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
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