In April, 2016, a series of earthquakes, including a magnitude 7.0 mainshock, struck Kumamoto City of Kumamoto Prefecture in Kyushu Region, Japan.
You can read more about the disaster here.
I was supposed to play my piano recital in Kumamoto on July 18th, 2016. Due to the circumstances and extensive damage to the concert hall, the recital has been cancelled.
However, I am very, very much looking forward to meet the people of Kumamoto, my friends and my audience, as a charity concert is being planned instead. I will be very happy to travel to Kumamoto, and play Chopin there, hoping to bring some moments of relief, hope, and creating a sense of getting back to normal everyday life.
My heart and thoughts are with those tragically affected by the disaster, and with all those who survived, but lost their family members, relatives, friends, properties...
I express my deep sympathy with all of you forced to cope with the unimaginable challenges.