There and Back Again! From the Michael Hill International Violin Competition, that is. Other Middle Earth, New Zealand, Kiwi stuff to come later…

The jet-lag after a long trip – especially the kind of trip to New Zealand – often makes me wonder if it’s just my body’s way of refusing to wake up after a beautiful dream…

And so it was that around a month ago, I left for Queenstown, New Zealand, after 10 rewarding but incredibly stressful days of rehearsals and performances in Montréal. At the end of four competitive rounds in both Queenstown and Auckland, the results came out: I was chosen as Third Prize winner of the 2013 Michael Hill International Violin Competition.

Am I lucky? Yes, most certainly. Not only did I receive a very nice sum of cash, an awesome title, I was also able perform all the music that I had signed up for, and I had the privilege to meet and work with some very accomplished, admirable, inspirational people. Knowing how competitions often tend to operate with a lot of unfavourable politics, I am also very proud of myself for staying true to my ultimate mission: that is, to always try to give my own, personal, best performance. Not to say that the competition was necessarily “fair” this time around, I am nonetheless pleased with my own achievements. Bottom line is, I have very much to be incredibly grateful and thankful for!

Paradise in Houston

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It’s one of those days again: when the weather is so very very beautiful outside, but your work is so very very dire inside.

I returned to my practice room this afternoon around 1PM. After a short warm-up, I dove straight into the difficult and meaty repertoire. At some point around 2:30PM, I became so unbearably frustrated that I had put down my instrument and just sit for a moment.

And that’s where the magic began.

Since the Shepherd School is mostly on summer vacation at this point, there was little music-making in the practice room hallways. Instead, the only noises to be heard were the light birdsong of the turtle doves, and the peaceful babbling of this fountain, both of which were just directly outside my practice room window. The afternoon sunlight casts a magical glow in this little courtyard.

What serenity.

School’s out!

…but I’ve still got tons to practice! Life of a musician. However, it’s still nice to be able to get out of bed by 9:30AM, and not feel like I’m beginning the day way to late!

As if to add to the euphoria of vacation, Houston decided to award all of its residents with just absolutely beautiful weather – you know, upper 20s (celsius), beautiful skies (with an occasional thunderstorm that dissolves into a cooler and clearer sky), and a very light breeze. Perfect set-up for all the indoor practicing that needs to be happening – NOT.

11/18/2012 Recital @ Acadia University – Wolfville, NS

18 November 2012, 14:00

Garden Room, Acadia University, Wolfville, NS

Programme:

A. MacDonald – The Great Square of Pegasus, Op. 42
B. Bartok – Rhapsody No. 1 for Violin & Piano
K. Szymanowski – Nocturne & Tarantella, Op. 28
– Intermission
E. Ysaye – Sonata in E major, Op. 27 No. 6
C. Franck – Sonata for Violin & Piano in A major

Boson Mo, violin and Philip Chiu, piano

11/16/2012 – Recital @ Mount Allison Performing Arts Series – Sackville, NB

16 November 2012, 20:00

Brunton Auditorium, MtA University, Sackville, NB

Programme:

A. MacDonald – The Great Square of Pegasus, Op. 42
B. Bartok – Rhapsody No. 1 for Violin & Piano
K. Szymanowski – Nocturne & Tarantella, Op. 28
– Intermission
E. Ysaye – Sonata in E major, Op. 27 No. 6
C. Franck – Sonata for Violin & Piano in A major

Boson Mo, violin and Philip Chiu, piano

10/15/2012 – Shepherd Chamber Orchestra – Houston

Shepherd School Chamber Orchestra
Mon, 15 Oct 2012 08:00 PM

Shepherd School of Music

Stude Concert Hall – Alice Pratt Brown Hall
Rice University
6100 Main St
Houston , Texas , USA

Shepherd School of Music – Official Centennial Event
Shepherd School Chamber Orchestra
Larry Rachleff, music director
The Shepherd School Chamber Orchestra presents a concert as part of the centennial festivities. Program includes J.S. Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins in D Minor, BWV 1043 featuring Kathleen Winkler, Dorothy Richard Starling Chair in Classical Violin and Paul Kantor, Sallie Shepherd Perkins Professor of Violin, as well as Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21.