It is always exciting to learn a piece that is written by composers who are very alive with us today, and get to hear their ideas about the piece, and even more so, to get to know him/her as a person. I had an opportunity to even have the composer as a recording tech guy today! A graduate student at University of TN had a project of his piece - premier recording. Three movements with a lot of interesting irrational time signatures such as 4/6 and 3/12, meter changes, amndcombination of complex rhythm and texture. It was my pleasure to work with him, and look forward to hearing the final product! (six other instruments besides me)
It was wonderful to visit the Oak Ridge First Presbyterian Church to give my solo recital.
Thank you everyone one for the support!
Another run of the Schumann Fantasy was at my solo recital at St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia, PA two weeks ago. It is always wonderful to feel being so supported by my colleagues and students. Thank you everyone!
This week, I am having a such an exciting time with Knoxville Symphony Orchestra for their Masterworks Series - Appalachian Spring by Copland. A lot of listening, counting, and marking on the score! Please join us if you are in town.
It is always exciting to touch something you normally don't have a chance to - harpsichord! I was fortunate to play with this delicate beautiful instrument for Knoxville Symphony Orchestra's Vivaldi Four Seasons performance last week. Bravo to our soloist Giora Schmidt!
On October 16th, I also had another fabulous time with a gorgeous instrument - Hamburg Steinway D at my solo recital at the University of Tennessee. Huge thanks to everyone who attended and was involved in this event. My program included the works by Scarlatti, Mozart, and Schumann Fantasy - I needed to use my regular sized hands obviously....
Wanted to share some collaborative work that I have done this spring.
On May 21st, had a such a pleasure with ISOTONE member, Sue Eddelmon, violin, Scott Eddelmont violin, Dan Alcott cello, and Larry Spivack, percussion performing Janet Danielson's “Six Pieces of a Reverberant Cosmos”. I have left New York in 2012 to move to TN and it was wonderful to be a part of one of the best cities in the world again even just for a few days!!!
On April 20, Performed the Poulenc Sextet with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Principal Woodwind Quintet for their Q Series at downtown Knoxville. I love this series as it is held at Market Square, vibrant hang out area of Knoxville, and the audience have great lunch and drink while they enjoy the show.
"Difficult things make you stronger" - I heard this before. I had a chance to tackle Distances Within Me by John Anthony Lennon with Junwen Jia for his graduate recital at University of Tennessee at Knoxville. This was one of the most challenging works I have learned, but its dreamy, imaginative, and ultra sensitive touch of this work kept me going to learn it throughly. Just like anything else in life, after this one, other works seemed to be much "lighter" on me.
So, here you have it, my Spring 2016 - Most of my summer will be spending time in Japan, working on my solo recital material and giving master classes. Look forward to seeing friends and family in Japan!!!
Sound of the day No.11 - Sarabande from Bach's French Suite in c minor. I love the bass line of this piece... This is me at my piano at home where everything happens(!)
When I practice Bach, without failure, I feel humble. Really humble.
Sound of the Day #11.
It is cold here in East TN, 28 degrees.......(!) I recorded this while I enjoyed listening to the crackling firewood in my living room.
I love this beautiful little piece by Rameau - so elegant and poised.
A beautiful intimate piece by Nikolai Kapustin...