Inesa Sinkevych: The Piano Music of Schubert

December 1st, 2012 by Peter McDowell No comments »
December 1, 2012toDecember 31, 2012

New York City based Ukrainian-born pianist Inesa Sinkevych announces the release of The Piano Music of Schubert. This CD, available on iTunes and, explores some of Schubert’s lesser-known piano works.

Although Franz Schubert’s output for solo piano was extensive, only a surprisingly small portion of Schubert’s piano output has become familiar to most audiences.  In addition to 11 complete piano sonatas, he produced numerous shorter works -impromptus, musical moments, fantasies, variations, sonata movements, and more than fifty opuses of dance forms, including écossaises, ländler and waltzes. With this recording of works from between 1818-1828, pianist Inesa Sinkevych seeks to shine new light on both better-known works alongside less frequently heard gems.  The CD includes the charming 12 German Dances, D.790; the Hungarian Melody, D.817, a “tamed” Magyar dance; the F Minor Impromptu, D.935, combining Hungarian flavor with the increased expression of the mature Schubert; the Adagio in E Major, D.612, with a simple enchanting melody from the 21-year-old composer; and the A Major Sonata, D. 959, the second of three last sonatas which Schubert composed shortly before his death.

According to pianist Inesa Sinkevych: “I have always felt a special affinity to the simplicity, openness, and beauty of Schubert’s music.  Its profound sincerity and earnestness captivate my heart and mind, and urge me to explore his compositions further and further. My colleagues and audiences alike have remarked that the special connection I feel for Schubert’s music translates in my performances. This repertoire allows me to express myself in profound and complete ways, while I contribute to the continuing revival of Franz Schubert’s piano music.”

A laureate of the 12th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition, Ukrainian-born pianist Inesa Sinkevych has also won first prizes in the Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona and at the Concurso Internacional de Piano Premio “Jaén” in Spain, as well as awards in the Minnesota International Yamaha Piano-e-Competition, the Vianna da Motta and the Porto international competitions in Portugal, the Casagrande International Competition in Italy, the Panama International Competition and the the Cidade del Ferrol and the Spanish Composers competitions in Spain. Inesa Sinkevych has been praised for her “intense, thrilling and sophisticated playing” (General-Anzeiger, Germany) and her “rich cantabile” (Ritmo, Spain). As soloist she has appeared with the Israel Philharmonic, the Minnesota Symphony, the Gulbenkian Orchestra of Lisbon, the Gran Canaria Philharmonic of Spain, the Porto Symphony of Portugal and the Tenerife Symphony of the Canary Islands. She has performed as recitalist, chamber player and orchestral soloist at the Mann Auditorium in Tel Aviv, the Purcell Room in London’s Royal Festival Hall, the Minnesota’s Orchestra Hall, the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, the Hong Kong City Hall and the Great Hall of the Centro Cultural de Belém in Lisbon. She has also performed at international summer festivals in France and Spain. Recent performances include appearances at Merkin Concert Hall in New York, Bar Harbor Music Festival, Dame Myra Hess Concert Series in Chicago and a tour of China that included performances in Shanghai, Beijing, Shenyang and Guangzhou. Inesa Sinkevych began her piano studies at the Kharkov Special Music School in her native Ukraine with Victor Makarov and later studied with Alexander Volkov at the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel Aviv. A scholarship from the America–Israel Cultural Foundation enabled her to further her studies with Solomon Mikowsky in the United States, where she received her Master of Music degree at the Chicago College of Performing Arts and her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Manhattan School of Music. Ms. Sinkevych has been a member of the piano faculty at the Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Division since 2008. She has been recently appointed as Associate Teacher of Solomon Mikowsky at the school’s College Division.

Pianist Inna Faliks Plays Beethoven, Schumann, Shchedrin, and Ljova

November 24th, 2012 by helen No comments »
December 2, 2012
4:00 pm
4:00 pm
Pianist Inna Faliks will appear in the Brooklyn Public Library’s free Classical Interludes Series,on Sunday, December 2, 2012, 4 pm at the Central Library, Dweck Center, Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn. The mixed program will include works by Beethoven, Schumann, Shchedrin, and Lev “Ljova” Zhurbin.  For more information, visit or call 718-638-1531.
Program will include:
Shchedrin Basso Ostinato
Beethoven Polonaise in C op 89
Beethoven Sonata op 111 in c minor
Ljova “Sirota”, written for Inna Faliks in 2011
Schumann Davidsbundlertanze op. 6
Pianist Inna Faliks has set herself apart in thousands of performances as a sincere, communicative and direct performer whose virtuosity, power and risk taking serve the depth, intelligence and poetry of her interpretations. Inna’s command of standard solo and concerto repertoire is highlighted by her love of rare and new music, and interdisciplinary and audience-involving programs and lectures. These include her award winning Music/Words, where she alternates music with readings by contemporary poets, her program of piano music of the poet Boris Pasternak (on MSR Classics Sound of Verse, which drew comparisons to Argerich and Cliburn), 13 Ways of Looking at the Goldberg – new variations on Bach’s Aria , music of women composers, and many other programs. She makes sure to present programs that include both beloved crowd pleasers and music that is new and challenging, creating an adventurous, moving and involving experience for the audience. She is a musical omnivore. Faliks debuted as a teenager with the Chicago Symphony and at the Gilmore Festival to rave reviews, and has been exciting and moving audiences worldwide since then.
Children under the age of 6 will not be admitted. This series is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

