Recordings

A miniature history of Russian music for piano four hands

“Russian Music for Piano Four Hands” is the title of the new album of the Costa & Casanova Piano Duo, released in September 2019 for Da Vinci Classics. Sara Costa and Fabiano Casanova are two Italian pianists, who perform on international stages as soloists and chamber musicians, and they have

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Concerts

The UK premiere of music documentary film MAKANNA + live cello

The 1st WALTHAM FOREST CELLO FEST (6th – 26th October 2019) – “London Borough of Culture meets Classical Music” invites you to the UK premiere of film MAKANNA. Screening of music documentary film MAKANNA, together with a live cello performance and film introduction, will take place on Wednesday 16th October

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Festivals

BACH, BLOCH, KOSÍKOVÁ & KATZ / Frantisek Brikcius – Cello

You are invited to WALTHAM FOREST CELLO FEST 2019 (“London Borough of Culture meets Classical Music”).   Cello lunchtime concert BACH, BLOCH, KOSÍKOVÁ & KATZ will take place on Thursday 17th October 2019 at 1:00 p.m., at the Church of St John the Baptist in Leytonstone (High Road, Leytonstone, E11

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Working Out Loud
Career Advise

Together We Are Stronger

Working on selling and marketing yourself alone can be tedious. Bernhard Kerres talks about a new system he recently came across – Working Out Loud. Based on the book by John Stepper, it is the idea of four to five people working on together on their individual goals over twelve

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Glenn Gould
For Music Lovers

AI Meets Glenn Gould

Can Artifical Intelligence be ever so good that it could replicate classical music performances, e.g. by Glenn Gould? Yamaha wanted to know that. With the full support of the Glenn Gould Foundation, the engineers at Yamaha analyzed over 100 hours of Gould’s performance recordings. But that alone wasn’t enough. They

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Play in High Streets
Career Advise

Play in High Streets

In the latest Be Your Own Manager Career Podcast for Classical Musicians, Bernhard Kerres, talks about revitalizing the ailing high streets by starting to perform regularly in empty stores. More in the latest episode: Be Your Own Manager. The podcast was inspired by violinist Justina Auskelyte and her Violinist on

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Igudesman & Joo
Career Advise

Differentiate Yourself

In our latest Be Your Own Manager Career Podcast for Classical Musicians, our founder, Bernhard Kerres, spoke about the importance of differentiating yourself. There are many great musicians out there, but only a few who are special. We thought it worthwhile to share a few musicians with you, whom we

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Pianist Gülsin Onay
Festivals

Gülsin Onay opens this year’s Gümüşlük Festival

The International Gumusluk Classical Music Festival is preparing to open its doors in Bodrum’s new culture and art centre, Zefirya. The 16th Festival will begin on Friday, July 12 at Aktur-Zefirya Culture and Art Center. The opening concert is sponsored by Liba Laboratories and will be hosted by State Artist

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Be Your Own Manager Podcast
Career Advise

The Power of a Good Story

What makes a good story and why should you think about stories? Your bio, your website, even your concert program is a story. Bernhard Kerres shares some secrets of good stories with you in our latest Be Your Own Manager Podcast. More about the podcast and the book on www.hellostage.com. You

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Music Lover News

‘Eclectic | Being Me’ Debut CD Marie François

Belgian pianist Marie François, recorded her debut album last year with music studio Motormusic in Belgium. Two months ago the record company Challenge Records International presented her debut and at the end of the same month, François managed to be in the top 10 of best classical cd releases worldwide.

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Career Advise

About Videos

In our latest career podcast for classical musicians, Bernhard Kerres talks about the different kinds of videos an artist might need. Here are some examples we like. Feel free to add more in the comments! Pianist Tanja Huppert has made a wonderful introduction to her music and herself. In the

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International Mozart Competition Salzburg
Competitions

Apply Now for the International Mozart Competition Salzburg

The 14th International Mozart Competition of the University Mozarteum Salzburg will take place from February 1st to 15th in Salzburg. You need to apply by August 19th, 2019! The competition will be held for violin, piano, and horn. The International Mozart Competition of the Mozarteum University in Salzburg has quickly

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Workshops and Masterclasses

Workshop for clarinet and piano

From August 9th to 11th, 2019 the “Musikschule Klangwelt” will organize a workshop for clarinet and piano. The workshop will take place in Vienna. It’s open for future music students, current music students, and experienced amateurs. The lecturers will be Bernhard Karl (clarinet) and Andrés Añazco (piano). Here is all

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Career Advise

How Not to Write an Application

From time to time we get applications to perform from musicians. And while we will not share the personal details, these e-mails are a good learning experience for any musician out there. Let us go through this e-mail step by step. Subject Line: The subject line “Concert” does not mean

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Concerts

World Premiere of AGNIS

On 26 of May 2019, in București Gabriel Mălăncioiu’s piece AGNIS for viola, horn and trombone will be performed by Wahnsinn Ensemble during SIMN International Festival.

