It was a great pleasure for me and for the orchestra to rehearse and perform Alma Deutscher’s violin concerto with her as part of the Festival frauenkomponiert 2018. We communicated at a deep level from outset and there was a profound recognition between us – “reading” each other during the performances was a very special experience. I’ve rarely had more fun on the podium! And the public reaction was tremendous. A standing ovation doesn’t happen every day in Switzerland ; a standing ovation after the first movement of a piece must be pretty unique – and we had one every performance.