Composer Lowell Liebermann: Creating a Better, Alternative World

Like many of music history’s traditional classical music composers, Lowell Liebermann doesn’t only compose, but he also performs. Not limiting himself to playing his own compositions, he also dedicates some of his time to the works of other composers. To my mind, this informs Liebermann’s attitude towards composing, and shows his deep connection to classical music in general. “I understand what pianists go through, so I am very sympathetic, and the exchange with the...
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Eine Facebook-Nachricht, die jüngst ein bekannter Live Komponist von einem Fan erhielt, brachte mich auf den Gedanken, wie toll es ist, dass unsere Generation von Fans und Instrumentalisten die Gelegenheit hat, nicht nur mit ihresgleichen in Verbindung zu treten, sondern auch mit den großen und bewunderten Aufrittskünstlern und zeitgenössischen Komponisten. Man kann die Meister per E-mail erreichen und diese geben über ihr Privatleben Informationen, was sie in der Tat menschlich erscheinen läßt, aber sie...
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Pianist Alessio Bax – New York Debut Recital : At The Metropolitan Museum

I already marveled about pianist Alessio Bax and his wife, pianist Lucille Chung in my article last October (http://blogcritics.org/music/article/new-venues-open-their-doors-for/, on the occasion of their performance at ‘LePoisson Rouge’; the downtown New York club that long since challenged the conceptual separation of classical and non-classical music performances and venues. But regardless, whether you enjoy a drink with your Rachmaninov or the noise of dishes being shoved around during Brahms rather makes you cringe in your...
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Maestro Zubin Mehta’s 50 Years With The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

On October 16, 2010, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra presented, in celebration of its upcoming 75th anniversary season, a spirited concert featuring excerpts from Bizet’s ‘Carmen’. A speech by Israel’s President Shimon Peres opened the event at Tel Aviv’s Mann Auditorium; a gala benefit at the Hilton Hotel followed. But this was about far more than 75 years of Israel’s premier orchestra: It was Zubin Mehta’s 50 years of association with the orchestra which orchestra...
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Meeting Mark Peskanov of Bargemusic

I can imagine going paperless, even Internet-less, but going musicless? Impossible! Thanks to people as energetic and creative as Juilliard-trained violinist, Mark Peskanov, this is unlikely to happen. Peskanov is the man behind Brooklyn’s ‘Bargemusic’, a series attracting music mavens and sporadic music lovers alike. At least four times a week, the ancient 100-foot barge at Fulton Ferry Landing sways gently to the rhythm of Peskanov’s diverse program offerings featuring emerging, as well as...
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Pianist Xiayin Wang Celebrating Her New Life

One of the first musicians I am meeting at the Juilliard cafeteria after the long summer months is the young pianist, Xiayin Wang. It was composer Sean Hickey, who drew my attention to this rising star. “She is phenomenal, and you ought to meet her”, he said when I met him in his role as business development manager for Naxos America (see also: this article). As I sit down with Wang, we talk about musicians...
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Cultures In Harmony – Musicians As Cultural Ambassadors

Written by Ilona in Grenzüberschreitend translated from my post in German for Naxos, Germany. Many people consider themselves as an idealist or even an activist. Being more or less committed – of course to varying degrees – to some social, cultural or political cause or issue helps the process of finding one own identity and becoming conscious of one own humanitarian responsibility. It is easy to underestimate the joy about sharing that comes from...
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Avner Dorman's Compositions : Percussive Fairytales

Avner Dorman’s Compositions: Percussive Fairytales On an unusually warm day in September, I am sitting down with Israel-born composer, Avner Dorman, at New York’s Bryant Park “Pain Quotidien” café. Before long, I am privy to a sneak preview of his freshly finished score for his latest composition, “Azerbaijani Dance”. Based on a piano piece of the same name, Dorman’s latest composition will have its world premiere this October, with the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra under...
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Generosity And Friendships Take Centerstage For Pianist Yefim Bronfman

From how many more angles can one possibly approach a widely admired and world famous performer, who has answered interviewers’ questions on numerous occasions? Only my highest esteem for Yefim Bronfman’s stellar pianism and personable demeanor has encouraged me to try to shine yet another light on him. By connecting the dots between known facts, and adding some of his fresh comments, I hope to expand the portrait of one of our century’s major...
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Music Festivals – Mostly Classical : The Golandsky Institute's Summer Symposium and International Piano Festival, Princeton New Jersey, July 10-18, 2010

The Golandsky Institute’s Summer Symposium and International Piano Festival was held in Princeton, New Jersey during July 10-18, 2010. In its seventh year now, this week-long festival offers a multitude of evening concerts at Princeton’s Taplin Auditorium. Artistic director Edna Golandsky, the inspired powerhouse behind the Institute, which specializes in the Taubman approach to piano pedagogy, was again responsible for a cutting edge program sure to broaden the horizon of festival participants and visitors...
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