March in review

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 Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra


With extra lesson prep this month, I'm behind on my uploads, but you'll soon find my edition of the Vivaldi A Minor Concerto (including an original simplified piano reduction). I'm also finalizing my scale book for beginners. 


My work in music journalism continues to expand my knowledge of new music. This month, I got to hear new pieces performed by sfSoundGroup, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, San Francisco Symphony, and San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. Another plus of music writing is that I get to see the great soloists – in March, Joshua Bell playing Mozart No. 4 and Gil Shaham playing Berg.



Here is some content I've enjoyed this month. 


  • The Stand Partners for Life podcast: Husband and wife Nathan Cole and Akiko Tarumoto share stories of their life as violinists in the Los Angeles Philharmonic. 

  • Some other podcasts: The Entrepreneurial Musician is interesting, but it featured some 20 men before a woman ever came on the show. The Female Entrepreneurial Musician may be geared toward indie artists, but the host is so generous with her knowledge that it's definitely worth a listen. 

  • I never got around to watching the winning auditions from the 2011 YouTube Symphony, but they're great examples of successful video auditions.

  • Another one on orchestral auditions: members of the the Berliner Philharmoniker gave master classes on excerpts at Carnegie Hall. I'm not preparing for any auditions, but it's still good stuff.

  • Mimi Zweig's pedagogy website is always worth a revisit. I love that she posts her lessons!

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