ASPECT Foundation for Music and Art – classical concerts building on cultural and communal context

From its 2011 beginnings in London’s bustling concert scene, the classical music series ASPECT embraced presentations that integrate classical music programs in a specific cultural framework. With its syllabus of accompanying talks surrounding its traditional classical music programs, examining everything from composers’ lives and the historic relevance of their works, to connections between musical expression, art and poetry, the not-for-profit foundation became widely frequented, especially within London’s large community of actively engaged amateur musicians....
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The Arts Circle – I Am Something, We Are Everything

Elena Baksht is something – again. The Russian pianist, founding director of the Southampton Arts Festival and music educator has now implemented “The Arts Circle,” into New York’s cultural scene. A recital evening at the venerable Koscuiszko Foundation on the Upper East Side, featured the inspired pianist with the eminent Italian flutist Mario Carbotta, in a program titled A poetic journey from Prokofiev to Fellini and Kundalini. The connection between both musicians had been made through...
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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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Vika goes wild – a classical pianist taps into her passion for rock

When her parents were told that she – at kindergarten age – had perfect pitch and a talent for music, there was no going back: “My parents took it seriously, and the natural consequence seemed to be continued studies at a special music school. That included competitions, exams, and concert performances under high pressure, requiring utmost commitment and all the other expectations that go along with that…and- it was all understood,” says pianist Viktorya...
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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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Making of a Modern Musician

In her lecture at the Golandsky Institute’s Summer Symposium at Princeton University, Director of Yamaha Artist Services, Bonnie Barrett gave some great career advice for musicians, clearly inviting them to “think out of the box.” Photo: Bonnie Barrett at Princeton’s Golandsky Summer Symposium July, 2014. “Due to the shrinking market for traditional classical music, its “graying” audience and overall lack of funding for costly productions, the generation of the great impresarios and dedicated press...
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Cellist Yoed Nir- Living the musician’s dream

(Photo credit: David Duenias) “I am a world musician,” says Yoed Nir, the Israeli cellist whose distinctive cello tracks have captured the attention of diverse audiences, effortlessly crossing musical genres and continents. “If I had to compare my work with that of another artist, I think it would come closest to that of the amazing Zoë Keating,” he says thoughtful, yet equally hesitant to identify with any singular artist. The most cohesive factor in...
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Pianist Orli Shaham and friends at SUBCULTURE

Monday night’s audience at SUBCULTURE was in for a treat as WQXR’s host Naomi Lewin introduced most of the artists involved in the making of the newly released CD American Grace, which features the world premiere recording of Steve Mackey’s piano concerto, Stumble to Grace composed for Orli Shaham. “She is such a class act,” says broadcaster, publicist and producer Gail Wein “…and extraordinarily joy to work with.” Photo Credit Elliot Sussman It all...
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(le)Poisson Rouge’s in-house Ensemble LPR

Since (Le) Poisson Rouge, (LPR) opened in 2008; the venue has established itself as a sure ticket to an unconventional concert experience. LPR’s motto, “serving art and alcohol,” gives some idea of its free-spirited approach. Now, with the launch of its own ensemble, LPR has further expanded the venue’s ventures into unchartered, artistic territory. David Handler, LPR’s co-founder and the ensemble’s artistic director, initiated the establishment of the ensemble as a natural outgrowth of...
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International Society for the Performing Arts – Lifetime Achievement Award for Ann Summers Dossena

Ann Summers Dossena at the ISPA award ceremony-photo credit:Barbara Scales Both opening audience’s minds and hearts to the arts, as well as fostering artists’ development and performance opportunities, have been at the core of Ann Summers Dossena’s widespread and innovative efforts. After a successful career with Ann Summers International, her Toronto- and Rome-based artist management firm, Dossena is continuing her hands-on commitment to the performing arts world with her work with the International Resource...
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