New music collaboration
with Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival
Another example of my new music collaborations exists because of and through the Arizona Friends of Chamber Music. This organisation sponsors the Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival, directed by the international cellist Peter Rejto, in which I perform every year. This festival is an incredible success story and has been running for 25 years. A major part of its success lies in its privately funded commissioning program, the largest in the world. It is unique in that it raises funds by direct appeal to its audience members.
I have had the privilege to participate in three chamber music commissions since 2009, performing the world premieres of Carl Vine’s Piano Quintet Fantasia, Pierre Jalbert’s Piano Quartet Secret Alchemy and his Piano Quintet. Not only do I have the opportunity to work with some of the world’s most brilliant performers, like the Shanghai and Jupiter Quartets in these particular works, but with the composers also, who spend a week with us working through the scores in preparation for their live performance at the festival.
New CD coming soon
Shortly, I will be releasing a CD in commemoration of the 25th Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival which will feature 4 past chamber music commissions: Steven Stucky’s Piano Quartet, Pierre Jalbert’s Piano Quartet and Quintet and Carl Vine’s Fantasia. I will collaborate with the Jupiter Quartet from the USA on this recording.