhelmingly positive. Audiences are as excited and moved by this music as I am: “Thank you for shining the light on these beautiful women composers and in doing so, enabling their light to shine. I believe they would be honoured to know you are doing this.”

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