We were all up before sunrise and battling with the early morning traffic. Robin is now 6 hours into his flight. In years gone by, pre-children, I always travelled with him. Usually at that time it was Hill/Wiltschinsky Guitar Duo tours. It always used to make me laugh how each member of the duo coped with long haul flights. Robin would fidget, keep getting up for a walk and generally drum his fingers on the armrest. Peter Wiltschinsky was very different. He would sit down, put his lap belt on, and not move a muscle until we reached are destination, no matter how long the flight was. It was almost as if he went into standby mode!
Now Robin has devised a new strategy. He closes his eyes and runs through the entire concert in his mind imagining every note. As he always plays from memory he feels this is an excellent mental exercise.
So next time you are on a plane, check out the man sitting next to you. If he remains very still for 45 minutes with his eyes closes, then gets up, walks around, drums his fingers for a while before repeating the whole process, then you could well be sitting next to Robin.
'As always, it was sheer pleasure to observe Robin Hill's remarkable fluent technique: everything looks easy when he plays it.' Colin Cooper- Classical Guitar Magazine ----- 'Wonderful for their (Hill & Wiltschinsky) precision, touch and clarity of sound... refined virtuosity, the achievement of a long interpretive process.' Il Giornale D'Italia (Rome) ----- 'I loved your CD and thought your technique and performance were fabulous...' Rick Wakeman