AsLiCo – the Oldest European Opera Contest in Italy

La Bella Italia and its Lyrical Patrimonium

AsLiCo – 70 years of promoting Young Opera Singers

Italy is known as the cradle of Opera and Lyrical singing. No wonder that it is famous for hosting so many important and known singing contests. The history of the Eurovision Song Contest, for example, began with an idea of Sergio Pugliese, of the Italian television RAI, and then later approved by Marcel Bezençon of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). The contest was based on the Italian Sanremo Music Festival and was designed to test the limits of live television broadcast technology. Continue reading AsLiCo – the Oldest European Opera Contest in Italy

Supporting the next generation of classical musicians

Meet Musica con le Ali; supporting the next generation of classical musicians

They still exist; benefactors in the classical music world. People with a big heart and passion for Art & Music. People that care about supporting young talent. In Italy, the association “Musica con le Ali” (music with “wings to take flight”) was created in 2016, by Carlo Hruby and his family. This Association supports the best young Italian talents in classical music to give them tools and opportunities for professional growth and visibility, as an impressive start or boost of their career. We spoke to Carlo Hruby about his passion and determination.  Continue reading Supporting the next generation of classical musicians

Harbin and Schoenfeld International String Competition; a City of Music to discover!

Harbin and Schoenfeld International String Competition; a City of Music to discover!

As a modern city, Harbin has more than 100 years of history barely. However, this growing city has an affinity with music. Accompanied by music, Harbin has always been musically developing and expanding. Since five years, it’s the home for the Schoenfeld International String Competition. Continue reading Harbin and Schoenfeld International String Competition; a City of Music to discover!

Social mania; everything for a like

Social mania; everything for a like

by Irma de Jong

How far do we allow social media to determine our lives, or, even taking over? In this article, we dive into the world of the likes, the ones that make a living out of Instagram, Facebook and YouTube, and we research which classical music artists walk forefront.  Continue reading Social mania; everything for a like

How a classical musician ended up recording E-Cello on CD

“Stagioni” E-Cello improvisations by Mayke Rademakers

Classical musician Mayke Rademakers recorded her first CD with the E-Cello and a loop station. The CD “Stagioni” was released in February 2018 on Challenge Records and has a daring combination of Hildegard von Bingen, Sephardic folk, blues, minimal music and elements from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. We spoke with Mayke about her struggle, challenge, motivation and inspiration to record this new project in her classical musician life. Continue reading How a classical musician ended up recording E-Cello on CD

POPPER HIGH SCHOOL OF CELLO PLAYING ETUDES 1 & 6

POPPER HIGH SCHOOL OF CELLO PLAYING ETUDES 1 & 6

by Gianriccardo Pera

A real cornerstone for every cellist, to be watched and learned with great attention. In the Popper cello playing etudes, Dmitry Yablonsky shows how to practice and master crucial elements like anticipation, preparation of the upcoming bow angle, arm elevation, large jumps from C to A string, and of course left-hand preparation as a complement to the bowing. No cellist can miss such a fundamental acknowledge! Continue reading POPPER HIGH SCHOOL OF CELLO PLAYING ETUDES 1 & 6

Visit Venice and its hidden free of tourists spots

Visit Venice and its hidden free of tourists spots

A mission impossible? Not if you walk with locals!

by Irma de Jong

Venice is known for many things; the greatness of its settings, architecture, and artwork. It’s like walking in one big open-air museum and not having enough eyes to capture its endless beauty of buildings, churches, palaces and little squares. Many famous people lived in Venice like Marco Polo and Antonio Vivaldi and we lost count of all those who wrote in admiration of the “La Serenissima”  Continue reading Visit Venice and its hidden free of tourists spots

Young Musicians Now Seek Learning Variety

Young Musicians Now Seek Learning Variety

by Paul Cassarly

It’s no secret that every successful musician in the world has had at least one influential teacher in their life. However, it also isn’t surprising to learn that the world’s best musicians have had multiple teachers throughout their career.  So why do private teachers insist that their students only listen to them?  Continue reading Young Musicians Now Seek Learning Variety

New crossroads on and beyond musical paths – Part II

Cutting edges of violin playing  

Last week we wrote about Malwina Sosnowksi and her adventures in Brazil. When she returned to Switzerland she found herself within 10 days ending up booking a flight to New Delhi and heading off to beautiful India. This time as a backpacker and attached to it, an old and modest but playable violin inside a very moderate but light violin case, both perfectly fitting her violin playing plans for the coming two months. Continue reading New crossroads on and beyond musical paths – Part II

Composer Michael Fine, Grammy Award winning producer

Interview with Grammy Award winning producer Fine about composing

We asked composer Michael Fine: when did you discover your vocation for composing:
“I began composing four years ago. Although the act of composition was prompted by my wife’s diagnosis with Multiple Myeloma and her suggestion that I do something ‘creative,’ it was also the logical next step after a lifetime love for music which began in early childhood listening to recordings with my grandfather, a half-century as a clarinetist, Continue reading Composer Michael Fine, Grammy Award winning producer

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