And one sincerely hopes she does not compromise her health playing with her feet in cold water :
"The presence of water does change the sound," she explained. "It's absorbing, especially of the energy of my attack, and it creates these reflections of the fumes of the sound."
However, the water also causes some real concerns, particularly when it comes to Grimaud's choice of footwear, which is still up in the air. Shoes with rubber soles proved too squeaky, while the pianist cringes at the thought of ruining a pair of leather shoes for each performance. "If it were just two performances, I would go barefoot," she said, "but the water is very cold."
Perhaps she will have her wolves on stage when she next plays Prokofieff ?