Jerry is an internationally-renowned pianist and has been a member of the esteemed faculty at The Juilliard School since 1991. This shoot occurred at the end of the recoding session of the second disc of Liszt’s Années de pèlerinage (Years of Pilgrimage) which is a set of three suites for solo piano.
Personally it was really interesting for me to attend the session, as I have never seen a professional recording session before. It was truly inspiring to see the process and hear Jerry’s performance – “Years of Pilgrimage” is a masterwork of the piano repertoire, and something that even a much younger pianist would have to work very hard to perform. Jerry at 78 performed without a single complaint and only took breaks when he was forced to do it 🙂
The shoot itself was a challenge for couple of reasons:
We did not have a lot of time due to very high hourly rental fees of the concert hall where Jerry was recording this disc.
We were limited to using only flash strobes since the Hall did not allow us to turn-on any stage lights. As I new the time was limited, I only brought 2 lights with softboxes – to save time on the setup and break down. Pianists can be very annoying by wanting to have their beloved instrument in the shot 🙂 – but that instrument happens to be 6 to 9 feet long and is not something that you can easily bring to the location of your choice, and is a challenge to paint with light so that the shot ends up worthy of a CD cover or a poster…
The CDs are being released by Bridge Records in the upcoming months
I would higly appreciate any comments and suggestions…