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The Royal Philharmonic Society's 2016 Music Award nominations include the Carducci Quartet for its landmark Shostakovich 15 project. Winners will be announced May 10th. The awards are the highest recognition for live classical music in the UK. Chosen by independent panels consisting of some of the music industry’s most distinguished practitioners, the list of previous winners reads like a Who’s Who of classical music. The quartet is "thrilled and honoured to be shortlisted for this very prestigious award. Shostakovich 15 was an incredible project for us and we’re truly delighted with the recognition it has received!" The Carducci Quartet's year-long commitment to the Shostakovich Quartet cycle included an all-Shostakovich CD and dozens of performances in the UK, Europe and North America, culminating with all fifteen quartets in one day at The Globe in London. The Guardian wrote: “truly extraordinary... astonishing intensity... once in a lifetime event”  More about the award-winning Carducci String Quartet.


Acclaimed violinist Mark Kaplan's much anticipated 2-CD set of complete solo Bach is released on the Bridge label. Praise for Kaplan's "extraordinary lyricism" quickly followed. "It is as if every note, every phrase of these monumental works has something to say to Kaplan and, in turn, he has something to say to you about them." [ArtMusicLounge] Kaplan, who plays a 1685 Stradivarius, is sought after for his Bach performances and lectures at venues as diverse as Indiana University, UCLA, New York’s Bargemusic, Oxford University and the Philharmonie in Cologne. Kaplan enjoys a wide and varied career as a soloist, chamber musician and distinguished educator. He has performed with nearly every major orchestra in the principal cities of Europe, North America, the Far East and Australia. He tours worldwide and records with the Weiss-Kaplan-Stumpf Trio, exploring the masterworks of the piano trio repertoire as well as new works by Lera Auerbach, Fred Lerdahl and others. Kaplan’s previous recordings include violin concerti of Paganini, Wieniawski, Bartok, Dohnanyi, Nono, Lalo, Berg and Stravinsky with such esteemed ensembles as the London Symphony and the Budapest Festival Orchestra. Read More 


Award-winning pianist Yael Weiss joined the Israel Camerata and conductor Uriel Segal for the world premiere of the new re-orchestration of Grieg’s piano concerto. Enthusiastic audiences in Tel Aviv, Rehovot and Savion greeted Mordechai Rechtman's orchestration and hailed Weiss' driving performances. Israel's premiere daily press, Ha’aretz, Israel, has offered high praise: “A display of superb musicianship”. The concerto tour followed Yael Weiss's performances of the Beethoven piano trio cycle with her ensemble, the Weiss-Kaplan-Stumpf Trio, over five concerts in Tel Aviv and Naan. Ms. Weiss continues her Beethoven focus with performances of the complete cycle of Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas, and gives lectures on Beethoven as part of her tours. Her next CD release includes new piano trios by Fred Lerdahl and Pierre Jalbert. Read More 



Pittsburgh Symphony appoints Francesco Lecce Chong Assistant Conductor. We are proud to announce that the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will welcome the acclaimed young conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong to its conducting staff at the start of the 2015-2016 season. Lecce-Chong comes to Pittsburgh after four years as associate conductor of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. He will return to Milwaukee in the 2015-2016 season for several guest engagements and will make his debut at the Florentine Opera. He will continue to serve as associate conductor of the Grand Teton Music Festival. “I am thrilled to be joining the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and look forward to working with Maestro Honeck, the musicians, staff and supporters,” says Lecce-Chong. “It is inspiring to join such a vibrant organization..." Read More

Guitarist Jason Vieaux, Grammy® winner for Best Classical Instrumental Solo, wins praise in the Philadelphia Inquirer for his performance of the Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez:
"This terrific guitarist, a Philadelphia favorite, worked wonders with Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez: in place of flamenco-fied fire, he played with elegance and fine-tuned precision. The fastest  passages were distinct and clear; the subtlety with which he varied dynamics and timing from note to note was a marvel."
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Preview Grammy winning CD, PLAY

"If you ever want to give a friend a disc that will cement his or her love for the guitar, this is a perfect candidate" writes Soundboard Magazine. While the Huffington Post declares that PLAY is "part of the revitalized interest in the classical guitar.".

André Laplante and the Prokofiev 3rd Piano Concerto: Following his Grieg Concerto with the Montréal Symphony, pianist André Laplante performed the Prokofiev 3rd to bring a triumphant close to the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec's season. "The presentation of Prokofiev's Concerto No. 3, with pianist André Laplante, proved at least as strong, if not more convincing, than the Beethoven. " (Le Soleil) Read More...
And at Ottawa Chamberfest: "His sumptuous sound achieves an almost three-dimensional quality, never harsh or uncontrolled even in the most explosively virtuosic passages. Laplante tossed off thundering cascades of octaves and astounding double trills, but also showed tremendous subtly and delicacy, and all that technical skill only serves his intelligent, emotionally unbridled musicality." (Ottawa Citizen) Read More...

