Magical Autumn has landed on New England and the 2019-20 Season is well underway. After a great escape to a tiny cottage on Lake Huron w/ Esty & the kids in August, Andrew jumped back into concerts at the Charlottesville Festival and Cleveland Chamber Music Society. Up ahead, Andrew joins James Ehnes for Part I of their 3-part series at Wigmore Hall, surveying the cycle of 10 Violin Sonatas by Beethoven for the master's 250th Birthday. Come November, Andrew's 2nd season as Artistic Director of the Columbia Museum's Chamber Music on Main Series brings superstars Tessa Lark & Philip Myers to play with him 3 iconic masterpieces: Schubert's Fantasy for violin & piano, Bizet's Carmen Fantasy in a setting for horn & piano, and Brahms' Horn Trio.
An exhilarating, busy year of firsts ahead. Andrew travels abroad in coming months to London (Wigmore), Geneva, Ontario, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, and Kuala Lumpur, all with long-time collaborator, violinist James Ehnes. The duo also begin their project of performing the cycle of Beethoven's complete violin sonatas in cities around the world to mark the master's 250th birthday.
A solo recital takes Andrew to Warsaw, Poland, and more chamber music brings a short trip to Segura, Spain.
At home in North America, Andrew performs Tchaikovsky's Concerto No. 1, Mozart's gem, the A Major Concerto k 414, and Bach's d minor concerto in Halifax as part of a two-week residency at Scotia Fest.
Two new roles for Andrew this year. First, he has been appointed director of Green Lake Chamber Music Camp for two weeks in July at the Green Lake Festival of Music in Wisconsin. And in Columbia, SC, the Columbia Museum of Art has appointed him Artistic Director of Chamber Music on Main, a concert series that runs through the year.
At home, Andrew and Esty are working on building a backyard paradise for their kids and dogs -- a new swingset, a fence to let the dogs stay outside longer, and new furniture for the back deck, with visions of long summer BBQ nights. Seven-month old Gabriel coos and smiles, calls out in single syllables, sits up, tries to stand, promises his first budding tooth on the way, and thrives under the loving, thoughtful guidance of his big brother and sister, Jack and Elise, who seem to have a special command of his funny-bone. Esty continues to make it all possible just as effortlessly as she's made it look from the beginning. The two pet fish keep on, swimmingly enough, seeming very unimpressed and unmoved by it all.
A fun bonus bit of news, Andrew will join brilliant violinist Tessa Lark for a recital at Oberlin College next month (Nov 19). This is one of those full-circle stories, as Andrew had attended summer piano camp at Oberlin as a teenager and eagerly anticipates revisiting the setting of such rich, happy memories.
First things first, we are thrilled to report news of Andrew's and Esty's newborn child, Gabriel. Little Gaby specializes in sneezing and burping, eyebrow expressivity (inherited from his mother, both in the up and down positions), and big smiles when cooed to by his big brother and sister, Jack & Elise.
At the piano this Fall, Andrew will present solo recitals in New England and on the Oregon Coast, join Chamber Music Charleston for hearty Dvorak, and begin a multi-year exploration of Beethoven's violin sonata cycle with both violinists James Ehnes and Amy Schwartz Moretti. In Winter, Andrew joins cellist Benedict Kloeckner for recitals in Chicago, the Seattle Chamber Music Society for two weeks of glorious chamber music in January, the Boston Chamber Music Society for Walton's great Piano Quartet in February, and in March he joins conductor Eric Jacobsen and the Greater Bridgeport Symphony Orchestra for Beethoven's golden 5th Concerto, "the Emperor."
September brought for Andrew a return to touring Canada with friend and incomparable violinist James Ehnes (Ehnes@40), in addition to piano recitals, a contented dip into the luxurious violin music of Korngold, and a long-awaited first adventure with Schubert's sublime Fantasie for violin & piano.
October brings more Ehnes@40 travels including the addition of Franck, Kreisler, & Ravel at La Maison Symphonique de Montréal,
a stop in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, a too-speedy sweep through the Maritimes, as well as time at home, preparing Winter repertoire while his dogs mock him by their endless lazy naps, the kids sneak under the piano to give him pre-Halloween heart attacks, and his wife somehow just effortlessly makes it all happen with grace while juggling her work as an RN.
As Summer Camps and Festivals wind down, Andrew prepares to head to a cottage on the shores of Lake Huron with his family for a week of sand castles, wave-busting, twilight walks, and cooking. The end of August will bring a return to touring Canada with violinist James Ehnes (Ehnes@40) as well as concerts with violinists Yuriy Bekker, Emmanuel Vukovich, trios with Jennifer Frautschi and Edward Arron, and a new piano solo program of music inspired by literature.