I was 18 when I went on my first of several Marlboro tours, and it was nothing short of a formative experience for me. I’d had very limited performing experience at the time, and it was certainly the first time I went on the sort of tour where one repeats the same repertoire in each city. If Marlboro had been an unmatchable opportunity to study a piece over time, Musicians from Marlboro was a chance to learn about a piece through the simple act of playing it repeatedly – a different kind of lesson, but no less valuable. It also showed me, while I was still in school, how rewarding concerts could be with the right partners, and how much fun.
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