28th Annual Music Festival in Honor of Confucius

November 19th, 2012 by helen No comments »
December 2, 2012
3:00 pm

Chicago’s Chinese Fine Arts Society presents the winners of the 28th Annual Music Festival in Honor of Confucius in concert. Program highlights include pieces from the music festival’s Chinese repertoire and “Romance of Hsia and Ch’in” for cello and piano by Chen Yi. The concert will take place on December 2 at 3 pm in Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 East Washington Street. Admission is free.

The Music Festival in Honor of Confucius introduces participants to the rich heritage of Chinese music through competitions and scholarships. Every fall, hundreds of young musicians perform Chinese music selected from the required repertoire, as well as a western piece of their choosing, for a panel of judges. The top scoring performers in each age category play in the annual Winners Concert at prestigious Preston Bradley Hall in the Chicago Cultural Center. Alumni of this popular program have gone on to attend music conservatories, and many have developed successful professional music careers.

2012 First Place Winners: Jack Boettcher, cello; Derek Chung, piano; Kimiko Darcy, piano; Kai Dizon, cello; Vivian Jin, piano; Masha Lakisova, violin; Sophia Li, piano; Christi Park, violin; Linda Wang, violin; Hannah White, violin; Yerin Yang, piano; Josiah Yoo, cello; Ganev-Kaler Duo.

Pianist Jenny Q Chai “Dissects” Marco Stroppa

November 19th, 2012 by helen No comments »
December 3, 2012
7:30 pm

Recently compared to pianists Pierre-Laurent Aimard and David Greilsammer by New York Times reviewers Anthony Tommasini and Vivien Schweitzer in reviews of her appearances at New York’s Carnegie Hall and Le Poisson Rouge, pianist Jenny Q Chai presents her lecture-recital “Dissecting Stroppa” – An Analysis of “Innige Cavatina” from Miniature Estrose by Marco Stroppa — on Monday Dec. 3rd, 7:30 PM, at Miller Hall, Manhattan School of Music, 120 Claremont Avenue, in New York City. Tel: 212 749 2802. Free Admission.

In this groundbreaking performance mixing academics with theater, Chai, wearing a doctor’s lab coat, will “dissect Stroppa” and in particular, his recent work, “Innige Cavatina” from the collection Miniature Estrose. Chai met the composer Marco Stroppa in Darmstadt, Germany five years ago, and she was immediately enthralled by his music. The two kept in touch musically, and Stroppa introduced Chai to Pierre-Laurent Aimard, with whom she has studied for two years. This lecture-recital is taking place as part of Jenny Q Chai’s D.M.A. thesis and dissertation on Stroppa.

For her debut at Zankel Hall, pianist Jenny Q Chai was praised by the New York Times’ Anthony Tommasini for her “resourceful technique and sensitivity” as well as playing that is “admirable for its refinement and directness.” Of her performance at the Keys to the Future Festival, Zachary Woolfe wrote, also in the New York Times: “Jenny Q Chai opened the concert playing two of Ligeti’s Études with rich tone and rhythmic clarity; especially strong was her “Cordes à vide.” Chai is an active pianist specializing in contemporary music, and in addition to Carnegie Hall, Jenny has played at New York venues such as Roulette, Symphony Space, the Stone and recently made her Chicago debut playing Schumann’s Kreisleriana at the Dame Myra Hess Series. Recipient of the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust’s 2011 Pianist/Composer Commissioning Project, first prize winner of the Keys to the Future Contemporary Solo Piano Festival, and recipient of the DAAD Arts and Performance award in 2010, Chai has premiered, most notably, Life Sketches and Five Pieces (for Jenny Q Chai) by Nils Vigeland, Intimate Rejection by Ashley Fu-Tsun Wang, Messiaen’s Canteyodjaya (China premiere) and Marco Stroppa’s Innige Cavatina (US premiere). Chai has also premiered “Marriage (Mile 58) Section F” from The Road by Frederick Rzewski in Ghent, Belgium, where she was given the Logos Award for the best performance of 2008. Chai played the first contemporary solo piano concert in China this June at the National Performing Arts Center in Beijing; and she recently had the privilege of introducing the concept of prepared piano to a Chinese audience, with the world premiere of Mallet Dance by John Slover, in Shanghai Concert Hall. She has recently lectured at NYU, Manhattan School of Music, and in Shanghai at Fu Dan University and at FaceArt Music InterNations.

