This summer I had the opportuniy to travel to Brazil and perform five concerts in four different cities with pianist Gabriel Neves Coelho. We presented a recital of 20th and 21st century American works in Porto Alegre, Caxias do Sul, Joinville, and Curitiba – music by Aaron Copland, Lukas Foss, William Bolcom, and Benjamin Krause.
If you haven’t been to Brazil yet, I would highly recommend it. The current exchange rate between US dollars and the Brazilian real will also make your trip financially possible. Following our concerts, we spent a few days in Rio de Janeiro. Check out this view from next to “Christ the Redeemer:”
I’m playing with Joshua Bell and the Shippensburg Festival Orchestra this week and looked up some history on Mr. Bell’s famous violin. I came across this story on NPR discussing experiments in which modern instruments were compared with old Stradivarii and the results were not as expected. In fact, in many cases, purchasing a more modern violin will not only save you money, but also give you a better tone!
Mt. Shasta newspaper review of our participation in the Music by the Mountain festival this past summer. The Jefferson Baroque Orchestra performed two concerts along with a gala party and two education outreaches at local schools.
Recognition on Mu Phi Epsilon’s website regarding the two grants I was awarded last year. The funds are currently being used to commission new works for violin and piano to be presented in a multimedia performance sometime in 2014.
Learning a musical instrument to a high level is extremely difficult, and the violin is no exception! Take a look at this article which discusses the difficulties of bowing with respect to the physical oscillations of the string:
Keeping to a schedule is most effective when also using a practice journal. Purchase a quality journal that you will enjoy writing in and write down your thoughts during each practice session. Make notes about the key to technical difficulties in your repertoire as well as goals for future practice sessions. Being organized, and having a purpose, will help you get the most out of each practice session.
A brief article on transforming our mindsets when it comes to practicing. We need to move from the idea that “I have to practice,” to one that says “I practice.” It needs to be an integrated part of oneself.
I’ve just been asked to perform my first recital on baroque violin as part of the Oregon Bach Festival’s elderhostel program. This program provides educational opportunities for the elderly through the University of Oregon and collaboration with OBF.
The recital will be July 13th at 9:30 AM in Collier House on the UO campus, and will feature works by J.S. Bach, Uccellini, Fontana, and others.