The Attacca Quartet – dynamic imperative to dive into the next note

Far and between today’s copious landscapes of string quartets, the Attacca Quartet has distinguished itself for its captivating appearances and an aptitude for contemporary projects, yet equally high esteem for the traditional classical repertoire. Says founding member and cellist of the ensemble Andrew Yee: “When Amy and I formed the quartet with mutual Juilliard friends [in its original formation] in 2003, string quartets were becoming cool already, but there were not nearly as many...
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Lars Vogt – All in for the big picture of music

On the morning of his sold-out Zankel Hall chamber recital with violinist Christian Tetzlaff and his sister, cellist Tanja Tetzlaff, pianist Lars Vogt opens Carnegie Hall’s backstage door for me. The trio’s artists hail from Germany and are Grammy-nominated musicians of the highest caliber. Vogt has a busy schedule before the evening concert, and I am in awe that he is making time for our meeting. (photo credit: Neda Navaee) We had corresponded beforehand...
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The new age thinking virtuoso – Nicolas Namoradze

Many of today’s pianists no longer identify exclusively with the romantic notion of the role of a performer as an inexplicable force of nature, providing a podium for the genial hinge of mysterious wonder. Such “virtuosity,” often applied dismissively and loaded with self-expressed emotional context, bears the risk of providing cover for ignorance in the interpretation of the exacting rationale and tactile process of mediating historic truths and accuracies within a composer’s work. In...
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In Review : Alex Weiser's "And All The Days Were Purple"

In his debut release And All The Days Were Purple, Alex Weiser couriers his dynamic approach in close proximity to the narrative arch of its underlying text, Yiddish and English poems by Anna Margolin, Edward Hirsch, Rachel Korn, and Abraham Sutzkever. A deeply personal quest submerges throughout queries within the framework of modern (American) culture and secular Jewish identity. Eliza Bagg’s strident voice leads through the song-cycle’s deft interspersing sound textures realized by Lee Dionne, piano,...
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Ian Hobson – multi-tasking between academia and artistry

While in town for his Zankel Hall debut, the English-American pianist, conductor and educator talks about his prolific output and some future projects still in the making. Upon first sight, Ian Hobson’s tall, commanding stature recalls that of Van Cliburn, the celebrated American pianist of the World War II generation. Fun fact: 28 years Van Cliburn’s junior, Hobson, who only made it into the first round of the Van Cliburn during one of his...
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Breath and Hammer II: collective convergence for a personal itinerary – David Krakauer and Kathleen Tagg at the Berlin Boulez Saal

Clarinetist/Composer David Krakauer and pianist/composer Kathleen Tagg premier an eclectic musical journey, newly conceptualized for the “audience-in-round configuration” of Berlin’s Pierre Boulez Saal. Photo: courtesy of Kathleen Tagg and David Krakauer at Berlin’s Pierre Boulez Saal, set up for the performance on March 7th and 8th, 2019   “We are excited to perform a greatly expanded version of our Breath and Hammer program that evolved in increments since 2015. It incorporates our arrangements of...
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Violinist Filip Pogády – Social Media is my Agent

There is more to dashingly handsome violinist Filip Pogády than meets the eye. While he worked as a model for the world-famous Elite agency, becoming a poster child for big name brands like Calvin Klein and Marc Jacobs, Pogády’s heroes remain the old school violin masters of the Golden Age. His heart belongs – as it did growing up in Linz, Austria – to the sounds of Heifetz, Menuhin, and Oistrakh. Working out is...
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The Goffriller cello of the legendary Pablo

Amit Peled releases recording of Bach Suites (Volume I) on the Goffriller cello of Pablo Casals  (Illustration by Avi Katz) We all love a good story told with the vivid imagination of an artist; it is even better when the story is based on life’s authentic puzzle pieces, connecting the dots to confirm an important message: that good things happen to good people. When it comes to musical storylines, Israeli-American cellist Amit Peled has...
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Pianist Asiya Korepanova –artistic force and creative incubator

At the concert event titled: In memory of a great Artist, on December 9th, 2018 at 3 pm, dedicated to works of Tchaikovsky as part of the Sparkill, N.Y. Union Arts Center’s concert series, Korepanova shows her cycle of 18 drawings inspired by Tchaikovsky’s Eighteen Pieces, Op. 72, for the first time in New York.  (photo credit: Emil Matveev) She also shares the stage, performing  excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s large scale work with the series’ artistic directors,...
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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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