Pablo Ferrandez: « I love to have this mass of sound behind me »

Interviews

Pablo Ferrandez: « I love to have this mass of sound behind me »

  • 03/10/2016
Pablo Ferrandez: « I love to have this mass of sound behind me »

Pablo Ferrandez

ICMA Young Artist of the Year Pablo Ferrandez was interviewed by ICMA Jury members Luis Sunen (Scherzo) and Guy Engels (Radio 100,7). They talked about his studies, his career, his repertoire and his cello.

Pablo, tell us about your first steps with the cello.
I started when I was 3. Because, well, my whole family are musicians. My father is a cellist. My mother invented a method called ‘El mago Diapason’ to teach children music…, it was the perfect environment. Read More →

Christian Lindberg: « When people go to a concert, they look so boring »

  • 12/09/2016
Christian Lindberg: « When people go to a concert, they look so boring »

Christian Lindberg

Jury members Nicola Catto (Musica) and Andrea Meuli (Musik + Theater) met ICMA’s Artist of the Year 2016 for an interview. Read this amazing piece…

Christian Lindberg, You once said that the trombone is the instrument of the last century. Do you still think that it’s the instrument of the current one?
I don’t think so. I’m a little bit disappointed. You see, I have done my work with the trombone and I’m going now into different areas. Of course, I will continue premiering trombone concertos. In 2017, I will premiere my concerto No. 100 by Per Egland, the Swedish composer. But generally things are not going like I would have hoped. I had some masterclasses with really talented young trombone players. And I encouraged them very strongly to follow and try making solo careers. But everyone goes to orchestras (he laughs). Read More →

Nikolai Song: With ICMA’s Discovery Award, I have more responsibility

  • 17/05/2016
Nikolai Song: With ICMA’s Discovery Award, I have more responsibility

Nikolai Song
(c) ICMA

This year, 13-year-old Russian-Korean flautist Nikolai Song received ICMA’s  ‘Discovery Award’. Andrea Meuli (Musik + Theater, Zurich) and Isabel Roth (MDR, Leipzig) met the young musician for an interview.

How old were you, when you began playing the flute?
I was five years old. First I played the recorder, then I carefully changed to the Piccolo, before getting to the flute.

When did that happen?
I was eight or nine years old. Read More →

Lukasz Dlugosz: « It is an incredible feeling to give the first performance of a new composition »

  • 12/04/2016
Lukasz Dlugosz: « It is an incredible feeling to give the first performance of a new composition »

Lukasz Dlugosz
(c) Mariusz Widerynski

Polish flutist Lukasz Dlugosz was among the musicians having recorded a Concerto disc with compositions by Krzysztof Penderecki for Dux. This disc won in the category Contemporary music of the ICMA Awards 2016. Lukasz Dlugosz was also one of the winners to perform at the ICMA Gala Concert in San Sebastian. Jury member Maciej Chizynski (ResMusica) has made the following interview.

With whom did you study and how did your studies with different professors influence your views on music?
From an early age, I participated in master courses which complemented my education. Among others, I took part in Sir James Galway’s, Aurèle Nicolet’s and Peter-Lukas Graf’s classes. Read More →

Alexandre Dratwicki du ‘Palazzetto Bru Zane’: « Il y a des milliers et des milliers d’œuvres à découvrir »

  • 27/03/2016
Alexandre Dratwicki du ‘Palazzetto Bru Zane’: « Il y a des milliers et des milliers d’œuvres à découvrir »

Alexandre Dratwicki

‘Palazzetto Bru Zane’, le Centre de musique romantique française, a reçu un ‘Special Achievement Award’ des ICMA.  Rémy Franck s’est entretenu avec le directeur scientifique du ‘Palazzetto’, Alexandre Dratwicki.

Alexandre Dratwicki, pourriez-vous nous expliquer ce qui se cache derrière le nom ‘Palazzetto Bru Zane’.
C’est une fondation privée, installée à Venise, qui s’occupe de redécouvrir la musique romantique française oubliée du 19e siècle, donc on va, en gros, de la période de Louis XVI et Marie-Antoinette avec Gluck comme compositeur célèbre, jusqu’à la Première Guerre mondiale. Read More →

Javier Perianes: « I am practicing, studying and reading more than ever »

  • 03/03/2016
Javier Perianes: « I am practicing, studying and reading more than ever »

Javier Perianes
(c) Josep Molina

At ICMA’s Gala Concert in San Sebastian, Spanish pianist Javier Perianes will represent the label he is exclusively recording for, Harmonia Mundi. Remy Franck met him for the following interview.

In Spain, if we don’t consider the composers who were also pianists, we have Alicia de Larrocha, Joaquín Achúcarro, José Iturbi…and you. Isn’t Spain a piano land?
Of course, the greatest Spanish pianist was Alicia de Larrocha. She played with all the major orchestras on the world. But there was also Rafael Orozco who made a recording of the four Rachmaninov Concertos with Edo De Waart in Rotterdam. Yet for me, it is a great honour that you are putting my name on that list. Read More →

Sheng player Wu Wei: « My goal is to open and widen the repertoire for my instrument »

  • 11/09/2015
Sheng player Wu Wei: « My goal is to open and widen the repertoire for my instrument »

Wu Wei
(c) Martin Hoffmeister / ICMA

The ICMA Award 2015 in the category Contemporary music went to a Deutsche Grammophon recording featuring music by Korean composer Unsuk Chin, including the Concerto for Sheng and orchestra, performed by Wu Wei and the Seoul Philharmonic conducted by Myung-Whun Chung. The famous Chinese Sheng player Wu Wei took part in the ICMA Award Ceremony 2015 in Ankara as well as in the Gala Concert. ICMA jury members Serhan Bali, Guy Engels and Mario Vogt met the artist for an interview. Read More →

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