When a factory becomes a concert hall

A brand new concert hall built on a former industrial site reinvigorates the city and unveils a new chapter for its local orchestra. Sounds like an exemplary story from Hamburg. Well I am actually referring to Zürich in Switzerland.

by Rudolph Tang | February 16th, 2018
Voices from the Verbier Festival Academy II

Further to my previous article – “Voices from the Verbier Festival Academy I”, here are more comments from the “2017 Musicians”.

by Ellen Wong Tso | February 10th, 2018
Voices from the Verbier Festival Academy I

On 3rd December, 2017, a Verbier Festival Academy alumnus – 18 year old cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason from Nottingham, UK – made his debut in Vancouver, Canada, presented by the Vancouver Recital Society. He and his sister Isata (who accompanied him [...] more >>

by Ellen Wong Tso | February 9th, 2018
Why I Feel Compelled to Attend the 2018 Verbier Music Festival II In Search of Talent – Verbier Festival Academy

Every year, the Verbier Festival Academy invites 50 exceptional music talents from around the world to congregate for 3 weeks in the scenic Swiss Alps, to be mentored by elite artists in preparation for careers as soloists, chamber musicians and [...] more >>

by Ellen Wong Tso | February 4th, 2018
Why I Feel Compelled to Attend the 2018 Verbier Festival I In Touch with Martin Engstroem

The spectacular display of superstars in the 2018 Verbier Festival program completely dazzled me. The program comprised of a long list of celebrated “who’s who” in the music universe – András Schiff, Martha Argerich, Richard Goode, Evgeny Kissin, Grigory Sokolov, [...] more >>

by Ellen Wong Tso | January 28th, 2018
Normalized Sexism in Music

In 2015, a student coming up to her A-level exams looked at the composers assigned for the music syllabus. 63 composers and all male. Jessy McCabe brought this to the attention of the Edexcel program and a month later, Ms. [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | January 21st, 2018
Classical Music Apps (Part Two)

In this follow-up article about classical music apps, we turn to ones suitable for music-lovers and for those wishing to learn more about and listen to classical music.

by Nicolette Wong | January 12th, 2018
Classical Music Apps (Part One)

There is a plethora of classical music applications or ‘apps’ (computer software that can be downloaded to your electronic device) for everyone nowadays, from students to professional musicians to music-lovers. In Part One of this series, we look at some [...] more >>

by Nicolette Wong | January 5th, 2018