Rudolf Koelman’s legendary phone conversation with Jascha Heifetz – on video
Rudolf Koelman was one of Jascha Heifetz last pupils. In the eighties and nineties, he was one of the major violin talents in the Netherlands. He studied with Herman Krebbers. Later, as a most beloved student of Jascha Heifetz, the god among violinists, he made his international breakthrough. Continue reading Jascha Heifetz “Your mother is not your date”
André Rieu – “Heringe Biete” concerts and Johann Strauss Orchestra
By Irma de Jong
I remember André Rieu and his “Heringe biete” (Maastricht dialect for “to bite a haring”) Concerts that he used to organise around Carnival, in the beginning of the nineties in Maastricht his home town. At that time I was working occasionally at the ticket office of the Theater aan het Vrijthof, the
Continue reading André Rieu – from Pizza Paganini to Johann Strauss Orchestra
Entertainment shows killed by the Internet ?
There are no more entertainment shows as we use to know them… Did this TV entertainment era die? And is it a misfortune, or just another sign of evolution? Let’s start considering how celebrations for New Year’s Eve have decreased, and how celebrations for birthdays, Saturday nights, Carnivals and all traditional feasts have definitely decreased as well, even children are less interested in celebrations anymore.
First of the reasons, as we all know, is that when we were children we used to wait for some important days to achieve something, as a gift, a toy, a book, so conceptually the big feasts were in general Continue reading The Happy ending of TV Entertainment Era
“A great piece of art” Peled serenades with Historic Instrument of Pablo Casals (video)
By Irma de Jong
How the musician and the Pablo Casals cello came together
At a very young age, Amit fell in love with a girl that played the cello. He decided to impress her and started learning this instrument as well. His parents gave him a cassette tape of a famous cellist and with those beautiful sounds, he fell asleep every night, Continue reading Pablo Casals’ Cello played by Amit Peled
One of the most complete and unique Fender Guitar collections in the world.
Recognised by the Fender Factory
By Gianriccardo Pera
Everyone who’s passionate about electric guitars knows what Fender is, and what it represents for music. Fender represents the concept of the guitar itself and has a distinct sound which for hundreds of players, thousands of fans and many millions of simple citizens contained a message which was accompanying the rhythm of their whole lives, resounding in their minds in the happiest moment as well as in their odds. Now I’m proud to present a really unique Fender Vintage Guitar Instruments Collection and Equipment, It includes more than 120 instruments, amplifiers and gadgets and is recognised by the Fender Factory itself.
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Classic song “Amado Mio” arranged for piano and cello
By Irma de Jong
Fulvia Mancini developed the special idea of re-arranging this song by the Italian composer Beddini. “Amado Mio” is a song from the classic 1946 film noir Gilda, written by Doris Fisher and Allan Roberts . The piece was lip- synched by Rita Hayworth and sung by Anita Kert Ellis. Grace Jones’s rendition of the song on her 1989 album Bulletproof Heart is the most well known. The idea of creating a bridge between classic and modern
Continue reading “Amado Mio” romantic and dark side of love
Classical Music Still Matters?
by Paul Cassarly
Not too long ago, less than a century, in fact, classical music was still a popular genre. More children played instruments, more people attended symphonic performances regularly, and music, in general, was much more wholesome and focused on solving problems while feeding the soul. Continue reading Classical Music Still Matters?
John Philip Sousa (1854-1932), also known as ‘The March King’ is considered being the first composer of classical music born in the USA. During his lifetime, he was a very popular American musician and interesting enough he started his musical career playing the violin! Continue reading John Philip Sousa, The March King
Feldenkrais specialist Uri Vardi about his passion and motivation to help musicians all over the world develop themselves holistic
The Feldenkrais method is a very efficient method for auto training, based on the awareness of our motor schemes and reorganizing of muscle reactions to achieve a full-range connection between mind and body. Continue reading Uri Vardi Feldenkrais specialist: “My Teaching Philosophy”
Paganini’s Portrait – Classical Music and Painting as sister Art forms
by Irma de Jong
Where do we find similarities between classical music and the art of painting? We take inspiration of an oil portrait of Niccolo Paganini, based on a drawing of Ingres and immortalized by Scott E. Bartner, American portrait painter living in Maastricht, the Netherlands. Scott Bartner just recently won the Dutch Portrait Price 2019 (Nederlandse Portret Prijs). We spoke to him about his relation to Paganini and other classical music composers and his passion for painting great artists. Continue reading Paganini’s Portrait by Scott Bartner – Classical Music and Painting