I moved to Paris after completing my Master’s Degree in Piano Performance in the States. Living and studying there for three years was one of the most significant events of my life. Going back each year to perform is always a highlight — revisiting old neighbourhoods, catching up with dear friends, and eating my weight in cheese and pastry.
I stayed in the home of friends who live in Montmartre. This was the view that greeted me each morning:
I took the bus down to The American Church in Paris each morning for a long practice session. The church is located right on the river, not far from the Eiffel Tower:
The spire on the left is the church. You can see I had spectacular weather while I was there.
The church owns my very favourite piano anywhere in the world, an 1888 New York Steinway I’ve named Josephine. For the longest time the poor piano was in deplorable condition, but a few years back the church sent her to New York where I helped arrange a complete restoration. It took an entire year of work by my dear friend and piano tuner Tali Mahanor and her team, but the instrument that emerged is like no other I’ve ever played. Here are some photos:
There’s a sister instrument to this one living in India. She belongs to the Poona Music Society. They’ve started raising funds to restore her as well. I hope she turns out as glorious as Josephine.
Here are shots of the inside of the church: