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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
 
What’s Your Idea of an Instrument An Interview with Lapo Vettori

We spoke recently with Florentine luthier Lapo Vettori, a third-generation string instrument maker. The Vettori family began instrument making in 1935 and continues today, making violins, violas (Lapo’s specialty) and violoncellos. Over the past 80-some years, the family has made [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | December 24th, 2017
 
In the valley, by the water, on the mountain

The new trend of village festivals In the early 4th century, Wang Xizhi (王羲之), often hailed as the greatest calligrapher of all times and best known for his running style calligraphy, wrote Lanting Xu (蘭亭集序 Preface to the Orchid Pavilion) [...] more >>

by Rudolph Tang | November 19th, 2017
 
Music as a bridge: In Touch with Music in Offices

Singing is booming. More people than ever before are joining choirs, and the physical and mental health benefits of singing are becoming widely known. Fitting music around families and a job can be hard – but excitingly, some forward-looking businesses [...] more >>

by William Cole | October 31st, 2017
 
Tangentenflügel Mozart’s favorite keyboard instrument (for a while)

Today I accidentally stumbled over another rarity from the vault of unusual and singular instruments! The instrument in question—variously called “Tangent piano” in English, “Tangentenflügel” in German, “cembalo angelico” in Italian, and “clavecin harmonieux et celeste” in French—sounds like a [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | September 29th, 2017