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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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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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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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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Im Equilibrium der Künste: Der Pianist Roman Rabinovich

Dunkelheit, und dann der evokative, fast schon abstrakte Klang eines Tongemäldes für Klavier und Cello. Eine Leinwand zeigt den weiten Blick auf die New Yorker Skyline bei Nacht, und Bild und Klang scheinen wie im Gespräch. Die Kamera sucht und findet einen jungen Maler, zeigt, wie er in seinen Entwürfen zu verschiedenen Selbstporträts nach künstlerischer Perfektion strebt. Realität, Vision und Selbstzweifel verschwimmen, die Musik hält zusammen, was auseinanderzudriften droht … http://youtu.be/AQSbmf9-Pow (Selbstportrait : Roman...
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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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Pianist Lily Maisky and Cellist Mischa Maisky – musicality in the genes

(This article is published in this month’s German Ensemble Magazine.) Lily Maisky – photo credit: Benjamin Brolet As the daughter of world-renowned cellist Mischa Maisky, pianist Lily Maisky always felt a special connection to her father, who naturally inspired her reverence for classical music. “My father always was this enormous figure in music and naturally shared his gift and the joy of music.” It was obvious early on that Lily’s younger brother, Sasha, would become the...
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Donal Fox – Playing With the Classical Imperative

When pianist/composer and improviser Donal Fox appeared live on WQXR’s All Ears With Terrance McKnight in 2013, classical music’s agenda, addressing its cultural divide, was tangible on air. As rare as it may be for a classical musician to improvise in jazz and Latin American vocabulary, it is probably even more unusual for a jazz musician to be at home with the classics. Improvising in the classical style with a pianistic technique that knows...
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