Long after I picked my repertoire, Violin Sonata by Franck and Souvenir d'Amérique by Vieuxtemps, it finally came to my mind that the two composers were both from Belgium and were contemporaries. Duh!
I had a great time working with Benjamin Steinhardt (on the Franck) and Rachel Cohen (Vieuxtemps). They have been my friends and colleagues since 2010 and our rehearsals are always filled with laughter and serious music making at the same time.
I have to also mention that we all had a blast at the after party hosted by our wonderful director!