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The first soloist I ever heard play Elgar was the French cellist Paul Tortelier at the Royal Festival Hall – elegant, expressive and chastely romantic, half an hour of unblemished beauty. I was a kid and that must have been 60 years ago. Since then I’ve heard maybe one other French cellist attempt an Elgar concerto, but never, until now, a violinist. Renaud Capucon is a revelation in many ways. He shifts the accent from phlegmatic to something more Gallic and the dynamics to a whispering tendresse. There is so much individuality in this account that I kept wondering why…

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I met Ezinma as Meredith Ramsay almost 10 years ago, when we were violin students at the Mannes School of Music in New York. One day after school we were on the sidewalk, talking about the future. She told me she was not going to audition for orchestras. Rather, she was going to become a pop star of the violin. I remember thinking, “How is she going to do that? You cannot train as a classical musician and have a career in pop music.” But she did. The proof? Ezinma is featured on the cover of the January/February issue of…

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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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Conductor Janna Sailor gave this speech at the Coalition for Music Education Youth4Music Leadership Symposium in Vancouver on April 1, 2017. My name is Janna Sailor, and I am the founder and artistic director of the Allegra Chamber Orchestra, an all-female ensemble dedicated to empowering women and their communities through music. 
 I am also a violinist performing with several orchestras in town, including the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, in addition to my own solo and chamber projects. This does not leave much free time, to say the least. Music has had a profound and transformative impact on me, and I…

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Originally from Seoul, Korea, violinist Byungchan Lee garnered international attention as prizewinner of the inaugural 2009 Yuri Yankelevitch International Violin Competition, and was one of CBC’s “30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians Under 30” in 2017. He appeared as soloist with the McGill and Vancouver Symphony Orchestras, and performed alongside Stevie Wonder in Montreal as well as at the closing ceremony of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. Byungchan toured the most prestigious Canadian and international halls, such as the Carnegie Hall, the MoMA’s Summergarden, the New York Choreographic Institute, and the Juilliard’s Focus Festival. Byungchan received his master’s degree from The…

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Violinist Timothy Chooi won Second Prize at the 2019 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium. He had already made a name for himself after receiving numerous awards, including the First Prize of the 2018 Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition in Germany, the First Prize of the 2018 Schadt Violin Competition in the USA, the Michael Hill Violin Competition in New-Zealand and the OSM ManulifeCompetition in Canada. In 2018, he won the Yves Paternot Prize at the Festival Verbier in Switzerland, which rewards the most promising and accomplished musician at the annual Academy of Young Professional Musicians. Timothy Chooi studied at the Curtis…

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Ida Haendel, the Polish-born violinist who lived in Montreal from 1952 to 1989, died early on July 1 at her home in Florida. Her nephew Richard Grunberg described her passing as peaceful on social media. Haendel’s age was long a subject of debate, turning in part on the question of whether she really could have won the Polish Prize in the 1935 Wieniawski International Violin Competition in Warsaw at age seven (when, according to her own testimony, she could not read music). Many sources still accept Dec. 15, 1928 as her date of birth, which would make her terminal age 91. That she…

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Anne-Sophie Mutter, 56, has tested positive for the coronavirus. The German violinist posted a video message on Facebook from her office at home, presumably in Munich, where her foundation is based. “It’s such a difficult situation for an artist not to be able to communicate with you, the listener,” Mutter says. “But better times will come.” The message includes a statement of solidarity with others afflicted with COVID-19. Mutter takes heart from the fact that she is a non-smoker and suggests that smokers should kick the habit. A video-conference performance of the Adagio ma non troppo from Beethoven’s String Quartet…

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I love Wozzeck,” Elisa Citterio, 43, said in a cozy spot in Trinity-St. Paul’s, the renovated church in Toronto where Tafelmusik presents most of its concerts. “I played it twice. And Lulu.” If operas by Alban Berg seem a curious choice of favourites for the music director of the best-known baroque ensemble of English Canada, they faithfully reflect the upbringing of a violinist who grew up in Brescia, an hour from Milan, and dreamed from youth of playing in the orchestra of La Scala. Citterio realized her dream, after orthodox training as a “modern” violinist, first by serving as concertmaster…

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A violinist and composers of our time Release date: October 4, 2019 Montreal, October 4, 2019 – With a career spanning over four decades and an impressive discography of more than forty albums, Angèle Dubeau continues to leave her mark in today’s music world. Her virtuosity brings her on the most prestigious stages and she continues to be awarded international prizes for her recordings and to receive honors for her career. Pulsations, the violinist’s new album, brings together works that evoke strong images and possess a profound emotional intensity. In addition to the excellence of her playing, she has a…

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