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

This fall I taught a new course on partimento realization, presented concerts and workshops in Ohio and Washington state, and then departed for Europe in November for a month-long tour and residency at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, which included concerts in Vilnius, Riga, and Kaunas. The entire project was delightful and rewarding; I was particularly impressed with the secondary music schools in Lithuania. 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, performing and teaching at the Guildhall School in London, and a concert tour of Denmark.

For next season, plans are in the works for a residency and concerts based at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

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

One more little project: in response to student requests, I have begun work transcribing a selection of my recorded improvisations. These scores will be available for the purpose of studying real-life applications of improvisation principles.