In Touch With Greatness @ Verbier

Picture this :- Eighteen days and nights of glorious music offered by a parade of world-class artists, talented Academy musicians and three Verbier Festival orchestras under the direction of renowned conductors; multiple masterclasses from 9:30am every day, held all day [...] more >>

by Ellen Wong Tso
September 2nd, 2018
When you don’t feel like practising……

Practising is a habit. If we are serious about our music, our progress with our repertoire and our technical and artistic development, we need to establish good and regular practising habits, as regular as cleaning one’s teeth. No one, not [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
September 2nd, 2018
Cello Concerto Overview: The Should Haves Part I

My teacher János Starker used to say that cellist soloists have to be ready to play a greater number of concertos than our more brilliant sister, the violinist, who can play an entire season with four or perhaps five concerti [...] more >>

by Janet Horvath
September 1st, 2018
Late Style

The accepted notion is that age confers a spirit of reconciliation and serenity on late works- Edward Said, ‘On Late Style’ What is ‘Late Style’? It’s a question that has preoccupied writers and thinkers, from Theodor Adorno, who coined the [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
August 30th, 2018
Im Klang – In the Middle of the Sound

The name ‘Im Klang’ says it all. The audience is seated ‘in the middle of the sound’. The players of the Wiener Symphoniker take leave of their traditional places on the concert platform and spread themselves widely throughout the empty [...] more >>

by Anson Yeung
August 27th, 2018
“You can’t be a storyteller if you have no stories to tell”

The title of this post is a quote from an interview with pianist Gabriela Montero. Story-telling is about conveying a message and music is of course all about conveying messages, telling stories and stimulating the imagination, of listener and performer. [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
August 26th, 2018
Schools of Cello Playing: Russia and Armenia

Another important school of cello playing was developed in Russia, founded by the brilliant cellist and composer Karl Davidov. Named the “Czar of Cellists” by none other than the composer Tchaikovsky, Davidov was born in Russia, (now Latvia), in 1838. [...] more >>

by Janet Horvath
August 25th, 2018
Piano Songs

The ‘Song Without Words’, a work for solo piano with a distinctive lyrical or songful melody line, is most usually associated with the composer Felix Mendelssohn, who wrote over 50 Songs Without Words at various points throughout his life. These [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
August 23rd, 2018