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24 Aug 2014

Dear Friends,

Greetings from Lucerne!

My summer months have been invigorating and exciting, filled with great opportunities for new discoveries! This week, at the Lucerne Festival, they come to a climax with the world premiere of a new concerto by the Austrian composer Johannes Maria Staud.

As I perform and discuss works written over four centuries by composers of many different cultural backgrounds, I continue to marvel at music’s ability to communicate ideas and emotions to audiences of all ages. This week alone, I perform all six solo sonatas and partitas of J.S.Bach, the “classical” Mendelssohn Concerto and the Staud work, which promises to take all of us on a journey of self-reflection and reassurance. In between these performances, I visit a correctional facility outside of Lucerne and a palliative care facility. I also give master classes to young musicians of the Lucerne Academy, who come from all over the world. In addition to all these activities, I am practicing and preparing works by Berg, Xenakis, Saariaho, Schnittke, Hartke, Davidovsky, Adams, Sibelius, Brahms, Eötvös, Tchaikovsky, Schumann, Schubert, Strauss, and Mozart for upcoming engagements in the U.S., Germany, France, China, and Japan!

Speaking of Japan, I am receiving promising updates from the three schools whose students will participate in my Suntory Hall Residency in October. The children, who take part in Music Sharing’s Instrumental Instruction for the Disabled program, will perform a pre-concert shortly before my all-concerto program on October 10th. All ticketholders for the main concert are invited to attend the pre-concert at no extra charge.

As I write these words, the new school year is beginning at USC. I look forward to working with my students again. They never cease to challenge and inspire me.

With best wishes,