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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Forging individualistic soundscapes through kaleidoscopic prisms of color – Vadym Kholodenko

SAVVY NEW YORK PIANOPHILES THIS SEASON WERE PRIVY TO TWO ELECTRIFYING ENCOUNTERS WITH THE KIEV-BORN PIANIST VADYM KHOLODENKO, HERALDED CHAMPION OF THE 2013 VAN CLIBURN INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION. A STUDENT OF VERA GORNOSTAYEVA, THE LEGENDARY PIANIST AT THE MOSCOW TCHAIKOVSKY CONSERVATORY AND MENTOR TO SOME GENERATIONS OF EXCEPTIONAL TALENT LIKE IVO POGORELICH, KHOLODENKO POSSESSES A DISTINCT SOPHISTICATION, EPITOMIZED BY INDIVIDUALISTIC REVERBERATION, AND PALPABLE ON THE STAGE. HE PERFORMED AT JEROME ROSE’S INTERNATIONAL KEYBOARD INSTITUTE...
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Glenn Dicterow with Pegasus

Old time favorites and some new, made it into yesterday’s orchestral assemblage coined Glenn Dicterow with Pegasus. (All photo credits: Envogue Photography) Led by Pegasus: The Orchestra’s founder and managing director, pianist, composer and conductor Karén Hakobyan, the excellent reverberation of the 19-count strong group of string instrumentalists, this evening’s troupe for Pegasus: The Orchestra, made a compelling case for their mission – international soloists acting as an ensemble – for an enthusiastic audience...
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From a Curator’s Wish List to an Institution’s Evolving Interests: John Glover and Kaufman Music Center’s New Vision for the 21st Century Musician

Previously published by the author Ilona Oltuski on BlogCritics https://blogcritics.org/kaufman-music-center-john-glover-new-vision-musician-21st-century/ The administrator, producer, composer, and curator John Glover was recently appointed Director of Artistic Planning at Kaufman Music Center—a newly-implemented position—and he brings plenty of experience to the center’s diverse missions and ambitions. The focus of Glover’s work is to facilitate programming that connects artists with their communities. Speaking about his concurrent residency as Artistic Director of the genre-bending Look and Listen Festival, he...
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GetClassical In School presents: Pianist Ching-Yun Hu in concert and interview at the German Consulate General in NYC

Concert pianist Ching-Yun Hu performs at the German Consulate General November 19th.  GALA CONCERT for GetClassical In School, in participation with chorus master Frank Mathis’s children choir November 19th., 2019, at 6 PM  PLEASE REGISTER WITH YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS HERE TO SECURE YOUR SEAT When:   Tuesday November 19th, 2019 at 6 PM (concert starts at 6.30 PM) please leave some time for security check Where: German Consulate General Otto-Carl-Kiep Auditorium 871 United Nations Plaza...
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Alexis Pia Gerlach – collaborations with the freedom of keeping one's individuality

Cellist Alexis Pia Gerlach has been lauded by the press for the “gripping emotion” and “powerful artistry” of her interpretations, qualities which have led to a striking career including a wide range of artistic collaborations. She has appeared extensively in recitals and as a soloist with orchestras across the United States, as well as in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and South America, with such conductors as Mstislav Rostropovich, James DePreist, and Peter Oundjian....
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Pavel Nersessian, master pianist and soprano Katrin Bulke in recital at St. John's in the Village

GetClassical’s inaugural concert event at St. John’s in the Village was so much fun! It was following soprano Katrin Bulke’s school visit for our initiative GetClassical In School. It was a collaboration with St.John’s in the village and FfRCC: “The Foundation for the Revival of Classical Culture shares the mission of bringing classical music and culture to youth and is looking forward to this collaboration, so that many more young people can share in...
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Pavel Nersessian - Pianism Of A Deeply Reflective Nature

No matter what Pavel Nersessian plays at the piano—and his repertoire is un-endingly large and varied—his rich sound easily puts one deeply into the musical world of the composer. “The more polyphonic the character of the music,” he explains, “the better it facilitates balanced playing, bringing out the subtle coloring of each voice. Tureck, for example,” he says, referring to Rosalyn Tureck, the daughter of a Kiev cantor, harpsichordist, and pianist, who earned a...
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In alliance with its awarded artists: American Pianists Association

Pianists Sean Chen (2013) and Drew Petersen (2017), the two winners of its classical section, share their experiences at APA. “Sean Chen and Drew Petersen represent the zenith of piano playing. Both have unique musical gifts and interests, and are deeply compelling performing artists. I regard them as being in the top echelon of their generation of American pianists,” says Joel Harrison, APA’s longtime leading force. The American Pianists Association nurtures the artistic growth...
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Wei Luo, blissful individuality at the piano

“Wei is a young lady now, who deserves to go very far. She is not only a wonderful musical powerhouse but a brilliant thinker, who goes way beyond the score and brings her own ideas to everything she approaches,” says Gary Graffman, Wei Luo’s trusted mentor since she arrived at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music at the age of 13, chaperoned by her mother. Under the tutelage of the legendary Graffman, who still joins...
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