My good friend Livia Sohn's upcoming CD entitled Opera Fantasies for Violin is now available for pre-order at Amazon.com! You can also pre-order MP3s from Amazon's new(-ish) MP3 store. The CD features Livia's virtuoso playing along with compositions, arrangements and supporting performances by three more friends (and others): Geoff Nuttall, Stephen Prutsman, and Osvaldo Golijov.
As a bonus, you get a beautiful photo of her on the jewel box cover. Do you know how hard it is to get Naxos to put an author shot on the cover of one of its CDs? It's *very* hard. Normally, you get an abstract rose photo, or a drawing of a composer, or weird stone carvings, or a close-up shot of strange spices...
Here's a blurb from Livia's bio:
Livia gave her first public performance at age eight. In 1989, at the age of 12, she won First Prize in the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition.
You know what I was doing when I was 12? I was playing computer games and lighting things on fire. Oh, there was a bit of piano and cello thrown in there as well, but laziness and two parents at work full-time meant that I didn't practice 8 hours a day like Livia did.