Jeux de mains

Almost three weeks on, and with time, these five days in Berlin start to fade on the horizon like an island in the middle of the ocean.

An ocean of silence.

Times are challenging for the arts, and for us musicians. Against all the odds, and at very short notice, our long standing Mozart Momentum project was partly rescued. For five days we were allowed to rehearse and record 3 piano concerti and the Massonic funeral march.

Leif Ove Andsnes and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in the Berlin Philharmonie.

As often happens, I was playing the violin and documenting with photos. With masks on every face, and social distancing, I quickly realized how much harder it is to tell a story of musicians coming together, sharing their passion.

So much empty space, veiled expressions and muted words.

On editing my photos I discovered in many of my images a shift in focus, to hands saying what the face can no longer express. Perhaps it’s only natural for musicians’ hands to step up and bridge the gap?

Anyway, enough words, hopefully these images tell enough of our joy in coming together around Mozart’s music, until spring 2021, when you can listen to the first CD of this new journey.

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