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Competitions

If Swiss And Female, Submit Your Composition

Swiss Female Composers Festival submission closes August 1st, 2019. The festival celebrates works of Swiss female composers. We are looking forward to hosting a broad variety music event. Dear Lady composers keep submitting to show your passion! For more information check: www.sfcfestival.com and follow us on FB or Instagram. Thanks

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For Musicians

Selling Hope

Since we founded HELLO STAGE all musicians asked us how they could find a manager. Young musicians hoped that managers could bring them engagements. Established musicians wished for a new manager to boost their careers. Musicians pin their career hopes on management. First of all, let us get back to

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Editorial

Socially Responsible But Not Paying Artists

Over the last few weeks I have read and mentioned several alarming studies about how much musicians actually earn – or one should write how little. In Germany around 20% to 30% of musicians live below the poverty line. After reading my blog post on the Bertelsmann Study about career

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For Musicians

The New Bach Cello Suites

French cellist Marianne Dumas has long been in love with Johann Sebastian Bach’s Suites for Solo Cello. Before recording them, she spent considerable time researching about them. And she made some amazing discoveries, which were even acknowledged by Yo-Yo Ma, Ton Koopman, and others. Here discoveries are based on the

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Career Advise

Bleak Prospects for Opera Singers

The Bertelsmann Foundation introduced this week its study about career aspects for young singers in Germany. The motivation for the study is simple – the Bertelsmann Foundation is behind the Neue Stimmen competition for singers, one of the most prestigious competitions for voice. They have realized that even for their

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Sonaten für Trompete und Klavier

Sonaten für Trompete und Klavier Saturday, 11 May 2019 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm Kulturetage Messestadt München (map) Sonaten für Trompete und Klavier, und Solo-Klavier von Hansen, Ewazen, Schubert, Brahms. Albert Castillo, Trompete / Ryuzo Seko und Mayuko Obuchi, Klavier Besucher der Kultur-Etage kennen den Trompeter Albert Castillo als meisterhaften Interpreten klassischer

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Concerts

REVEDERE played in Bistrita-Romania

On 25 of April 2019, in Bistrița Gabriel Mălăncioiu’s piece REVEDERE, written for two sopranos and a piano on a poem by Mihai Eminescu will be played by Stanca, Bianca and Remus Manoleanu.

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Concerts

Cello & Piano in London and Brighton

Piano and cello recital: from the 19th century to today. London, Saint Botolph, Aldgate, April 25th, 2019 Brighton, April 26, 2019 Sheva Collection is proud to present its first concert in London. World-renowned Czech cellist Frantisek Brikcius and Italian pianist and Sheva founder Ermanno De Stefani will interpret some of

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Career Advise

Friends are More Important for your Career Than your Originality

In our latest career podcast for classical musicians – Be Your Own Manager – Bernhard Kerres digs up a study about what was the most important factor in the careers of Pablo Picasso, Wassily Kandinsky, and other abstract painters in the period of 1910 to 1925. Surprisingly it was not

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For Musicians

Bach rocks!

ThunderBach is the title of a new composition by the Romanian composer Gabriel Malancioiu, written for Thunder Tube, flute, vibraphone, and piano, based on  Goldberg Variations by J. S. Bach and AC / DC ‘s hit Thunderstruck. It will be premiered in the autumn by one of the best Romanian

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Competitions

Finals of the 4th Progressive Classical Music Award

Your vote counts – the world premiere of the prize-winning works with public voting. Bringing a breath of fresh air to the chamber music scene and reviving classical music – that was the aim of Marie-Luise & Christoph Dingler (The Twiolins ) when they created the Progressive Classical Music Award.

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Festivals

Waltham Forest Cello Fest – #Katz100

WALTHAM FOREST CELLO FEST 2019 invites you to the 3rd UNDERGROUND LUNCHTIME RECITAL International Jazz Day Cello recital will take place on Sunday 21st April 2019 at the Walthamstow Pumphouse Museum in London. Czech Cellist František Brikcius will perform Solo Cello Suite No. 5 by J. S. Bach (1685 –

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From the Streets to the Concert Hall

Puerto Rican composer William Ortiz Alvarado was raised and educated in the United States, but his Latino identity plays a vital role in his music. Particularly, his experience as a Nuyorican in the 1970s have informed the aesthetics of his music, which transforms the sounds of the streets into art

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For the Music Industry

U.S. ARTIST VISA UPDATE as of 5 APRIL, 2019

U.S. ARTIST VISA UPDATE As of 5 April, 2019 Most of you are aware by now that in fall 2018 a number of significant policy and procedural changes were imposed on the already exasperating process of obtaining U.S. artist visas. Not surprisingly, these changes were the work of Donald Trump,

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For Musicians

Silver Medal for Romanian Composer Gabriel Malancioiu

The Romanian composer Gabriel Malancioiu has received Silver Medal for his work Song of the Avadhut for soprano and violin. Composed already in 2015 it was honored at this year’s Global Music Awards in the category of classical contemporary music.  Congratulations!

