Silenced – Orsolya Korcsolán’s engaging Deutsche Grammophon release of works by Sándor Kuti

A child of holocaust survivors, Hungarian born violinist Orsolya Korcsolán had always felt a deep connection to her roots, linking her Jewish heritage closely with her personal and musical identity. Crossing paths with some of classical music’s past and present iconic figures inspired a prolific career in music that now spans from performing and recording artist to cultural ambassador and pedagogue. While still a violin student at Budapest’s Franz Liszt Academy, Orsolya attended –...
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AICF – In Support Of Israel’s Talent Network

An astounding display of musical talent was offered to guests and supporters at the festive 77th America-Israel Cultural Foundation Gala last Tuesday evening, held at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater under the auspices of Israel’s Consul General in New York, Dani Dayan. (Photo: Ilona Oltuski -Prize ceremony David Stern for Ivry Gitlis ) Honoring the memory of Vera Stern, the musical program unified three generations of virtuosi, all of whom had received support...
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Erno Kallai – violin playing in the grand tradition

Erno Kallai and Itzhak Perlman Hungarian violinist Erno Kallai has certainly large shoes to fill, being a student of legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman at Julliard. Studying with this master puts Kallai in the midst of a continuing tradition inspired by generations of eminent violinists, masters who seem larger than life. I find myself thinking as I wait to meet Mr. Perlman in front of his studio’s entrance on the 5th floor of the Juilliard...
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Violinist Ittai Shapira: Eine Persönliche Dimension vermitteln

Bisher sind 14 Kompositionen von verschiedenen zeitgenössischen Komponisten dem Violinisten Ittai Shapira gewidmet worden. Zugehörig zur Generation von Auftrittskünstlern der New Yorker klassischen Musikszene, in der Altersgruppe dreißig und darüber – er und der Pianist Jeremy Denk waren zu College-Zeiten Zimmergenossen und machten auch eine gemeinsame Aufnahme– , ist er jetzt als vielseitiger Auftrittskünstler eines riesigen klassischen Violinenrepertoires bekannt, das die Gegenwart wie die Vergangenheit, das Zeitgenössische wie das Traditionelle umfasst. Eine dieser Premieren...
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Violinist Ittai Shapira: how everyone can relate, when personal events transpire into musical compositions

  Ittai Shapira So far, 14 compositions by different contemporary composers have been dedicated to violinist Ittai Shapira. Belonging to the now thirty something generation of performers  of the New York classical music scene – he and pianist Jeremy Denk were roommates in college- he is now renowned as a versatile performer of an enormous classical violin repertoire, incorporating past and present, traditional as well as contemporary. One of these premieres included the violin...
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The New York Philharmonic’s Symphony Society of New York

Annual Meeting (December 7th, 2010, Helen Hull Room, at Avery Fisher Hall New York City To see the democratic system at work –here at its best one might add – is a refreshing and uplifting experience. Thus, anybody who donates 75 Dollars (and above) to the New York Philharmonic, becomes eligible to sit in their annual Philharmonic-Symphony Society meeting and to grasp some insight into their yearly financial budget report, notice of and even...
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