I know it sounds dogmatic, especially coming from a person like me, yet I've come to believe this more and more now.
I came to Germany with no expectations. Actually, I came here because I found no place back home where I could study. Almost like a last ditch effort, I rationalized that Germany is the place to be to study Western Classical Music, I hopped on that plane and never regretted that decision.
Last Wednesday, it was the composition class's turn to present what they have been doing for the past academic year (me included). This time, we were blessed with wonderful performances and an equally wonderful audience, who never let a single cough out through the entire albeit short concert!
Next week, on the 9th of May, I will be playing a charity concert with Sabine Wackernagel. Taking place in the main hall of where I study (Musikakademie Stadt Kassel), there will be works by Julia Wolfe, Kareem Roustom and Mel Bonis.