And the Grammy goes to ...

Dear friends,

We are still over the moon about the grammy award. We are so full of joy that we feel like sharing our experience with you.

This is what happened:


When David was nominated in the beginning we were thrilled. We decided that we would go to L.A. to the ceremony just for fun thinking that he had very little chance of winning, considering the greatness of the other four musicians in his category.
By luck we were sitting in the first row, dressed handsomely and enjoying the ceremony, while being nervous and anxious inside... Then the moment came.

FOR BEST INSTRUMENTAL SOLOIST PERFORMANCE THE NOMINATIONS ARE:

AIRE LATINO
David Russell
DEBUSSY: IMAGES; ÉTUDES
Pierre-Laurent Aimard
PLETNEV PLAYS SCHUMANN
Mikhail Pletnev
SHOSTAKOVIC: PIANO WORKS
Vladimir Ashkenazy
YSAYE: SONATAS FOR VIOLIN SOLO, OPUS 27
Thomas Zehetmair

The man on stage said:
AND THE GRAMMY GOES TO...
He opened the envelop and...
AIRE LATINO
David Russell ...

We were holding hands at this point...
David jumped off his chair and on stage he was in a jump...
He was given the Grammy award and he started his acceptance speech:
I am overwhelmed...
And on my seat, I couldn't stop crying... I couldn't believe it.
We honestly never talked about the possibility of winning the award and, when it happened, we felt as if we had hit the jackpot (not knowing necessarily how we would feel in that case, as it never happened to us: the jackpot).
We arrived home after two days of celebrations, and our friends came to the airport with banners and all the TV cameras and local newspapers were there to greet us... It was an unbelievable welcoming home feeling...

We just feel like sharing our happiness with everybody...
Our best wishes to everyone,

David and Maria.