Pianist Shai Wosner ‘Premieres’ a Piece Each Time

New Yorkers have had ample chance to admire internationally acclaimed pianist Shai Wosner, who has partnered in concert with celebrities like Martha Argerich, Pinchas Zukerman, and Daniel Barenboim. Photo: Marco Borggreve Wosner has been a regular favorite in piano series all over town, in collaborations with musicians like Martin Fröst, Jennifer Koh and Missy Mazzoli, and as a curating contributor of consecutive programs at the 92Y. Wosner’s interest in exploring subtle connections between works...
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Pianist Lise de la Salle – personally nonchalant – unstoppable at the piano

“I don’t watch myself, I am not aware of how I look, the music is here…who cares how you look!”  ( Photo Credit: Nicholas Brodard) After winning the European Young Concert Artists Auditions in Paris in 2003 and then the following year in New York, the young French-born pianist quickly became a renowned performer on New York concert stages. Watching the de la Salle perform during the latest Young Concert Artist’s Gala at Alice...
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Pianist Ching-Yun Hu – unbiased brilliance

“The decision to make an album of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s works was made from a pure love of his music. I want to evoke from listeners the most beautiful experiences through this music that encompasses all of human emotions, of love, hope, nostalgia, loss despair…This music reminds me of my childhood struggles, and beautiful moments spent with my family. It transports me to another world.” – Ching-Yun Hu With these words from the liner notes...
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The Brandenburg Duets

“Sharing the piano bench with a partner is as intimate a musical relationship as it gets,” describes Eleonor Bindman her passion that led her to her latest project. “When I perform a composition, the orchestral aspect is always what inspires me most,” she says. And playing four-hand at the piano, in a partnership feels like it doubles the inspiration.” photo credit: ©Masataka Suemitsu Eleonor Bindman and Jenny Lin In 2014, Eleonor Bindman was scouting...
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Pianist Till Fellner  – In allegiance with the composer’s intent   

A disciple of Alfred Brendel since 1990 and known to share his mentor’s fondness for the inveterate Austro-Germanic repertoire, Fellner also shares the veteran’s suggestion that piano playing is a ‘long-term objective’ – a continuous dialectic immersion into detail to illuminate an essential perspective and build on its inner principles. After winning first prize at the 1993 Clara Haskil International Piano Competition, Fellner followed suit with his own extensive dedication to two of the...
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New enthusiasm for Eurythmy – Gabrielle Armenier moves to shine light on human experience and the creative process 

Sol-Etudes Recital at Weill Recital Hall this February. This repertoire will be featured again in Napa on April 27th. Armenier’s recital, spanning chamber and solo performances of works by Brahms, Ravel, Piazzolla, Wiprud, Auerbach, Gusev and Stanhope, is based on the principals of Eurythmy formulated at the turn of the century by Rudolf Steiner. Comprising “tone”, “speech” and “silent” Eurythmy, Armenier’s Eurythmy performances explore human experience through a powerful recognition of informed movements. These...
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Robert Kapilow – Making Music Accessible

With humor and animated enthusiasm, Robert Kapilow creates a unique platform, inviting music lovers to deepen their journey of musical discovery. In each of his ‘What Makes It Great’ concert experiences, he divides a classical masterwork into its individual components, analyzing its stylistic intent, rhythm and harmonic structure to reveal underlying key elements that the composer applied. On this quest for a musical blueprint, Kapilow and his performers dismantle the piece’s expressive effects without...
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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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Jewish identity in music – pianist Elisaveta Blumina explores Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s oeuvre, and her own heritage in the process

Multilingual, with a vivid personality and eyes that bare her soul, the prodigal pianist born in St. Petersburg (Leningrad at the time), has built her career as performance and recording artist in Germany and beyond, and serves as artistic director of the Hamburg Chamber Music Festival since 2012. (Photo Credit: Frances Marshall) When it comes to new discovery, Blumina’s creativity as curator and performer unite, combining skilled professionalism with passionate investigation and expression. In a...
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ASPECT Foundation for Music and Art – classical concerts building on cultural and communal context

From its 2011 beginnings in London’s bustling concert scene, the classical music series ASPECT embraced presentations that integrate classical music programs in a specific cultural framework. With its syllabus of accompanying talks surrounding its traditional classical music programs, examining everything from composers’ lives and the historic relevance of their works, to connections between musical expression, art and poetry, the not-for-profit foundation became widely frequented, especially within London’s large community of actively engaged amateur musicians....
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