In Awe of the Verbier Festival Orchestras

“Listen to Awesomeness” is a contemporary jargon used to market products related to focused listening – from audiobooks to earphones to DJs streaming music online. Even though the expression rarely exists in the classical music arena, it aptly reflects my [...] more >>

by Ellen Wong Tso | March 4th, 2018
Women on the Podium

Did the diarist Samuel Pepys alert us to women conductors in 17th century London? There we went and eat and drank and heard musique at the Globe, and saw the simple motion that is there of a woman with a [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | March 2nd, 2018
Musical Voices of WWI (1914-18) Ravel, Berg, and Butterworth

Trench warfare, which has since been described as “futility in conflict,” gained its horrifying notoriety on the Western Front in the First World War. By the time the dust and poisonous gas clouds had settled on the “war to end [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | February 28th, 2018
Playing Together – Women’s Orchestras and Women in Orchestras

The late-19th and early 20th centuries saw a new phenomenon: all-women orchestras. Kept out of the traditional orchestras by reason of gender (it certainly wasn’t because of talent), women musicians came together to form their own orchestras.

by Maureen Buja | February 27th, 2018
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