Forgotten Cellists VI: Maurice Gendron

Frenchman Maurice Gendron (1920-1990) was known for his poise and elegant, pristine playing. If Daniil Shafran played with unconventional hand positions, Gendron’s are nearest to the ideal. His hands are cello perfect: rounded, relaxed, symmetrical, and produced a shimmering sound.

by Janet Horvath
February 10th, 2018
L’Elisir d’amore at Vancouver Opera

Vancouver Opera is the distinguished and well-liked company founded in 1958 by a group of visionary community leaders. They believed in the value of the performing arts in the life of a great city in Canada. Each year, it has [...] more >>

by Peter Hermes
February 6th, 2018
The Pianist’s Presence

The “concert pianist” is a relatively recent creation. In the middle of the nineteenth century, a time when the technology of piano manufacture allowed piano makers to build bigger, stronger instruments, the “concert pianist” as we understand the role today, [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
February 4th, 2018
Forgotten Cellists V: Daniil Shafran

Our next featured cellist, Daniil Shafran, was born in 1923 in Petrograd, now Saint Petersburg, and came by his talent honestly. His father was the principal cellist of the Leningrad Philharmonic and his mother Frida Moiseyevna, was a pianist.

by Janet Horvath
February 3rd, 2018
In Memoriam: Igor Zhukov (1936-2018)

Truth be told, as a young aspiring pianist I could never get my head around the music of Alexander Scriabin! Despite the best intentions of my teacher, and supreme technical challenges aside, I simply did not understand his musical syntax. [...] more >>

by Georg Predota
February 2nd, 2018
There is No Right Way

I’ve never felt drawn to the idea of the definitive performance. Music is a performing art which keeps on changing- Michael Tippett When I was learning the piano as a child and teenager, I was led to believe there was [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
January 28th, 2018
Forgotten Cellists IV: Guilhermina Suggia

Portuguese cellist Guilhermina Suggia (1885-1950) best-known for an iconic painting by Augustus John —a chestnut, luminescent cello, a beautiful woman in a dazzling, red gown, bow-arm outstretched, head upturned—was one of the first professional female solo cellists. The mystique surrounding [...] more >>

by Janet Horvath
January 27th, 2018
Forgotten Quartets Quatuor Calvet (1919-1939 & 1944-1950)

Before the age of recording, devotion to music was a full-time commitment. Composer Georges Bizet (1838-1875) would say: “Ah, Music! What a beautiful art – but what a wretched profession!”

by Guy Francis
January 25th, 2018