My Story

About Stage Fright

Whether being a musician or not, how does one feel about performing music in front of people? It is terrifying, isn’t it? I understand the terrible feeling, because I experienced it a few times. It was during a chapel service at Asbury University when I performed in front of people

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Music Industry News

Montero Wins Beethoven Prize 2018

The Venezuelan pianist, Gabriela Montero, is the recipient of the Beethoven Prize 2018 for human rights, peace, freedom, fight against poverty, and inclusion. It is the fourth that the prize initiated by the Beethoven Academy will be awarded. The Beethoven Academy was founded in 2016 organizing cultural projects to support

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Music Lover News

SINFONIA TORONTO LAUNCHES ITS 20TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON

News release ~ for immediate release ~ September 10, 2018 SINFONIA TORONTO LAUNCHES ITS 20TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON Sinfonia Toronto is set to launch its 2018-19 season, the orchestra’s 20th Anniversary, on Saturday, October 20, at the Toronto Centre for the Arts. The concert titled ‘Beethoven’s Kreutzer’ will feature two internationally-acclaimed

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Prokofiev and Villa-Lobos?!

Musical synchronicity with Prokofiev and Villa-Lobos Here’s a new video from conductor Simone Menezes, in which she compares two modernist works written in 1916/17, one in St. Petersburg and the other in Rio de Janeiro. This really is a case of musical synchronicity: Prokofiev’s First Symphony “Classical”, written as an homage

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Appointments

Marta Gardolinska in Bournemouth

Young Polish conductor Marta Gardolinska has been chosen by the players of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra as the new Leverhulme ‘Young Conductor in Association. She will spend two intensive years in Bournemouth with an orchestra that has a history of picking future stars early on.  In the Bournemouth Echo she just did

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Music Lover News

Guitarist Thibaut Garcia Back on Stage

Intense season launch for Thibaut Garcia, who is touring from Paris to New York, and London, Amsterdam, Italy… His new album, dedicated to J.-S. Bach and his influence on composers from all times, will be the core of his autumn concerts. 22 Sept – Recital, Concertgebouw Amsterdam (Netherlands) 25 Sept

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Classical Music Goes Streaming

For a long time the digital distribution of music was dominated by pop and rock. And that almost destroyed classical music in the digital age. Why? Well, the focus on pop created a little known problem outside a few enlightened people – the Meta Data Problem. The first one to

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Recordings

Out Love for Chopin: Harpistically Yours, Chopin

Frédéric Chopin’s music is closely associated with the piano and as a matter of fact most of his music is written for this instrument. French harpist Coline-Marie Orliac did not want to miss playing Chopin’s inspiring music and took the audacious task to transcribe it for harp. Among Chopin’s signature

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Recordings

Miki Aoki releases “Tokyo Story/東京物語”

This recording was made possible by two extraordinary labels King International (Japan) and Profil Hänssler (Germany) allowing me to challenge a sensational project to record the original soundtracks from last 7 films by one of our most respected film directors, Yasujiro Ozu. The original piano manuscripts were discovered by the

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For the Music Industry

The Twiolins Win Silver for Secret Places

The German violin duo, The Twiolins, won the Silver Medal for their album “Secret Places”.  The violin playing siblings are celebrating their ten year anniversary as The Twiolins. Their music pushes classical music into new fields, sometimes cross over, always joy of playing together and sharing their music. Their album

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