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Concerts

Solo Piano Work of Penderecki – World Premiere

On Friday, March 22, Pianist Anna-Maria Maak plays the world premiere of a musical work by Krzysztof Penderecki as part of the Torgau Rathauskonzerte 2019 (Germany). The composition ‘Ciaccona, Aria & Vivace’ (Schott Music Publisher) is the first solo piano music by the renowned Polish composer. A special highlight in

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TAIPEI CONDUCTING MASTERCLASS

The masterclass is directed to young conductors who want to increase their musical experience and work as professionals in the world of classical music. Based on the experience of the creators of successful programmes like Florence Conducting Masterclass and Italian Opera Workshop, Taipei Conducting Masterclass aims to develop in the

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Concerts

Trio Nausicaa – Die Geschichte vom Soldaten

Das Trio Nausicaa tritt in kammermusikalisch ungewöhnlicher Besetzung auf. Nun kehren Elisabeth Maria Krauß (Violine), der Pianistin Chiung-Wen Hsu und Albert A. Castillo an der Trompete nach ihrem Erfolg mit dem „Brahms/Ewazen-Projekt“ in die Kultur-Etage zurück. Auf dem neuen Programm steht die Suite aus „Die Geschichte vom Soldaten“ von Igor

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Anacapri Masterclass 2019

The third edition of the Anacapri Masterclass will be even more interesting, lively, open and international. It will be held from July 6th to 14th, 2019. The staff of professors is prestigious, the formula that joins the classical tradition to jazz is revived in the beautiful Anacapri: a wonderful stage,

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Concerts

L’Estro poetico-armonico

Fernando ESCALONA will sing like “Alto” soloist The Psalmes 10 & 11 by B. Marcello at Galerie de Bataille du Chateau de Versailles. Thursday 14th at 17h30 Galerie de Bataille du Chateau de VersaillesConductor: Olivier Schneebeli

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Concerts

Music for Food in Manchester

Friday, March 22nd, 20196:30 PMSt. Chrysostom’s, 4A Anson Rd, Manchester M14 5BG CHARITY CONCERT AT ST CHRYSOSTOM’S MANCHESTER by students from the Royal Northern College of Musicin support of Manchester South Central Food Bank. OPEN TO ALL & NO TICKET REQUIRED A member of staff from the Manchester South Central

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For Musicians

Castle Music

A major new suite for winds has just been published at Bell Music Publishing. Castle Music, Suite for Winds, by David Seymour comprises 8 short movements in a variety of styles influenced by early music and modern folk. They are mostly fairly upbeat and are all strongly written. It is

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For Musicians

Viola and strings Masterclass in Albarracín, Spain

The solo viola provisional at the Royal Theater of Madrid, Spain, Ewelina Bielarczyk, will teach in Albarracín in Spain this summer. It is a very special place housing various summer courses. More information at www.cursodealbarracin.com/ewelina-bielarczyk/

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Nearer My God to Thee for Handbells and Piano

As a classical pianist, I studied several instruments and picked up handbells. I was also fortunate to study composition and conducting years ago at Asbury University in the state of Kentucky, United States. Unless my pastor of worship of Cornerstone United Methodist Church of Watertown, South Dakota, United States, decides

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Concerts

Concert at Tarisio New York, Sunday March 3rd 2019 at 7 PM

BENJAMIN MORRISON-VIOLIN ADELA FRASINEANU-VIOLIN WOLF-DIETER RATH-VIOLA WOLFGANG HÄRTEL-CELLO WITH MIKI AOKI-PIANO MEMBERS OF VIENNA PHILHARMONIC IN NEW YORK CITY SUNDAY, 3RD MARCH 2019 7 PM Tarisio, 244 W 54th St 11th Floor, New York, NY 10019 Admission Free, reception following the concert

