News

Howdy, folks. Here’s the latest:

The Pianist’s Guide to Historic Improvisation is now available for pre-order on the Oxford University Press website.

https://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-pianists-guide-to-historic-improvisation-9780190920395?q=Mortensen&lang=en&cc=us

The new academic year and concert season is underway. This fall I will teach a new course on partimento realization, present a few concerts and workshops in Ohio and Washington state, and then depart for Europe in November for a month-long tour and residency at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. I look forward to visiting Riga, Latvia, to play a concert and see some musical friends. In January the schedule includes a festival in Arizona and more events in the Midwest. In February it’s off to Europe once again, this time to the UK for a residency at Royal Northern College of Music and Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester along with concerts and teaching throughout the country.

For next season, plans are in the works for one or two tours of the western USA and a residency and concerts based at the University of British Columbia.

I recently presented at the Historic Performance Institute at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in May. Topic: Tributaries of Neapolitan Keyboard Improvisation: Francesco Durante’s Regole d’accompagnamento, Partimenti diminuiti, and Esercizio ovvero sonata per organo.  The full presentation is available at Improv Planet.

Also presented at the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy (Chicago) in summer 2019 at both the pre-conference sessions and the main conference. Topic: Six Rainy-Day Activities for Baroque Improvisation. These presentations are on Improv Planet.

I’m getting started on a new book on fugue improvisation (and perhaps another on partimento), and plan to work further during upcoming tours.