Yearly Archives: 2002


Munich, Germany

Dear Readers, I’m back in Germany at long last, and while re-acclimating myself to a language I’ve been familiar with for a decade, I’ve decided to sit down and write something in English. My time is limited today and my brain is functioning in German, so please bear with me if my English doesn’t make (read more…)


Los Angeles, CA

Dear Readers, Today is “limbo” day, the day before I begin recording two of the Bach concerti with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra tomorrow. That will be my first recording for my new record company – Deutsche Grammophon – and as usual at this point in the pre-recording process, I find myself both getting excited (read more…)


Milwaukee, WI

Dear Readers, A couple of mornings ago I arrived in Milwaukee, about as miserable physically as I’ve ever been on the road. Nothing wrong with Milwaukee: it’s a nice city on Lake Michigan (the largest of the Great Lakes), about 100 miles north of Chicago, and it’s just beginning to enter its fall season. A (read more…)


Amelia Island, FL

Dear Readers, When Christopher Rex, the principal cellist of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, told me that he was founding a chamber music festival on an island off of Florida, it seemed like a great idea. The timing – in early June – was great, because it came between the end of the orchestral season and (read more…)


Singapore, Singapore

Dear Readers, Greetings from Singapore! I’m currently sitting at my computer, being filmed by Channel News Asia. The crew is sticking the camera at me at all angles – now it’s tilted, capturing my face, and now the cameraman is standing up filming me from a higher angle. The camera is gradually moving downwards, and (read more…)


Gothenberg, Sweden

Dear Readers, Another first! This afternoon in Gothenberg, as I was doing some final stretches in my dressing room before a matinee concert with the Gothenberg Symphony, one of the orchestra administrators came in and told me that something terrible had happened. Some important power equipment had broken on stage, with the result that the (read more…)


Rome, Italy

Dear Readers, I am typing this postcard sitting in the middle of my bed, in the middle of my hotel room, a couple of days into my first visit to Rome, Italy. When I arrived on Friday afternoon (2 days ago), I was one tired traveler – and my day had just begun. I had (read more…)


Idyllwild, CA

Dear Readers, Greetings from a sore hiker in the high desert of southern California! I went out exploring in the San Bernardino National Forest three times this week, and my leg muscles are pretty exhausted. Packing my suitcases half an hour ago, I tried squatting down to reach something on the floor but tipped over (read more…)


Oslo, Norway

Dear Readers, Well, my fifth recording is now under way. This afternoon I finished recording Shostakovich Concerto No.1 with the Oslo Philharmonic and conductor Marek Janowski. I’d played with the orchestra a couple of years ago, and I’d worked with Marek in Paris, but this was the first time I’d been with him and this (read more…)


New York, NY

Dear Readers, As the winter Olympics have been taking place out in Utah, I’ve been moving around North America with the members of the Royal Amsterdam Concertgebouw on their annual tour of the US and Canada, playing Shostakovich Concerto No.1. I haven’t been playing every concert on their tour, because they’ve been traveling with two (read more…)


Munich, Germany

Dear Readers, Grusse! I’m writing from the airport in Munich, on my way out of town at the end of a 3-concert minitour with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. I’m happy to report that Munich, which can be very dark and clammy at this time of year, was fresh and clear the whole time I (read more…)


Paris, France

Dear Readers, Salut! It’s late at night in Paris, and I’m seated near an open window in my hotel room a couple of hours after my concert. I’m on the attic floor of a small hotel not far from the Arc de Triomphe. My room’s not large, but it’s perfectly proportioned and has a great (read more…)


Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Dear Readers, Greetings from steep Amsterdam! I say steep because, while the landscape here is relatively flat, (which is why the residents can get away with riding upright bicycles), most of the houses and buildings have narrow, dauntingly steep staircases (and few elevators) to take visitors to upper floors. The hotel we were staying in (read more…)


Copenhagen, Denmark

Dear Readers, Greetings from Scandinavia, and Happy New Year! I’m here in Copenhagen for my first European performances of Shostakovich Concerto No.1 in a couple of years. The conductor this week is Michael Schoenwandt, the director of the Danish Opera, whom I’ve worked with a couple of times before, and the orchestra is a group (read more…)