I am so excited to announce that I can now play on a violin made in 1683 by Antonio Stradivari, called the Bucher Stradivarius! This wonderful violin is loaned to me by an extremely generous person, and the loan is administered by the Tarisio Trust.
I will be playing the Bucher Stradivarius in my concert next week (Dec 12) at Carnegie Hall, which is streamed on the internet by medici.tv
In October, Alma received the European Culture Prize in a ceremony at the Vienna State Opera. After thanking baritone Thomas Hampson for his generous words of praise, Alma made a plea for melody and for harmony in the modern world:
Until now, I have always composed melodies and harmonies just as they pour out from my heart. But I have often been told: "as a modern composer, you’ll soon have to forget your melodies, and concentrate on dissonance, as befits our modern age." Maybe this award today means that a more tolerant age is dawning, when melody and beauty will once again be permitted. Perhaps this is a message that there is more to European Culture than just dissonance. Perhaps there is also a place in European Culture for harmony. And how beautiful it would be if this message could go out to the world from Vienna, the city of music.
On November 22, a short dance-version of Alma’s new Waltz, Siren Sounds, was played and choreographed during the opening ceremony of the Red Cross Ball (Rotkreuzball) in Vienna. Alma also danced during the opening ceremony. All proceeds from the ball go to the Red Cross.