How is it that all music festivals seem to take place in the most stunning locations? Well, maybe not all… I guess we’ve put in our time in Topeka, etc. Not that we didn’t love you, Topeka – we DID! You were just a little flat. But check out where we are right now –
BANFF!!! Or to be more precise, that is Lake Louise as seen from the Trail of Six Glaciers. And here I am posing in front of an avalanche, no big deal –


oops I couldn’t fit the e in at the end of “avalanche,” but you know what I mean. The above photo is the work of none other than one Alan Richardson, wilderness photographer extraordinaire/ cellist in this quartet. Actually he was just taking a picture of me and some snow, but his timing is impeccable! Avalanches were falling everywhere, I guess that’s what we get for hiking in summer when ice is melting off the glaciers – Banff seems to have a very different idea of summer from what we’re used to down in Texas…

Aside from the extraordinary mountains, the elk stalking the practice huts, our hotel-like accommodations in an entirely creativity-oriented environment, the gourmet food, and great company til the wee hours of the morning, it is truly the mix of musicians here at the Banff Centre that are making this experience one we will never forget. Please refer back to my post gushing about the Brentano Quartet, and kindly look at the picture of Mark Steinberg – we get to work with him!!! every day!!!! And so many other incredible mentors too. We still have one more week here, and we’re looking forward to getting into some Beethoven Op. 132 as well as performing the Brahms B flat sextet with Denis Brott and David Samuel! I never want to leave. More soon!