The Gümüşlük International Classical Music Festival

“When I think about Gümüşlük, I can’t stop smiling. The warmth and hospitality of its people, the sunshine, the sea and the spectacular concert venue make me want to come back again and again,” says renowned Russian-American pianist  Ilya Itin. photo – Aljazeera Itin is a prestigious guest artist and returning pedagogue at the Turkish music festival, and a personal friend of its propelling forces, the festival’s founders, Eren Levendoğlu and Gülsin Onay. Onay,...
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Thriving on the efforts of its musical community: the Manchester Music Festival

Photo: by Ilona Oltuski – GetClassical – Banner of the festival at its concert’s summer home at the Southern Vermont Arts Center’s Arkell Pavillion Not unlike its esteemed neighbors, Marlboro Music, which has, for decades, built itself upon its master-performers’ reputation, or Yellow Barn, with its annual workshop geared to foster artistic growth, the Manchester Music Festival counts on  Vermont’s  bucolic Mountain views for its splendorous atmospheric stage-scenery. During its six-week full scholarship summer...
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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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Mostly Martha: Das Progetto Martha Argerich in Lugano

Foto: Martha Argerich Plakat des Festivals–Ilona Oltuski-GetClassical Alle Fotos mit freundlicher Genehmigung von Carlo Piccardi (Progretto Martha Argerich) “Man sollte nicht mir, sondern all diesen grossartigen Leuten hier danken; ich komme einfach nur dazu”, meint Martha Argerich, und rückt ein paar Strähnen ihrer berühmten grauen Mähne zurecht, während sie im Gedränge der Festivalgäste auf den Künstler des Abends wartet. Eher dafür bekannt, ihr Programm in allerletzter Minute umzustellen, scheint dieser Ausdruck von Bescheidenheit unerwartet....
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Mostly Martha – The Progetto Martha Argerich in Lugano

“It is all of these great people here who ought to be thanked,” Martha says, surrounded by a throng of festival guests as she awaits that evening’s concert performer, “not me; I just show up,” she insists, gesturing some unruly tresses of her signature mane of grey hair into place. That in itself is no small virtue for the enigmatic pianist, notoriously known for changing her mind about her performances on short notice. She...
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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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Jerome Rose – Visionär am Klavier

Dieser Artikel erschien im Original vom Autor, Ilona Oltuski, bei PianoNews Nov. 2013 Jerome Rose zu Hause Fünfzehn Jahre schon eröffnet Jermone Rose das alljährliche International Keyboard Institute and Festival (IKIF) an der School of Music des Mannes College in New York mit seinem Klavierkonzert. Das zweiwöchige Festival, das Rose 1999 an seiner Alma Mater gründete, zelebriert das Piano mit Vorträgen, Meisterklassen und Darbietungen der Lehrenden, sowie zwei Gastspielserien. Das ist selbst für New...
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Jerome Rose – A Man with a Pianistic Vision

This article has been published in its German version by the author, Ilona Oltuski, in PianoNews’ November issue Jerome Rose at home For 15 years now, Jerome Rose’s piano recital has opened the annual International Keyboard Institute and Festival (IKIF), which he founded in 1999. Taking place at Mannes College The New School for Music, one of Rose’s alma maters, the intensive, two week-long celebration of the piano features lectures, master classes, and faculty...
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Daniele Rinaldo – distinctly conceived pianism

Presented by the esteemed Keyboard Trust on October 10th, the Italian pianist Daniele Rinaldo impressed with a thoughtfully programmed performance, one of the last ones to be held at historic Steinway & Sons Hall, which is soon to be demolished. The audience’s stormy applause was asked to be held back until the end of each part of the program, so as not to interrupt the special harmonic interrelation and correspondence of mood revealed through...
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Elena Bashkirova – und ihr ‘Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival’

Der Antrieb neue Verbindungn durch Musik zu bewirken mag in der Familie liegen, aber Elena Bashkirova, die mit Daniel Barenboim verheiratet ist, hat es als Gründerin und künstlerische Leiterin des Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festivals selbst geschafft, in der internationalen Kultur-Musikszene Akzente zu setzen. “Ich hatte nie vor, Direktorin zu werden, es passierte rein zufällig“ sagt die dynamische Pianistin über ihr inspirierendes Vorhaben, das – für zwei Wochen jeden September – internationale und lokale...
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