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PRIZEWINNERS OF THE 76th CONCOURS DE GENÈVE The 76th Concours de Genève ended last Thursday with a spectacular Piano Final at Victoria Hall in Geneva, Switzerland, with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, conducted by Maržena Diakun. We are pleased to present the winners of this year’s edition, dedicated to piano and composition: PIANO PRIZEWINNERS FIRST PTRIZE Kevin Chen (17 years old, Canada) SECOND PRIZE Sergey Belyavsky (28 years old, Russia) THIRD PRIZE EX AEQUO Kaoruko Igarashi (28 years old, Japan) Zijian Wei (24 years old, China) COMPOSITION PRIZEWINNERS FIRST PRIZE Shin Kim, 27 years old, South Korea For his…

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Pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico, C.M., FRSC has just been accorded a new honour: the Order of Ontario. The province’s highest honour will be bestowed at a November 21 ceremony by Her Honour Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Ontario Lieutenant Governor and Chancellor of The Order of Ontario. As the official announcement states, “The Order of Ontario recognizes exceptional leaders from all walks of life and diverse fields of endeavour whose impact and lasting legacy have played an important role in building a stronger province, country and world.” The sole classical musician amongst the 23 other illustrious 2021 appointees, Petrowska Quilico is cited for…

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A large audience was present on Saturday, October 22 at the Maison Symphonique for pianist Jean-Philippe Sylvestre’s recital that will also be repeated at Palais Montcalm in Quebec City on Nov. 11. In the program, some of the best-known masterpieces for the piano, Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody no. 2, Ravel’s Miroirs and Pavane, Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata and Balakirev’s Islamey and a special performance of Mathieu’s Concerto de Québec, plus a Prelude and Fugue by Bach. What you missed The concert opens with the virtuosic Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 by Franz Liszt played convincing and full of contrasts. Sylvestre is a pianist…

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CellOpéra! Duo Cavatine : Noémie Raymond-Friset, cello; Michel-Alexandre Broekaert, piano. Label: unknown (October 2022) Duo Cavatine’s name could never have been better suited than for this recording. Cellist Noémie Raymond-Friset and pianist Michel-Alexandre Broekaert have issued a sparkling collection of operatic arias all rearranged for this album. Given the cello’s range and timbral overlap with the human voice, it only seems natural to entrust it with the vocal parts. Such effects as vibrato and glissando translate well to stringed instruments like the cello. Whereas everything is dependent on interpretation, lyricism and repertoire choices, some pieces in this collection are bound…

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This past June in Fort Worth, Tex., 18-year-old Yunchan Lim ­became the youngest person to ever win gold at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. His performance of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 during the final round was ­remarkable by any standard and convinced the members of the jury that he ­deserved the highest award. But it is likely that he had already ­separated himself from the other contestants with stunning ­performances of Liszt’s monumental Transcendental Études and Scriabin’s Piano Sonata No. 2. Yunchan Lim was born in Siheung, South Korea, and began piano lessons at the age of 7.…

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In the contemporary Eckhardt-Gramatté competition, a competitor’s repertoire must consist of works made no sooner than the 1950s, at least half of them composed by Canadians. So when young pianist David Potvin played exclusively Canadian music, his exceptional effort tying the repertoire together did not go unnoticed by the judges, who awarded him the first-place prize from among six finalists. “I tried to pick a program of contrasting works but present them in an order where they complemented each other well,” Potvin said. “There’s so much wonderful Canadian piano music so I thought, why not? I think I got just as…

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Young pianist Jaeden Izik-Dzurko is on a hot streak in 2022! Only months after receiving First Prize at the Hilton Head (March) and Maria Canals (April) competitions, he took home the gold two more times at the Shean (May) and Santander ­(August) competitions. To the award-winning pianist, competitions are exhausting, ­especially when hosted back-to-back. The lengthy practice and ­rehearsal processes are hard enough, but each time he gets on stage he has to make a conscious effort to calm himself down, since he finds competitions more nerve-racking than normal performances. “I always treat each competition round like a performance,” he…

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After his concert series of Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s music with Hervé Niquet, his harpsichordist colleague and orchestra conductor, on Sept. 29 and 30, Luc Beauséjour gets back to the great Bach’s music for two more concerts during the Clavecin en concert season. First, for Montreal’s Bach Festival on Nov. 18, he will map out the composer’s musical journey from his youth to maturity; then, on Nov. 17 at the Salle Bourgie for the last year dedicated entirely to his cantatas. In addition, there is a recording of Bach’s Trio Sonatas, arranged for harpsichord, marimba and cello with the duo Stick&Bow, released…

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Born in Georgia but raised in Hungary, the pianist-composer Nicolas Namoradze launched his international career when he became the winner of the 2018 Honens International Piano Competition. This Calgary-based contest offers one of the biggest prize packages in the world, and has been rewarding top talent every three years since 1992. Namoradze, at 30, is the latest laureate, and he has already established himself as an artist who is here to stay. Namoradze’s schedule is packed, including the release of a debut disc for Hyperion, appearances at the Toronto Summer Music Festival and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, as…

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Fort Worth, Texas (August 11, 2022) —The Cliburn announces today the new details of the eighth edition of the Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition, for non-professional pianists age 35 and older. Originally scheduled for May 2020 and postponed due to the pandemic, the Amateur Competition will now take place October 12–18, 2022, in Fort Worth, Texas. Below are the key elements, many altered due to the rescheduling. “We are so pleased to finally be able to welcome these outstanding pianists—who have been preparing for this moment for many years now—to Fort Worth,” said Jacques Marquis, Cliburn president and CEO. “The week will be memorable as…

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