Newly commissioned works offer exciting creative opportunities for collaboration. The extent that our personal and musical voices have been incorporated into the process amazes me. So often when working on a piece from the standard repertoire, I have interpretive questions that I would love to ask the composer, and I am often reluctant to deviate from the established interpretations and musical conventions. With newly commissioned works we have direct access to the composer, and I have been amazed at how many of our musical ideas have been well received and incorporated into the work. It’s very rewarding to be part of the compositional process!