JOURNAL

For years, I posted longer-form journal entries. Here are some select samples from that decade, for your enjoyment.


Lyon, France – during the wee hours of February 15, 2008

Dear Readers, I’m feeling rather prolific these days. I know I wrote less than twelve hours ago, but I’m already motivated to update. So much so that I’m still at the hall in Lyon; this can’t even wait till I return to my lodgings for the evening. I’m pretty sure I played the best recital (read more…)


Lyon, France

Dear Readers, Happy Valentine’s Day! I’m in Lyon, France, having played in London last night. My muscles are a little sore. Two nights ago, I went to sleep in Paris feeling pretty relaxed, but yesterday, after the adrenaline from the first recital had worn off, my left arm cramped up. To pace myself for tonight’s (read more…)


London, England

Dear Readers, Last night began our European recital tour. There were a few surprises: Me, after our unexpectedly A440 rehearsal the night before: “Will the piano be tuned to this pitch tomorrow, or to A442?” “This pitch.” “Really? Because I heard it was supposed to be A442…?” “Yes, exactly like this.” “Oh, ok.” I had (read more…)


Paris, France

Dear Readers, Washington yesterday, Paris today – and the same moon over the Baltimore harbor last night as over the Champs-Élysées tonight, a little thicker in the sliver this evening. Such is the geographical distortion of the life of a touring musician. I was a little reluctant to leave yesterday; I’d just finished running some (read more…)


Post-Europe

Dear Readers, Welcome back, me! What is there to say? I’m not quite sure; I’m feeling dazed and very, very tired, but I’m on my way home for several good nights’ worth of sleep, so the slowness of my thoughts will be remedied soon enough. The past few months have been pretty stuffed with concerts (read more…)


Stuttgart, Germany

Dear Readers, I’ve been thwarted! I went out around 2:30 for some lunch, and every restaurant had finished serving their lunch menu but was hours from starting dinner. I’d forgotten that about Europe, although it’s one of my biggest frustrations here, since my favorite time for lunch is between 3 and 4 pm. Oh, and (read more…)


London, England

Dear Readers, Here I am at Heathrow in London, somewhat peeved at the British security system. Also at the fact that gate numbers aren’t posted till shortly before boarding, making it compulsory to sit amidst waves of clashing perfume and shopping music, in a mall of overpriced items and common duty-free enticements, while waiting to (read more…)


Tucson, AZ

Dear Readers, Another relatively short entry, but this time because my stay in this city was short and I didn’t do much besides work. (Okay, I rearranged my hotel bedding again.) The entire Tucson/George Hanson/Sibelius engagement lasted one day. I arrived on Monday, after my day in Albuquerque interviewing Ralph (we talked for nearly three (read more…)


Indianapolis, IN

Dear Readers, Greetings from Indianapolis! I’m here to play the Sibelius concerto with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and conductor Larry Rachleff. It’s been a while since I wrote anything at all, even an email, so in this entry, I ask that you please excuse my scattered thoughts and abrupt sentence construction. I am hoping that (read more…)


Montreux, Switzerland

Dear Readers, Sometimes it pays to be ignorant. Waiting for the UBS orchestra’s charter flight to Naples, I am enjoying the croissant I swiped from the first class section of the airline lounge before being informed that I actually belonged in the business class area and would therefore have to demote my things and myself (read more…)


Milwaukee, WI

Dear Readers, Greetings from the Milwaukee airport at 7 am! I’m sitting in a generic grey seat at the gate area, my legs stretched out lightly on my case, listening to Massive Attack’s Mezzanine through oversized headphones (my constant companion for the past eight years; it’s nice to shut the entire world out from time (read more…)


Tokyo, Japan

Dear Readers, Here I am, unexpectedly, in Japan, at the end of a week of touring with the Deutsche Kammerorchester Bremen and conductor Paavo Järvi. It’s not being here today that’s unexpected, so much as having just completed a Japanese tour which, a month ago, could not have been foreseen. In short, about three weeks (read more…)


Warsaw, Poland

Dear Readers, Greetings from Poland! I’m in Warsaw now, here for the start of our European tour. We’ve spent one more day here than is usual for a recital stop – we took a week and a half off over Thanksgiving and wanted to put in some extra rehearsal time before getting back into the (read more…)


Santa Barbara, CA

Dear Readers, This is a long tour, so I don’t want to write everything I can think of at this moment, in case I run out of things to report on later. In this entry, therefore, I’ll focus mainly on tour-commencement information. I remember, as a kid, wondering how performers prepared recital tours. Did they (read more…)


Los Angeles, CA

Dear Readers, This trip wasn’t mentioned on the calendar here on my site, but I did come to L.A. this week for a performance. The historic Geffen Playhouse in Westwood had been gutted and rebuilt, and the re-opening event took place last night. I was asked to be one of the musical guests for the (read more…)