Its been an interesting May and June! After an amazing time performing with David Campbell at the Western Springs School of Talent Education and Naperville Suzuki School's 35th Anniversary Concert in Chicago Symphony Center, I had to fly to Canada to play at my mothers funeral. That was one of the most difficult times I've ever had playing the cello in my life. I miss her terribly and can't thank her enough for all that she did to influence my life! She fought harder than anybody I've ever known with Parkinson's and she beat the disease for 33 years! Soon, I'm sure the knowledge that she is no longer in any pain will be of comfort, but for now, I have my wife, family, dog, cello and garden to help me through this difficult time. What a month of extremes!
However, in June, I was again invited to be the cello instructor, chamber coach, sectional leader and overnight counselor at University of Colorado' High School Summer Music Academy! This year, for the first time, I had two of my own students taking part and it was a joy watching them improve enormously in the space of a week! It made me feel incredible knowing that I was in some way responsible for the amount of learning and improvement taking place in their lives and I can't wait to see where they will go from here!
The rest of the summer will be quieter, with work going into recording another CD and producing an edition of the Braun Suites for Cello. Stay tuned for more!