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Averse as I am to teenage prodigies, I heard Daniel Lozakovich in a Berlin nightclub this week and had no doubt from the first touch of bow on string that he is the genuine article. Sixteen years old, raised in Stockholm by Kazak-Russian parents, he gives the impression of belonging nowhere but some deep place inside himself. Fresh from a sleepless night on a bench in Tokyo airport where his flight had been cancelled, he draws energy – as the great ones do – from an audience. No-one breathed on the dance-floor during his Bach Partita. His DG debut recording…

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Montreal, June 14th 2018 – Ms. Hélène David, Minister responsible for Higher Education and the Feminine Condition, today, at 9:55 am in the National Assembly, made a statement paying tribute to composer José Evangelista. “I wish to salute the brilliant career of the composer and teacher José Evangelista […]. Thank you Mr. Evangelista for your great cultural contribution!” This statement makes official the recognition of the importance of this great composer and teacher, already honored in concert halls and schools across the country since last September, within the framework of its Tribute Series, organized by the Société de musique contemporaine…

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The Canada Council for the Arts is awarding prizes to seven distinguished artists in dance, photography, music, literature, and visual and/or media arts. These prizes underscore the excellence of these artists’ careers in their respective disciplines. Here are our winners for 2018: Duke and Duchess of York Prize in Photography ($8,000): Carol Sawyer Jacqueline Lemieux Prize ($6,000): Rosanna Terracciano – dance Robert Fleming Prize ($2,000): Fjóla Evans – musical composition Joan Lowndes Award ($3,500): Sylvie Parent – visual and media arts Joseph S. Stauffer Prizes ($5,000 each): Jean-François Sénéchal – literature Christian Bouchard – music Vishal Jugdeo – visual arts

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TORONTO… Julius Drake, Christoph Prégardien, and Alexander Kerr are among the talented artists who will participate in the 2018 Toronto Summer Music Festival’s free programming (July 12 – August 4). The events are open to the general public and take place at Walter Hall and the Boyd Neel Room in the Edward Johnson Building, University of Toronto (80 Queen’s Park). Masterclasses are open to the general public to observe and will be held in Walter Hall with pianist Julius Drake (July 13, 10 a.m. – Noon); Borodin Quartet (July 15,  2 – 3:30 p.m.); violinist Yehonatan Berick (July 16, 4…

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LA SÉRIE CLASSIQUE DU FMCM 1er au 17 juin Le Festival de musique de chambre de Montréal lance sa série classique le 12 juin avec le remarquable Rolston String Quartet, en compagnie du réputé pianiste André Laplante (20 h). À 17 h, on pourra entendre le Rolston interpréter Different Trains de Steve Reich, avec la projection de la vidéo produite par Beatriz Caravaggio. La semaine intensive se poursuit le 14 avec la première prestation canadienne du Tempest Trio, un tourbillon musical le 15 avec les pianistes Alon Goldstein, David Jalbert, Steven Massicotte et Wonny Song, le 16 avec le New York Philharmonic…

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If I had to choose Elgar or VW for a desert island, I know which it would be. Elgar these days seems over-familiar, where Vaughan Williams loses none of his capacity to surprise. You would not automatically guess that from the opening item on this Toronto Symphony recording, the 1938 Serenade to Music, a flossy piece which is made up of bits of Shakespeare and broderie anglaise. Moving swiftly on, the 1944 oboe concerto is an exquisite wartime consolation, a promise of green fields and scones for tea when all the unpleasantness is over. Sarah Jeffrey’s reading is ideally serene,…

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“I go directly towards what touches my heart”Giorgia Fumanti is a unique artist with a unique story. Born in Tuscany, the diva was not predestined to build a career as a singer. She was timid and introverted. But at age 16, she discovered her voice – and the joy of sharing it with the public – while singing with the choir of her local church. Three months later, she was soloist at the Christmas concert. “I was a very shy little girl who did not want to be at the front,” Fumanti remembers. “It was a little weird.” Then, to secure…

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Quatuor Bozzini Gyula Csapó : Déjà ? Kojâ ? Label : Collection QB Catalogue number : CQB 1821 ★★★✩✩ In recent years the Bozzini Quartet has added to its discography recordings dedicated to a single composer, sometimes even devoted to a single work. That is also the case with their most recent album, Déjà ? Kojâ ?, which is a mix of French and Persian languages meaning “Already? to where?” The title of the same name for string quartet is by Gyula Csapo, composer of Hungarian descent. Commissioned by the Bozzini Quartet, the work underwent various transformations before its completion in 2016. It is structured in three…

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Yesterday evening the Arian Semi-finals of the CMIM 2018 came to a conclusion. Mezzo-soprano Rihab Chaieb, tenor Konstantin Lee, tenor Mario Bahg, baritone John Brancy and bass Mikhail Golovushkin and tenor Petr Nekoranec competed for one of the six spots in the finals in the Aria division of the CMIM 2018 competition. At the end, La Scena’s tweeted our predictions: * Wah Keung Chan: Emily D’Angelo, Andrew Haji, John Brancy, Rihab Chaieb, Mario Bahg, Mikhail Golovushkin. Sorry Konstantin Lee. * Justin Bernard: D’Angelo, Hadji, Nekroranec, Chaieb, Bahg et Glovushkin. Hésitation entre Brancy et Chaieb. * Myself: Emily D’Angelo, Mario Bahg,…

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Montreal, Wednesday, June 6, 2018 – Last night, the names of the Aria finalists of the Concours musical international de Montréal (CMIM) were announced following two evenings of semi-final rounds at the Maison symphonique. Since May 29, 38 competitors from 20 countries have had the pleasure of performing in the CMIM’s 2018 Voice edition. While the final round for the Art Song division (voice and piano) took place on Sunday, June 3, it will be following the Aria Finals Gala (voice and orchestra)—tomorrow, Thursday, June 7—that we will learn the names of the prizewinners in both divisions, in the presence…

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