Grigory Sokolov is regarded as one of today's top pianists. He is not fond of interviews, and his concert programmes are only announced shortly before the performance. Moreover, he doesn't appear together with an orchestra as he finds the rehearsal times too short. This much makes it pretty clear that he devotes himself wholeheartedly to the music. Sokolov immerses himself for months in his recital programmes that then take him on extensive tours to the world's prime concert venues, among them the Hamburg Laeiszhalle.