The Early Years

It all started with a workshop. My then teacher, Mr Pulinkala told me about an Italian conductor who was in Delhi to conduct a workshop concerning opera. Being skeptical as most 14-15 year olds would be, I went there imagining [...] more >>

by Serenade
May 23rd, 2018
The Opera Scene in China

On a cold windy night of December 2017, I travelled from Shanghai to Nanjing on a secret mission. I was invited by an anonymous patron who would like me to pay a visit to the just inaugurated Jiangsu Centre for [...] more >>

by Rudolph Tang
May 20th, 2018
Audience Watching

One of the secondary pleasures of going to live music in concert is “audience watching”. Different artists and repertoire attract different audiences, and I love observing audience behaviour before, during and after a concert. The ritual of concert going and [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
May 20th, 2018
Cellists Klengel and Becker: Towering Figures of the 19th Century

Like many other young cellists, I encountered Julius Klengel through his books of Technical Exercises in All Keys and his Daily Exercises. I wanted to play concertos not hours fixated on scales, arpeggios, and bowing exercises. But my father insisted, [...] more >>

by Janet Horvath
May 19th, 2018
Polish sensibility: the Mazurkas of Chopin and Szymanowski

Say ‘Mazurka’ and most people will reply ‘Chopin’. Fryderyk Chopin wrote at least 69 pieces in this form: 45 published during his lifetime, 13 published posthumously, and a further 11, which are known but where the manuscripts are in private [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
May 16th, 2018
The piano tuner: the pianist’s best friend

Just as pianists develop a strong attachment to the instrument they play most regularly so they can also form a very special relationship with the person who looks after that instrument – the piano tuner / technician.

by Frances Wilson
May 13th, 2018
The Met gives Tosca the McVicar treatment

When the mighty Met does something well, it truly excels. The new production by Sir David McVicar was near perfection. Replacing the unmissed Luc Bondy production, McVicar delivered what seemed like a fresher version of a Zeffirelli view of the [...] more >>

by Philip Eisenbeiss
May 12th, 2018
Are you Practicing Your Études?

“She plays duets instead of Grützmacher,” my father grumbled. “Janet, practice your études!” My father, trained in the European tradition, knew the benefits, and difficulties, of the strict methods of Dotzauer, Piatti, Klengel, Duport, and Becker, all brilliant cellists and [...] more >>

by Janet Horvath
May 12th, 2018