Larry Wasserman

Laurence Wasserman died on January 26, 2017 in New York City at the age of 82 after a long illness.


The Signum Quartet's premiere of Kevin Volans' 12th Quartet in Birmingham has come in 4th on Andrew Clements' Top 10 of 2016 in The Guardian.


"The Violin Channel member Tina Lee, from China was keen to know: ‘What is the best way to recover when you mess up on stage?’"


The Guardian in UK published an interview and a profile of Slava Grigoryan.


The Anderson & Roe Piano Duo visited the Performance Studio at CPR Classical to record a performance of Gluck's famous Ballet from Orphée et Eurydice. Listen here.


Banff International String Quartet Competition 2016 names 10 shortlisted ensembles - The 10 quartets will compete from 29 August to 4 September for a first prize worth $150,000. 




Astral Artists has announced the 2016 national audition winners - including VC Young Artist Timothy Chooi.


Christoph Campestrini has been appointed Kapellmeister at Vienna’s Hofkapelle, home of the Vienna Boys’ Choir. With the appointment, Campestrini joins the ranks of the historically important and influential musicians who have been members of the Hofkapelle. He will lead the famed Hofmusikkapelle, which includes the Vienna Boys’ Choir and members of the Vienna State Opera orchestra and chorus.



The Jasper String Quartet has been selected as winner of the 2016 Fischoff Educator Award. This national award recognizes the educational outreach work of Fischoff Competition alumni who have demonstrated outstanding and imaginative programming for children and youth in the United States. It honors musicians who have established professional careers in chamber music, and have proven their ability to successfully build a career in both chamber music performance and outreach education.

As winner of the Fischoff Educator Award, Jasper String Quartet will receive a coveted endorsement from Fischoff, a cash award, and a week of community outreach programs in the South Bend region October 24-27, 2016 as part of Fischoff's award-winning Arts-in-Education Residency.


LEAVING HIS MARK: Nir Kabaretti has helped contribute to S.B.'s metropolitan-sized scene, which he calls "a fascinating exception, and a great one, because musically we have the profile of a bigger city."

Nir Kabaretti celebrates 10 years with the Santa Barbara Symphony this weekend, March 12-13, by conducting the piece that won him his conductorship: Johannes Brahms' Symphony No. 2. 

Ute Lemper performs on stage at the Palau de la Musica on February 7, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain.

Grammy-nominated, internationally acclaimed artist Ute Lemper's collaboration with renowned best-selling author Paulo Coelho, The 9 Secrets, released earlier this month on February 12 via Steinway & Sons. In celebration, Lemper will perform the piece in its entirety in a fully staged production at Symphony Space in New York City on May 13.

Playing music on a recent Sunday.

A profile feature from the New York Times - "How Ute Lemper, German Chanteuse, Spends Her Sundays"

With her sultry stage persona and “sharp vocal claws,” as a review in The New York Times put it, the German chanteuse Ute Lemper doesn’t project the vibe of an Upper West Side mom. But on Sundays — when she’s not presenting cabaret classics by Kurt Weill or her latest song cycle, “The 9 Secrets,” a setting of Paulo Coelho’s “Manuscripts Found in Accra” — she’s just that. “The rock-solid foundation of my life is my family, and I enjoy very much being with my kids and seeing them happy,” Ms. Lemper said, adding, “It’s only onstage that I am the glamorous lady.” Ms. Lemper, 52, lives in two apartments on different floors of a West 76th Street building with her husband, the percussionist and producer Todd Turkisher, 56; their children, Julian, 10, and Jonas, 4; and, when they are home from college, her two children from a previous marriage, Max, 21, and Stella, 19.



The interview by BlogCritics talks about how Ute Lemper developed the idea for her latest album and how she transformed a book by Paolo Coelho into a stunning musical work.

Ute Lemper in her Manhattan apartment

"Everyone was expected to conform to a rigid standard of normalcy, but I resisted. I had feelings, dreams and passions, making it hard to fit in. I escaped through music."


Quebec City, January 8, 2016 - Les Violons du Roy founding conductor and La Chapelle de Québec music director Bernard Labadie received the Prix Samuel de Champlain today January 8 in Paris, together with celebrated French pianist Alexandre Tharaud. The award was bestowed by the Ambassador Alfred Siefer-Gaillardin, chair of the France–Canada Institute and Prix Samuel de Champlain jury. Also in attendance were Graeme Clark, chargé d’affaires at the Canadian Embassy, and Michel Robitaille, Quebec’s agent general and the premier’s personal representative for La Francophonie.

For more on the Prix Samuel de Champlain, see (in French).

Seasoned conductor Bernard Labadie is relearning his craft after a brush with death.

Cancer not only halted Bernard Labadie's conducting career in May 2014, but nearly took his life.

After waking up from a month-long coma in November of that same year, the celebrated conductor could barely stand up. Still, as his cancer went into remission, he began the difficult journey back to the podium.


Bernard Labadie discusses his emotional return to Les Violons du Roy after his battle with cancer.


Vonsattel was chosen as the recipient of the 2016 Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Award by Bay Chamber Concerts in Maine.  The recipient is chosen based on anonymous nominations and must be a pianist under the age of 40 who has become influential in the world of chamber music.  Of Vonsattel, Artist Director Manuel Bagorro said, "Gilles has a rare combination of gifts. This includes a wonderful technique and superb musicianship, of course. But it also includes that rare ability to show unique musical personality while at the same time supporting and encouraging the voices of others in a chamber music ensemble. We are thrilled to present Gilles on our Summer 2016 concert series.”  


Released in 2015, this world premiere recording of Steffani's Niobe, Regina di Tebe, in which Karina Gauvin sings the title role, is a nominee for Best Opera Recording for the 58th Annual Grammy Awards, coming up in 2016.


Abigail Nims sings the role of Melanto in the Linn Records recording of Monteverdi's Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria with Boston Baroque. The album is nominated for Best Opera Recording at the upcoming 58th Annual Grammy Awards.


The Signum Quartet follows up their tremendously acclaimed soundescapes with alla czeca, an album with the theme of Czech string quartets, featuring the works of Suk, Schulhoff, and Dvořák.


This month, David Kadouch released En Plein Air, his new album featuring the works of Bach, Schumann, Janacek & Bartók.  He beautifully plays pieces that perfectly encapture the essence of nature.  The album is available on iTunes, Amazon and Spotify.


I'l Pomo d'Oro orchestra's recording of Handel's Partenope, in which Karina Gauvin sang the title role, was listed as one of the Best Classical Recordings of 2015 by The New York Times. The opera was performed with "irresistable energy and elegance," according to the article.


After a long journey back to the podium, Bernard Labadie is taking nothing for granted.


Pianist Gilles Vonsattel has released his latest album "Shadowlines" as part of the Honens Laureate Series. The recital album is the Swiss-born American pianist's second studio recording on the Honens label.


In September 2015, Signum Quartet collaborates with students of the Lawrence, New Jersey public school system, working together to compose 140-note pieces for the Quartet's Quartweet project.


In August 2015, Signum Quartet launches the #quartweet project, which invites composers of all ages and abilities to tweet a short quartet of 140 notes or less to the ensemble on Twitter.  


In November 2014, violinist Elina Vähälä made her Detroit debut with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, performing John Corigliano’s cinematic 'Red Violin' concerto.

PBS features the performance on its 'Detroit Arts' program, which can be viewed at the related link.


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