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 music education all around!
Speaking of education, more Berkeley elementary school concerts were on the menu this month. I've also uploaded my arrangement of Tchaikovsky's Chanson Triste, the first in my series designed for violin student and violin teacher-as-pianist. In the coming months, I'll be adding additional salon pieces, concertos, sonatas, and etudes.
For VAN Magazine, I wrote about the disorienting but wonderful experience of listening to new music that's so unfamiliar, regular frames of reference don't apply. I also covered a thought-provoking Ashley Fure program, new operas by the Lemon Bucket Orkestra and West Edge Opera, and the Danish Quartet.
People sometimes ask me what it's like to work with my parents, who are both classical cellists. The answer: fun! Here's a shot from a duo gig at the Legion of Honor with my dad.
Here is some content I've enjoyed this month:
“I sometimes point out to students that their frustration with a piece is an indication that they care deeply about it. One student told me it was one of the most helpful things ever said to him. He was able to stop berating himself and began to appreciate himself instead, which opened him up enormously to the music. We don’t usually use experiences of dissatisfaction as signals to be gentle with ourselves. Instead, we blame ourselves or become aggressive with the music. Tension escalates, and the more we practice a piece, the worse it gets.”