Us young people have this website called facebook that we use to aggressively waste time. 3 days ago a pianist friend shared this picture with me:
Which is unfortunately very relevant for concertgoers, as I went to a recital 2 days ago and this happened right in the middle of a Schubert sonata.
Anyways, from this picture I clicked on a youtube link and voila, I was on the channel of a Mr. Richard Grayson.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssseEQ7tDNo
His playing immediately struck me as brilliant, and much of it is quite enjoyable to listen to. It's rare and delightful to see someone able to improvise that well in so many different styles. I was reminded of Gabriela Montero, whom I had the pleasure of seeing last year.
He stands strong behind the study of Bach, as he states in this interview ( http://www.pianofortenews.org/Html/PF_RGrayson.html
), which probably means he'll get an immediate seal of approval from some of you. His interview was inspiring, as I'm interested in improv but have always been intimidated by the concept of it.
One last piece, and I hope you all enjoy his playing as much as I have.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upFQcITxX9A