Famous conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin is also a versatile pianist. In Summer 2020, when the pandemic turned down most of the cultural life all over the world, he found, as he describes it, “kind of a salvation” in playing the piano – and recorded his very first Piano Solo Album, inspired also by the memory of his admired teacher Anisia Campos who had passed away that year.
Playing the piano “gave me an opportunity for introspection, something that I think most of us did – not only artists and musicians, but every human being – recalibrating our priorities, what our purpose is in life, and what our aspirations are“, says Yannick Nézet-Séguin about this project. However, “now that I’m a conductor, when I go back to my instrument I especially want to find the intimacy and the softer colors, the soothing ones and also the painful ones, the unknown areas where composers go”.
The album Introspection is set to be released digitally on 4 June 2021 and will be followed by a vinyl release later in the summer. It is available for pre-order now and the first pre-release track Rachmaninoff: Moments Musicaux, Op. 16: Nr. 3 in B Minor, is released today!