I’ve been fortunate over the years to keep in touch with my Canadian pianistic colleagues, most notably through Janina Fialkowska’s founding of Piano Six many years ago. Although the main purpose of the project (and its successor Piano Plus) was for us to individually bring music to smaller communities in Canada, one of the most fun parts of that project was the occasional multi-piano Gala, in which the two of us shared the stage with Angela Cheng, Marc-André Hamelin, Angela Hewitt, and André Laplante.
This morning I was talking with my Artist Liaison in Taipei’s Landis Hotel lobby, and suddenly heard a “Jackie? Is that you?” I turned to see yet another Canadian pianist, Louis Lortie, talking with his Artist Liaison. The last time we saw each other, I had just performed with the Toronto Symphony and he had just played a Toronto recital, and we managed a quick post-concert dinner. This time our roles are reversed – I’m in recital mode and he is playing Mozart Concerto No. 21 with the National Symphony.
What a very nice surprise!