October 30, 2019

Turning 46 and firmly entering middle age by every possible definition made me realize how lucky I am to have lived 45 years virtually free of significant physical suffering. Also, how many more morning cups of coffee I got to enjoy than arguably much more deserving individuals such as Pushkin, Schubert, Mozart and Van Gogh. Having spent most of my life involved in the arts, I am slowly coming to appreciate the luxury of October foliage on a sunny day more than Pushkin’s poem describing it as “nature’s opulent decay,” and sound of the rain on a quiet afternoon more than its musical representat...

August 10, 2014

I am so trilled that a lot of people did enjoy Market Square Concerts' Summermusic 2014 programs! It was really an extraordinary experience for musicians from Taiwan, Canada, Ukraine, Russia, Australia and US to make music together. Some of us have never played with each other or spoke any English, which made the cohesion of our ideas confirm to me once again that music is a language for things deeper than thoughts or words. I am also feeling really grateful to Market Square Concerts' board members for making musicians feel welcome in their homes and for many excellent meals shared by all of u...

June 12, 2014

Two weeks after finishing recording of the complete Haydn Piano Trios (40 pieces on eight CDs), I am finally having a moment to reflect on what it feels like to live with this music for five years. The conservatory-instilled veneration of “father of the symphony and string quartet,” has evolved into a deep appreciation of the man, who produced an astonishing variety of music, while often working within rather tight schedule in a suffocating eighteenth century European court environment (not to mention an unhappy marriage).

 

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