It has been six weeks since my last blog, and it seems that the time has flown by. A lot has happened, I’ve been fairly busy, and have lot a lot of repertoire to contend with. I have since finished my time at ENCORE this summer, after playing Franck sonata and a truly memorable Faure g minor Piano Quartet. The four of us, radically different in personalities but working towards one common goal, really came through in the concert, and I think each of us was pleased with how it turned out. Chamber music is like therapy…four equal personalities, rehearsal time not spend by yourself in a cubicle, fun banter…I wish I had the oppurtunity to play more chamber music than I do. Also at ENCORE, there were some very memorable concerts…Hilary Hahn’s display of pyrotechnics (Ernst, Paganini, et al), and some younger violinists did extremely well. I’m going to miss bucolic Hudson, Ohio, and should ENCORE occur next year, perhaps I will make it seven summers in a row.
Last night, I played a house recital of music I’m taking on the road. Roberta Whitely (a lovely woman with whom this was my first collaboration) and I played Beethoven, Franck, and Rachmaninoff, and a best friend of mine since childhood arranged it. Complete with refreshments and wine (!), it was a good time, and it was nice to see familiar and not-so-familiar faces.
Tomorrow, I leave for Korea for three weeks, and I’m quite excited. A little apprehensive, as this is my first time traveling to the Far East, but excited, nonetheless. I love Korean food, and I am eager to encounter and experience a new culture, as well as a new geographic location. I hear that July is “monsoon month” over there, but hopefully it clears up prior to the festival! I’m going to be at Hyo Kang’s Great Mountains Music Festival, and in the first few days that I’m there, I’m able to spectate at the Aldo Parisot International Cello Competition. This also marks my first time working with Chee-Yun, and I’m playing a recital live on KBS in the week or so after I arrive (hence the purpose of the recital last night). I’m sure I will have quite a bit to blog about once I arrive!
Soon after returning from Korea, I depart to Dallas, where I will be living next year, and have trips to New York, Washington D.C., and Carson City in the first couple of months. Until then, I wish everyone a safe and productive August!!!