The New York Times: Watch Ping-Pong Make Its New York Philharmonic Debut with Maestro Long Yu

The New York Times: Watch Ping-Pong Make Its New York Philharmonic Debut with Maestro Long Yu

Michael Landers and Ariel Hsing, table tennis champions in their early 20s, are featured as the Ping-Pong-playing soloists in Andy Akiho’s energetic concerto “Ricochet,” which will have its American premiere on Tuesday as part of the Philharmonic’s Lunar New Year gala. And yes, this is the first time a Ping-Pong table has been onstage at David Geffen Hall.

The San Diego Union-Tribune: Meyers triumphs in Schoenberg concerto

The San Diego Union-Tribune: Meyers triumphs in Schoenberg concerto

The program’s highlight — the world premiere of a new violin concerto by 38-year old Adam Schoenberg — was something way out of the ordinary. Commissioned by and written in honor of San Diego native Anne Akiko Meyers, this meditation on age and memory (its title is “Orchard in Fog”) stands a good chance of entering the standard repertory, for it combines evocative tone painting with complex technical demands (like playing on the violin’s highest strings, where faulty intonation is ruthlessly exposed).

Pizzicato: Shanghai Isaac Stern Competition Announces Record Number of Applicants

Pizzicato: Shanghai Isaac Stern Competition Announces Record Number of Applicants

Organizers for the Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition (SISIVC) announced that a total of 174 applicants have been submitted for this year’s edition, an increase of more than 22% from the inaugural competition in 2016 (142 applicants).

Broadway World: Anne Akiko Meyers And San Diego Symphony To Stream World Premiere Of Adam Schoenberg's Violin Concerto

Broadway World: Anne Akiko Meyers And San Diego Symphony To Stream World Premiere Of Adam Schoenberg's Violin Concerto

Superstar violinist Anne Akiko Meyers and the San Diego Symphony will present the world premiere of Adam Schoenberg's Concerto "Orchard in Fog" for Violin and Orchestra. 2018 Grammy-nominated composer, Adam Schoenberg, wrote this work for violinist Anne Akiko Meyers who will perform with Sameer Patel conducting the San Diego Symphony Orchestra in performances Saturday, February 10, 2018, at 8pm and Sunday, February 11 at 2pm.

WQXR: Yeethoven - Great Minds Think Alike: Kanye West vs. Beethoven

WQXR: Yeethoven - Great Minds Think Alike: Kanye West vs. Beethoven

After the success of 2016’s Yeethoven composer and arranger Johan and conductor Yuga Cohler have returned for Yeethoven II, a concert focused on the similarities between the artistry of Kanye West and Ludwig van Beethoven. Besides just having a great name — who wouldn’t want to explore the limits of that wondrous portmanteau — the creators of the project see it as a way to explore the ways in which artists at the top of their game can have a deep impact on the culture beyond their musical influence.

Ridgefield Press: Yuga Cohler takes over as Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra music director

Ridgefield Press: Yuga Cohler takes over as Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra music director

After a search process that spanned two seasons and saw four exceptional finalists conduct concerts before large and enthusiastic audiences, the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra has named Yuga Cohler as the orchestra’s new Music Director.

International Piano: Yekwon Sunwoo at Portland Piano International

International Piano: Yekwon Sunwoo at Portland Piano International

Ever since Yekwon Sunwoo won the Van Cliburn Competition last June, he has been concertizing extensively. Sunwoo showed no signs of jetlag in his performance at Lincoln Concert Hall in Portland, Oregon.

21CM: The Future of Classical Music is... Instagram?

21CM: The Future of Classical Music is... Instagram?

I’ve been thinking about content as the engine behind transforming listening experiences ever since I came across Ray Lustig’s composagram project. These are typically 15-second musical moments set to video and published on Instagram. Lustig developed the project as a “low-stakes creative exercise,” but what sets this project apart is both its integration with technology and the cumulative effect of the pieces.

New York Arts: Haochen Zhang at Carnegie Hall

New York Arts: Haochen Zhang at Carnegie Hall

It is clear that Haochen Zhang is a musician of extraordinary technical mastery and perception. Born in 1990, he is a graduate of the Curtis School of Music, where he studied under Gary Graffman, and winner of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition—no mean credentials!