For Musicians

Why play along with their system… when we can just make our own?

There’s a growing rankle in musical circles. Across the board, dissatisfaction is being voiced with what we term the ‘traditional classical music industry’. From schools and conservatoires, to international competitions, the recording industry, and much more, musicians are finding voice to express their disappointment at an industry that has largely failed to acclimatise to an …

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The Sonata by GUSTAVO BRITOS ZUNÍN is composed in a single movement in three parts, which the central is calm and reflective and the first and third are fast and bright. The whole sonata is very lyric and expressive. I still remember the email conversations with the composer some weeks before the premiere when we …

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Your First Album – an Interview with John Anderson

In today’s podcast, Bernhard Kerres speaks with John Anderson, the Founder and General Manager of Odradek Records (www.odradek-records.com). What makes Odradek so special? It is a non-for-profit label co-investing in albums together with its artists. And the project selection works anonymously via peer review. John speaks in this podcast about why he would work with …

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Fear on stage?

How to achieve tranquility in front of the public? It is the question that many musicians ask and has concrete answers. Emotional communication with the public, the development of the interpreter’s personality and effective self-criticism are some of the topics addressed. Are there insecurities that take away sleep before a concert? Technical problems that you …

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Banff International String Quartet Competition 2019

Banff International String Quartet Competition (BISQC) August 26 – September 1, 2019. For over 30 years, Banff International String Quartet Competition has celebrated the art of chamber music while providing career support for emerging string quartets. Intended as a one-time special event, the first competition was held in 1983 to mark the 50th anniversary of Banff …

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A Career Podcast for You

At the beginning of this year, Bernhard Kerres started a podcast with career advise for classical musicians. It follows Bettina Mehne’s and his book, Be Your Own Manager. The podcast has already over 30 episodes! Bernhard addresses issues from cold calling, involving fans, to doing your first recording. In some of the more recent episodes …

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