Pianist Steven Lin – focus on essential music making

What does it take these days for a young pianist to survive in a talent market saturated with more and more prolific contenders? Given the unusually high-ranking technical, as well as musical eloquence young artists are achieving through training at top educational breeding hothouses, a good portion of talent and practice alone – as important as may be, will hardly suffice. And yet, while it seems harder than ever to distinguish the rays of true talent shining through a thick crust...
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Pianist/Composer Michael Brown – Music’s Wingman

(photo credit: Jeanette Beckman) When American pianist Michael Brown listened to the radio as a teenager, he fell in love with a specific contemporary classical piece: the First Piano Concerto by composer George Perle. There was something about this composer’s work that attracted his curiosity and fascination; it made him sit down at his piano and learn another one of Perle’s pieces for piano: Six Celebratory Inventions. He felt a strong connection and knew...
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New York International Piano Competition goes SubCulture

Photo: SubCulture  Ryan Jensen On January 9th, SubCulture kicked off the New Year with two New York premieres, performed by former prize winners of the New York International Piano Competition’s recital series, pianists Matthew Graybil and Igor Lovchinsky.  Both pianists delivered a well conceived concert, titled:”Reflections of Walter Piston,” celebrating the work of Harvard’s eminent composer and educator. The competition founders, Melvin Stecher and Norman Horowitz, who performed as one of their own generation’s...
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YCA Junge Konzertkünstler – Die Einführung und die Förderung neuen Talentes für die Zukunft des Musikmachens

Wirkliche Begeisterung und Weitblick sind erforderlich, um etwa angestrebten Wandel zu erzielen, von dem Politiker immerzu sprechen. Im wirklichem Leben sind es nur die energetischsten Macher, wie Susan Wadsworth von YCA, die, in diesem Falle im Bereich klassischer Musik in der Lage sind, neue Strategien und Veränderungen umzusetzen, die anhaltende Bedeutung für die Zukunft haben. Es begann alles im Paterre-Loft eines Restaurants am Waverly Place im New Yorker ‘Greenwich Village’. Dem Eigentümer, einem jungen...
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Pianist Roman Rabinovich’s creative homage to artistic expression

(Self-Portrait of the artist) On Saturday, December 15th, 2012 at 7 pm, The Arthur Rubinstein International Music Foundation will present their Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall recital, in honor of the greatest Golden Age pianists – Arthur Rubinstein. Pianist Roman Rabinovich is one of the two pianists chosen to perform at the event, the other being Anna Fedorova.  Each musician possesses special qualities within their craft, and together they will certainly present a memorial...
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Pianist Klara Min- Intimate Mazurkas And More

Klara Min does not seem to get nervous easily. I learned this while sitting in on an interview / conversation with recording producer Leszek Wojcik for the release of her Chopin Mazurkasdisk, which Delos will put out next spring. Wojcik had been guiding Min since 2011, when she made her very first recording of Korean composers for the Naxos label. Both disks were recorded at the same studio at the American Academy of Arts...
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2012 PARMA Student Composer Competition – in case you have bnot lost your competitive edge yet, here is yet another one!!

Summary Ten winners will be selected by an award-winning panel of three independent judges, and the winners’ pieces will be published in the digitally-distributed 2012 PARMA Anthology Of Music: Student Edition. One Grand Prize Winner will be selected to have their piece professionally recorded and produced for release by PARMA. All recording, performer, production, and publicity costs will be completely subsidized, and the master will be released on a collection from PARMA to be distributed...
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Gleicht eine hohe Platzierung in Wettbewerben einem auf “Nummer sicher gehen”?

Alexander SchimpfPhoto: Balazs Borocz Pilvax Studio Der Klavierabend in Carnegies Zankel Hall am 5. Dezember war Teil des ersten Mixon Preises, der dem Gewinner des diesjährigen Cleveland Wettbewerbs, dem sympathischen deutschen Pianisten Alexander Schimpf, verliehen wurde. Im Alter von 29 Jahren war er unter den Reiferen in der Runde von 28 Wettbewerbsteilnehmern. Seine Repertoireauswahl, Beethovens Piano Konzert Nr.4, das einzige sich im Angebot findende klassische Stück, mag dabei geholfen haben, die Jury zu beeindrucken....
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Do high scores in competitions equal playing it safe?

Alexander Schimpf Photo:Balazs Borocz Pilvax Studio Carnegie’s Zankel Hall piano recital on December 5thwas part of the Mixon First Prize, granted to this year’s Cleveland International Piano Competition winner, the personable German pianist Alexander Schimpf. Aged 29, he was on the more mature side among a group of 28 competitors. His choice of repertoire, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.4, the only offered classical-period work, may have helped to impress the jury. It certainly served him...
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Presenting: Pianist Alexej Gorwatch, Winner of the 2009 Dublin International Piano Competition. Zankel Hall Recital on April 14th. 2011.

It certainly took some of the proverbial practice, practice, practice…. to get to Carnegie Hall, on the part of the 23 years old Alexej Gorlatch, who is continuing his studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover, Germany; but it almost certainly took a lot more than that. All that practice, as well as his immensely abundant natural pianistic technique and musical talent, still does not usually lead directly from Hannover to...
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