Arcidosso, Tuscany, Italy
July 14, 2012
Ciao! What a great experience! I just returned from Italy where I participated in the InterHarmony International Music Festival, July 3-14 2012, in Arcidosso, Province of Grossetto, Tuscany, Italy. We even did some sightseeing in Tuscany, Florence, Siena, and Rome in addition to the rigorous festival. InterHarmony provided a great opportunity to work with some outstanding teachers, meet some interesting and dedicated students, and expand my knowledge of music. I worked hard on several solo pieces and really enjoyed working with my chamber quintet full of outstanding musicians. I was able to participate in several concerts where I performed the Kapustin Concert Jazz Etude Op. 40 No. 1, Chopin Ballade No. 2, and the Dvorak Quintet in A Major for Strings and Piano, Op. 81, 1st mov. I also focused on other pieces for my repertoire and was fortunate to perform in masterclasses with Marian Hahn and Frank Pavese.
Best of all, however, was my brief trip to Rome where I met up with some old friends of my family and toured the city at night. I also must mention those legendary Gelatos. I had at least 10 or 15 of them while I was there, and sometimes I even had Gelatos as my meal, much to the disappointment of my teacher!