Congratulations to the semi-finalists named Wednesday in the Montreal International Violin Competition!
Chosen from 23 violinists from around the world, the 12 semi-finalists are:
You can find their bios and full programs on this page.Comments (2)
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Violinist Sarah Chang to perform with the Hollywood Chamber Orchestra 7/23: The Hollywood Chamber Orchestra is excited to announce that violinist Sarah Chang will join conductor Lucas Richman in a program of Piazzolla, Tchaikovsky, and John Williams on Saturday, July 23, at the Montalban Theater in Hollywood. Tickets: (323) 461-6999 or www.themontalban.com (Ad)
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Having the right pianist for your performance, whether its a solo recital, studio recital, audition or other event, can make all the difference in the world. A good pianist will be supportive, sensitive to your musical impulses and able to inspire a few new ideas as well. When you find this kind of pianist to collaborate with you or your students, treat him or her like gold!
Here are a few tips:
Treat your pianist like a collaborator and not a hired hand.
Sure, you are probably hiring a pianist, but this is not like buying a CD or paying for your dishwasher to be repaired. You are paying for their time and expertise, and then you will work together to make something of it. The world has even changed to reflect this distinction: "My major was in Piano Accompanying, now they call it Keyboard Collaborative Arts," said my friend Jeanina Quezada, a collaborative pianist (and once my kids' Music Together teacher). "If anything, they are finally taking it more seriously, just by the name change."
Pianists of an earlier generation had to tolerate a lot of disrespect, frankly. Quezada's teacher told of the days when singers "would put the pianist behind a palm tree, on stage!" I'd like to think we string players would never have done such a thing. But make sure you are not inadvertently making your pianist invisible or taking his or her work for granted, that instead you are acknowledging and appreciating them. Keep reading...Comments (2)
In an effort to promote the coverage of live violin performance, Violinist.com each week presents links to reviews of notable concerts and recitals around the world.
Thomas Zehetmair performed Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3 with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.
Bella Hristova performed Piazzolla's The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires with the Columbus Symphony.
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