Music Traveler – Practice Rooms For Musicians Now Uber Style

Every musician knows about the predicament of finding a practice room to rehearse on a decent piano before a recital, with a larger than usual ensemble or even a dance group, without irritating their neighbors. Especially travelling musicians are often struggling for accommodations, looking for ways to make their lives easier when hauling their instruments from one end of the city to the next. Providing assistance for musicians’ varied needs is the mission of...
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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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Pawel Knapik – Staying true to who you are as a human and as a musician.

For the Polish-born double bassist, composer, and educator being a musician in New York City is about the enormous variety of endeavors he is constantly engaged in. Each of them informs the other and together they transpire into his mission of music making at the highest level. For the past sixteen years, the Manhattan School of Music graduate became a devoted member of Orchestra of St. Luke’s, which grew from a virtuoso group of...
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Kaufman Music Center’s Special Music School - Old School Meets New Age Spirit In Forming The Musician of the 21st century

It’s that eventful time in anticipation of summer break and at the Kaufman Music Center’s Special Music School, kids conclude their school-year with some unique highlights. While some are busy preparing for their participation in the Kaufman Center International Youth Competition, the winners of the Special Music School’s High school Concerto Competition get to indulge in an exciting firsthand experience on stage: performing as soloists with an orchestra. Under the baton of David Bernard...
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Reed Tetzloff – worthy heir to the American spirit of pianism

Critics don’t easily assign adjectives like: “enthralls audiences with his magical tone,” (The Cincinnati Enquirer) and “ebullient virtuosity,” (Gramophone Magazine) unless marking a mature artist, concertizing for the better part of an established career. Such praise associated with the merely twenty-seven-year-old American pianist Reed Tetzloff from Minneapolis, Minnesota, is a telltale sign of how extraordinarily this young artist’s talent evolves within today’s classical piano presence, densely populated with numerous ascending protagonists of the art...
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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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Osip Nikiforov – learning from the best to craft the art of piano playing

Not too long ago, renowned concert pianist Yefim Bronfman told me that “for time reasons, teaching, except for the occasional master class was not in his cards for the foreseeable future;” his busy international performance career just would not allow for a regular teaching schedule. But exceptions always confirm the rule: When the young Russian pianist Osip Nikiforov, was in the process of applying to Grad programs, this is what happened: “I went on...
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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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InsideOut Concerts - David Bernard commands orchestral and audiences’ engagement alike.

Rethinking classical concert etiquette and programs, bending genres, and creating publicity stunts to impact audiences’ musical experiences and appetite for classical concerts has been on most every concert producer’s mind for a while now. With the authority of his well-versed baton, as music director of the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony and the Massapequa Philharmonic, David Bernard employs an innovative approach at his InsideOut Concerts, calling for a large hall to accommodate placing the audience...
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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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