On working with composers

The thing that hooked me into new music was my addiction to solving puzzles.  Rapidly oscillating 9ths up and down the keyboard with too small a hand?  Regroup and quickly throw! Passagework which squirrels away from any comfortable hand position?  Sneak some with the...

String Envy

At college, I wound up mostly hanging out with string players.  There were a multitude of reasons why I was drawn to them; they shared and encouraged the same geeky excitements I had, they loved to sightread and discover new pieces, and they were positive and...