January 2013, has been very busy and fulfilling already! The Christmas break was used to rest a bit and to practice for the January concerts I just finished. It  was the biggest joy and honor to walk on stage to make music with dear friend Leone Buyse at Rice University as part of their Faculty Series. We were joined by pianist Robert Moeling and the three of us just had a ball with the fun program we put together. We performed works ranging from Monteverdi to Ian Clarke. After appearing on a fun “chat” on the radio, on St.John Flynn’s radio show “The Front Row”, we had a fantastic turn out on the night of the concert. Maybe it was the subtlety of the Duo Seraphim from Monteverdi’s Vespers 1610 which was second on the program, or the finale of Bellini’s “La Sonnambula”, that earned us a most delightful standing ovation. This concert will stay in my memory for many years to come!

The very next day I traveled up to Seattle, to play two runs of the same recital with pianist Jensina Oliver, and old friend from my University of Utah years! Such a joy to play with her again in this beautiful city, I had never been to! The first recital was held at a private home, and our hosts provided us with a fantastic Bösendofer piano! What a treat. The second was in a lovely hall at Shoreline Community College. The music we chose was so perfect for the occasion: Mozart e minor sonata K 304 ( originally for violin ), Schumann’s Three Romances op. 94, Piazzolla, Latin folk and Breno Blauth’s Sonata T.5.

I sure hope to visit this amazing city again, to perform and see new friends!