Just a quick note of thanks to pianist Daniel Pesca for his fantastic premiere of my new piano work, Inner Truth, last night at PianoForte Chicago. Daniel played with confidence through the work’s intricate passagework and brought a careful attention to detail and color throughout the more introspective opening passages. It was a pleasure to work with him, and I am very much looking forward to our continued collaboration this August in recording this and other chamber works as part of my first CD for Albany Records.
A composer himself, Daniel also premiered a piano etude on the program. His brief work offered a mix of playfulness and trouble-making with recollections of Messiaen, which I think offered a nice balance with the rest of the evening’s works: classics by Berg and Janacek, and local premieres of music of Augusta Read Thomas and Bernard Rands.
Next up on the nonstop summer tour of 2018 will be travel to Valencia, Spain for the VIPA Festival and a premiere by the marvelous Mivos Quartet. More from the other side of the pond!