NPR features The Crossroads Project - Science correspondent Joe Palca's piece for NPR, Climate Scientist Tries Arts To Stir Hearts Regarding Earth's Fate, which aired in February, is an excellent intro to The Crossroads Project as well as the award-winning Fry Street Quartet.
Listen to the Fry Street Quartet on NPR

A multi-disciplinary performance incorporating live music, visual art, and compelling science featuring the Fry Street Quartet with physicist and educator Dr. Robert Davies. The experience includes large screen projections of images from noted environmental photographer Garth Lenz, paintings by Rebecca Allan, and a new work by composer Laura Kaminsky, to explore the impacts of society's unsustainable systems, Earth's rapidly changing climate, and humanity's opportunity for a new direction.

Aziz Shokhakimov - This winter the young phenom Aziz Shokhakimov lead the Nürnberger Symphoniker and the Magdeburgische Philharmonie, followed by a triumph with the Edmonton Symphony. Upcoming on his schedule: Aziz makes his debut with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony in a program including Debussy's La Mer, followed by a set of three performances with the Dusseldorf Symphoniker, and another set of nine concerts leading the Symphoniker at La Follee Journée in Japan later this spring. Continuing his remarkable rise (including his Mahler Competition prize win at age 21), his recent debuts include: the Stuttgart Radio Orchestras, Orchestra Filarmonica del Teatro La Fenice, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, the Winnipeg Symphony, and at the Teatro Comunale di Bolgona for Eugene Onegin.

NPR's latest Tiny Desk concert features Jason Vieaux & Yolanda Kondonassis, guitar & harp. The duo gives lushly detailed performances of gorgeous new works in a twenty-minute live presentation behind Bob Boylen's desk. Hear Jason & Yolanda create a compelling unity from their two instruments on NPR Music's iconic and eclectic Tiny Desk series.

Azica Records releases
Together, the new CD from Yolanda Kondonassis & Jason Vieaux. The gorgeous CD is comprised entirely of original works for harp and guitar including two world premieres of works commissioned by Jason and Yolanda: Knock on Wood, by Keith Fitch, and Hypnotized, by Gary Schocker. Hear the interview and samples from WRCJ Detroit.

Francesco Lecce Chong has been selected as a featured conductor in the David Zinman Masterclass with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, and at the 6th International Conducting Masterclass of Mr. Zinman with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich this spring. The young Assistant Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Associate Conductor of the Grand Teton Music Festival appeared with the Las Vegas Philharmonic this winter, and made his debut with the San Diego Symphony last month.


Conductor Michael Butterman will lead the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra during the Kennedy Center's inaugural SHIFT Festival in 2017. One of just four orchestras chosen, the new SHIFT Festival provides a national platform for today’s most innovative orchestras to share a sampling of their most creative and provocative work that embodies the individual orchestra’s identity, community, and artistic vision. 

NPR's All Things Considered featured
The Crossroads Project. Hear the story.

Aziz Shokhakimov conducts the Nürnberger Symphoniker, the Magdeburgische Philharmonie, followed by a triumph with the Edmonton Symphony. Aziz makes his debut with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony in a program including Debussy's La Mer.

The Weiss-Kaplan-Stumpf Trio appeared at the Tonhalle Dusseldorf performing Beethoven, Smetana and Lera Auerbach's "Triptych". With the Sioux City Symphony, the trio will premiere a new concerto by Michael Gilbertson and the Beethoven Triple Concerto in the spring before heading out to Vancouver for three concerts.

Cellist Clancy Newman's new video series, Pop-Unpopped, is a set of solo cello pieces inspired by #1 US Billboard hits (including Meghan Trainor's All About That Bass, Taylor Swift's Shake It Off, and much more. Watch/listen.

NPR chose Jason Vieaux "perhaps the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation" for one of NPR Music's 50 Favorite Songs of 2014

Sheng Cai performs the five Beethoven piano concertos in spring 2015 with the Ontario Philharmonic. The first three concertos in February, the last two in May.

Dalí Quartet: "forged a near-instant rapport with the audience... In no time, the 300-plus audience members were on their feet" More...     new video...

Pianist Christopher Taylor performs Messiaen's towering "Vingt Regards" in Milwaukee and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art - "remarkable" and "poetic" says The New York Times ... review


LAO -  League of American Orchestras 2016 National Conference, June 9-11 in Baltimore

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