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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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San Francisco, California (June 6, 2022) — The first prize of the 37th Irving M. Klein International String Competition, carrying a purse of $13,000, including performance contracts with the Peninsula and Santa Cruz Symphonies, Gualala Arts Chamber Music Series, and Music in the Vineyards has been awarded to 20-year-old cellist GAEUN KIM.  It is given in honor of Oliver Herbert, by Paul Wayne Osborne. She was also awarded the Pablo Casals Prize for best performance of Bach.  In addition to a live audience at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, thousands worldwide watched seven semifinalists via livestream on the Violin…

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Brussels, Belgium (June 5, 2022) –  Hayoung Choi wins the 2022 Cello Competition! The International Queen Elisabeth Grand Prize – Queen Mathilde Prize receives EUR 25,000 and numerous concerts in Belgium and abroad. The ranking of the laureates INTERNATIONAL QUEEN ELISABETH GRAND PRIZE : €25,000 First Prize – Queen Mathilde Prize Hayoung Choi BELGIAN FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PRIZE : €20,000 Second Prize, awarded by the Belgian Science Policy Yibai Chen COUNT DE LAUNOIT PRIZE : €17,000 Third Prize Marcel Johannes Kits PRIZE OF THE GOVERNMENTS OF THE BELGIAN COMMUNITIES : €12,500 Fourth Prize, this year awarded by the…

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Bach and Bartok Karl Stobbe, violin Leaf music, 2022 Juno Award winner and violin soloist Karl Stobbe has released the album Bach and Bartok to illustrate the profound influence of Bach’s sonatas on the world of classical music. In the first half of the album, Stobbe presents his rendition of Bach’s Sonata No. 3 in C Major for Solo Violin, BMV 1005, which is both serendipitously calm and dramatically tense. Listeners are often left longing for a resolving note, and when they finally reach it, they’re dragged back into a melody whose syncopations masterfully re-establish the anxiety of waiting. Listeners…

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John Williams: Violin Concerto No. 2 & Selected Film Themes John Williams, composer and conductor; Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin; Boston Symphony Orchestra Deutsche Grammophon, 2022 Having worked together on two occasions (for recordings issued in 2019 and 2020 on Deutsche Grammophon), John Williams and Anne-Sophie Mutter are no strangers to each other. And as all good things come in threes, here they are back again on the same label and sharing top billing for Williams’s violin concerto. The work opens on a rather brooding harp solo. Mutter’s violin appears almost timidly through a sombre mass of strings, a prelude to the…

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Ten quartets will compete for more than half a million dollars at the 2022 BanffInternational String Quartet Competition (BISQC), the 14th edition since the competition’s establishment in 1983. Between Aug. 29 and Sept. 4, the contestants will participate in a series of intense performances. In addition to the cash prize, the winner will receive several residencies, including one whose $200,000 value will be fully paid. All three finalists will be given Banff Centre residency offers; the seven remaining quartets will take home $5,000. BISQC’s triennial occurrence makes it one of the most highly ­regarded chamber music events in the world.…

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Welcome to the June 2022 issue of La Scena Musicale, our first national summer festival issue since the beginning of the pandemic. Since our April/May national issue, COVID restrictions have been relaxed in Canada, concert halls are allowed to return to 100 per cent capacity without need for masks—although some, like Ottawa’s Music and Beyond, will stick with the two-metre rule, restrict capacity to 25 per cent and keep masks mandatory. La Scena Musicale advocates that masks should still be worn at all times indoors. Our last national June issue in 2019 listed 550 Canadian summer arts festivals. For 2022,…

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Brussels, Belgium (May 22, 2022) – The final of the Cello Competition: Monday 30 May to Saturday 4 June, 8 pm (Brussels Centre for Fine Arts). Presenting the twelve finalists : Yibai Chen Bryan Cheng Hayoung Choi Jeremias Fliedl Stéphanie Huang Woochan Jeong Marcel Johannes Kits Taeguk Mun Samuel Niederhauser Petar Pejčić Oleksiy Shadrin Sul Yoon Via this link you can read more about the finalists and download their photos on their personal pages. The biographies of the finalists will be available on the press page as of Wednesday May 25. Programme of the final The final will take place at the Brussels…

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Have you heard Régent Levasseur’s enchanting Farewell to the Warriors? The Orchestre classique de Montréal (OCM) presents it as part of its 82nd season, titled Women of Distinction, with the remarkable 18-minute concerto for string orchestra, harp and drum, in an orchestration by the versatile melodist. Tara-Louise Montour recorded the piece with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra and the work earned the ensemble a Juno nomination (2005). “I am delighted that the OCM invited me into the program of Tales and Melodies, the first concert of its season, and I think that Farewell to the Warriors will fit in perfectly, firstly because of…

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The 24-year-old canadian cellist Bryan Cheng has been awarded 2nd Prize and the Audience Prize at the Geneva 2021 International Music Competition (Concours de Genève) in Switzerland! Selected from 250 initial applicants, he is also the only Canadian to have reached the finals of this prestigious cello competition, performing the Cello Concerto in E minor of E. Elgar with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and conductor Georg Fritzsch. Congratulations! The first cellist to win Grand Prize at the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal Competition, the first-ever Canadian laureate at the prestigious International Paulo Cello Competition and also winner of the inaugural Bader and Overton Canadian Cello…

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