KUSC: Behind the Festival Uniting Classical and Electronic Music

KUSC:  Behind the Festival Uniting Classical and Electronic Music

The worlds of classical and electronic music come together this weekend in Little Tokyo. It’s all part of a concert and community arts festival hosted by the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Chamber Orchestra and dreamed up by YMF music director Yuga Cohler and composer Stefan Cwik. The event will combine the music of Igor Stravinsky, Benjamin Britten, and LA-based DJ and electronic musician Flying Lotus in a unique concert experience.

Quarterfinalists Announced for the 2nd Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition

Quarterfinalists Announced for the 2nd Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition

The Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition (SISIVC) has announced the 36 quarterfinalists invited to participate in the live competition rounds in Shanghai beginning August 10, 2018. The candidates were chosen from a total of 174 applicants and hail from ten countries.

Playbill: Shanghai Quartet Performs in Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society's Winter Festival

Playbill: Shanghai Quartet Performs in Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society's Winter Festival

Finckel is especially excited about the Shanghai Quartet, which performs in the final concert of the festival, the program originally played on March 26, 1827 (March 27). “The Shanghai really is as fine a string quartet as one can hear. I’m very gratified that they’re coming to do this,” he says. There’s another notable aspect of this particular program: Beethoven died the same day.

BBC Music Magazine: Yeethoven - Kanye Hear Us, Ludwig?

BBC Music Magazine: Yeethoven - Kanye Hear Us, Ludwig?

Beethoven and Kanye West are not two names you'd expect on the same concert bill, let alone spliced together. But conductor Yuga Cohler and his Young Musicians Foundation Debut Chamber Orchestra have had other ideas.

International Piano: One to Watch - Yekwon Sunwoo

International Piano: One to Watch - Yekwon Sunwoo

First prize-winner at last year's Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, South Korean pianist Yekwon Sunwoo has a wise head on him for one so young, building a busy international career with care and consideration. Stephen Wigler talks to a pianist who is devotes to learning even as he excels as a master of his instrument.

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.

Dominican Violinist Aisha Syed Makes NYC Debut at Carnegie Hall

Dominican Violinist Aisha Syed Makes NYC Debut at Carnegie Hall

Young Dominican violinist, Aisha Syed, debuts in New York City at Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, on February 27th at 8pm. The performance marks one of the first on her “Golden Land World Tour” which takes her to 14 countries across the Americas, Europe, and Asia - including her homeland of the Dominican Republic. The Dominican Heritage and Culture Society, based in New York, presents the concert to commemorate the 174th Anniversary of Dominican Independence.

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).