2010 was an exceptionally busy year, with my concert at Carnegie Hall in March, the recording project of Victor Frost’s piece for PARMA in CZ, the beginning of my collaboration with tenor DavidMichael Schuster, and a catch-as-catch can ensemble performance with flutist Viviana Guzman in the San Francisco Bay area.

2011 will be much more streamlined and  focused, with three exciting endeavors:

1.) Maintaining my concert repertoire, and learning new pieces (Turina and Paganini, TBA)

2.) The Grieg project for Centaur Records, of which I am writing the guitar transcriptions, to be completed this Summer. It has been a long time coming.

3.) My collaboration with Mr. Schuster – we will be performing ‘The Divan of Moses-IBN-Ezra’ at Carnegie Hall in January, 2012, along with much by Schubert and Mompou. In addition we have commissioned a new work for guitar and tenor by composer Clarice Assad, of which we are extremely excited about. I will post more information about this concert early in June.

My lengthy tour begins this weekend in Port Orange, FL and will go until the end of May – the longest tour I have ever taken.

During the first leg of this tour I will have my suave assistant with me, Rob Savitsky.

Rob has done a spectacular job with PR and social networking, with most of the later pivoting around Facebook and Twitter. He has some excellent ideas, executes everything with finesse  and is a HUGE asset to my career.

Fiction-wise I just finished ‘The American’ by Henry James. Now I am reading ‘A Distant Mirror’ by Barbara Tuchmnan.

This is the year to purchase new stereo equipment:

ARCAM FMJ 18 integrated amp (this British component has a lovely sound)

ORTOPHON 2m Bronze cartridge for my turntable (the sound is nothing short of amazing – yes – I prefer LPs)

I am thinking of upgrading my speakers to some Bowers and Wilkins 600 series, but not until later this year.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sincerely,

Peter

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