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The American Opera Projects production of AS ONE. A chamber opera for two singers and quartet by Laura Kaminsky, librettist Mark Campbell and filmmaker & librettist Kimberly Reed. A moving coming-of-age story. The mezzo-soprano and baritone depict the experiences of the sole transgender protagonist, Hannah, as she endeavors to resolve the discord between her self and the outside world. More info.


Jonathan Wentworth Associates is pleased to announce the addition of the award-winning violinist Eunice Kim to our roster. A young artist with a unique voice, violinist Eunice Kim has been proclaimed “just superb” by The New York Times and “a born performer” by Epoch Times. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, the Astral Award-winning violinist has been featured soloist with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Louisville Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Seongnam Philharmonic, Bakersfield Symphony, and the Albany Symphony Orchestra, with which she has recorded George Tsontakis’s Unforgettable for 2017 release on Naxos Records. As a guest artist with Curtis on Tour, she has performed in Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea, and Germany with violist Roberto Díaz, and appeared at both the Library of Congress and the United Nations for Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Look for Eunice Kim on tour in California and Europe this summer performing the Bruch Violin concerto from San Jose to Zagreb, Budapest and Vienna. More


Decca recording artists Bandini-Chiachiaretta Duo will tour with the Dalí Quartet for Vivaldi and Piazzolla programming that includes The Eight Seasons, Angels and Demons, Tango Sensations, and more. Jonathan Wentworth Associates is pleased to welcome this new collaboration of the Dalí with Giampaolo Bandini, guitar and Cesare Chiacchiaretta, accordion & bandoneón. Additional repertoire includes works of Brouwer, D’Rivera, Gardel, Innarelli and Pujol in a program of Folias de Tango. More information.


Jonathan Wentworth Associates is pleased to announce that pianist Olga Kern will join the Dalí Quartet for selected dates on tour. During the 2018-2019 season, the Van Cliburn Competition gold-medal winning pianist will join the Dalí Quartet, known for their mix of both “classical roots and Latin soul”. These musical friends will offer a variety of programs, including the towering Shostakovich piano quintet, a good fit for these five passionate musicians. Additional piano quintets offered are those of Brahms, Dvorak and Schumann. More information. Inquire about date availability here.


The Fischoff Competition Grand Prize winning Fry Street Quartet will tour a set of collaborative programs with Maksim Shtrykov, clarinet and Misuzu Tanaka, piano. The acclaimed Shtrykov and Tanaka will join the quartet for special program offerings, including the Copland Sextet and the Prokofiev Overture on Hebrew Themes for clarinet, piano and string quartet. Mixed program options include a choice of five clarinet quintets, Brahms, Françaix, Mozart, Reger and Weber. In addition, a wide variety of piano quintets are offered, including Brahms, Bruch, Bridge, Dvorak, Elgar, Schumann and Shostakovich. Program information here.

Michael Butterman, Music Director of the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, will lead the BPO during the Kennedy Center’s inaugural SHIFT Festival. 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. Butterman notes: “The SHIFT Festival showcases how America’s orchestras have shifted their visions to reflect the music and programming that is unique to their own communities. We couldn’t be more honored to share our vision with other orchestras across the country.” In addition to traditional concert programs, each orchestra will have a mini-residency while in the nation’s capital where they explore a theme. The Boulder Philharmonic explores the idea of “Nature & Music” with outdoor performances and “guided hikes” with musicians and professional nature guides. In addition to the Boulder Philharmonic, SHIFT includes the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the North Carolina Symphony and The Knights.

Aziz Shokhakimov has won the Nestlè and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award at the 2016 Salzburg Festival. Three finalists were selected from a shortlist of eight candidates, drawn from 65 applicants overall. Each of the finalists conducted the Salzburg Camerata during the Award Concert Weekend, and a jury led by Chairman Dennis Russell Davies and Honorary President Plácido Domingo selected Aziz Shokhakimov as the winner. In addition to the cash prize, Aziz will conduct the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra in a Salzburg Festival concert at the Felsenreitschule concert hall next August. Nestlè Chairman Peter Brabeck-Letmathe said, “The ‘Nestlè and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award’ shows once again how meaningful it is to give young conductors the opportunity to present their talent as part of a festival as renowned as the Salzburg Festival. We are happy to support this initiative, unique throughout the world in its kind, and thereby boost the careers of these young talents, introducing them to a broad public through the Award“.

More about the award     More about Aziz Shokhakimov

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] Read the full reviews    More about Jason Vieaux

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.

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.

Andrè Laplante and the Prokofiev 3rd Piano Concerto: Following his Grieg Concerto with the Montrèal Symphony, pianist Andrè Laplante performed the Prokofiev 3rd to bring a triumphant close to the Orchestre Symphonique de Quèbec’s season. “The presentation of Prokofiev’s Concerto No. 3, with pianist Andrè 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… More about Andrè Laplante…

NPR’s Tiny Desk concerts series 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.

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.

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.

Dalí Quartet: “forged a near-instant rapport with the audience… In no time, the 300-plus audience members were on their feet” More…      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


Meet us on the road at this UPCOMING CONFERENCE:

MAC – Midwest Arts Conference, Columbus, OH – Aug. 28-31, 2017 – Exhibit Booth #624B
WAA – Western Arts Alliance, Seattle, WA — Sept. 5-8, 2017 – Exhibit Booth #307
PAE – Performing Arts Exchange, Atlanta, GA – Sept. 26-28, 2017 – Exhibit Booth #312