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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CMS Chamber Music Encounters – on a perpetual quest for inspired music making

American cellist David Finckel and Taiwanese pianist Wu Han need no further introduction to visitors of “Chamber Music Encounters,” an intense 6-day educational chamber music workshop, and their latest brainchild under the auspices of Chamber Music Society at Lincoln Center. Culminating in a free concert performance at Alice Tully Hall, audiences shared the results of a dynamic coaching effort focused on communal mentorship between CMS’ Encounters renowned faculty and new talent. In the sessions,...
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Evgeny Kissin’s Well-Tempered Departure Published on BlogCritics.com

Pianist Evgeny Kissin, concluding thePerspectives series at Carnegie Hall’s 125th anniversary season – which also celebrated his illustrious pianistic solo debut here 25 years ago – wooed audiences once more with Rachmaninoff’s beloved Piano Concerto No. 2, before taking a previously announced leave of absence from concertizing in the USA. The concert amounted to a farewell observation on the series’ narrative, revealing the artist’s uniquely personal artistic journey. Capture by Simone Massoni    This article was published...
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Violinist Stefan Jackiw – “music connects you with humanity”

I am reconnecting with the slender, young looking 31 years old violinist, Stefan Jackiw, who impressed me deeply when I had heard him perform several years ago, at the Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church. Home of the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players – just a block from Lincoln Center – less frequently performed repertoire is presented here in an accessible way, by musicians belonging to the former orchestral ensemble led by the late Jens Nygaard and upcoming...
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Lev ‘Ljova’ Zhurbin at Brooklyn’s National Sawdust – shtetl buoyancy re-invented

Soulful violist and composer/arranger Lev ‘Ljova’ Zhurbin was featured in Ljova and the Kontraband’s Sunday afternoon concert at Brooklyn’s new home for the all-inclusive new music scene, National Sawdust. Going by ‘Ljova,’ the kindred version of his traditional Russian-Hebrew name, Lev, the artist and his Kontraband filled the room, which had been arranged cabaret-style, with tuneful energy. Folksy tango tunes with virtuosic viola passages next to Yiddish folk songs performed with great gusto by...
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Kein Kinderspiel – Joey Alexander am Klavier

 Ab und zu werden wir einfach vom Hocker gerissen, vor allem dann, wenn wir es mit einem seltenen Ausnahmetalent wie dem erst 11-jährigen Jazz-Pianisten Joey Alexander zu tun haben. Für diesen Knirps scheinen die üblichen Regeln langjährig erworbener Meisterschaft einfach ausser Kraft gesetzt. Mit größter Selbstverständlichkeit setzt er sich ans Klavier und jammt mit den Besten seiner Zunft. Da kann man nur staunen und hoffen, dass das wunderbare Spiel des kleinen Künstlers nicht durch...
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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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Spirited Melancholy

The long bands that had tied her pointe shoes safely together, carrying her through elevated routines, are unraveling. Mia will never dance again, never again feel elated, losing herself in the moment, freed from gravity. This scene is a peek into Galia Barkol’s new film Then What Happens, still simmering in its pre-production phase. Barkol dares to ask tough questions about our existential nature: who are we, really, when we are stripped of others’...
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Sir Andràs Schiff: Brückenbauer für die Pianisten der Zukunft

Andràs Schiff, in Ungarn geboren und im Gulasch-Kommunismus aufgewachsen, Pianist von Weltrang, Weltbürger, kritischer Geist und jetzt Förderer der nächsten Generation junger Pianisten: Zwischen zwei Carnegie Hall Auftritten erzählt der von der Queen 2014 zum Sir geadelte Meister von seiner neuen Leidenschaft. Von Ilona Oltuski   Dieser Artikel erschien in PianoNews, Juli/August 2015 Ein konzertfreier Tag zwischen zwei grossen Auftritten in New Yorks Carnegie Hall. Andras Schiff hat es sich in seiner Hotelsuite an...
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