The Star: Honens Piano Festival Makes a Splash in Calgary

The Star
William Littler

William Littler of The Star calls the 2019 Honens Piano Festival “…a four-day celebration of the perennially popular keyboard instrument.” To read his glowing reviews of all pianists involved, click here.

South Florida Classical Review: Schwarz Opens a New Era at UM Frost with Impressive Debut

South Florida Classical Debut
Lawrence Budman

As the new director of University of Miami’s Frost Symphony Orchestra, Gerard Schwarz led the first concert of the season with much success. Lawrence Budman of the South Florida Classical Debut notes that Schwarz brought the students to a new level of playing, shining a bright light on the future of the orchestra. To read the full review, click here.

Calgary Herald: Honens Festival 2019 – Nicolas Namoradze dazzles on piano

Calgary Herald: Honens Festival 2019 – Nicolas Namoradze dazzles on piano

Hot on the heels of the week-long Banff International String Quartet Competition comes the Honens Festival 2019, the September festival of piano-related events that takes place in the years between competitions. As is frequently the case, one of the main events is a solo concert by the winner of the previous competition, in this instance pianist Nicolas Namoradze, now a resident of the New York area.

BBC Radio 3 In Tune: Marc-André Hamelin

BBC Radio 3 In Tune: Marc-André Hamelin

Marc-André Hamelin visits the BBC Radio 3 studios to discuss his upcoming performance at the BBC Proms premiering Ryan Wigglesworth’s piano concerto and he performs his Toccata on L'Homme Armé among other works.

Minnesota Public Radio: Pianist Haochen Zhang offers a fresh take on Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev

Minnesota Public Radio: Pianist Haochen Zhang offers a fresh take on Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev

Chinese American pianist Haochen Zhang became a gold medalist and a first prize winner of the 13th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. At age 19, he was one of the youngest winners in the competition. Ten years later, Haochen has just released his second recording. It features Tchaikovsky's powerful Piano Concerto No. 1 and the work he performed in the final round of the Cliburn Competition: Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 2.

WFMT: Watch violinist Anne Akiko Meyers perform Bach and Gounod’s Ave Maria

WFMT: Watch violinist Anne Akiko Meyers perform Bach and Gounod’s Ave Maria

Bach and Gounod's Ave Maria has always held a special place in violinist Anne Akiko Meyers' repertoire: she grew up playing the beloved work. "It's just one of the most beautiful pieces," Meyers shared during her August 16 Impromptu performance with pianist Marta Aznavoorian. Meyers visited WFMT ahead of her Sunday evening performance of Barber's Piano Concerto at Ravinia Festival with the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra.