A trip to the English coast of East Anglia inspired me to write Norfolk Waters.
The area known as the broads is extraordinary in its utter flatness and stark beauty—similar,
in its own way, to the great plains of the United States. I later visited museums and saw that
the English painter Turner captured these landscapes in watercolors. These impelled me to start
composing. I chose to write for string orchestra for two reasons: I am a string player and English
composers gave the ensemble some of its lushest music.