As we turn the corner on winter and spring approaches, I find myself reflecting on the many wonderful opportunities I have had in the months since my last message to you. I’m sure that the year will hold many more exciting performances and other activities. At the same time, my thoughts go out to those who have been victims of natural disasters and extreme weather throughout the world over the past months. I wish them all a speedy and safe recovery.
The start of the new year was very busy and exciting. My students at USC returned from their winter breaks refreshed and ready to begin tackling new challenges and to pursue their goals with renewed dedication. In January, I also had the privilege of touring Europe in a series of recitals with pianist Özgür Aydin. The locations we visited were cold but we received an exceptionally warm welcome from everyone we encountered.
February saw a residency in Kalamazoo, Michigan through the Orchestra Residencies Program involving the Kalamazoo Symphony and the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra. My assistant Moni and I enjoyed several days of musical and social activities with students and professionals alike. As in all the previous residencies through ORP, this one culminated in exciting performances with both the youth and adult host orchestras. Throughout the rest of the month of February, I was fortunate to travel to Denver to perform with the Colorado Symphony and to other locations in Europe for performances of the DoReMiConcerto by Peter Eötvös with the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest. Sharing this new piece with audiences for the first time was a thrilling and rewarding experience.
As the weather becomes warmer, I look forward to upcoming international engagements in Europe and Asia, as well as a United States recital tour with Özgür Aydin. And, of course, there will be much work to be done at USC as the students prepare for summer opportunities and graduation.
I hope the arrival of spring brings happiness and beautiful music to you, wherever you are!