An exciting period of performances comes to a close as Hélène heads home before the summer festival period. After two weeks performing with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nezet-Seguin; Hélène, Yannick and the orchestra embarked on an extensive tour throughout Europe. With glowing reviews in Brussels, Luxembourg, Paris, Dusseldorf, Hamburg and Vienna, the tour was a huge success.
"After a kinetic performance of Dvořák’s Othello Overture, the orchestra was joined by Grimaud with Nézet-Séguin at the podium. Their electricity was evident even as they crossed the stage together, crackling throughout an incandescent performance that never once flickered...Grimaud’s interpretation of the cadenza was extraordinary, not just for its technical virtuosity but for her exploration of Beethoven’s thought process." - Broadstreet Review
"Guest artist Helene Grimaud’s Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 seemed to leave the Thursday crowd astounded at the depths of her artistry, as it reportedly has on other stops of this tour.
Friday had one of the loudest ovations one is likely to hear from usually reserved, super-sophisticated Vienna. All but one of the orchestra’s eight performances in the six European cities sold out, and the outlier was at 95 percent of capacity." - WRTI
Hélène continued on after the tour, performing collaboration project with photographer Mat Hennek, Woodlands and Beyond..., in two wonderfully intimate evening performances at Klavier-Festival Ruhr and Dresdener Musikfestspiele.
"It was not just an interaction between two genres. Rather, music and images entering a kindred existence in the course of about an hour. Everything was interwoven." - Westdeutsche Zeitung