Concert Meister Series

Not macht erfinderisch, wie man sagt.  Um Kosten für teure Anreisen und den Hotelaufenthalt internationaler Künstler von hohem Rang zu sparen, hatte die New Yorkerin Simona DeFeo die brilliante Idee, einzelnen Musikern, die ohnehin für Engagements mit ihren Orchestern in den USA eingetroffen waren, Soloauftritte vor Ort zu verschaffen. Diese konnten dementsprechend preisgünstig angeboten werden. Zusammen mit dem israelischen Pianisten Elisha Abas, der sich durch seine weltweiten Auftritte mit verschiedenen Orchestern ein dichtes Netzwerk...
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Crafting the Well-Tempered-Pianist :Introducing the Taubman Approach

While conducting research into my continuous passion — piano playing in general and how to improve my technique in particular — I was surprised to find a recently published book that claims to address piano pedagogy, yet fails to acknowledge some of the most widely discussed developments this field has to offer. Internet and library searches on the subject have resulted in lots of different leads, often offering random discussions, very personal and vague...
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Transcriptions and Collaborations, why not mix it up a bit?

Some days ago I posted a link on my Facebook page about the upcoming collaboration between a classical pianist and a jazz pianist which I had come across browsing the Internet. The link shows pianists — each an icon in their own right, but coming from entirely different corners of the piano world — playing together in an eminent European concert, the production of which had received a spectacular amount of publicity. There had...
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Pianist Simone Dinnerstein says dare to be yourself

Long before I met with Simone Dinnerstein for the first time, I was already admiring her. In 2000, I heard her play at Juilliard’s Schumann Concerto Competition, and despite the fact that Jeremy Denk, her competitor at the time, was chosen to play the concerto with the orchestra, I felt very strongly about her performance as well, and developed an interest in the young pianist. And so it came as no surprise for me...
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Necessity is the Mother of Invention: The Concert Meister Series in New York

To save on costly travel and hotel accommodation for international high-calibre musicians, Simona DeFeo envisioned a concert series of solo performances for musicians who had already arrived in the country with their orchestras. Moderate pricing of the concerts would be an added advantage of her concept. Together with Israeli pianist Elisha Abas whose long career and many connections in the international music world helped facilitate the series, a new concert entity was born: The...
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Carnegie Hall and Shanghai Tang Celebrate Chinese Pianist Lang Lang

On the occasion of Carnegie Hall’s “Ancient Paths – Modern Voices” festival which celebrates Chinese art and artists, Shanghai Tang recently gave a cocktail reception honoring Lang Lang at its luxurious Madison Avenue boutique. Carnegie Hall’s Executive and Artistic Director, Sir Clive Gillinson, used the event to focus on Lang Lang’s extraordinary career, and to draw attention to the Lang Lang International Music Foundation, which supports young Chinese musical talent. Lang Lang himself made...
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New Venues Open Their Doors For Classical Music In New York

Lately, one can observe a powerful transformation within the choice of venues for classical music performances. The economy may influence the real estate market in New York City negatively, but trends in the classical music scene are still following its most important rule: location, location, location. These days, it seems that in order to be noteworthy, a musical event has to happen at a nightclub, preferably at a downtown Manhattan address. There are already...
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Concert Review: A Prokofiev Evening, Richardson Auditorium, Princeton N.J.;July 17th.2009

Summer music festivals are the ideal frame in which to bring classical music performances to an audience that might not otherwise venture out to the famed concert hall stages the big cities have to offer. Often located in serene settings, the informal character lures families and interested spectators to a performance experience which can be rewarding on so many levels. While relatively low production budgets and minimal publicity lend themselves toward a casual atmosphere,...
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