Dear Music Friends,
Two seasons ago (February 2022) pianist Nicolas van Poucke filled in fantastically on short notice as the piano soloist in Mendelssohn’s Concerto for Violin, Piano, and String Orchestra. We had never met in person before. Just before the first rehearsal I saw Nicolas stroll down the hallway, fedora on his head, wearing a trench coat; as if he had just walked out of an Oscar Wilde 19th century theater play…cool and independent. We started chatting, among other things, about Janos Starker en György Sebök, teachers I had studied with in the USA. Nicolas lit up, speaking with great admiration about the musical giants of the (recent) past. And on top of that, he was very funny. Ha, this is a man I could work with!!
When Nicolas later confided in me that he also would like to program his own concert series, my interest was piqued. “Well, let’s have a chat together about that” I told him. And so we did and I’m looking forward immensely to this (now 11th) season, with Nicolas as Artist in Residence.
So many fantastic musicians have come along over the years. Always new faces, both on stage as well as in the audience. And the concerts are always a joy. This edition will undoubtedly be another special one.
Cellist and Artistic Director