Pianist Ivan Ilić embarks on a journey of discovery for his new album of Feldman, Scriabin and Cage
Until a few years ago, I had no interest in reading composers’ biographies or anecdotes from their lives. I concentrated exclusively on the music. But then I had a couple of experiences that led to a change of heart.
Out of the blue, I was contacted by an important French museum about a project for the Venice Biennial. An artist wanted to focus on left-hand piano repertoire as part of his video installation. Following my CD of Godowsky’s 22 Chopin Studies for the Left Hand (2012), I had become known as an authority on left hand repertoire, so he asked to meet me in Paris.
After an hour’s conversation I was astonished ............