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Warsaw to stage first Chopin global competition on period pianos

Poland's Fryderyk Chopin Institute (NIFC) on Thursday said it would hold the first international competition where pianists will play the romantic composer's music on period instruments. "The pianos of that era have a mechanism and tone...Show More Summary

Iranian prodigy wins full London scholarship

2 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

An unsung feat of cultural diplomacy has won a future for an Iranian pianist. From the press release: Ashkan Layegh, winner of the 2017 Barbad International Piano Prize in Shiraz, has won a full scholarship to study piano and composition at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He has also been offered a place […]

A major international piano competition is distorted by its chairman

3 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Concerns are being raised about the forthcoming Bonn Beethoven Telekom International Competition, where the chairman is, as ever, the distinguished pedagogue Pavel Gililov. The competition was founded by Gililov in 2005. The rules state clearly that ‘pupils of a jury member at the time of application, or those who have been pupils of a jury member […]

Flautist vs. Butterfly

4 months agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Flautist Youkie Ota thought she was going to nail Pierre Sancan's minimalist arrangement for flute and piano at the Carl Nielsen International competition in Odense, but hadn't planned on a butterfly swooping in to try and fuck her up!...Show More Summary

20-year-old Turkish pianist wins the Scottish International Piano Competition

5 months agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

Can Çakmur, winner of the Scottish International Piano Competition, at the final with Thomas Søndergård and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra The 11th Scottish International Piano Competition finished on Sunday 10 September and the Turkish pianist Can Çakmur was named as the winner. Show More Summary

Just in: Schubert Ensemble calls it quits

5 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

The London-based international ensemble has called time on its career. Next March it will play a farewell at the Wigmore Hall, 35 years after setting out. The group’s members are: William Howard (Piano); Simon Blendis (violin); JaneShow More Summary

Scottish International Piano Competition

5 months agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

Competitors for the 2017 Scottish International Piano Competition welcomed to Glasgow by Lord Provost (Photo Richard Campbell) The Scottish International Piano Competition is taking place at the moment in Glasgow. The preliminary rounds have just finished, with competitors from 15 countries. Show More Summary

Death of Van Cliburn’s rocket launcher

6 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Martha Rowan Hyder, who has died at 89, did more than anyone to make Van Cliburn Piano Competition international. A member of the competition’s executive committee of the competition from 1962 to 1993, she toured the world forging relationships with performing and academic institutions to ensure that Fort Worth got a good flow of talent. […]

Sad news: Cancer claims eminent Russian pianist, 69

6 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

We regret to report the death of Pavel Egorov, head of piano at the St Petersburg Conervatoire and an international authority on Schumann. He has been suffering from cancer for some time. Boris Bloch writes: Pavel Egorov was my classmate not only at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory but also a fellow student of Tatjana Nikolaeva […]

The week ahead in L.A. classical music, July 23-30: The 20th iPalpiti Festival and more

iPalpiti Orchestral Ensemble of International Laureates Works by Schubert and Mahler. Soka Performing Arts Center, 1 University Dr., Aliso Viejo. Sun., 2 p.m. $29-$39. (949) 480-4278. SummerFest 17 Piano Trio Céleste performs works by Beethoven, Mozart, et al., in this Music Guild presentation....

Extraordinary 1941 video of the first two Soviet prizewinners

8 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Emil Gilels and Yakov Flier playing Isaac Albeniz’s Navarra in an arrangement for two pianos. The pair had been the first Soviet pianists to win international piano competitions – Vienna 1936 (second and first) and Queen Elisabeth competition in 1938 (first and third).

Juilliard Pianist Wins Prestigious Monk Competition

8 months agoArts : Arts & Academe

Kris Bowers bows to the audience after performing in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition. He took home first prize. (Brendan Hoffman/WireImage--Photo at NPR.org) Juilliard pianist Kris Bowers, a second-year master...Show More Summary

'The Leeds' expands

8 months agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

The Leeds International Piano Competition is gearing up for 2018, and applications have recently opened for next year's competition. Under its new artistic directors Paul Lewis and Adam Gatehouse, 'The Leeds' has announced some interesting developments. Show More Summary

Death of a festival founder

9 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

We hear from Tel Aviv that the singer Annette Celine died there this morning at the age of 78. Annette was the daughter of the international pianist Felicja Blumenthal. She founded the Felicja Blumental piano competition in 1999 and reissued many of her mother’s recordings on the Brana label.

A Brit at the Cliburn

I nearly went to the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition this year, but there were a few scheduling clashes. so I'm missing the fun, to say nothing of the Texas margaritas. There is, however, a splendid alternative: live streaming, plus watch-on-demand afterwards. Show More Summary

One competition dies, another is born

9 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Last night, Cincinnati shuts the doors on the oldest annual piano competition in the US. This morning, Vancouver announces ‘the 2017 Vancouver International Music Competition to celebrate Canada 150’. The announcement haplessly fails to say what they are cometing for. We understand it’s piano, voice and strings. Here’s the text: We are proud to announce […]

Are Koreans winning competitions by numbers?

9 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

The International Maj Lind Piano Competition in Helsinki, Finland, has selected 44 pianists from 195 applicants. They come from 16 countries: South Korea (10 competitors), Finland (6), United States (5), Russia (4), China (3), Germany (3), Indonesia (2), Israel (2), Italy (2), Spain (1), Georgia (1), Great Britain (1), Canada (1), Norway (1), Ukraine (1) and […]

Cliburn adds a new contestant

9 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Nikita Abrosimov, 28, of Russia, was added today to the contestants in the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, May 25–June 10, 2017, at Fort Worth’s Bass Performance Hall. He replaces Mehdi Ghazi of Algeria and Canada, who has withdrawn from the competition. No reason given.

Murray Perahia joins Leeds Piano Competition

10 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

The London-based American pianist, who won the competition in 1972, has agreed to become its president. Release below. press release: The Leeds International Piano Competition is delighted to announce that Murray Perahia KBE has accepted an invitation to become its new Patron, succeeding Dame Janet Baker, who stepped down after the 2015 Competition. His tenure […]

Just in: Martha Argerich to make Cleveland debut

10 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

After more than half a century of concert life, the great pianist is coming for the first time to Severance Hall. But not to play with the Cleveland Orchestra. She will be presented by the Cleveland International Piano Competition in a piano duo performance with her friend Sergei Babayan on Monday, October 30, at 7:30 […]

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