Concerts and the City – Urban Storytelling with Daniel Libeskind

This article is the full version of the article published in its edited version by LISTEN MAGAZINE, under the same title. – All photos courtesy Studio Daniel Libeskind – There is a deeply affecting quality about star architect Daniel Libeskind’s simple, elegant elucidations, which possess an air of truth that never fails to inspire. Perhaps most essentially, they offer a glimpse into the deeply enthusiastic and positive worldview so inherent in all of his endeavors. “You have to...
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Israeli Chamber Project – Projects within the unending pursuit of musical exploration

Embarking on their second decade as a chamber ensemble, the Israeli Chamber Project starts the 2018/19 season with a unique program, coined the Debussy Effect. With the music world marking the centennial of Debussy’s death in 1918, the ensemble takes the iconic French composer’s romantic Piano Trio and his later Première Rhapsody as point of reference, affirming the profound effect of his work on three of his compatriots, Ravel, Faure, and Salzedo. The October...
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The Emerson String Quartet teams up with piano virtuoso Evgeny Kissin

In a presentation conceived by their management at Winderstein and IMG, pianist Evgeny Kissin joins the Emerson String Quartet in a 2018 concert tour. Commencing with performances in France, Germany and Austria, and crossing the pond in April, the eagerly-anticipated collaboration continues to Chicago, Boston, and for its final performance on April 27th, at New York’s Carnegie Hall. (Photo Credit: Ilona Oltuski) Kissin returns newly married, after a sabbatical from his yearly US performances....
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Pegasus: The Orchestra – Cultural Incubator of Community

Pegasus, the winged divine stallion of Greek mythology, friend of the muses bringing lighting and thunder from Olympus to the people, perfectly embodies the orchestra’s broad aspirations: “As musicians and artists we dream of achieving new heights and letting our imagination take flight,” says Pegasus founder, pianist and composer Karén Hakobyan: “We as humans have always dreamt of defying gravity. Music does just that – it gives us wings.” Hakobyan passionately embraces his new...
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Interview: Pianist Yoonie Han on Interpreting New Compositions ‘Gloriously’ Dedicated to Her

Yoonie Han had been invited to perform some of her most recent repertoire in 2006 at a private house concert in New York when she first met Theodore Wiprud. Yoonie immediately observed his keen listening capacity and personal demeanor. As the New York Philharmonic’s Vice President of Education, Wiprud wears many hats: educator, concert presenter and music executive. Through his own compositions, he further impacts the musical world with creative works that reflect his widespread...
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Tehorah: Adrienne Haan Concerts Celebrate 50 Years of German-Israeli Relations

This article was featured as editor’s pick on blogcritics. May 12th, 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Germany and Israel. Stark black-and-white press images of Ben Gurion and Adenauer facing each other may have long morphed into images of the present day leaders of Israel and Germany, but there are still as many reasons to remember the dark shadow of historic events as there are reasons for the two countries to...
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NYCA – building communal platforms for pianists

NYCA Worldwide Debut Audition Winner’s Recital at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall in 2012 – Pianist Javor Bracic (middle) left: Ursula Oppens, Klara Min (back), Jerome Lowenthal, right: Richard Goode, Martha Goode.    In the 19th century, writers, musicians and painters, in their struggle to resolve the dilemma between dependency on patronage and the independence of artistic expression, looked to bond through ‘salon’ societies. Composer, critic and concert promoter Robert Schumann’s imagined “Davidsbund” epitomized the...
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Violinist Paul Huang – Nurture and Nature

The contours of natural talent, education, and unlimited personal support from his family all blend together for young Taiwanese/American violinist Paul Huang, who came to Juilliard’s Pre-College division at age 13. “It meant a lot of changes for my family, when my mom came to New York by my side, parting from the family and its business, a small pharmacy she ran together with my father back in Taiwan,” Paul remembers. Paul’s mother made...
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Violinist Asi Mathatias – Talent forges its way

Fortunate for violinist Asi Mathatias, his prodigal musical gift has been recognized at a young age. Born in Jerusalem and growing up in Herzelyah, he heard Heifetz performing on the radio, making up his mind instantly that this was, what he wanted to be doing, just as well. While his debut at age 12 with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Zubin Mehta may be deemed an impressive undertaking in and...
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Sivan Magen – fresh sounding promise of David’s harp

Meeting with enthusiastic harpist Sivan Megan turned into an eye-opening conversation about the instrument: one which is typically sidelined by composers and concert venues alike. photo credit: musicians designs While there are an astounding number of harpists around, who, as Sivan shares, are flocking somewhat regularly (every three years) to worldwide harp conventions by the hundreds, a harp performance these days, whether solo or in a chamber music setting, is still quite the rarity....
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