Behind the scenes

The Dangers of being a Musical Prodigy Antonio Paganini: Musical Father from Hell

Niccolò Paganini left an irrefutable mark on the history of instrumental music and 19th century social life. Born in Genoa on 27 October 1782 he was the third of six children of Antonio and Teresa Paganini. Antonio Paganini was a [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | September 10th, 2017
The Mozart “Adélaïde” Scam

It was advertised as the musical discovery of the century! In 1933, the Hungarian violinist Jelly d’Aranyi stepped onto the London stage and performed a preciously unknown violin concerto by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. That concerto had been published in 1933 [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | September 9th, 2017
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Klara Berkovich and Hilary Hahn “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I will remember”

Shinichi Suzuki believed that the ability to learn music parallels the acquisition of language. His famous “Suzuki Method” is based on creating a positive environment that fosters musical immersion at an early age. Suzuki strongly believed that “every child was [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | September 5th, 2017
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Pianistic traditions and contemporary sensibility Gary Graffman and Yuja Wang

We all know that Yuja Wang was born in Beijing, but she is deliberately vague about her emergence as a prodigy. She always likes to tell interviewers that her mother wanted her to be a dancer, “but that she was [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | August 29th, 2017
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Discovering the Musical Universe Gary Graffman and Lang Lang

Lang Lang! The two words in the classical music universe that say it all! China’s first crossover classical superstar pianist, he has played for presidents, on the Great Wall of China, at Buckingham Palace and in the White House. He [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | August 22nd, 2017
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice “I really should be practicing” Vladimir Horowitz and Gary Graffman

The exceptional pianist and educator Gary Graffman started his musical education at the tender age of 3! Initially, however, he did not play the piano but took violin lessons from his father Vladimir Graffman. Vladimir was a student of Leopold [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | August 15th, 2017
Behind the Curtain The BBC Music Prank

“Piotr Zak, who is of Polish extraction but lives in Germany, was born in 1939. His earliest works are conservative, but he has recently come under the influence of Stockhausen and John Cage. This work for tape and percussion was [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | August 13th, 2017
Happy 90th birthday Lollo!

The actor Humphrey Bogart described her as “the girl that makes Marilyn Monroe look like Shirley Temple,” and the photographer Philippe Halsman unabashedly claimed “she had the finest figure among all the actresses I have known.” Dubbed “the most beautiful [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | August 7th, 2017