Studio Class!

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A few hours from now, a group of hard-working, motivated students will perform their solo repertoire for each other in preparation for their formal recital two weeks from now.

Incidentally – all are welcome to attend that recital!  It’s free and open to the public, and it’s always a pleasure to hear beautiful music played by dedicated students.  Saturday, June 17, 3:00 PM, at the First Parish Church in Arlington Center, 630 Mass Ave.

Playing in studio class is one of the rare treats (and pressures!) of being a serious classical violin student.  Anyone who has gone through conservatory training is familiar with the ritual, but outside of that small niche, few usually are.  It is a safe place to try out Continue reading

Kreisler in the Rain (live recording!)

It’s a quiet, rainy day in Boston, so I decided to spend a few hours this afternoon reviewing and organizing some recordings of recent performances.  They tend to pile up very quickly, often sending me rushing to an electronics store to buy a fresh memory card before a concert since I haven’t had a chance to sort through the last recordings!

Finally listening to the recordings – facing the fear of hearing one’s own live performances, and separating the embarrassing takes from the gems – perhaps this is a musician’s spring cleaning.

Here is an excerpt from my last recital Continue reading