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!

BBC Music Magazine: Yekwon Sunwoo's Cliburn Gold 2017

BBC Music Magazine: Yekwon Sunwoo's Cliburn Gold 2017

"Superbly assured pianism from the recent winner of the Van Cliburn competition, sensitive in Haydn and full-blown in Ravel’s La Valse." - Rebecca Franks, BBC Music Magazine, Cliburn Gold 2017

Top 17 of '17

8VA's Top 17 of '17

June 16, 2017
New York Times
The Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition gold medalist, Yekwon Sunwoo performs on New York Times' Facebook Livestream.
 

Yekwon Sunwoo New York Times Livestream
Serenade! Festival

June 29, 2017
Agence France-Presse (AFP)
AFP features a story about Serenade! Washington DC Choral Festival, produced by Classical Movements, which is picked up by outlets such as Daily Mail

Prague Summer Nights

July 2017
OperaWire
A feature on Classical Movement's Prague Summer Nights (PSN) in addition to reviews of PSN operas including Die Zauberflöte and  Le Nozze Di Figaro plus more.

Times Square Beijing Music Festival

August 4, 2017
Times Square Billboard
Beijing Music Festival (BMF) and Long Yu featured in Times Square in celebration of BMF's 20th anniversary

November 18, 2017
Haochen Zhang sells out solo recital debut at Carnegie Hall

Haochen performs at sold out Carnegie Hall
Anne Akiko Meyers in BBC Music

January 2018
BBC Music Magazine
Anne Akiko Meyers's performance of Bernstein's Serenade featured in BBC Music Magazine's CD mount.

February 2018
Strings Magazine
Highlights of the 20th Beijing Music Festival in October 2017

Strings Beijing Music Festival

The Strad: Yo-Yo Ma on making artistic connections and raising balanced musicians

The Strad: Yo-Yo Ma on making artistic connections and raising balanced musicians

This month Yo-Yo Ma returns as artistic director of his Chinese education initiative Youth Music Culture Guangdong, a programme that aims to create balanced, astute and connected musicians. Charlotte Smith explores the ideas behind the cellist’s approach

Bachtrack: Variations of tension, energy and contrast with Long Yu and the Hong Kong Phil

Bachtrack: Variations of tension, energy and contrast with Long Yu and the Hong Kong Phil

First, a disclaimer: I have been an admirer of Long Yu’s conducting skills – not that he can do no wrong, but that he can usually make up for it by delivering tension, energy and contrast in whatever is at hand. Friday evening’s collection of variations with the Hong Kong Philharmonic was a case in point.

Time: How a Live Orchestra Is Mashing Up Kanye West and Beethoven

Time: How a Live Orchestra Is Mashing Up Kanye West and Beethoven

Rap icon Kanye West and classical legend Ludwig van Beethoven are, at first glance, polar musical opposites. But one project, dubbed Yeethoven, is bringing their music together in a bi-coastal mash-up concert that cuts through the distance of centuries and styles.