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Orchestre philharmonique et choeur des mélomanes 2021-2022 season includes Alain Lefèvre playing Mathieu’s Concerto de Québec Montreal, July 29, 2021 – The seventh season of the Orchestre Philharmonique et Chœur des Mélomanes (OPCM) includes pianist Alain Lefèvre as soloist in André Mathieu’s Concerto de Québec. This is one of three concerts in the Maison symphonique under the direction of Francis Choinière. “I have always been keen to support the next generation and it is with enthusiasm that I accepted the invitation of the young conductor Francis Choinière to present this gem,” Lefèvre said, referring to the concerto, a work he was instrumental…

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It takes more than just technical chops to pull off two-piano repertoire. Like tennis, piano doubles require simpatico energy, a similar mindset, complementary skills and, given the sheer number of notes involved, a kind of sixth sense for what your partner is doing. It’s no wonder so many of the world’s most successful piano duets have been siblings or spouses. On the other hand, with almost 10 feet of distance between keyboards, it’s an ensemble tailor-made for a pandemic. David Jalbert and Wonny Song have been friends and co-performers for several years. As two of the best Canadian pianists of…

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CALGARY, AB, June 17, 2021—The Honens International Piano Competition announces the 2022 edition schedule, which was postponed from 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 50 Quarterfinalists chosen to participate in the Competition remain in place for 2022, as will the juries and collaborating artists, where possible. Quarterfinalists hail from 18 different countries. The Quarterfinals take place in Frankfurt (March 14 to 17) and New York (March 24 to 26). In this round, each of the 50 selected pianists performs a 40-minute self-programmed solo recital and completes an interview with an arts journalist. All performances are recorded on video for…

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The Bergen International Festival takes its “international” modifier seriously. There are offerings in various genres and many that could be classified as experimental. The American Moth, to choose one of the signature 2021 presentations, is described as a “multi-media performance combining dance, theatre in multiple languages and cinematic live video” in the interests of exploring “the sympathies and resentments at play in inter-generational relationships.” Well, having enjoyed my Grieg last week from the Bergen Philharmonic, I chose to keep it simple and hear a recital in the living room of Troldhaugen, the composer’s villa on the outskirts of town. Of course…

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Before and after. Who now does not think in these terms? Many music lovers, for obvious reasons, feel nostalgia for the former and disdain for the latter. Yet there I was, sitting at my dining room table and experiencing, in real time, a concert from the Bergen International Festival. The technology to make such minor miracles happen existed long before the onset of the pandemic but clearly the shutdown last year of public events gave a tremendous impetus to the use of the Internet (and in my case, a seven-year-old laptop) as a means of disseminating and receiving the lively…

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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…

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The Montreal-born pianist celebrates her 70th birthday on May 7 with a recital at her home in Bavaria. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdKwOouyoGI The program: 1:14 – Invitation to the Dance, Carl Maria von Weber 9:45 – Nocturne in F major, Op. 15, No. 1, Frédéric Chopin 14:35 – Grande valse brillante in E-flat major, Op. 18, Frédéric Chopin 20:28 – Clair de Lune, Suite bergamasque, Claude Debussy 

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At the end of an unprecedented edition, the Concours musical international de Montréal (CMIM) has unveiled the winners of its Piano 2021 edition. It is Su Yeon Kim, from South Korea, who wins the First Prize this year. She collects prizes and scholarships valued at over $ 180,000; an unprecedented total sum for the CMIM. The undeniable talent of this young 27-year-old pianist, her technique, her musicality, combined with a fair and daring program choice transcended the screen and convinced the international jury. The second prize, the Pierre Péladeau and Raymonde Chopin Prize, and the 3rd Prize offered by Stingray…

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“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 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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