Florian with participants at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival 2014

Norfolk Chamber Music Festival: Florian’s reactions

Florian has now returned from taking part in the 2014 Norfolk Chamber Music Festival:

“Norfolk Chamber Music Festival was a most enriching musical experience. I have enjoyed every single day of the entire six weeks period and I would recommend the Festival to any young musician… it is a whole summer of glorious music-making. It was truly inspirational and motivational to work among such committed students from USA’s top music colleges. One of the most enjoyable pieces I studied at Norfolk was the Françaix Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano. I had such a great time discovering this composer whose music is such a bubbly combination of wit and elegance, with traces of everything from classical music to jazz and cabaret. The facilities were absolutely outstanding, but it is also the people that made a difference: everybody, including students, faculty and staff, and the residents of Norfolk who generously hosted us in their homes, and treated us really well. I’m enormously grateful to The English-Speaking Union who made my participation possible through a scholarship.”

The Yale Summer School of Music – Norfolk Chamber Music Festival has a dual teaching/performance purpose. Audiences from around the country come to northwest Connecticut to hear world-class artists, such as the seven-time Grammy® nominee Tokyo String Quartet, which has been in residence since 1976. Boris Berman, Claude Frank, Peter Frankl, David Shifrin, William Purvis, Frank Morelli, Ani Kavafian and artists from around the world perform as part of a series of more than 30 concerts over a nine-week period. These professional musicians also serve as teachers and mentors to the Fellows who come to Norfolk each year to study. Alumni of the Norfolk programme include Richard Stoltzman, Frederica von Stade, Pamela Frank, the Eroica Trio, So Percussion, eighth blackbird, and the Ying, Miró, Shanghai, Saint Lawrence, Cavani, Calder and Biava quartets.