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Inside the Jury Room

In November this year, the first Birmingham International Piano Chamber Music Festival took place at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. In my role as founder and artistic director this involved months of planning, complex preparations and a few deep breaths too. [...] more >>

Daniel Tong
December 11th, 2018
 
The Musician as Curator

When we consider the role musician as “curator”, we tend to think of someone who organizes a concert series or music festival, much in the same way as a museum curator organizes exhibitions.

by Frances Wilson
December 9th, 2018
 
Mefistofele at the mighty Met

A standard evening at New York’s Metropolitan Opera is a healthy reminder why this opera house is casually referred to as the “Mighty Met”. The reprise of this Mefistofele production by Robert Carsen, last seen nearly twenty years ago, was [...] more >>

by Philip Eisenbeiss
December 8th, 2018
 
Crème de la Crème Soloists The Schubert Club International Artist Series

Major international cities are not the only places to hear high-quality music and stellar artists. The Schubert Club International Artist Series features the most thrilling artists on the planet, here in Saint Paul, Minnesota. For 136 years the Schubert Club [...] more >>

by Janet Horvath
December 8th, 2018
 
Technique Without Tears

technique |tekˈnēk| noun a way of carrying out a particular task, esp. the execution or performance of an artistic work or a scientific procedure. • skill or ability in a particular field • a skillful or efficient way of doing [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
December 6th, 2018
 
Igor Levit, Pianist— Introspective and Transporting

Igor Levit the fascinating German-Russian pianist was featured on the Schubert Club’s International Artists Series here in Saint Paul, Minnesota recently. The highly anticipated program had us on tenterhooks as the lone piano stood on the empty stage. Then out [...] more >>

by Janet Horvath
December 2nd, 2018
 
Who Are You? Thoughts on Artistic Identity

I bet you could easily name a handful of classical musicians who have distinct identities. From vertiginous heels to extravagant physical gestures, hair tossing or audible muttering or humming, these individuals’ public artistic identities are evident whenever and wherever they [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
December 2nd, 2018
 
Sooner or Later? The Art of Rubato

Tempo rubato (literally “stolen time” in Italian) is perhaps most closely associated with the music of Fryderyk Chopin, his friend and fellow composer Franz Liszt, and other composers of the Romantic period. But it is possible to achieve rubato effectively [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
November 29th, 2018