• Tanya Tomkins
  • July 28, 2013

American Bach Soloists or I Feel Too Young to be Distinguished

This year’s ABS Academy was wonderful. The best part for me was meeting the amazing young people whom this festival always attracts. My role this year was Distinguished-Artist-in-Residence, which meant Jeffrey Thomas invited me to do two lecture-demos and a recital. They were all very well attended, and I got to see composer Aaron Kernis with his family (see photo), who happened to be on the West Coast and came to my recital. IMG_0317

I met Aaron when I was 25 (and not distinguished yet), in Amsterdam. He was there writing music and about to win the Rome prize. At the time, I wasn’t sure he was going to make it as a composer, but then again, I wasn’t sure the Kronos Quartet was going anywhere, either. So much for my ability to see into the future!

Aaron now teaches at Yale and has won the Pulitzer Prize. In any case, it was great to see him there with Evelyn Lust and their twins. You never know who is going to show up at your concerts…

Next — Music in the Vineyards.

Stay tuned!

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