Music has filled up my schedule since June. I taught at two Massachusetts festivals: Amherst Early Music and the International Baroque Institute at Longy (School of Music of Bard in Cambridge). We explored German and Italian music from the 17th and 18th centuries. Following, I played concerts in Ariadne Daskalakis’ Lands End Festival on Cape Cod.
During the fall, I have been teaching at both SUNY Stony Brook and Yale University. I also managed to squeeze in a Bay Area tour with my group, the Aulos Ensemble, as well as a few New York area concerts.
In March I will be directing a historically danced and staged production of Rameau’s Pygmalion at Stony Brook combining the forces of the Stony Brook Opera Workshop and Baroque Players with guest artists, all on period instruments.
In April, I will be a featured recital soloist at the Flintwoods Collection of Antique Harpsichords in Delaware in a weekend of harpsichord recitals called, “Harpsichord Heaven.”
Working on and performing Bach brings a kind of total satisfaction to me that is hard to match with other composers or styles. The music is intellectually stimulating, uses amazingly sophisticated harmonies, can have achingly beautiful melody lines, and is also physically exhilarating to play. When you put all that together, it reaches and envelops your head and your heart.