It has been a busy summer! I started the season by participating in the Stepping Stone competition in Montreal, Quebec. From June 27-July 5th, 24 musicians from across the country traveled to Montreal to compete for a top prize of 10,000 dollars. There were three rounds: the first elimination, the semi-final, and the final. For the first round I played Chopin’s Sonata in B minor and Debussy’s Images. For the semi-final I played Bach’s Italian concerto, Szymanowski’s Etudes, op.4, Beethoven’s Sonata in A flat, op. 110, and Liszt’s Rigoletto Paraphrase. In this round, I also performed the imposed work, Scott Good’s beautiful and atmospheric Etude for piano. For the final, I played Grieg’s Concerto in A minor. I was very pleased to make it, along with 5 other competitors, all the way to the last round, considering that this was the first competition of this scale in which I have competed.
Once I came back to Toronto, I set to work learning new repertoire and working on my thesis. I am researching the life of the extraordinary pianist, Ricardo Viñes, and the role he played in shaping the musical life of Paris during the early 1900’s. I am particularly interested in his connections with Debussy and Ravel; according to Francis Poulenc, Viñes was the only piano virtuoso during this time who regularly programmed their works. I am almost finished translating the only biographical monograph written about this colourful Catalan, Ricardo Viñes: Un pèlerin de l’Absolu (or Ricardo Viñes: Pilgrim of the Absolute), by Mildred Clary.
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