Capture the Moment: Musicians In the Zone

How does it feel to play that passage of Liszt or that section of Schubert beautifully? Or the grandest measures of Bach? The tenderest Chopin? The most sensitive, haunting Debussy? To plumb the profoundest, most spiritual depths of Messiaen?

by Frances Wilson
April 15th, 2018
Forgotten Cellists: Laszlo Varga

Hungarian cellist Laszlo Varga escaped war-torn Budapest, and Nazi forced labor, to become principal cello of the New York Philharmonic, a recitalist, quartet player, and revered teacher. He was born in Budapest in 1924, surrounded by music—his father was an [...] more >>

by Janet Horvath
April 14th, 2018
Dartington International Summer School at 70

For musicians, professionals and amateurs alike, the name Dartington evokes magical memories of intense and inspirational music-making in a beautiful secluded enclave of Devon, UK.

by Frances Wilson
April 8th, 2018
Forgotten Cellists: Eva Heinitz

Eva Heinitz, cello soloist of international repute, who performed chamber music with violinists, Heifetz, Menuhin, Milstein, Szigeti, and Stern, was an exceptional teacher before she became known as “The Wanda Landowska of the Viola da Gamba.”

by Janet Horvath
April 7th, 2018
Back to the roots Naples puts on Rossini’s Mosè in Egitto 200 years after its house debut

Quite possibly the Teatro San Carlo of Naples, Italy’s leading opera house in the early 19th century, has found its groove again. In spite of a middle-of-the-road production of Gioachino Rossini’s Mosè in Egitto (Moses in Egypt), the legendary San [...] more >>

by Philip Eisenbeiss
April 6th, 2018
Live lessons – thoughts on performing

Performing can take many forms – from informal playing at home with friends to a recital at a world-renowned concert hall – and each performance presents its own difficulties, stresses, pleasures and revelations. I believe it is important to perform [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
April 1st, 2018
Forgotten Cellists: Felix Salmond

Felix Salmond (1888-1952) was one of the most influential cello teachers in America. As a professor at the Juilliard School, and later the Curtis Institute of Music, his pupils include Leonard Rose, Samuel Mayes, Orlando Cole, Bernard Greenhouse, Frank Miller, [...] more >>

by Janet Horvath
March 31st, 2018
Cav and Pag in Calvin’s home city

Geneva is an unusual place. Set on a stunning lake at the Swiss-French border and surrounded by hulking dark mountains, its city center is dominated by banks and jewellers. Hotels and restaurants are notoriously overpriced, as is pretty much everything [...] more >>

by Philip Eisenbeiss
March 29th, 2018