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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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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Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra opens the 92Y season with two life-affirming works: a premiere by George Tsontakis and Mozart’s Concerto No 23, in A major with pianist Jeremy Denk.

Opening night of this season at the 92Y featured its two rather contrasting highlights in the first half of the evening: George Tsontakis’ New York premiere of O MIKROS, O MEGAS, and Mozart’s Concerto No.23 in A major with pianist extraordinaire, MacArthur Fellow Jeremy Denk, performing as soloist with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO). Photos: Courtesy 92Y In its 58th season, the SPCO certainly may be regarded as a very remarkable chamber ensemble...
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In HBO’s ‘The Night Of,’ Composer Jeff Russo Scores Emotions into Vision

With haunting anticipation, Jeff Russo’s opening theme for HBO’s eight-part summer series The Night Of widens with each of its deliberate, rhythmic reiterations. Musical sustenance and orchestral tonal layers are gradually added to the cello’s persevering melodic lines, giving a voice to the dark mood that will escort the inner turmoil of its central characters throughout the show’s unhurriedly evolving plot: musical drama unfolding at the vanguard of cinematography. PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED ON BLOG CRITICS Russo’s score is...
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A Retrospective: MOSTLY MOZART 50 Years – Making the most of Mozart’s genre bending spell

capture by Tony Leonardo Cimino An integral part of the ever mounting – and at times interlacing – culture cycles initiated by Lincoln Center, the festival, now middle-aged, expands its efforts to rejuvenate and expand its communal presence. Exploring the impacts of varied programs and settings in different social contexts, the festival creates diverse concert experiences, with broader accessibility and intimate immersion in music its goals. Keeping with tradition, today’s Mostly Mozart avoids fixating on...
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Concerts and the City – Urban storytelling with Daniel Libeskind

There is a deeply affecting quality about star architect Daniel Libeskind’s simple, elegant elucidations, which possesses 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 bring hope,” Libeskind tells Listen. “without a positive sense of the future, you can’t build architecture, because you are laying foundations.” This article was published...
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Sir Andràs Schiff – Building Bridges for the Next Generation of Pianists

Andràs Schiff – world-class pianist, much-traveled cosmopolitan and critical spirit unafraid to speak his mind. Last year the Queen knighted the Hungary-born artist. In his latest incarnation, Schiff has become a supporter and patron for the next generation of young pianists. In between two Carnegie Hall performances, “Sir Andràs Schiff’ talks about his new passion. By Ilona Oltuski  This article was published in the German PianoNews Juli/August 2015 A concert-free day between two big...
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Vika goes wild – a classical pianist taps into her passion for rock

When her parents were told that she – at kindergarten age – had perfect pitch and a talent for music, there was no going back: “My parents took it seriously, and the natural consequence seemed to be continued studies at a special music school. That included competitions, exams, and concert performances under high pressure, requiring utmost commitment and all the other expectations that go along with that…and- it was all understood,” says pianist Viktorya...
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Lera Auerbach – excessive ease of aesthetic discovery

An artist who does not like to comment on her own prolific work, Lera Auerbach answers query with further creative output. “When I was told, you can’t be a composer and a pianist, I started to paint,” says the now 30something Russian-American pianist, composer, visual artist, and poet. Literature and poetry were always part of Auerbach’s artistic inspiration and an integral part of her creative DNA. She has published three books of poetry in...
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