I have played the piano for most of my life, developing my skills while studying the instrument at college under a visiting professor from the Royal Academy of Music who tutored me in the art of giving piano recitals. I taught music in schools from 1974-1991 and gave piano lessons in my spare time.
I have always found that more depth and sincerity is achieved when music is uncomplicated. To me, a piece of ‘good music’ is a composition that immediately captures the listener’s attention, generating from the opening bars a deep emotional response which is effortlessly sustained, to the extent that everything else almost ceases to be. For me, such is the music of Ludovico Einaudi.
It was in the autumn of 2009 that I first discovered Einaudi’s piano music. At that time I was craving fresh inspiration after years of playing works by the great composers of the ages, and Einaudi’s music has transformed what used to be a random activity I indulged in perhaps once a fortnight, into a three or four times daily compulsive ritual that I cannot live without and do not intend to! My passion for his music led to my giving a series of concert piano recitals in 2010, and it was the enthusiasm of my audiences for the music I played to them that then led to my making of my first piano album ‘The Calm of Einaudi’.
It is wonderful to be able to share my enjoyment of the playing of Ludovico Einaudi’s works with so many thousands of people around the world through my CD, and to all those who have supported me by buying my album, or individual tracks, I send my deep gratitude. Since the release of my album in November 2011 sales have enabled me to send regular donations to four UK Cancer Charities; namely Breast Cancer Now, Children With Cancer UK, The Teenage Cancer Trust UK and The Lymphoma Association, and to purchase equipment for use in the laboratory of Professor Roy Bicknell at The University of Birmingham UK. Roy is developing a cancer treatment which will hopefully, in the future, provide an alternative treatment to the punishing chemotherapy that I endured and that so many millions of others have likewise had to suffer, in order to cure their cancers or to prolong their lives.
Between us, we will make a difference to unfortunate people who are either suffering now, or who will do so in future time.
Thank you so very much, everyone, for your support for my project.
~ Christine, 2018