Interview: Pianist Yoonie Han on Interpreting New Compositions ‘Gloriously’ Dedicated to Her

Yoonie Han had been invited to perform some of her most recent repertoire in 2006 at a private house concert in New York when she first met Theodore Wiprud. Yoonie immediately observed his keen listening capacity and personal demeanor. As the New York Philharmonic’s Vice President of Education, Wiprud wears many hats: educator, concert presenter and music executive. Through his own compositions, he further impacts the musical world with creative works that reflect his widespread...
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Tehorah: Adrienne Haan Concerts Celebrate 50 Years of German-Israeli Relations

This article was featured as editor’s pick on blogcritics. May 12th, 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Germany and Israel. Stark black-and-white press images of Ben Gurion and Adenauer facing each other may have long morphed into images of the present day leaders of Israel and Germany, but there are still as many reasons to remember the dark shadow of historic events as there are reasons for the two countries to...
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NYCA – building communal platforms for pianists

Photo credit: Jacob Whyman – NYCA Worldwide Debut Audition Winner’s Recital at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall in 2012 – Pianist Javor Bracic (middle) left: Ursula Oppens, Klara Min (back), Jerome Lowenthal, right: Richard Goode, Martha Goode.    In the 19th century, writers, musicians and painters, in their struggle to resolve the dilemma between dependency on patronage and the independence of artistic expression, looked to bond through ‘salon’ societies. Composer, critic and concert promoter Robert...
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Violinist Paul Huang – Nurture and Nature

The contours of natural talent, education, and unlimited personal support from his family all blend together for young Taiwanese/American violinist Paul Huang, who came to Juilliard’s Pre-College division at age 13. “It meant a lot of changes for my family, when my mom came to New York by my side, parting from the family and its business, a small pharmacy she ran together with my father back in Taiwan,” Paul remembers. Paul’s mother made...
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Violinist Asi Mathatias – Talent forges its way

Fortunate for violinist Asi Mathatias, his prodigal musical gift has been recognized at a young age. Born in Jerusalem and growing up in Herzelyah, he heard Heifetz performing on the radio, making up his mind instantly that this was, what he wanted to be doing, just as well. While his debut at age 12 with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Zubin Mehta may be deemed an impressive undertaking in and...
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Sivan Magen – fresh sounding promise of David’s harp

Meeting with enthusiastic harpist Sivan Megan turned into an eye-opening conversation about the instrument: one which is typically sidelined by composers and concert venues alike. photo credit: musicians designs While there are an astounding number of harpists around, who, as Sivan shares, are flocking somewhat regularly (every three years) to worldwide harp conventions by the hundreds, a harp performance these days, whether solo or in a chamber music setting, is still quite the rarity....
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Pianist Roman Rabinovich – balance of mind, hands, and heart

There is darkness, and then the evocative, abstract sound of a narrative piano and cello piece setting the tone and interacting with the screen’s wide-angle focus on New York City by night. The camera zooms in on a young painter, wrestling with artistic perfection in differently crafted self-portraits. Reality, vision, and self-doubt infuse the main character’s struggle in the short film, presenting pianist and painter Roman Rabinovich haunted by his art. While the film,...
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Adrienne Haan bahnt sich mit sprengender Energie und Lust am Freidenkertum den Weg zum Kabarett und zum amerikanischen Kunstlied

“Ich mag es, den Leuten Musik und die Leidenschaft, die sich in ihr verbirgt, nahe zu bringen. Das bedeutet jemanden zu verzaubern, einen Moment die Realität in Vergessenheit geraten und die Sinne walten zu lassen …” sagt die in Deutschland geborene Adrienne Haan, die im Jahre 1999 ein Studium an der ‘American Academy of Dramatic Arts’ abschloss. Und sie zieht tatsächlich das Publikum in ihren Bann, indem sie auf lebendige Weise eine Vielzahl von...
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Christopher Rouse's Requiem at Carnegie Hall

On May 5, Carnegie Hall launches the fourth and final season of its Spring for Music festival with a massive staging of Requiem, a work commissioned by the international sacred music foundation Soli Deo Gloria from the Pulitzer Prize-winning current composer-in-residence of the New York Philharmonic, Christopher Rouse. Photo Credit: Jeffrey Herman The innovative series Spring for Music presents unusual programs for one-evening-only performances by visiting North American Orchestras, realizing, as Alan Gilbert puts...
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Lavrova-Primakov Duo – Rachmaninoff- Duo Repertoire Concert And CD Release

The Lavrova-Primakov Piano Duo will release their latest recording on their own LP Classics label just in time to celebrate Sergei Rachmaninoff’s birthday on April 1st; the recording will include both of Rachmaninoff’s monumental two-piano suites, written earlier in his life while he still lived in Russia (1893 & 1901 respectively).  The CD release paves the way for the duo’s much-anticipated May 20th concert at Merkin Hall. The concert will also include works by Franz Liszt, Alexander...
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