Regarding opportunity, a friend of mine once told me, “If a door doesn’t open, then keep pounding.” Pianist Simone Dinnerstein might just agree with that.
Dinnerstein herself raised the money (“borrowing from family and friends”) to record Bach’s Goldberg Variations which was subsequently released in 2007 on Telarc. The record skyrocketed to No. 1 on the US Billboard Classical Chart in its first week of sales and was named to many "Best of 2007" lists including those of The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The New Yorker.
Her follow-up album, The Berlin Concert, also gained the No. 1 spot on the Chart.
Bach: A Strange Beauty, is her latest release.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Ms. Dinnerstein in January of this year.
Simone Dinnerstein speaks of Bach & asks about George Crumb.