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This review contains spoilers. Thunderous applause greets a pianist as he takes the stage. The audience is thrilled to see this world-renowned musician perform again after his unexplained hiatus. He is a hero to many. But he is also just a man. He falters during his performance, paralyzed by fear and loneliness, and as concern murmurs throughout the concert hall, he begins to believe his performing days are numbered. Sir Patrick Stewart wonderfully portrays pianist Henry Cole’s internal conflict in CODA: Life With Music. Of the three main actors, Stewart is the most nuanced in his delivery of dialogue. The…

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Dr. Peter Simon, Michael and Sonja Koerner President & CEO of The Royal Conservatory of Music, Mervon Mehta, Executive Director of Performing Arts, and James Anagnoson, Dean of The Glenn Gould School, revealed today the details of the 14th concert season since the opening of Koerner Hall in 2009. Two Gala Concerts  Jan Lisiecki with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in October “Rhapsody and the Blues” with Jens Lindemann, Jon Kimura Parker, and the Yamaha All Star Big Band in February Special event to Commemorate Truth and Reconciliation Day  featuring Tomson Highway, Rebecca Cuddy, Sarain Fox, and more Jazz series pays homage…

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Fort Worth, Texas (June 4, 2022) — The Jury of the Sixteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition (taking place June 2–18, 2022, at Van Cliburn Concert Hall at TCU and Bass Performance Hall) tonight announced the 18 pianists advancing to the Quarterfinal Round. 2022 CLIBURN QUARTERFINALISTS Albert Cano Smit, Spain/Netherlands, 25 Dmytro Choni, Ukraine, 28 Federico Gad Crema, Italy, 23 Anna Geniushene, Russia, 31 Masaya Kamei, Japan, 20 Uladzislau Khandohi, Belarus, 20 Honggi Kim, South Korea, 30 Andrew Li, United States, 22 Yunchan Lim, South Korea, 18 Denis Linnik, Belarus, 26 Kate Liu, United States, 28 Jinhyung Park, South Korea,…

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Souvenirs d’Auguste Descarries Isabelle David, piano Leaf Music, 2022 Souvenirs d’Auguste Descarries, just released on the Leaf Music imprint, is the result of pianist Isabelle David’s five-year research project on a French-Canadian composer whose music she performs for the first time on record. Largely forgotten since his death in 1958 at age 62, Descarries wrote a substantial and quite sophisticated body of work for solo piano with clear overtones of Russian neo-romanticism. Right from the start of this 14-track side, it is clear that David is in her element, drawing on her virtuosity to deliver a sensitive performance that constantly…

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Dedicated to spotlighting an important Québécois figure from the first half of the 20th century, the Association pour la diffusion de la musique d’Auguste Descarries (ADMAD) is launching a new competition this year hinged on the interpretation of the composer’s piano repertoire. The association, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, hopes to pass the torch to future generations of pianists so they can, in turn, experience the rich musical heritage of Auguste Descarries. Auguste Descarries (1896-1958) Pianist, organist, and composer from Lachine, Auguste Descarries bequeathed to posterity a remarkable body of 90 works, very few of which were…

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Following five years of research dedicated to French-Canadian composer and pianist Auguste Descarries, pianist Isabelle David’s hard work paid off with the launch of the album Souvenirs d’Auguste Descarries (2022) on May 27. This is her first solo album produced under the Leaf Music label. Of the 14 piano pieces, eight have been recorded for the first time. The album sheds light on Descarries’s unfamiliar works composed in the first half of the 20th century. Resurrected Works The Auguste Descarries journey began when David was pursuing her doctoral studies with pianist and pedagogue Jean Saulnier at Université de Montréal in…

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Canadian pianist Minna Re Shin’s multimedia video reimagination of Alain Payette’s 1998 solo piano work, Sonate Tableaux, has won her Best Classical Music Video Award at the 5th Music Film Festival (Buenos Aires), the Jury Diamond Award for Best Short Music Video at the March 2022 edition of the Europe Film Festival U.K., and the Judge’s Choice Award for Music Video at the 2022 Winter session of the World Premiere Film Awards (Los Angeles). “I have performed and recorded Payette’s work in the past and really found a deep ­connection to his compositions,” Shin said. “His music is very sensual…

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Canadian pianist Jennifer King’s new album, O Mistress Moon: Canadian Edition, uses the pastel colours and images of the moon to set a gentle, mysterious, and poetic mood. The images of the moon and decorative ­elements on King’s website are courtesy of her friend Andrea Ledwell. “Sometimes having an image, or a colour or a relatable aspect can bring a listener to ­gravitate towards music that they might not normally listen to,” King says. “I think it is an important aspect to look at when introducing people to new music, especially if it is contemporary.” King has always been drawn…

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Fort Worth, Texas (May 31, 2022)—The Sixteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition welcomed 30 young pianists from around the world to the Opening Dinner & Draw Party Tuesday evening, May 31, 2022, at the Historic Hilton Hotel in downtown Fort Worth. The competitors, members of the Jury, and host families received warm welcomes from Cliburn staff and patrons, and past Cliburn Board Chairman Susan Bagby Tilley was honored with a tribute delivered by Jury Chairman Emeritus John Giordano. Other speakers included Cliburn President and CEO Jacques Marquis, Chairman of the Board Jeffrey B. King, and 2017 Gold Medalist Yekwon Sunwoo. After dinner,…

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Montreal, May 30, 2022 – Filmoption International is proud to announce the release of the film CODA: Life with Music written by Louis Godbout and directed by Claude Lalonde. The film, starring Sir Patrick Stewart, Katie Holmes and Giancarlo Esposito, will be released in Quebec and Canada in 36 theatres on June 3. A famous pianist struggling with stage fright finds inspiration with a free-spirited music critic. A special screening with a Q&A period with Claude Lalonde and Louis Godbout will be held at the Cinéma du Musée on Saturday, June 4 at 7:30 pm: https://omniwebticketing4.com/theatre3/?schdate=2022-06-04&perfix=5561. Trailer: https://bit.ly/3a5f651. Official website :…

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