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Reality television has launched the careers of several pop stars who have become household names. From 2016 to 2018, Radio-Canada in Montreal applied that formula to the classical music scene in a show called Virtuose. The brainchild of host Gregory Charles, Virtuose showcased prodigies aged 11 to 17 playing top-drawer classical music. This May, two past winners, pianists Emily Oulousian and Zhan Hong Xiao, will be featured with the McGill Chamber Orchestra in a program called Young Virtuosos playing Mozart’s Concerto for Two Pianos under conductor Boris Brott. “Mozart probably wrote the concerto to play with his sister, Nannerl,” says…

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Op. 7 is an underplayed sonata,” Richard Goode said from his home in New York. “A wonderful piece. I’m glad that people are hearing it one way or another.” But as to why his recording of this relative black sheep among Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas should have 98,039 YouTube views at the time of this writing, while the much more popular “Moonlight” Sonata boasts only 21,915 views, he has no idea. Indeed, the American pianist, who plays for the Ladies’ Morning Musical Club on April 28, was not even aware that his 1993 cycle for the Nonesuch label was available…

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The Cliburn is thrilled to announce the 24 competitors invited to participate in the 2019 Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival, taking place May 31–June 8, 2019, in Dallas, Texas, with the first three rounds at Caruth Auditorium at SMU and the Final Round performance with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ruth Reinhardt at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. The 2019 Cliburn Junior competitors hail from all over the world, representing 11 countries: the United States (7), China (5), Japan (4), Canada (3), Hong Kong (2), Armenia, Australia, Austria, Russia, South Korea, and Taiwan (includes three dual representations). They range in age from 13 to 17 with two 13-, four 14-, seven 15-, five 16-, and six 17-year-olds.…

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FIRST CHINA INTERNATIONAL MUSIC COMPETITION ANNOUNCES THE TWENTY-TWO PIANISTS TO PARTICIPATE IN BEIJING, MAY 4–21 2019 BEIJING, CHINA, 11 February 2019—The First China International Music Competition, newly created by the Global Music Education League and China Conservatory of Music, has announced the twenty-two pianists who will participate in Beijing from May 4 to 21 2019. The competitors, all between seventeen and twenty-eight years of age, have been selected by the world’s foremost international music authorities and come from a total of ten countries: Australia, Belarus, Canada, China, Georgia, Italy, Kazakhstan, Russia, South Korea, and the United States. Several competitors currently attend…

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Chilean-Canadian pianist Alejandra Cifuentes Diaz presents a recital entirely devoted to Chopin as part of the Concerts sous les chandelles (concerts by candlelight) series on Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. at the St. Denis Church in Montreal. Holder of a master’s degree in piano performance from the Université de Montréal, Cifuentes Diaz has always had a particular fondness for the Romantic period, of which Chopin is one of the most celebrated composers. She also studied with one of the most famous contemporary Chopin performers, Dang Thai Son. “What I love the most in his music is the spoken quality of…

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After last year’s successful Beethoven 32 piano marathon, the Maison de la musique Sorel-Tracy will soon stage its next coup, entirely devoted to Chopin. This newest event, held in partnership with Caisses populaires Desjardins, will take place on the weekend of March 30 and 31 at the Salle Georges-Codling in the heart of the Sorel district. Nineteen pianists, including the ringleader Richard Raymond, will share duties in playing the complete works for solo piano by the legendary Polish composer and keyboard virtuoso. The task at hand was nothing less than daunting for its organizers, who were called on to ensure…

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Mathieu: Concerto No. 4. Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op. 43 / Jean-Philippe Sylvestre, piano. Orchestre Métropolitain, Alain Trudel, conductor / ATMA Classique ACD2 2768 Mathieu’s posthumous Concerto No. 4 owes much to Gilles Bellemare, who, from fragmentary sources, reconstructed and orchestrated this post romantic gem while seeking to reproduce the composer’s vision faithfully. Under Alain Trudel’s blazing baton, the piece charges forward like a locomotive, paying no heed to the superfluous or stopping stations along the way. Pianist Jean-Philippe Sylvestre navigates the piece with remarkable ease, in his element performing a work after his own heart. His…

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To end the year, up pops a Mozart with five stars written all over it. As a matter of course, I do not listen to new Mozart piano releases. There is such an abundance of unsurpassed recordings on my shelves – Ashkenazy, Brendel, Gilels, Haskil, Kempff, Richter – who could ask for anything more? But I slipped on this latest offering as an early-morning tune-up and, before I knew it, I was I heaven. I am sure the good folk at DG had a go at Seong-Jin Cho not to risk Mozart at this stage, but the Chopin competition winner…

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The thought of recording an album, Noël piano-voix, dawned on me after performing a Christmas music recital with pianist Lisandre Sévigny Di Quinzio. I enjoyed singing the music, and the audience was quite receptive. After talking to my accompanist, we agreed to be equal partners in this venture. Fundraising Recording a CD is an expensive proposition, far more than we could afford on our own. So we got a fundraising campaign together. We solicited financial contributions, regardless of the amount. In exchange, we offered various incentives to eventual benefactors. Happily, we met our goal, or just about. Repertoire We established three…

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With the release of My Spanish Heart, pianist Katarzyna Musial follows up on her previous recording Come Dance. Widely acclaimed, that album encouraged this native of Poland now residing in Canada to revel in the artistic and cultural splendors of the Iberian peninsula. “You don’t have to be born in a culture to be enamoured with it,” she explains. In fact, her love affair with Spain first began as a child, when, at five years old, she simply fell in love with the country upon a visit with her parents. “My album is a musical journey through Spain,” Musial explains.…

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