Browsing: Piano

The trouble with keeping records is that library science has yet to devise a method of telling you where any piece of music will be just when you really need it. The Schumann piano concerto, for instance. If I look under Schumann, I find two versions. But then there are four more under Grieg – that’s how the record industry likes to pair them up – and heaven knows how many more in box sets of the lifetime works of individual great pianists. Online, it’s no easier, since the same recording will crop up a dozen times under different covers…

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Hungarian pianist Zoltán Fejérvári emerged victorious in this year’s Concours Musical International de Montréal. Italian pianist Giuseppe Guarrera received the second prize, and Stefano Andreatta, also of Italy, finished third. The announcement came after the second of evening of finals on Wednesday, May 10th at the Maison Symphonique de Montréal. The last three finalists took the stage to perform some of the most iconic concertos of the piano repertoire, accompanied by the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal under Claus Peter Flor. First up was Yejin Noh of South Korea. Noh seemed nervous in her performance of Tchaikovsky’s Concerto no. 1. The…

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The first evening of the 2017 Concours Musical International de Montréal finals took place Tuesday, May 9th at 7:30 pm at the Maison Symphonique de Montréal. Three promising young pianists took the stage, accompanied by the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal under guest conductor Claus Peter Flor. All three showed thorough technical command and seemed undaunted by the magnitude of the event, yet each was also wholly distinct in their musical personality. Dutch/Spanish pianist Alberto Cano Smit opened the evening with a beautiful account of Brahms’s Concerto no. 1. Cano Smit’s performance had a truly storytelling quality due to the distinct…

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Montréal, Monday, May 8, 2017 – The semifinals of the CMIM (Concours musical international de Montréal) came to a close last night as the jury selected six pianists from five countries to compete in the finals. Each finalist will perform one of the great concertos of the repertoire at the Maison symphonique on May 9 and 10, with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM) led by guest conductor Claus Peter Flor. Here is the detailed schedule: Finals I – Tuesday, May 9, 7:30 p.m. Albert Cano SMIT (Spain-Netherlands) Johannes Brahms – Concerto no. 1 in D minor, op. 15 Zoltán…

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Montréal, May 5, 2017 – The CMIM (Concours musical international de Montréal) announces the names of the 12 pianists from nine countries competing in the semifinals on May 6 and 7 at Bourgie Hall of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. The only Canadian, Teo Gheorghiu, wins de facto the $5,000 Award for the best Canadian artist offered by the Bourbeau Foundation. The six finalists will be announced following the last semifinal session on Sunday, May 7. Here is the detailed schedule: SATURDAY, MAY 6 1st session 2 p.m. Jeung Beum Sohn (South Korea) David Jae-Weon Huh (South Korea) Giuseppe Guarrera (Italy) 2nd session…

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This week, many concerts are taking place in Montreal. Here are our picks! CMIM 2017 begins Don’t miss the Concours musical international de Montréal (CMIM) 2017, this year being a piano edition. For more information, read our special article [mySCENA]. Plus, this year, renowned pianist Dang Thai Son will be one of the judges of the competition. Our journalist Arthur Kaptainis met him to discuss the CMIM and how contestants can perform their best. [MySCENA] Halleluja! – Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal Under the direction of Andrew McAnerney, the chamber orchestra will revive the music of Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672), Johann Hermann…

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Edmonton, AB – On Friday, May 19 and Saturday, May 20, 2017, six string players from across Canada will take to the stage of Muttart Hall at the Alberta College Campus of MacEwan University (10050 MacDonald Drive, Edmonton) as they vie for the $8,000 top prize in The Shean Strings Competition and the opportunity to play with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra at a later date. The competition will see the competitors perform their String Recital Programs on Friday, May 19 from 1:00 – 4:00 PM and 6:30 – 9:30 PM, and perform their String Concertos on Saturday, May 20 from…

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Orford, April 20, 2017. – Orford Music is proud to present the 2017 edition of its international Festival, Wonny Song’s second as artistic director. More than 70 events will take place throughout the summer, with Canadian artists figuring prominently as Canada celebrates the 150th anniversary of Confederation. “This summer promises to be a spectacular season, with some 20 performances in the Great Concerts series, and something for every taste. I am firmly committed to making classical music accessible to everyone and, with this in mind, we are creating opportunities to meet and discuss with the artists, as well as question-answer sessions…

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REVIEW: of the new Simone Dinnerstein classical album Mozart in Havana; and INTERVIEWS: with pianist Simone Dinnerstein (and with pedagogue and activist Solomon Mikowsky). What happens when a nice girl from Brooklyn, a bad boy from Salzburg, and a precocious passel of Cuban children of the Revolution all get together? If the parties in question are acclaimed pianist Simone Dinnerstein, composer Wolfgang Mozart, and the members of the Havana Lyceum Orchestra, the answer is Mozart in Havana – Dinnerstein’s new album, debuting April 21 from SONY Classical, and destined to be one of the most talked-about classical recording drops of…

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Joliette, April 18, 2017 – For its 40th anniversary season, which runs from July 1 to August 6, le Festival de Lanaudière invites music lovers to join in the celebration at outstanding concerts and special events held in the magical environment of the Amphithéâtre Fernand-Lindsay, at historic churches in the Lanaudière region, and at the Joliette’s Salle Rolland-Brunelle. Many of most illustrious musicians of international renown will be on hand to join in the 40th anniversary celebration. THE PARTY BEGINS: GRAND OPENING CONCERT WITH PIANIST ALAIN LEFÈVRE, THE OSM AND KENT NAGANO The Festival’s 40th anniversary season begins on Saturday,…

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