Behind the scenes

 
Daniil Trifonov and Tatiana Zelikman “Mozart and Chopin develop the soul of the musician”

In 2011 Martha Argerich famously said about Daniil Trifonov “What he does with his hands is technically incredible. It’s also his touch—he has tenderness and also the demonic element. I never heard anything like that.” Possessing monstrous technique and lustrous [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | January 10th, 2018
 
Edouard Pécourt (1925-2008): Tango Obsession

Noah, the hero of the Bible’s Genesis flood narrative, was probably the most famous collector of all times. After all, he collected two of every living animal and housed them on his ark! However, from cocktail sticks to barbed wire, [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | December 28th, 2017
 
Playing in the Band

We saw a wonderful cartoon the other day and realized that we’d been in those practice rooms and we had heard music by those composers. You can hear some of this kind of playing by the fabled Portsmouth Sinfonia. This [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | December 20th, 2017
 
How to recover gracefully

I was at a performance of Mahler’s Fourth Symphony the other night and when we came to the final movement, things were a bit odd. The soprano walked out while the orchestra was playing, sort of stood around for a [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | December 13th, 2017
 
Slave Pianist Sensation: “Blind Tom”

“Blind Tom,” as he was generally known, was born into slavery in Columbus, Georgia in 1848. He was sold with his family during infancy to General James Neil Bethune, a country lawyer and newspaper publisher. The blind child was considered [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | October 24th, 2017
 
Zurab Sotkilava (1937-2017) Football or Musical Pitch?

I wonder if you have ever seen the 1939 drama romance film titled Golden Boy? Directed by Rouben Mamoulian, it featured Barbara Stanwyck and the film debut of William Holden. In fact, it was the role in this movie that [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | October 16th, 2017
 
The pushy musical prodigy: Chloë Hanslip

We have all seen children forced to endure endless piano and violin lessons by overbearing and pushy parents. Research has suggested, “Pushy parents who go to great lengths to make their children succeed are attempting to make up for their [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | October 10th, 2017
 
The Dangers of being a Musical Prodigy Vanessa Mae: Slapped around by Tiger Mum

The “Tiger mom phenomenon,” a term coined by Yale law professor Amy Chua in 2011, describes an age-old system of strict authoritarian motherly control that is supposed to propel children towards excellence. Advocates suggest that it produces an exceptionally high [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | October 8th, 2017