Backstage at the George Gershwin International Music Competition

Whether one considers music competitions a necessary evil of the trade or a stimulating opportunity for disseminating excellence and for young artists to shine and transform their careers, there are plenty of good vibes to be found at the George Gershwin International Competition in New York. Photo: George Gershwin Inaugurated in 2013, the event is still securing its place among existing high-ranking competitions that grant management and performance opportunities, and monetary awards. Now in...
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Bing Hao Li and Parker Van Ostrand – piano competition winners of the 7th.annual PYPA

A native of Shanghai, China, the now 25 years old Bing Hao is this year’s winner of the senior division’s first prize at the Philadelphia Young Pianists Academy’s competition. (Photo: Prize Winners at PYPA Parker Van Ostrand and Bing Has Li with the festival’s director Ching-Yun Hu, by Ilona Oltuski) The popular summer hub for Philadelphia’s music lovers and eager students from near and far, now in its 7thseason continues its well visited season...
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The inaugural Josef Gingold Chamber Music Festival of Miami

Like so many involved with the festival, the Cuban born violinist, Andrés Cárdenes, co-founder and artistic director of the Gingold Festival himself was a student of the iconic Josef Gingold, who left his inspirational imprint on many generations of high caliber musicians. “For his teaching, mentor-ship and humanity, Josef Gingold was the epitome of selfless dedication to the art, craft, discipline and legacy of string playing; that includes the solo, chamber music and orchestral...
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Meeting, Greeting and Great Art

On Wednesday, April 17th, visitors at the Louis Meisel Gallery in Soho, celebrating Pianofest in the Hamptons, were treated to pianist Michael Brown’s deliciously delivered pianistic morsels with an ephemeral selection of even briefer pieces, written in episodic shorthand by Leonard Bernstein (from Anniversaries and West Side Story Suite) and Aaron Copland (El Salón México). Photo: GetClassical.org – Ilona Oltuski, selfie with narrator D.Terry Williams Surrounded by the collection of the gallery’s PhotoRealism, founder...
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PIANOFEST IN THE HAMPTONS celebrates 30 golden years in support of its collective talent

With Rites of Spring 30th Anniversary Concert at the Louis K. Meisel Gallery, Pianofest honors its founder Paul Schenly, and kicks off its new season with performances by Tomer Gewirtzman, Fei-Fei and Konstantin Soukhovetski If you are a budding concert pianist, what better way to escape lonely hours spent at the piano and retreat to summer night dreams and harmonies with conservatory buddies and delighted concert audiences in the Hamptons? Some of Pianofest alumni...
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Nikita Mndoyants – Pianist, Transcriber, Composer shines in powerful US debuts

At EURASIA FESTIVAL, which launched in the fall of 2017, immediately representing an important NYC performance podium with viable space at the National Opera Center, young Mndoyants’ recital was presented among the series’ strong concentration on Russian artists, many of whom are former colleagues of the festival’s co-founder, pianist Aza Sydykov, from the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. Presenting artists such as those from the former Soviet regions and showcasing their broad heritage and the...
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The Gümüşlük International Classical Music Festival

“When I think about Gümüşlük, I can’t stop smiling. The warmth and hospitality of its people, the sunshine, the sea and the spectacular concert venue make me want to come back again and again,” says renowned Russian-American pianist  Ilya Itin. photo – Aljazeera Itin is a prestigious guest artist and returning pedagogue at the Turkish music festival, and a personal friend of its propelling forces, the festival’s founders, Eren Levendoğlu and Gülsin Onay. Onay,...
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Thriving on the efforts of its musical community: the Manchester Music Festival

Photo: by Ilona Oltuski – GetClassical – Banner of the festival at its concert’s summer home at the Southern Vermont Arts Center’s Arkell Pavillion Not unlike its esteemed neighbors, Marlboro Music, which has, for decades, built itself upon its master-performers’ reputation, or Yellow Barn, with its annual workshop geared to foster artistic growth, the Manchester Music Festival counts on  Vermont’s  bucolic Mountain views for its splendorous atmospheric stage-scenery. During its six-week full scholarship summer...
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Making of a Modern Musician

In her lecture at the Golandsky Institute’s Summer Symposium at Princeton University, Director of Yamaha Artist Services, Bonnie Barrett gave some great career advice for musicians, clearly inviting them to “think out of the box.” Photo: Bonnie Barrett at Princeton’s Golandsky Summer Symposium July, 2014. “Due to the shrinking market for traditional classical music, its “graying” audience and overall lack of funding for costly productions, the generation of the great impresarios and dedicated press...
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Mostly Martha: Das Progetto Martha Argerich in Lugano

Foto: Martha Argerich Plakat des Festivals–Ilona Oltuski-GetClassical Alle Fotos mit freundlicher Genehmigung von Carlo Piccardi (Progretto Martha Argerich) “Man sollte nicht mir, sondern all diesen grossartigen Leuten hier danken; ich komme einfach nur dazu”, meint Martha Argerich, und rückt ein paar Strähnen ihrer berühmten grauen Mähne zurecht, während sie im Gedränge der Festivalgäste auf den Künstler des Abends wartet. Eher dafür bekannt, ihr Programm in allerletzter Minute umzustellen, scheint dieser Ausdruck von Bescheidenheit unerwartet....
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