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Having just made a late summer debut at the BBC Proms playing Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G with conductor Kazushi Ono and the BBC Symphony, Inon Barnatan – “one of the most admired pianists of his generation” (New York Times) – opens the 2017-18 season performing a new concerto by Alan Fletcher with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. Barnatan gave the world premiere of the piece earlier in the summer at the Aspen Music Festival, and later in the season he will play it again with the Atlanta Symphony. On New Year’s Eve the pianist performs Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto in Minneapolis with the Minnesota Orchestra led by Osmo…

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The US composer Bunita Marcus worked for seven years with Morton Feldman and subsequently accused him, after his death, of sexual abuse. Feldman wrote this piece as an act of homage to Marcus. It begins with what appears to be a visit by an extremely unhurried piano tuner and proceeds by its own logic into a sound world where time and motion lose all meaning. It lasts for 72 minutes and 38 seconds and unless it has succeeded in transcending such mundane measurements the experience will probably feel like eternity. The pianist Marc-André Hamelin reports that “the first time I…

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Joliette, July 19, 2017 – Le Festival de Lanaudière is pleased to welcome you to concerts of the fourth week of its 40th season.  On Friday, July 21 at 8 p.m. at the Amphithéâtre Fernand-Lindsay, pianist Marc-André Hamelin takes you into a world of passion and fantasy in sonatas by Haydn, Feinberg and Beethoven, followed by Schumann’s Fantasy Op. 17. The next day, Saturday, July 22 at 8 p.m. at the Amphithéâtre Fernand-Lindsay, the Orchestre Métropolitainunder the direction of Mathieu Lussier performs Mozart’s Overture to The Magic Flute and Symphony No. 41. After intermission, Marc-André Hamelin joins the orchestra for Beethoven’s grandest piano concerto, No. 5 (Emperor). On Sunday, July 23 at 2 p.m. at the Amphithéâtre Fernand-Lindsay, come support the up-and-coming generation by…

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Joliette, June 13, 2017 – Le Festival de Lanaudière announces a change of program for Marc-André Hamelin’s recital on Friday, July 21 at 8 p.m. at the Amphithéâtre Fernand-Lindsay in Joliette. The new program is as follows: Joseph Haydn – Sonata in C major, Hob. XVI:48 Samuel Feinberg – Sonata No. 2 in A minor, Op. 2 Samuel Feinberg – Sonata No. 1 in A major, Op. 1 Ludwig van Beethoven – Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 (Appassionata) Robert Schumann – Fantasy, Op. 17 For more information, please contact the Place des Arts box office at 514-842-2112 or 1-866-842-2112, or visit www.lanaudiere.org.

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Review of Final Round June 9 & 10, 2017 Bass Hall, Fort Worth The 15th presentation of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition cemented its position as one of the most influential piano competitions in the world today. Attracting nearly three hundred pianists from across the globe the competition affirmed its status as a career defining opportunity. On Saturday night, twenty eight year old South Korean pianist Yekwon Sunwoo was awarded the coveted gold medal at Bass Hall in Fort Worth, Texas. Sunwoo receives a cash award of $50,000 and three years career management. At a post concert press conference,…

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Finalists of the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition: Kenneth Broberg, 23, United States Rachel Cheung, 25, Hong Kong Yury Favorin, 30, Russia Daniel Hsu, 19, United States Yekwon Sunwoo, 28, South Korea Georgy Tchaidze, 29, Russia Each finalist will perform with the Brentano String Quartet on June 7–8, then with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Leonard Slatkin on June 9–10. See the complete Final Round schedule here. Don’t miss the opportunity to witness history in the making – watch as these six talents compete for gold! Click here to purchase single tickets. Experience The Cliburn Live in Sundance Square Friday, June 9 7:00–10:30 p.m. Free Final Round Simulcast in Sundance Square…

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Never forget that Maurice Ravel was more Basque than French. His rhythms and harmonies belong to the borderlands. He is happiest with the smell of Rioja in his nostrils. There must be other pianists who have paired Ravel’s two piano concertos on record with De Falla’s Nights in the Garden of Spain, but I can’t call any recent releases to mind. Or maybe Steven Osborne’s account is just so thrilling that it has erased them from memory. There is never a moment in this performance when you doubt the absolute rightness of his choices. In the Ravel G major, Osborne…

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Altogether 44 pianists have been selected for the Fourth International Maj Lind Piano Competition to be held in Helsinki, Finland on August 17–31, 2017. They represent 16 nationalities: South Korea (10 competitors), Finland (6), United States (5), Russia (4), China (3), Germany (3), Indonesia (2), Israel (2), Italy (2), Spain (1), Georgia (1), Great Britain (1), Canada (1), Norway (1), Ukraine (1) and New Zealand (1). See the list of competitors below. The competition received a record 195 applications by the deadline on April 24. The participants in the first round were selected by a competition team on the basis of video…

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Attend in Person Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Bass Performance Hall Fort Worth, Texas USA May 25–June 10, 2017 It happens only every four years, and it’s almost here. Be there in person to cheer on your favorites and to experience the exhilaration of exceptional live performances. Click here to purchase single tickets, starting at just $10. Act now to ensure your spot and reserve your preferred seating! For premium keyboard seating in the orchestra section, purchase a Complete Subscription at the Platinum or Golden Circle levels. Watch the Webcast The Competition webcast will be better than ever, thanks to a major new media partnership with medici.tv—the world’s leading classical…

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Montreal, Friday, May 12, 2017 – The First Prize winner of the CMIM (Concours musical international de Montréal) 2017 piano edition, Hungarian Zoltán Fejévári, and three past First Prize winners of the CMIM—soprano Measha Brueggergosman (2002), pianist Serhiy Salov (2004) and violinist Benjamin Beilman (2010)—performed for a full house at the Maison symphonique. They were accompanied by the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM) led by conductor Claus Peter Flor. The gala highlighted the competition’s 15th anniversary and Montreal’s 375th. For this occasion, several key Montréal figures were in attendance, including CMIM spokesperson Robert Charlebois, actress Anne Dorval, and musician and…

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