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Concerts

ChamberMusicBox @ Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel

Sunday, March 3, 2019 3:00 PM  4:00 PM Rosslyn Hill Chapel (map) 3 Pilgrim’s Pl Hampstead, London PROGRAMME: W A Mozart – Quintet for horn, violin, two violas and cello in E flat major K407 Alexander von Zemlinsky – Maiblumen blühten überall for soprano and string sextet Richard Strauss – Metamorphosen for string septet ARTISTS: Raphaela Papadakis soprano, Mark

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For Music Lovers

TIAN JIANG LAUNCHES “MOTSWARI FANTASY/ NIGHT SYMPHONY”

Acclaimed pianist and composer Tian Jiang will launch his newest CD album – “MOTSWARI FANTASY/NIGHT SYMPHONY” next month in South Africa. This original music is Tian’s personal creation of his impressions of the South Africa nature and animals when he stayed at the Motswari Game Reserve in Tibavati, South Africa.

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For Music Lovers

Flute and Piano Duo CD receiving great reviews!

“Friends in Common Time,” featuring Rebecca Jeffreys on flute and Alexander Timofeev on piano, continues to receive positive reviews and radio play in Europe. Gramophone reviewer Donald Rosenburg states “Flautist Rebecca Jeffreys and pianist Alexander Timofeev may not always be ‘Friends in Common Time’ on their new disc, given the

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For the Music Industry

Don’t Be Anti-Social

Performing Arts Institutions enjoy the company of hundreds, often thousands of people attending their events every day. The first thing an audience member hears is, “Please turn off your phone. Taking photos, videos or any other kind of recording is forbidden.” These concert halls, opera houses, and theatres forgoe the

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Competitions

Progressive Classical Music Award

The competition Bringing some fresh air in the chamber music scene and reviving the classical music – that was the goal of Marie-Luise & Christoph Dingler (The Twiolins), when they originated the Progressive Classical Music Award (previously known as Crossover Composition Award). The competition is held every three/four years to

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Career Advise

Meet Flutist Daniela Mars

In our latest Be Your Own Manager Podcast, Bernhard Kerres talks with flutist Daniela Mars on career issues, social media, contemporary music and more. The Brazilian-Scottish flutist Daniela Mars is not only a rising star on her instrument but also an influencer on Instagram. She shares her passion for music,

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For the Music Industry

Spotify Goes Podcasting

Last week Spotify announced the acquisition of Gimlet and Anchor, two leading podcasting companies. In a blog post Daniel Ek, Founder and CEO of Spotify, explains his rationale behind these two acquisitions. Spotify sees itself as a leading audio company not only a music service. Gimlet is one of the

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Concerts

Celebration of African-American Music – February 23rd, New York

In honor of Black History Month, join MusicTalks for an exciting concert by Diverse Concert Artists celebrating African-American composers. Discover Chevalier Saint-Georges (the “Black Mozart”), Florence Price, Jazzy string quartet music, and songs by Steve Wonder and Michael Jackson. The concert will honor the incredible life and music of these composers and

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For Music Lovers

Discovering Florence Price

A review in the SF Chronicle of a concert by the Oakland Symphony conducted by Michael Morgan mentioned the Afro American composer Florence Price. The concert on January 25, 2019, seemed to have been a huge success. The reviewer, Joshua Kosman, hears references to Antonin Dvorak in Price’s music but

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Competitions

Selected to write a new piece for Joseph Petric and Martin Carpentier

Joseph Petric (accordion, Toronto) and Martin Carpentier (clarinet, Montreal) are working with the Canadian Music Centre to issue a call for scores and proposals focused on works written for accordion and clarinet. The new piece will be performed during 2020 in Toronto and Montreal. Gabriel Malancioiu is one of the six composers selected

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Editorial

The Haydn 1791 Podcast

Our Be Your Own Manager Podcast is well established. Many musicians thinking about their career find it helpful. But there is so much more to say about performing arts and classical music. That’s why we are starting the Haydn 1791 Podcast. Haydn 1791 is a new network of consultants for

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Festivals

Waltham Forest Cello Fest – the 1st Underground Lunchtime Recital

Walthamstow Pumphouse Museum & WALTHAM FOREST CELLO FEST 2019 (“London Borough of Culture meets Classical Music”) invite you to the 1st UNDERGROUND LUNCHTIME RECITAL. Cello recital will take place on Sunday 17th February 2019 @ 1:15 p.m., at the Walthamstow Pumphouse Museum (Victoria Line Carriage, 10 South Access Road, Walthamstow,

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Appointments

Helena Wessman leaves for Royal College of Music in Stockholm

Helena Wessman, currently the General Manager for the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Swedish Radio Choir and Berwaldhallen, is named Rector of the Royal Colleges of Music in Stockholm. The appointment requires the approval of the board of the Royal College which is expected in February. She will start at

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