In summer, a festival feeling comes to the fore along Baden-Baden's Lichtentaler Allee. A rise in temperature signals the time for whiling away the hours in Baden-Baden's "green oasis". Visitors from around the world savour the unique atmosphere and sense the gentile, positive effect that the parks and gardens of the Lichtentaler Allee have on the individual.
There is also a tradition of listening to music outside in Brenners Park and doing some good at the same time: a benefit concert, now in its 17th year and staged by Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa and the Baden-Baden Philharmonic - the town's musical ambassador, takes place annually in the magnificent setting of the hotel's private park. This year's beneficiaries are the non-profit Patrons' Association of the theatre and Baden-Baden Philharmonic who will use the proceeds to finance a project of cultural/historical significance to Baden-Baden.
Every twelve months the concert pianist within me is awoken ready to perform with the Baden-Baden Philharmonic for a worthy cause. This year you will have the pleasure of hearing me play the Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-flat KV 271 "Jeunehomme" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
I have given public concerts ever since I was a child in my hometown of Athens; the basis for which was laid down thanks to a thorough musical education at the Cherubini Conservatory of Music in Rome, the Mozarteum University of Salzburg and the Julliard School in New York.
During four decades of being a pianist in the USA I accompanied many stars of show business - from Frank Sinatra to Tom Jones, and I followed this by performing throughout the world as a guest soloist with numerous different orchestras. Most recently in July 2012 in front of an audience of 4000 people with the Redlands Symphony Orchestra at the Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival in California.
As you can see, music is my life and since 1995 I have been able to pursue my passion in one of the world's most prestigious hotels. As a cosmopolitan, I see Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa as being the perfect setting for enjoying art and culture, something which out of principle has always played a decisive role in this hotel.
It would give me great pleasure to be able to welcome you to our evening benefit concert, which of course will be featuring"Music. At one with nature".
Frederick di Georgiou,