Mostly Martha – The Progetto Martha Argerich in Lugano

“It is all of these great people here who ought to be thanked,” Martha says, surrounded by a throng of festival guests as she awaits that evening’s concert performer, “not me; I just show up,” she insists, gesturing some unruly tresses of her signature mane of grey hair into place. That in itself is no small virtue for the enigmatic pianist, notoriously known for changing her mind about her performances on short notice. She...
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Pianist Julien Quentin: International wachsende Reputation

Als ich mit dem jungen und talentierten Pianisten Julien Quentin sprach, wurde mir klar, dass diese Generation von jungen Musikern – zumindest die erfolgreichen – einen Jetsetter-Lebenstil angenommen hat. Photo: Julien Quentin, Medici-Tv Ich hatte ihn gerade in Verbier getroffen, wo er im fünften Sommer hintereinander bei diesem angesehenen Musikfestival aufgetreten war. Vor zwei Jahren war er bei ihrem besonderen Fest die “Nacht der Pianisten“, das verschiedene Generationen von versierten Pianisten vorstelle, u.a. Emanuel...
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Pianist Julien Quentin: Internationally growing a reputation

When talking to the young and talented pianist Julien Quentin, it became obvious to me that this generation of young, classical musicians – at least the successful ones– have definitely adopted something of a jetsetter lifestyle. I had just met him at Verbier, where he performed for his 5th summer in a row, at the prestigious music festival. Two years ago he had performed at their special celebration “Night of Pianists” that featured different...
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Verbier 2011 – Treffen der Musikgiganten

Im 18. Jahr seines Bestehens bietet das Verbier Festival seine eigene Festival Akademie, sein eigenes Kammerorchester und ein Orchester – alles Institutionen, die es begabten jungen Musikern erlauben, von den Besten ihres Fachs zu lernen. Und Jahr für Jahr kommen in Verbier Musiker zusammen, nicht nur um Konzerte, Masterclasses und andere Präsentationen anzubieten, sondern vor allem auch um den sozialen Aspekt dieses Zusammenkommens zu geniessen, und sich – selten genug – im Kreis anderer...
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In the hands of genius – Musicerati at Verbier with Pianist Evgeny Kissin

In its eighteenth year now, Verbier has its own Festival Academy, Chamber Orchestra and Orchestra, providing young, gifted musicians with the chance to learn from the world’s most noted musicians. Along with this, the musicians and audiences have the wonderful opportunity to be exposed, at this small French-Swiss resort, to an array of world-class performances by the most internationally renowned music superstars. Thanks to the immense production capabilities of Medici.tv and their sponsors, concerts...
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Setting Pianistic Standards: The Arthur Rubinstein Society And International Piano Competition

  You don’t have to be a pianist, but you do have to be a musician that we know and respect, to be invited as a juror of the competition,” comments Idith Zvi, as she invites me into her small office, which has a grand piano and is filled with portraits of Arthur Rubinstein. As the society’s artistic director, she (with only the help of a small staff) manages all efforts that make the...
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Pianist Marika Bournaki: on a Schumanesque quest — finding herself in the process.

  It is easy enough to identify striking talent, even at a young age. For musically-talented performers, this often seems to set a process in motion that can lead to an unstoppable, out of control ride. Parental support and teachers’ ambitions frequently play into rising expectations and young performers are often left to fight for themselves, dealing with the stress of having to perform well at all times. Intensive training must conform to some...
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Ein Treffen mit Gabriela Montero

Ich erinnere mich noch genau an einen meiner Besuche im Tower Records-Laden an Manhattans Upper West Side, den es jetzt nicht mehr gibt. Wӓhrend sich die Kunden durch die etwas chaotischen Berge von CDs arbeiteten, lief im Hintergrund Chopins “Fantaisie-Impromptu” ȕber die Lautsprecheranlage. Das war im Jahr 2005, und Gabriela Montero hatte gerade ihre erste CD auf EMI verӧffentlicht – eine Mischung aus beliebten Klassikern wie Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninov und Scriabin, und – als...
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Connecting with pianist Gabriela Montero

I recall one of my visits to Manhattan’s Upper West Side’s Tower Records store — now a thing of the past — listening to a version of the well-known “Chopin Fantaisie-Impromptu” blasting over the shop’s speaker system, while customers were browsing through the somewhat disorganized piles of CDs. It was 2005, and Gabriela Montero had just released her first CD on EMI — a mix of a great easy-listening classical repertoire, Chopin and Liszt,...
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