Archive pour May, 2010

Finalists of the MIMC with orchestra starting on Tuesday

30 May 2010

The six finalists of the MIMC will have to play all or nothing Tuesday and Wednesday nights in the concerto round of the competition. They will be accompanied by the Orchestre métropolitain, under the direction of Jean-Philippe Tremblay.

Tuesday June 1, we’ll hear Nikita BORISOGLEBSKY from Russia and Jaeyoung KIM from South Korea in Brahms’ Concerto and Benjamin BEILMAN from the United States in Sibelius’ Concerto. Wednesday, just before the jury’s final deliberation, Kyoko YONEMOTO from Japan in Paganini’s Concerto No. 1, Korbinian ALTENBERGER from Germany in Shostakovich’s Concerto No. 1 and Noah BENDIX-BALGLEY from the United States in Brahms’ Concerto to perform.

This afternoon and tonight, you are invited to attend masterclasses by two members of the jury: Rodney Friend and Patrice Fontanarosa, at the Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur.

MIMC: and the semi-finalists are…

28 May 2010

It is last night, after jury deliberation, that the names of the 12 violonists to advance to the semi-finals stage of the competition were revealed. The two Canadian, Bosom MO (first candidate to be heard tonight) and Nikki CHOOI, are still in the running.

Also on this very select list: Jaeyoung KIM and In Mo YANG from South Korea, Fabiola H. KIM, Noah BENDIX-BALGLEY, Benjamin BEILMAN and Luke HSU from the United States, Nikita BORISOGLEBSKY from Russia, Kristi GJEZI from France, Korbinian ALTENBERGER from Germany and Kyoko YONEMOTO from Japan.

You missed a recital? No problem. You can access them on line on Espace Musique…

Pachelbel Rant

27 May 2010

Those who know me are well aware that Pachelbel’s Canon is not exactly my favourite piece of music, mainly because it has been so overplayed and I have grown very tired of multiple “new age” variations, all bordering on the unbearable. So, yes, I must admit I was laughing like mad when I viewed this hilarious – but so realistic – stand-up comic number on the (in)famous piece.

MIMC gets on its way this afternoon

25 May 2010

Canadian violonist Bosom Mo is the first of the 23 violonists to perform this afternoon at 1 p.m. You can follow it on the Web here.

Detailed schedule is accessible on the MIMC’s official Website.

His life is not all scales and arpeggios, as you can find out in this video…

The MIMC starts tomorrow

24 May 2010

Over one hundred candidates registered for the preliminary round. 24 of them (9 women and 15 men) are moving on to the following rounds, which will start tomorrow. (Schedule should be confirmed by the end of the day when the official draw is completed.)

Meet tomorrow’s violin stars in this presentation video.

The viola d’amore

22 May 2010

I told you a little bit more about the viola d’amore a few weeks back but there’s nothing like seeing it – and especially listening to the instrument to better understand it. Hélène Plouffe talks about this intriguing instrument in this video…

Yuli Turovsky and François Mario Labbé become Chevaliers de l’Ordre national du Québec

20 May 2010

Jean Charest, Prime Minister of Quebec, announced yesterday the names of the 34 people to receive one of the Ordre national du Québec, the most prestigious distinction awarded by the Quebec government. Among those, three essential promoters of classical music in Quebec will be saluted: cellist and conductor Yuli Turovsky (who, next season, will celebrate 25 years at the head of I Musici de Montréal), François Mario Labbé, founder and president of the Analekta label and Louise Forand-Samson, associated with the Festival de Lanaudière and the Club musical de Québec.

The recipients will received their award from the hands of the prime minister on June 3, at an official ceremony to be held at the Hôtel du Parlement.

Congratulations to all!

Yvonne Loriod passes away

19 May 2010

One of the great figures of the world of 20th century piano, Yvonne Loriod died on Monday. She was 86. Muse and second wife of composer Olivier Messiaen, she premiered all his piano works from 1943 (year of the Visions de l’Amen) until the death of her husband in 1992. She was also a respected teacher, whether at the Paris Conservatoire from 1967 to 1989, where she taught Michel Béroff, Roger Muraro and Pierre-Laurent Aimard, or in master classes. She also composed several chamber and orchestral works before dedicating herself to the promotion of the works of her husband.

She can be heard with her sister Jeanne, in a Messiaen’s work for piano and Ondes Martenot.

How to burn FLAC files

17 May 2010

You’ve decided to try out the new top sound quality of FLAC files but still would like to bring your music in your car? Most 44.1 kHz, 16 bits FLAC files can be burned on regular audio CD. To do so, you can use the free audio player Media Monkey. It includes a FLAC compatible burner. Theres no need to manually copy and arrange directories — simply choose which Artists, Albums, or Playlists to include, set the discs format to CD audio and burn!

You are more the visual type? This video takes you through the steps…

MIMC: 24 violinists to compete

14 May 2010

Yesterday, the Montreal International Music Competition announced the identity of the 24 young violinists who will participate in this year’s competition, running from May 25 to June 4 in Montreal. They come from around the world, with candidates from the United States (5 candidates); South Korea (4); Germany (3); Japan (3), China (2), Canada (2) and Russia (2); and France, Poland, and the Czech Republic (1). The two Canadian violinists are Nikki Choi – who was the winner of the Étoiles Galaxie Prize as best Canadian musician – and Bosom Mo (also a participant of the 2006 edition).

The jury for this year’s competition is made up of Patrice Fontanarosa (France), Rodney Friend (United Kingdom), Michael Frischenschlager (Austria), Dong Suk Kang (United States), Paul Kantor (United States), Vladimir Landsman (Canada), and Martin Beaver, (Canada). The winner of the  First Prize will receive a $30,000 cash prize, a career development program valued at $20,000, an internationally distributed recording on the  Analekta label, and an Atelier Raffin bow valued at $5,500.

This year’s imposed work, One for Solitude, is by Canadian composer, Kelly-Marie Murphy. The orchestra for the concerto portion of the competition is the Orchestre Métropolitain, led by Jean-Philippe Tremblay.

For more information – including the names of the 24 participants…

To listen to Jinjoo Cho, winner of the 2006 edition…