festival is almost over / by Yin Xiong

i am finally back home after spent 7 weeks at kneisel hall! with limited access to internet and also no data at all with my phone... i didn't get a chance to write anything while i was in maine. 

the past 7 weeks was quite intense. i've worked on and performed: mendelssohn c minor piano trio; beethoven "harp" quartet; schumann g minor piano trio and schubert's death and maiden quartet. playing with new and different people is always interesting, i am constantly learning how to overcome all kinds of difficulties and challenges. in the end, when we gave all we have worked on and worked for, the outcome is always rewarding. it is fascinating for each one of us to express different ideas and share different experiences through the same music. when robert mcdonald (piano faculty at curtis and juilliard) came to me after he heard the performance of the schumann g minor trio, he said: you reminded me how much i love schumann, and all the emotions. my heart melted.. music truly tells something without words...

kneisel concert hall

kneisel concert hall

with joel krosnick and robert mcdonald 

with joel krosnick and robert mcdonald 

main reason i came here for the second summer is because of my dear teacher: joel krosnick (cellist of the juilliard string quartet for 42 years). spending time learning, playing and talking with him is so valuable and precious. i know it's so cliche to say but.. i wouldn't be the person and the musician today without him. learning is a lifetime process, no matter for music and also for a human being. everyday we take a small step and listen to ourselves and always seeking for our own voice. 

another journey has come to an end

now on to the next one! 

to be continued..