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In the evolution of Russian music, Stanchinsky is the great might-have-been. A student of Sergey Taneyev and Alexander Grechaninov, he was introduced to Tolstoy as the next Russian genius, only for his mental health to collapse in the midst of a double family crisis. After father died in 1910 when Stanchinsky was 21, his mother refused to let him marry his pregnant lover, daughter of the estate manager. Suffering depression and hallucinations, Stanchnsky was taken around all the best nerve doctors in Russia and developed a habit of burning any new works he set on paper. In March 1914 he…

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CALGARY March 3—Owing to the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, Honens has postponed its 2021 International Piano Competition to 2022. This year’s event was to have taken place from Oct. 14 to 22 in Calgary following quarterfinal rounds in New York and Berlin in June. “This is less of a decision than it is the acceptance of an inevitability,” says Honens president and CEO Neil Edwards. “We have explored every option and determined that the current world situation makes it impossible for us to present a competition worthy of Honens’s high international standard and reputation.” The 50 quarterfinalists, representing 18 countries, chosen to participate…

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The Concours musical international de Montréal (CMIM) is proud to announce the addition of two new members of the jury for its 19th edition. Pianists Charles Richard-Hamelin (Canada) and Till Fellner (Austria), both laureates of international competitions, will join the other members of the jury announced earlier. On the strength of their international experience, they will bring a perspective that is both youthful and seasoned to the competition this year. For the very first time at the CMIM, a competitor is making the big leap from the stage to the judges’ stand. After successfully making his way through the rounds to…

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FORT WORTH, Texas, February 2, 2021 – The Cliburn announces the line-up for the spring 2021 season of Cliburn at Home, featuring regular new episodes of two series: Cliburn Masterpiece (biweekly), which examines the who, what, when, where, and how of the greatest piano works; and Cliburn Kids (weekly), which brings fun musical breaks to kids, their parents, and anyone who loves music and learning. “We’re pleased to continue these two engaging series into 2021,” said Cliburn President and CEO Jacques Marquis. “Cliburn at Home programs, launched late last March in response to the pandemic, amassed 1.3 million views by the end…

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The Prix d’Europe will celebrate its 110th anniversary this year. Since its beginning, the scholarship offered by the Prix d’Europe has enabled winners to study abroad. The competition offers what might be called a sabbatical year for further development after musical studies and before embarking on a professional career. “We are always transformed by studying abroad,” comments Vincent Boucher, vice-president of the Académie de musique du Québec and organist at St. Joseph’s Oratory. “I think that the Prix d’Europe was an important cultural driving force in Quebec in the sense that a Quebec musician who went to Vienna or Paris…

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Western Classical music is Eurocentric by nature. Centuries ago, the so-called Old World made up the rule of an art form that would gain universal acceptance as something of a legit form of culture. Performers and composers working within the confines of that tradition are found everywhere nowadays, and need not have been raised in any one its countries or lived there to play this musical cannon with proficiency. Over the last century or so, foreign influences have seeped into it, be they the exotic scales of the Far East or the syncopations of the Far West. American composers for…

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Canadian pianists Jonathan Mak, 23, and Yike (Tony) Yang, 22, will compete in the first ever Virtual International First Round, taking place in London, Berlin, Paris, Beijing, Tokyo, Seoul and New York, 6-10 April 2021. Second Round, Semi-Finals & Finals of the 2021 Leeds International Piano Competition to be held in Leeds, 8-18 September 2021 The First Round Jury, chaired by Adam Gatehouse and including Simone Dinnerstein (USA), Noriko Ogawa (Japan) and Martin Sauer (Germany), will hear a 25-minute recital from each of the 63 pianists before selecting 24 to go through to the Second Round in Leeds in September 2021. Detailed safety…

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Montréal, January 21, 2021 — The Concours musical international de Montréal (CMIM) is pleased to announce that a piano edition will take place in 2021.  When the finest talents come to you From April 26 to May 14, 2021, 27 of the world’s finest young pianists will take part in the 19th edition of the CMIM (www.concoursmontreal.ca/en/piano-2021). Modern technology and the generous support of our loyal partners will allow us to realize an entirely online competition where emotion is guaranteed to transcend the screen. The CMIM has never been so international Hailing from eleven different countries and currently confined in…

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No big symphony on the second webcast by Rafael Payare and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. Unless we count Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24 in C Minor, which the Venezuelan conductor took to be a symphony in spirit. There is a case to be made for such an approach, given the length, weight and complexity of the first movement. Payare emphasized its dark character with a broad interpretation of the Allegro marking and full string sound made to sound fuller still with ample legato.  Pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin was like-minded, making the apparently naive theme of the Larghetto seem dignified and exploring…

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Calgary, AB, January 12, 2021—National lockdowns, imposed quarantine periods, and increased travel restrictions have made it impossible for most arts organizations to proceed with their programs and events in the timelines that were originally planned. For these reasons, and to ensure the continued good health and safety of all involved, Honens has made the difficult decision to postpone its 2021 Quarterfinals. These recitals, which were scheduled to take place in Berlin and New York in March, will now take place in mid- to late- June. As plans are still being developed, more specific information will be shared as soon as it…

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