16 year-old flutist Yuan Yu: « It’s about dealing with emotions… »

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16 year-old flutist Yuan Yu: « It’s about dealing with emotions… »

  • 07/03/2018
16 year-old flutist Yuan Yu: « It’s about dealing with emotions… »

Yuan Yu
(c) Andreas Domjanic

The young Chinese flutist Yuan Yu has won the ICMA Discovery Award 2018. Yuan Yu is a student at the Conservatoire national supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris in the class of Professor Philippe Bernold, assisted by Florence Souchard-Delépine.In 2012, he won first prize in the children’s section of the inaugural China Flute Association. In 2015 he was given an honorable mention at the 67th International Prague Spring Music Competition.In 2017, at the age of fifteen, he was the winner of the 7th Krakow International Flute Competition. Later in the same year, he also won first prize at the 9th Kobe International Flute Competition.He loved performing since an early age, giving his first solo recital at the age of thirteen at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. Yuan receives a scholarship from the International Academy of Music in Liechtenstein, and takes part in the intensive music weeks and activities offered by the Academy. Remy Franck and Isabel Roth spoke with the young musician. Read More →

Multi-Percussionist Christoph Sietzen: « Für mich ist das Höchste, dass der Zuhörer vergisst, auf welchem Instrument ich spiele »

  • 01/03/2018
Multi-Percussionist Christoph Sietzen: « Für mich ist das Höchste, dass der Zuhörer vergisst, auf welchem Instrument ich spiele »

Christoph Sietzen
(c) Stefan Sietzen

Der Multi-Percussionist Christoph Sietzen, ‘Young Artist oft he Year’ der International Classical Music Awards’ (ICMA), gab im Alter von 12 Jahren sein Debüt bei den Salzburger Festspielen und ist u.a. Preisträger des Internationalen Musikwettbewerbs der ARD. Seine erste Solo-CD ‘Attraction’, die den Titel des für ihn von Emmanuel Séjourné komponierten gleichnamigen Werks trägt, wurde mit dem ‘Pizzicato Supersonic Award’ ausgezeichnet. Der in Salzburg geborene Luxemburger wurde seit seinem sechsten Lebensjahr am Schlagwerk unterrichtet und studierte später Marimba bei Bogdan Bacanu, mit dem er das ‘Wave Quartet’ gründete. Seit 2014 unterrichtet Christoph Sietzen an der Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien. Remy Franck hat sich mit dem Musiker unterhalten. Read More →

Manfred Honeck: The many nuances of tradition

  • 08/02/2018
Manfred Honeck: The many nuances of tradition

Manfred Honeck

Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck, Music Director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra since 2008, is ICMA Artist of the Year. Musica’s Nicola Cattò met the former Vienna Philharmonic viola player (his brother Rainer is still Concertmaster) in Milan at the beginning of January, after the first of three concerts devoted to a traditional Vienna New Year repertoire that got a thunderstorm of applause in the iconic Milanese theatre. Read More →

Denise Fedeli: « The Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana is ready for new challenges »

  • 05/02/2018
Denise Fedeli: « The Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana is ready for new challenges »

Denise Fedeli
(c) D.Vass

In the category DVD Performance, this year’s prize of the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) has been awarded to Rileggendo Brahms with the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana conducted by Markus Poschner. This OSI production with the complete Brahms Symphonies has been supported by Helsinn, the orchestra’s international partner, and was published on two DVDs by Sony Classical in December 2016. The live recordings were made during the first season at the LAC Theater in Lugano. Nicola Catto has spoken with Denise Fedeli, OSI’s Artistic-administrative Manager. Read More →

Violinist Chouchane Siranossian: « Musical expression comes more from the right hand then from the left hand »

  • 25/03/2017
Violinist Chouchane Siranossian: « Musical expression comes more from the right hand then from the left hand »

Chouchane Siranossian

In 2017, French violinist Chouchane Siranossian is a double Award winner of ICMA (International Classical Music Awards), for her CD L’ange et le diable with Jos van Immerseel and as Concertmaster of Ensemble Esperanza. Remy Franck made the following interview with her.

Chouchane, your family roots go back to Armenia. What does this mean for your music-making?
For sure, my roots have an influence on my playing and even in general on my life. My father is a well-known specialist of this music and his approach certainly had and has an influence on my own music-making. Read More →

ICMA ‘Discovery Award’-Winner Robert Neumann: « … I slip into the role of an animal tamer »

  • 27/02/2017
ICMA ‘Discovery Award’-Winner Robert Neumann: « … I slip into the role of an animal tamer »

Robert Neumann
(c) Christine Kocher

German pianist Robert Neumann (*2001), winner of ICMA’s Discovery Award 2017, has been raised in a musical family. He was eleven, when he was admitted as junior student in the class of Prof. Elza Kolodin at the die Musikhochschule Freiburg, and when he turned 15, be became a regular student. He also studies at the International Music Academy of Liechtenstein. He has given numerous concerts in several countries.  Remy Franck and Andrea Meuli made the following interview with him. Read More →

Matti Salminen: « I realised the importance of the economy in expression: less is more”

  • 08/02/2017
Matti Salminen: « I realised the importance of the economy in expression: less is more”

Matti Salminen

ICMA Lifetime Achievement Award winner Matti Salminen has been among the most famous basses of opera stages already over 40 years. He is especially famous in Wagner-roles, but his repertoire is large, reaching even to Finnish tangos. His steady, resonant bass is flexible enough also for subtle nuances, and he emphasizes opera always as a comprehensive theatre. Read our article by Harri Kuusisaari, ICMA Jury member for the Finnish magazine Rondo Classic. Read More →

Robert von Bahr: The Man With The Pram … And 2.300 Recordings

  • 24/01/2017
Robert von Bahr: The Man With The Pram … And 2.300 Recordings

Robert von Bahr
(c) ICMA

The Swedish label BIS is Label of the Year of the International Classical Music Awards. Known for the quality of sound and music, for a substantial catalogue of more than 2.300 titles and some exciting projects, the label is a strong player on the international market. Remy Franck made the following interview with the label’s CEO Robert von Bahr.

Robert, what was the starting point for your business?
When my first wife, the flutist Gunilla von Bahr, wanted to release a recording, I wrote to a couple of labels, and at first we got only refusals. So I decided to make the recording and to try again. I wrote another round of letters and got again either no answer or a refusal. Read More →

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