A reset from the inside out
The gift of Beethoven
Having previously performed 6 of the 10 Beethoven violin sonatas more than 20 years ago, it has been a lovely process coming back to the familiar, as well as discovering the new. Primarily due to the work I have been doing over the last 2 years getting to the nitty-gritty of my performance philosophies, these incredibly pristine works of Beethoven are proving to be an absolute gift for me.
Even though I have spent my whole career consciously peeling layers of tension away in my playing, with the recent time I have had to step back and observe in much more detail what is going on inside my body, I have discovered subtle yet deep habitual layers of tension that hinder ultimate control and comfort. I have felt these blocks in my playing and performance over the years and in some ways they were becoming more apparent and problematic as time went on.