On our last visit, Brian had mentioned that he was working on a book “Improvisation at the Piano“. This was targeted at getting classical musicians into improvisation — not normally one of their strengths. At the conference, he formally launched the book. One of the key speakers said that this book should become a new standard in classical music programs. That’s well-deserved recognition for a side project that Brian has been working on for a few years.
Brian Chung was in Toronto, at the Music Teachers National Association conference. He e-mailed me on his Blackberry, and came over to the house an hour later, squeezing in 15 minutes of social time.