Composer, researcher and professor, Marco Stroppa was born in Verona, Italy, and has composed for both acoustical instruments and new media. His repertoire includes works for concerts, one music drama, two radio operas and various special projects. He often groups several works around large cycles exploring specific compositional projects, such as a series of concertos for instrument and a spatialized orchestra or ensemble inspired by poems of W.B. Yeats, a book of Miniature Estrose, seven pieces for solo piano, a cycle of works for solo instrument and chamber electronic music inspired by poems of e. e. cummings, and two string quartets. He has worked as a composer and researcher, and teacher at IRCAM (where he was selected by Pierre Boulez to be the director of Musical Research starting in 1987), and he founded the composition and computer music workshop at the International Bartók Festival in Szombathély, Hungary. He taught composition at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris and Lyon and since 1999 he has been full professor of composition and computer music at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart. He studied at the Conservatories of Verona, Milan and Venice and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship. Among Stroppa’s significant pedagogical contributions is a masterclass in composition and interpretation with pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris in 1988.

Musica Pacifica Northern California Season

November 1st, 2012 by helen No comments »
November 11, 2012
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November 30, 2012
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December 1, 2012
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December 2, 2012
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San Francisco’s Sizzling Baroque Ensemble Announces Fall 2012 Northern California Season


Having recently wowed the crowds at the 2012 Berkeley Festival with “300 Years On – A Dance Collection from the Reign of Louis XIV,” Baroque ensemble Musica Pacifica, is pleased to present concerts in Stockton, Palo Alto, Berkeley and San Francisco on November 11, 30, and December 1 -2, 2012. Concerts will feature Judith Linsenberg, recorder; Elizabeth Blumenstock, violin; Josh Lee, viola da gamba; Charles Sherman (Nov. 30-Dec. 2), Katherine Heater (Nov. 11) organ & harpsichord; Nov. 30, Dec 1-2 concerts also include guests Clara Rottsolk, soprano; and Washington McClain, oboe.


Friends of Chamber Music
“Continental Breakfast”: Music by Bach, Vivaldi, Rameau, Telemann, Falconieri, Castello, Handel, and English Country Dances. 

Sunday, November 11, 2012, 2:30 PM
Faye Spanos Concert Hall, UOP Conservatory of Music, Stockton, CA
Tickets $10-25. Visit for tickets and information

San Francisco Early Music Society (SFEMS): Noël, Noël! — Christmas Music from 18th-century Italy, France and Germany

Friday, November 30, 8pm
First Lutheran Church, 600 Homer St. at Webster, Palo Alto, CA

Saturday, December 1, 7:30pm
First Congregational Church, Dana St. between Durant & Channing, Berkeley, CA

Sunday, December 2, 7:30pm
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell St., San Francisco, CA

Tickets $12-35. Visit for tickets and information

More on Noël, Noël! — Christmas Music from 18th-century Italy, France and Germany: In a refreshing change from the usual holiday fare, Musica Pacifica presents a wide variety of Christmas music from 18th-century Italy, France, and Germany. The ravishing “Christmas Cantata” of Alessandro Scarlatti, heartfelt arias from Bach’s cantatas, virtuosic chamber works of Vivaldi and Telemann, and familiar carols in unusual settings, arranged by Musica Pacifica, are featured in this program celebrating the spiritual and festive moods of the season. Works by Vivaldi, Heinrich Biber, Michel Delalande and Claude Daquin, D. Scarlatti, Telemann, and Boismortier will be featured along with arrangements of traditional Christmas Carols.

Described by the press as “some of the finest baroque musicians in America” (American Record Guide) and “among the best in the world” (Alte Musik Aktuell), Musica Pacifica performs 17th- and 18th-century music on varying combinations of recorder, violin, cello/gamba, harpsichord, and percussion. Their very recent Dancing in the Isles CD has continued to get rave reviews from music journals all over the world, including American Record Guide; the German magazine Concerto; Early Music Today from the UK, and the prestigious Gramophone from the UK, who called it “one of the zestiest recordings of recent vintage to present works that once had them dancing and listening with joy.” The online journal, musica Dei donum said: “The playing is first-rate: full of bounce, stylish, and technically immaculate.”

Core Members of Musica Pacifica perform with Philharmonia Baroque and American Bach Soloists, and also appear with prominent early music ensembles nationally and abroad. They have performed on such prestigious concert series as The Frick Collection and Music Before 1800 (NYC), the Getty Museum (LA), Tage Alter Musik (Regensburg), Cleveland Art Museum, and the Berkeley Early Music Festival (four times), among others. They have performed at festivals in Germany and Austria and have been featured on German National radio as well as on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today” and “Harmonia.” Musica Pacifica’s eight CD releases on the Virgin Classics, Dorian, and Solimar labels have won national and international awards, including Chamber Music America/WQXR’s 2003 Record Award, being featured on Minnesota Public Radio, and being chosen as “CD of the Month” by the early music journal Alte Musik Aktuell (Regensburg). Full bios of all musicians are at