At Russian Cultural Center in Budapest
The next leg of my tour consisted of recitals in Moscow and Budapest. The main event in my native city, Moscow, was my appearance on the Piano Virtuosi series at the Moscow International House of Music on April 23.
In Hungary I presented a recital program at the Russian Cultural Center, followed by a concert in the town of Gðdðllð, some twenty miles north of the capital. In both places I encountered sympathetic listeners and a warm reception.
In between the two recitals in Hungary, I had a chance for a brief visit to Czech Republic, where I was a guest of historical piano makers & performers Paul McNulty and Viviana Sofronitsky. A day-visit to Prague was a delightful bonus!
The final chapter of my sabbatical leave took place on the east coast of the US, where in the month of May I performed and taught classes in Burlington, VT for Elaine Greenfield's piano studio, followed by recitals in Boston and in Ashburnham, MA for the Frederick Historical Piano Concerts, playing my Scriabin program on an 1877 Parisian Pleyel piano. The concert was reviewed by Marvin J. Ward in the Boston Musical Ingtelligencer.
During the first and second weeks of June I went to Harrisonburg, VA where the annual American Liszt Society Festival took place at James Madison University. This year's theme was "Liszt the Missionary," and I was honored to be entrusted with a performance of the Beethoven-Liszt First Symphony, along with participation in the presentation of the Transcendental Etudes cycle with the "Eroica." Like everyone else, I could not help but be very impressed with the school's state-of-the art Forbes Performing Arts Center.
This year's American Liszt Society Festival is scheduled at the University of North Texas, and the 2016 Festival will be hosted by us at our own CSUN. The theme will be: "Liszt and Russia" the dates are June 3-5, 2016. Stay tuned for more details!
Next came the Music Teachers Association of California State Convention, held June 27-July 1 in Los Angeles, which featured an array of exciting events from small lectures to state competitions. I have to thank my colleague and the convention program director, Professor Edward Francis, for inviting me to perform a lecture-recital and conduct a masterclass there.
After that I taught for three weeks at the very special place called Adamant Music School in Vermont, a true piano haven, where I have taught since 1993.
Another memorable event was the Los Angeles International Young Musician Competition, held in early August at Pomona College, where as an adjudicator, I was very impressed with an incredible display of talent, particularly in the younger categories.