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Grammy-winning guitarist Jason Vieaux premieres Dan Visconti's new concerto 'Living Language' with the California Symphony. Strong praise follows:
"Vieaux, for whom the piece was written, played with terrific commitment, coaxing a wealth of sound from his amplified, nylon string guitar. The Grammy-winning artist brought fluidity to the score's fleet passagework and focus to the slow, reflective episodes." [San Jose Mercury News]

"His excellent performance throughout was most remarkable here. Each firmly resonant note passed through three or four pitches and as many tone colors before fading away." "Visconti was aiming for a tour of world music. Yet the concerto remained gentle, hushed, and transparent throughout, even while many were playing. Visconti’s skill at orchestration keeping it so was admirable. This concerto sounded quite unlike other modern guitar concertos by Rodrigo or others, yet it was, like their work, consonant, pleasurable, and satisfying." [San Francisco Classical Voice]


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The Carducci Quartet is awarded Royal Philharmonic Society's Chamber Music Award. The awards are the highest recognition for live classical music in the United Kingdom. On May 10th, the RPS awards singled out the Carducci Quartet "for its Fifteen Shostakovich Quartets in over 60 concerts throughout the UK, including five complete cycles, - one of which was presented in four concerts in one day at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. The Carducci Quartet devoted 2015 to a heroic challenge and these were great performances of great chamber music, taken to venues that had not heard the like before."
The Carducci Quartet's year-long Shostakovich 15 project 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”
 Fellow nominees included the Cavatina Chamber Music Trust and the esteemed Nash Ensemble.  More about the award-winning Carducci String Quartet.

 
 

WUCF-TV's SciTech Central features The Crossroads Project. The new video segment covers the performance and workshops at the University of Central Florida. The Fry Street Quartet and physicist/educator Dr. Robert Davies focus on global sustainability in an event that includes images from noted environmental photographer Garth Lenz, paintings by Rebecca Allan, and a new work by composer Laura Kaminsky. SciTech Central is a weekly news magazine exploring science and technology breakthroughs. The Crossroads Project has also been featured on NPR. Science correspondent Joe Palca's piece for NPR, Climate Scientist Tries Arts To Stir Hearts Regarding Earth's Fate, is another excellent intro to The Crossroads Project and the award-winning Fry Street Quartet SciTech Video. NPR feature.  


 

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


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...

 


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







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