November is here and temperatures start dropping down and it is the perfect time to get our heart warmer with some beautiful music. I spent this month rehearsing for my forthcoming Concerts, teaching and practising. It might sound obvious but I love my "job". I consider myself privileged because I enjoy myself all the time as a teacher and performer: I love teaching, being challenged by my students or vice versa, being rewarded by their successes in exams or performances, learning with them when something doesn't go according to plan. I enjoy meeting my colleagues, rehearsing with them, discovering new things in pieces that we usually play together, learning new repertoire and obviously performing in public. Being a musician is a way of living; it is not like other jobs where one goes to office and after eight hours the job is done. For me, music is part of my body and mind and I can't switch off from it; I find inspiration for my interpretation of pieces in everyday life aspects, nature, exhibitions, landscapes, people. Music is like bringing to life the life itself.
I hope to be able to communicate all my enthusiasm about being a musician and a performer in my forthcoming Lunchtime Recital on the 3rd November at St. James's Church Sussex Gardens in Paddington. I will be joined by a fantastic Violinist and special friend of mine Hitomi Inujima. We will perform L.van Beethoven Violin Sonata n. 6 and R. Strauss Violin Sonata in E flat major op. 18. Beethoven Violin Sonata n. 6 is a gem of rare simplicity and the challenge is to communicate that purity of sound to the audience. After rehearsing with Hitomi we thought that this wonderful Sonata has something to do with the maturity of old people in the sense that after being through hard times in life they have developed that maturity to appreciate the simplicity of childhood.
Strauss Violin Sonata is a masterpiece that challenges the technical dexterity and musical qualities of both musicians and it is a celebration of life with the passionate first movement, the intimate character of the second mov and the uplifting third movement. The second movement has the title "Improvisation"; even if Strauss wrote all the parts in details, it is challenging for the two performers to communicate that sense of improvisation, that feeling of creating in the moment.
Hitomi and me set the goal that for this performance we'll communicate the feeling of freshness even if we spent lots of hours in practice rooms together and show our sense of surprise like we are discovering something new and exciting while performing. Will we be able to do that? To find out, I am looking forward seeing many of you there. Please have a glance at my program notes which contain further details about date, venue and more informations about the repertoire.