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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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ON THE LIMITATIONS OF VOCAL REPERTOIRE

Photo credit: Detail from the Singing Angels. Jan van Eyck (circa 1390–1441) Wikipedia In the education and performance of classical singers, a large portion of the repertoire is basically ignored. Medieval, Renaissance, and early Baroque music play an insignificant role in the practice of vocalists, regardless whether they focus on opera, concert, or lied. At …

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IS IT TIME TO REWRITE ARTIST BIOGRAPHIES?

Another concert programme, another artist biography comprising a dry list of eminent teachers and mentors, concert halls performed in, orchestras and conductors worked with, recordings made and “forthcoming engagements include”. All standard information: exchange the names and the impersonal text could be used for any international virtuoso. Wouldn’t it be refreshing, once in a while, …

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