Yesterday I performed my first concerto solo: Vivaldi’s cello concerto in D Minor RV 406, Allegro non molto (the first movement – you can find it here). Preparing for it pushed my playing abilities to the next level, to say the least, involving shifts and extensions which I had never done before. I also learned how to learn a big piece, which was a great challenge. I never thought I would be able to break down something so fast and technical into manageable chunks, but Diana (my excellent…