10th Anniversary of Premiere Performances Hong Kong

Hardly a month goes by without yet another international music festival rolling down the shutters and closing its doors forever. Festival d’Ile-de-France, City of London Festival or Lugano, the message is always the same. “Despite new directions and initiatives, the [...] more >>

by Georg Predota
October 3rd, 2017
How to Listen to Music You Haven’t Heard

Some years ago I read a fascinating book by French psychoanalyst and University of Paris literature professor Pierre Bayard, How to Talk About Books You Haven’t Read, in which the author makes a very good case for freeing ourselves from [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
October 1st, 2017
A Monument of Twentieth-Century Pianism: Messiaen’s Vingt Regards sur l’enfant Jésus

Olivier Messiaen’s monumental and profound work Vingt Regards sur l’enfant Jésus (Twenty Gazes on the Infant Jesus) surely ranks amongst the “greats” of the piano repertoire, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with such titans as Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier and Beethoven’s 32 Piano Sonatas [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
September 28th, 2017
Forgotten Pianists: Monique Haas

Monique Haas (1909-1987) received the Premier Prix in 1927 from the Paris Conservatoire before going on to study privately with Rudolf Serkin, Georges Enescu and Robert Casadesus. As was common with most French pianists of her generation, she was an [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja
September 27th, 2017
Daniil Trifonov, Rafal Blechacz and Arthur Rubinstein

Two of the world’s most outstanding talents – Daniil Trifonov and Rafal Blechacz were featured earlier this month in the South China Morning Post. The article was meant to alert Hong Kong audience to their imminent recitals in late September [...] more >>

by Ellen Wong Tso
September 25th, 2017
The Joy of being a Musical Prodigy Alma Elizabeth Deutscher

If you have been reading my miniseries on the shenanigans of abusive parents beating their children to musical stardom, this little story will probably restore your faith in humankind. I am talking about the pianist, violinist and composer Alma Elizabeth [...] more >>

by Georg Predota
September 24th, 2017
Tingle Factor

We gather music along the way and it forms a personal soundtrack to our lives, evoking memories of times past, and a few bars of a significant song or piece of music can create an instant reaction, a ‘tingle’.

by Frances Wilson
September 24th, 2017
The Forgotten Voyager

It is often a great mystery what people, works, and instruments remain in the minds of those who enjoy classical music. Even in the very small world of saxophonists, there are certain legends which take hold and others which fall [...] more >>

by Serenade
September 23rd, 2017