It has been quite a while since I have updated my news page. To say the least, the last 6 months have been most interesting, productive and innovative! As mentioned in my previous blog, in November of 2012 I had the pleasure for the second time, to teach a master class at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, for the studio of the great Leone Buyse. It was so inspiring and wonderful to hear some of the most talented students in America. This was the “prelude” to a wonderful duo recital with Ms. Buyse, in late January, when we played a whole program of works for two flutes and piano, ranging from Monteverdi to Doppler, with Mendelssohn and Ciardi in there as well as a great trasnscription of Mozarts two piano sonata in D major. Robert Moeling was such a wonderful pianist and friend to agree to do this. We were so lucky he joined us for this venture. Needless to say, the honor it was for me to be on stage with Leone Buyse, cannot be recounted in words. I learned so much from this experience, as intonation, phrasing and just pure friendship coming through the music was what this concert was all about.
The months after this I spent visiting Seattle, for a wonderful series of recitals with old friend, pianist Jensina Oliver, and visiting Seattle for the first time was a rare treat. We played Mozart sonatas, Brazilian music and tangos.
This was followed by an incredible guest artist visit to MTSU, in Tennessee, where I taught a master class for Deanna Little’s studio. The level and warmth of her studio are fantastic, and I just didn’t want to leave. I could have kept teaching for days! For the recital there I was so lucky to be joined by pianist and friend Lillian Pearson, who now lives in Nashville, and was able to come down for this event.
April took me to the International flute festival of Costa Rica, which as usual was too much fun. Reuniting with friends, old and new, such as Michel Bellavance, Rogerio Wolf, Carla Rees, Christine Beard, Jean Louis Beaumadier, Jean Michel Tanguy, Eldred Spell, Horacio Massone, Matjaz Debeljak, Tim Carey and Joel Tse, made me want to stop time again, and never leave.
June was Ecuador month, for the Flute Festival in the Middel of the World, held in Quito. Friends and oragnizers, Luciano Carrera, Luis Fernando Carrera, Gustavo Lovato, Nestor Labre and Rocio Lima, were fabulous in putting an unforgettable festival together. The Colombian contingent of flutists, who came down, after thirty hours by bus, to participate in the festival was a particular highlight for me.
Now, the last week of June, I look forward to teaching for Floot Fire, in Houston, together with fabulous colleagues and friends, such as Jennifer Keeney, Lilia Agard, Seth Morris and many, many others. Immediately after I head to Europe for all of July, where I first will teach and perform at a new festival in Southern France, the Zodiac Festival, then on to two weeks of being home, in my Tuscany, where I will have the immense pleasure and excitement to direct, teach and perform at Flauti al Castello, my new international flute master class in duo again with the wonderful Leone Buyse and pianist extraordinaire, William Braun. This promises to be a magical week of fluting, food, wine and friendship in the heart of Tuscany.
Once back it will be NFA time, where I look forward to performing Jeffrey Harrington’s solo flute work, En un Clin d’Oeil.
This has gotten long, so I wish you all and incredible summer. Check back here in the fall as I am sure I will have many more stories to tell!