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Scott Watkins: LINKS

United Air Lines Flight 93 Memorial
The National Park Service will build a new national park in Shanksville, Pennsylvania to commemorate the tragic loss of 40 passengers and crew on September 11, 2001. They need your help. Please visit their website. When you purchase my CD, "Christmas Cards," proceeds from the sale go to the building fund of this appropriate monument to courage, freedom, and patriotism. "Christmas Cards" was recorded in Jacksonville, Florida, at The Friday Musicale Auditorium, on the morning of September 11, 2001.
Solstice Kitchen and Wine Bar, Columbia, South Carolina
Amazing food, attentive service, impressive wine list - when you're in Columbia, South Carolina, treat yourself to gourmet dining at Solstice. Since it opened I haven't been to Columbia WITHOUT a visit to Solstice. The decor is modern but inviting, and the wait staff is knowledgable, friendly, attentive and thoughtful. This is a real treat!
Check out this article on the future of pianism, by Michael Church. From The Financial Times, London.
Great article on the reality of being a "working" pianist today (be it in the concert arena, as accompanist, or however one defines working). I am particularly interested in the millions of teenagers taking piano lessons in China and how that is transforming the global pianistic scene. Be sure to check out the other link about the Chinese and why their young are studying the piano.
Chinese children studying the piano in dizzying numbers. From The Financial Times, London.
Scott Watkins named a Shigeru Kawai artist
Shannon Lockwood, cellist
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Wines

Home of Williamson Wines
Delicious and silky wines from Austrailian winemaker Bill Williamson. Bill and his wife Dawn have a beautiful shop in Healdsburg, California, where I first tasted this delicious fruit of the earth. It's simply one of the finest wines available.
Walter Hansel Winery
Walter Hansel's Pinot Noire, both the Cahill Lane and South Slope varieties are outstanding. Their North Slope Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are stunning. New in my photo gallery is a picture snapped this past June. On my right is owner, Stephen Hansel, and on my left is the Vineyard Manager, Jesse Torres. Please visit their website.

Conductors

Steven White
Maestro White is one of America's fast-rising conductors. His repertoire consists primarily of opera scores (of which he is a supreme master), and he is simply a remarkable and inspiring musician. Be sure to check out my photo gallery for his picture (he attended my most recent recital in New York). Steven has been a close friend and colleague for more than 20 years, and I value his guidance and friendship. Please visit his web-site.
Michael Krajewski
It was a thrill to perform Gershwin's immortal "Rhapsody in Blue" with Maestro Krajewski and the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra in 2005!
Fabio Mechetti
Maestro Mechetti and I have collaborated on a number of projects during the past 7 concert seasons, including works by Schumann, Chopin, Gershwin, and as opera coach and rehearsal accompanist in works by Puccini, Rossini, Bizet, Mozart, Verdi. Maestro is at home in works of his countrymen from Brazil, contemporary works, and the large Romantic repertoire. He is a pleasure o work with and I always look forward to our collaborations.
Christopher Confessore
Chris and I have collaborated on a number of concerto performances, including Tchaikovsky First, Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Grieg Concerto, Beethoven Emperor. I look forward to performing with the Brevard Symphony Orchestra, a truly wonderful group of musicians whose dedication to their art is inspiring!
David Lloyd-Jones
I had the privilege of working with Maestro Lloyd-Jones in a performance of the Grieg Concerto with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra during their Delius Festival Concerts in 2003. Such a wonderful musician and conductor.

Pianists

Alexis Weissenberg
Bulgarian pianist ALEXIS WEISSENBERG
Alfred Brendel
Austrian pianist ALFRED BRENDEL

Orchestras

The Florida Orchestra
Michael Francis, conductor St. Petersburg, Florida
Brevard Symphony Orchestra, Christopher Confessore, conductor
Concert dates Tickets Artists and Repertoire

Pianos

Shigeru Kawai
One of the world's finest pianos.
Kawai Pianos
Bechstein
Bechstein pianos. Click here to visit Bechstein on line.
Boesendorfer
Vienna's Bosendorfer pianos are the world's standard . Click here to find out why, and take the tour on the internet. This is a wonderful site, with lots of graphics.

Music

Beethoven & Company
Excellent music resource. Friendly and helpful staff - they can locate anything!
Henle Music Publishers
G. Henle is among the finest publishers of music. Their catalog is extensive.
Barenreiter
Great German edition of music, specializing in Baroque, Classical, and Romantic music.
Breitkopf
One of the oldest music publishers in Europe. First to publish complete works of Bach and Mozart, as well as composers from the Romantic period.
Schott, Mainz
One of the finest music publishers with impeccable musicological research and an extensive catalogue.