Browsing: Classical Music

“It’s a time to try to keep looking forward,” Janina Fialkowska said from her home outside Augsburg, a German city some 80 kilometres west of Munich, where the Canadian pianist has lived since 2013.  “I’m doing my best not to look back because I believe there are great things to come.” Among the near-future prospects are a return to concertizing in July, COVID willing, and the resumption in September of her International Piano Academy, an innovative mini-fest, also in Bavaria, featuring young pianists she admires who might not have been lucky enough to win one the many competitions she has served as…

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The trouble with most music by unfamiliar contemporary composers is that the listener has no idea where it’s coming from. The Austrian Gerald Resch gets over this hurdle by rooting his third string quartet, ‘attaca’, in Beethoven’s first Razumovsky quartet, opus 59/1. The context works remarkably well. Resch, 46, is a former music journalist embedded in Viennese music, both historic and  modern. He works with ensembles as different as the period-instrument Concentus Musicus and the Aureum saxophone quartet. In creating ‘attaca’ he had a period of immersion with the trendy, Frankfurt-based Aris Quartet, among the most accomplished on the circuit.…

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Toronto, May 6, 2021 – The Amadeus Choir is breaking new ground in the choral do main with two digital projects this spring: an interactive musical web experience and a  podcast series combining music and poetry.   “We see the current environment as an opportunity to push ourselves in the digital  sphere,” says Artistic Director, Kathleen Allan. “We thought: maybe instead of trying to fit  what we do inside the constraints of the pandemic, we should create something totally  new.”   Home Comfort Advisor is a large-scale work for socially distanced choir that brings  choral performance to a completely interactive online format.…

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Montreal, May 5, 2021 – The Orchestre Métropolitain and its artistic director and principal conductor, Yannick Nézet Séguin, are pleased to announce the details of the two programs that will close this season unlike any other. The concerts  will be performed before a live audience in the Maison symphonique de Montréal on May 22 and June 12 and 13 and  recorded for webcast at a later date. Tickets for the general public go on sale at noon on Friday, May 7, on the  www.orchestremetropolitain.com website.  “I’m particularly proud of how the OM was able to amp up its inventiveness, adaptability…

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Montreal, May 6, 2021 – The I Musici de Montréal Chamber Orchestra has been waiting for this moment for a long time: public will physically be back for our next concert on Thursday, May 13! Furthermore, the joy will double up as the musicians will work for the first time under the direction of their new conductor Jean-François Rivest. Jean-François Rivest is a known and appreciated figure in the classical Québécois milieu. Trained at the Montreal Conservatory of Music and at the Juilliard School in New York, he was conductor in residence at the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, artistic director…

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Juan Perez Floristan (Spain) is the winner of the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition Shiori Kuwuhara (Japan) was awarded second place; third place went to Cunmo Yin (China) Juan Perez Floristan from Spain is the winner of the Rubinstein Piano Competition, which culminated today (Monday, May 3) at the Tel Aviv Charles Bronfman Auditorium (home of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, which played in today’s finals). A total of six competitors, from the initial 32, had made it through to the final rounds. Second place went to Shiori Kuwahara from Japan, with third place going to Cunmo Yin from China. With…

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The eyes and ears of the music world were focused last week on the Concours musical international de Montréal (CMIM), held under conditions no one would have imagined a year ago when the competition was cancelled because of COVID-19. We all knew the competition this year was going to be different, but how different, and how successful? The short answers are very different and, so far, highly successful. “The positive feedback so far has been tremendous,” commented CMIM executive and artistic director Christiane LeBlanc. “The whole team and I are extremely satisfied in how things are unfolding so far. It has…

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MONTRÉAL, QC – April 30, 2021 2:15 ET p.m. – Concours Musical International de Montréal (CMIM) has announced the names of the eight pianists who will participate in the Final Round of its 19th edition. The international jury of nine, presided over by Mr. Zarin Mehta, met remotely to identify the eight outstanding competitors. The jury, spread over three continents, includes Arnaldo Cohen (United States), Martin Engstroem (Sweden), Till Fellner (Austria), Mari Kodama (Japan), Hélène Mercier (Canada), Costa Pilavachi (Canada), Charles Richard-Hamelin (Canada), Rena Shereshevskaya (Russia) and Susan Wadsworth (United States). The eight finalists will return to concert halls to…

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Montreal, April 28, 2021 – The Orchestre classique de Montréal (OCM) and conductor Boris Brott are thrilled to finally be performing in front of their loyal audience for the first time in over a year! Having worked hard to establish an online presence during the pandemic, the OCM will present its final two concerts of the season live and in-person at its new home in Salle Pierre‑Mercure: The Great Slavs on May 18 and From Mozart to McCartney on June 8. For those unable to attend due to limited seating, the concerts will also be made available via webcast for only…

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Edmonton, AB – On Friday, May 21 and Saturday, May 22, 2021, six string players from across Canada will 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.  Due to COVID-19, the Competition will be held virtually this year with competitors submitting videos for the adjudicators to watch. Competitors’  performances, if we are given permission to share them, will be posted to our  website and social media after the Competition and the results announced. (see  attached programme information)  This year’s competitors (with hometowns in…

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