Strings: Yuga Cohler on Forging a Career as a Conductor in Classical Music

Strings: Yuga Cohler on Forging a Career as a Conductor in Classical Music

Yuga Cohler is on a mission to disrupt the classical-music establishment. And he already has its attention. The 28-year-old conductor, who debuts as the music director at Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra (RSO) on May 5, gained international prominence last year with his project Yeethoven, an orchestral concert comparing the works of Beethoven and Kanye West that culminated in a sold-out show at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in January.

Yale School of Music Graduate Student Ji Su Jung Wins Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Competition

Yale School of Music Graduate Student Ji Su Jung Wins Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Competition

Performing E. Séjourné’s Concerto for Marimba and Strings, marimbist Ji Su Jung (a member of The Percussion Collective) won the 43rd annual Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Competition, which earned her a gold medal, a $25,000 prize and a solo performance at Jones Hall with the Houston Symphony at the Donor and Subscriber Appreciation Concert on Wednesday, July 11 at 7:30 p.m. under the direction of Associate Conductor Robert Franz.

Blogcritics: Concert Review with Julian Schwarz and Marika Bournaki

Blogcritics: Concert Review with Julian Schwarz and Marika Bournaki

Cellist Julian Schwarz and pianist Marika Bournaki presented an eye-opening survey of a fascinating and mostly neglected 20th-century musical movement at the Center for Jewish History on May 22.

The Strad Cover – June 2018

The Strad Cover – June 2018

The second part of Terry Borman’s detailed examination of Anne Akiko Meyers’ violin, ‘Vieuxtemps’ Guarneri ‘Del Gesù’, with contributions from experts in the latest technologies, investigating acoustics, dendrochronology, varnish analysis and plate thicknesses.

21CM: Gerard Schwarz Premiere

21CM: Gerard Schwarz Premiere

This concert features the world premiere of Gerard Schwarz’s latest duo for violin and cello alongside the New York premieres of his first two duos. These will be played by Schwarz’s son, cellist Julian, and Bargemusic’s president, violinist Mark Peskanov. Pianist Misha Dichter joins for a Schubert trio.

Blogcritics: Cellist Julian Schwarz on Joachim Stutschewsky and 20th-Century Jewish Music

Blogcritics: Cellist Julian Schwarz on Joachim Stutschewsky and 20th-Century Jewish Music

Julian Schwarz spoke with us about his approach to playing Stutschewsky and other 20th-century music, the preparation for this unique concert program, and his interest in “music of Jewish connection.”