During what would have been Spoleto Festival USA’s 44th season, we’ve spoken with several artists who were slated to arrive in Charleston about their weeks in quarantine. How do they practice? What’s in their ovens? How do the folks who inspire us so much stay inspired themselves? Our “What I’m Watching” series asks just that. Read on this week to hear from Pedja Muzijevic.
Master pianist Pedja Muzijevic is a regular among the Bank of America Chamber Music series crew—he first played at Dock Street in 2008 and quickly became an audience favorite. During Spoleto at Home, Muzijevic’s from-home concert will feature the works of J.S. Bach, Henry Cowell, and C.P.E. Bach, interspersed with his insightful commentary. Ahead of the concert release, we checked in with Muzijevic to find out what’s on his daily to-do lists these days.
What have you been binge-watching?
Berlin Station. And while this is different, I’ve also been semi-obsessed with watching this short clip from a production of Rameau’s Les Indes Galantes from Paris Opera, with an inspired marriage of 18th century French baroque and 21st century Los Angeles street dancing.
What book is on your bedside table?
Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles
Do you have a go-to cookbook?
Dinner by Melissa Clark. I love her recipes!
Do you have quarantine buddies?
I live alone, but I have been having regular FaceTime and zoom social gatherings with friends. I cannot confirm nor deny that some of these included adult beverages…
What’s your quarantine schedule?
I study French when I get up and then I decide on the menu of the day. That determines whether I go food shopping or not. I go to the Union Square Greenmarket at least twice a week for local fish, meat and produce. Spring has been slow coming in New York, so it’s wonderful to see green, leafy vegetables available more and more each week.
How are you continuing your daily practice?
Strangely enough, I seem to be busier than ever. I first did a live-streamed concert for 92Y from my apartment back in April, in which I set out to be the director, cinematographer, audio engineer, set and lighting designer. It was very interesting in many ways–and I learned much that I applied to my concert for Spoleto at Home. In some ways, my daily practice is the same—looking at the role of performing arts in our society in all four of my professional lives: as a pianist and as part of the artistic teams of the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York, Tippet Rise Arts Center in Montana, and the Banff Centre in Canada, where I’m the director of the “Concert in 21st Century” residency. The only difference is that nothing, but truly nothing is taken for granted right now.
What are you most looking forward to when things get back to normal?
Seeing friends in person and giving them a hug!
Pedja Muzijevic’s Spoleto at Home digital concert will be available for viewing May 24 at 7:00pm through June 7.
Photo by Jacob Blickenstaff.