Hello friends. I am off to Korea on May 27, for a week of playing and teaching. I thought it would be fun to blog about my trip from over there, trying to give a "real-time" feel to my adventures.
This would be the first post, just to set the scene. I first visited and worked in Korea one year ago, teaching for a week in a "flute store". Flute is so big in Korea, entire stores are devoted just to selling flutes, flute music, CDs, and bringing in guests. I had a wonderful time, hearing so many talented players, and eating great food!!
On this trip, I will perform a solo recital at Mozart Hall, teach a masterclass at Seoul National University, and give four days' worth of public masterclasses as well. On my recital, I will play works of Bach, Reinecke, Martin, Elliott Carter, and others, as well as have a former student join me for a "big finish" with the Doppler Andante and Rondo.
Over the years, I have taught many Korean flutists. I am struck by how serious and dedicated they are to music and the flute, and what hard workers they are. They seem eager and curious for feedback and information to improve their playing.
After the 14-hour flight (!!), I will jump right into piano rehearsals for the recital and the first batch of teaching. I will write again as sooon as I can after I arrive.
Thanks for reading!! Feel free to post comments.