A pianist pays the piano.
In Alexander Melnikov's case, this sentence is incomplete. To be precise: He plays the harpsichord, the fortepiano and the grand piano, and he also conducts his concerts.
The latter he demonstrated at his second concert during his residency at Beethovenfest 2022. He led the Ensemble Resonanz from the piano, playing two outsanding concertos of the 20th century. Paul Hindemith's Die vier Temperamente may be cetegorized as a symphonic poem with solo piano. Additionally in the programme: the seldomly played concerto for piano and trumpet by Dimitri Schostakowitsch.