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April 30, 2018

All of my students are gearing up for recitals and other performances in early May, so it's crunch time!

It's also crunch time for me. I've been busy performing with orchestras and choruses, and going to concerts – hearing the new John Luther Adams piece and the Takács...

April 20, 2018

Have you ever sustained a playing-related injury? I have, and immediately found that while some aspects of the process (like the twice-weekly trips to the physical therapist) were straightforward and even mundane, living with the injury was totally disorienting in othe...

April 10, 2018

I really do love all the major concertos; at competitions, I’m happy to listen to the same piece multiple times in a row. But today’s focus isn’t the Sibelius, Brahms, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky – it’s the Dream Concerto, the longed-for piece that feels especially personal...

March 31, 2018

It's been a busy teaching month! In between lessons, I've been playing with Villa Sinfonia Foundation for their spring concerts (the advanced group gets its own full program, and it was fun to work with the students on Dvořák and Mozart), and coaching the kids from Pal...

March 20, 2018

Considering that it's the foundation of improvement, practicing can be stupidly hard. Many of my students came to me as self-proclaimed practice haters, and I can see why: they already have school and other extracurriculars, and chores, and they also want to hang o...

March 10, 2018

When I was a teenager, I went through a really tough period with nerves. One summer was particularly hard. I was at a music camp, studying a quartet I loved and

February 28, 2018

SoundArts, the chamber music program I'm directing at New World Music Academy, is holding its auditions today. Meanwhile, I'm coaching and playing in a string quartet with students from Villa Sinfonia, which also launched its chamber program this year. Lots of chamber...

February 12, 2018

In the blur of performance, it can be easy to forget that the body is in fact more physically stressed onstage than it is in a practice room. Studies have shown that musicians display elevated blood pressure, increased muscle tension, and faster breathing rates while i...

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