We have returned from our first time in Canada performing and taking part in masterclasses! We had the chance to work with amazing artists and musicians, Mark Steinberg of the Brentano String Quartet, Kikue Ikeda of the former Tokyo String Quartet, mezzo-soprano Dawn Upshaw, and pianists Robert McDonald and Gil Kalish. Besides the amazing food (including an abundance of cauliflower) and the profoundly beautiful vistas we witnessed on our hikes up Sulfur and through Lake Louise, we had the chance to hear many other wonderful musicians as well as perform with Kikue Ikeda and Barry Shiffman in a piano quintet arrangement of Chausson's Chanson Perpetuelle!
Our Canadian premiere of Michael Brown's Violin Sonata came after having the chance to perform it for Michael's former teacher at the Juilliard School, Robert McDonald was a definite highlight during our residence. It was a new experience to receive guidance on this new work with someone who knew Michael's music and pianism very intimately. We have also had the chance to begin work on our first album, which we have been anticipating with much excitement to release really soon! Thanks to everyone whom have come to our concerts! Looking forward to the fall season!