For the last three days, I've been featured as a Young Artist in Residency on Minnesota Public Radio's show, "Performance Today." What a treat! Many thanks for PT for this great opportunity, and also thanks for a great time. It was a blast.
I'll be adding some of the audio to my Audio & Video page over the next few days, but for now, head on over to their website! I'm playing music of Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Bartok, Paganini (of course), and Bach- and of course, there's tons more!
Here's a video of myself at PT with the wonderful pianist, Dina Vainshtein. Happy listening-
Hey friends- just a quick update to stay tuned for my upcoming residency on Minnesota Public Radio's "Performance Today"! Click on the title to go directly to their weskit. I recorded several shows with them last month, and they should be broadcast any day now, so keep an ear open!
Also, I want to take this opportunity to invite you all to my recital this Wednesday, April 16, at 8pm in NEC's St. Botolph building, Room 113! Music of Mozart, Paganini (of course), Tchaikovsky, Bach, and Beethoven, no less. (All the usual suspects.) I will be joined by the lovely Dina Vainshtein. Hope to see you there!
Oh yeah, I have a blog. Right. Oops.
It has been a very exciting and busy few months- lots of stuff simmering, none quite ready for the table, so to speak- but there should be lots happening in the next few months!
I played a concert the other night with an organization called "groupmuse"- if you don't know them, check them out at groupmuse.com. They are doing cool and important work to change the social culture around classical music.
AND, I participated in some democracy! Last week I was invited to play at a public hearing for Arts and Culture in Boston. (For a pic of me playing at the event, click here.) I learned about a lot of interesting groups, and I heard some great ideas for progress in the arts and in the city. From that event, I've been invited to give a performance at City Hall coming up, so stay tuned!
It's been a whirlwind 10 days. I've been rehearsing, touring, and recording with a chamber orchestra in Boston. They are a fantastic group called A Far Cry (check out their website here) and I'm so proud to have been with them during this exciting time. We were recording a new album for them. The recording is done (whew!) but the production is still in process- and they need your help! Consider supporting this great project online; read more here.
NEXT UP: Britten Quartet No. 3 on Monday in Jordan Hall! Don't miss! http://necmusic.edu/britten-harbison-heiss-ligeti
Too often the musical world is separated by our country borders and national ideologies. My friend Mathilde Geismar is hoping to change exactly that. Her new non-profit, CordeUS, is "focused on connecting and enriching the musical cultures between France and the United States." CordeUS's camp, Academie Anglicorde, begins next month (enrollment is open now!), and their website offers means of connecting musicians in both countries through discussion and opportunities. Check it out!
CordeUS is currently raising funds that would support students of the Academie. Every little bit helps.
Á bientôt! Happy practicing-
I'm thrilled to be back at Symphony in C this week as a Violin Teaching Artist at their Symphony Summer Camp. The students range in every way possible, including age, level, background- but they all share an enthusiasm for music and a cheerful disposition toward long rehearsals! The students made me proud many times today. We're working on some difficult music - Jupiter from Holst's "The Planets," some traditional Clave music, a Prelude and Fugue by White, and a few other arrangements. It's a lot to handle, and the kids are doing it beautifully.
One of my favorite moments of today was not one of those times that I felt particularly proud, but it was too funny to leave out.
Part of my job is to sit in the section for ensemble rehearsals to help guide any musical stragglers. For one of this morning's rehearsals I was sitting behind two young boys. They're both on the younger side of the age range and both a little less experienced than some of their colleagues, so they're still working on how to safely hold an instrument when there are other people around. One of the boys was stretching and, wouldn't you know, nicked the other boy's violin with his bow. It was an accident; shouldn't happen, but alone it's forgivable and not worth mentioning. But to my astonishment, his companion stared at the violin, glared up at his friend, and then - here it is - hit the first boy's violin with his bow in response! Would you believe?! I got involved pretty quickly from there. I couldn't show it of course, but I was dying laughing inside.
I guess you just never know what's going to happen next in orchestra.
For more on Symphony in C's Summer Symphony Camp, click here:
Am super excited- hope you'll join us!
5:30pm, Bennet Gordon Hall, Ravinia- free admission.
Also on the program: Mozart Viola Quintet in C Major, featuring Libby Fayette, Jae Ook Lee, Léa Hennino, Paul Biss, and Sayaka Selina.
Looking forward to these performances at Ravinia next week!!
Monday, 7/8, 8p: "Aria Fantasy" by David Ludwig with Matthew Lipman, viola; Loewi Lin, cello; and Lindsay Garritson, piano $10
Thursday, 7/11, 5:30p: Beethoven "Kreutzer" Sonata with Einav Yarden, piano FREE
Sunday, 7/14, 2p: Smetana Quartet with Ji-won Song, violin; Steve Laraia, viola; and Antonina Zharava, cello FREE
Thursday, 7/18, 5:30p: Schubert Piano Trio in Eb with Andrea Casarrubios, cello; and Ronaldo Rolim, piano FREE
For more, please visit:
http://www.davidludwigmusic.com; http://lindsaygarritson.com; http://www.einavyarden.com; http://www.antonina-zharava.com; http://www.andreacasarrubios.es/index.html; http://www.ronaldorolim.com
I'm having a great time as a Student Artist in the Juilliard School's Starling-Delay Symposium! It's an action-packed week; today I played Berio Sequenza for Jorja Fleezanis, tomorrow I'm playing Milstein Paganiniana in a recital, and Friday I play a little Mendelssohn for Ani Kavafian. Meanwhile, there are other masterclasses, pedagogy classes, and recitals to attend! Check out a full schedule here.
...I'm totally a Bostonian, but I have to admit: it's fun being in NYC.
And speaking of New York! Check out this great letter in the New York Times. The author and I are on the same page.
What a crazy week! It started with this:
Crescendo-ed to this:
And wrapped up with this:
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