Cellist Philipp Schupelius: « I like to be challenged by my instrument »

Interviews

Cellist Philipp Schupelius: « I like to be challenged by my instrument »

  • 03/03/2020

Sixteen-year-old German cellist Philipp Schupelius is the winner of the Discovery Award of the International Classical Music Awards 2020. The musician, who grew up in Berlin, is currently studying with Wolfgang-Emmanuel Schmidt at the Julius Stern Institute of the Berlin University of the Arts, one of the largest and most renowned institutions for the promotion of young musicians in Germany. At the occasion of concerts at the VP Bank Classic Festival in Bad Ragaz (Switzerland), Isabel Roth, Martin Hoffmeister and Remy Franck made the following interview with Philipp Schupelius.

Philipp, what does it mean for you as a young musician to have won the Discovery Award of the ICMA?
It is a very great honour! I am happy because the award is so important and helpful for young musicians and because I know about the career of previous award winners. And I am especially looking forward to the gala in Seville, where I will play two movements from one of my favourite concertos, the Elgar Concerto, with the Seville Orchestra under John Axelrod. Read More →

Stéphane Denève: « Honegger’s Jeanne d’Arc is a very inspired work »

  • 01/03/2020
Stéphane Denève: « Honegger’s Jeanne d’Arc is a very inspired work »

Stéphane Denève

French conductor Stéphane Denève is the recipient of an International Classical Music Award for his recording of Honegger’s Jeanne d’Arc au Bûcher, an oratorio for actors, singers, choir and orchestra. For this recording, he is at the helm of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam for the orchestra’s label, RCO Live. Jean-Pierre Tribot from the ICMA Jury member magazine Crescendo made the following interview with the conductor. Read More →

Pascal Dusapin: « Opera allows us to worry about the world »

  • 24/02/2020
Pascal Dusapin: « Opera allows us to worry about the world »

Pascal Dusapin

The recording of French composer Pascal Dusapin’s opera Penthesilea won an ICMA award in the category Contemporary Music. Olivier Vrins, contributor of the ICMA Jury member Crescendo made the following interview with the composer.

Your opera Penthesilea has been unanimously acclaimed, notably at the last ICMA and the Belgian Caecilia Awards. It is considered by some to be the most accomplished and powerful opera you have composed so far. The music is so strong that it can perfectly do without the image. To what do you attribute the success of this work?
I’m obviously very happy with the success of this opera. By a happy combination of circumstances, the Penthesilea disc was released just as I was rehearsing my latest opera, Macbeth Underworld, which was staged here at La Monnaie a few months ago. I was immersed in Macbeth every day, and one evening I listened to Penthesilea in the apartment where I lived, in the centre of Brussels. I realised how different the two scores were! Read More →

Thomas Dunford: « You can fill Vivaldi with colour, just like a painter sitting in front of a blank canvas »

  • 19/02/2020
Thomas Dunford: « You can fill Vivaldi with colour, just like a painter sitting in front of a blank canvas »

Thomas Dunford

For the first recording made with his ensemble Jupiter (created in 2018), Thomas Dunford has not stopped collecting praise and awards, among them the ICMA of 2020 in the Assorted Programs section. Eduardo Torrico from the Spanish magazine Scherzo made an interview with the musician, one of the most sought-after lutenists. The recording released by Alpha includes arias from operas and oratorios as well as concertos by Antonio Vivaldi. Dunford is surrounded by two of his best friends and collaborators: mezzo-soprano Lea Desandre and the harpsichordist Jean Rondeau. Read More →

Erica Piccotti: « The satisfaction I feel now repays me for everything »

  • 05/02/2020
Erica Piccotti: « The satisfaction I feel now repays me for everything »

Erica Piccotti
© Laure Jacquemin

The young cellist Erica Piccotti, born in Rome in 1999, is a talent with an already well-established career. Nicola Cattò, ICMA Jury member for the Italian magazine Musica and Secretary General met the Young Artist who won this year’s ICMA Young Artist of the Year Award.

How did you come to study the cello? Which are the main steps of your training?
It was a natural path, because at home I have ‘breathed’ music since I was little, my mother plays the piano, my brother the violin. After having ‘played’ with these two instruments, one day a cello came home. I was four and a half years old, and here I am! My first teacher was Francesco Storino, cellist of the Orchestra di Santa Cecilia in Rome, whom I was lucky enough to meet when I was part of the JuniOrchestra of the same Academy. Read More →

Cédric Tiberghien about his collaboration with Alina Ibragimova: « It’s a mysterious alchemy »

  • 02/02/2020
Cédric Tiberghien about his collaboration with Alina Ibragimova: « It’s a mysterious alchemy »

Cédric Tiberghien
(c) Jean-Baptiste Millot

At the International Classical Music Awards 2020, Pianist Cédric Tiberghien has won an award in the chamber music category for an album with violinist Alina Ibragimova, his long-time musical partner. It is an amazing French album, focussing on the sonatas by César Franck and Louis Vierne. Jury member Pierre-Jean Tribot from the Belgian magazine Crescendo has made an interviews with this major pianist of our time. Read More →

Elisabeth Leonskaja: It’s an endless road

  • 28/01/2020
Elisabeth Leonskaja: It’s an endless road

Elisabeth Leonskaja
© Julia Wesely

Elisabeth Leonskaja has been awarded the ICMA Lifetime Achievement Award. Jury member Radio Romania Muzical has published an interview with the pianist, in which she is talking about her career. Read More →

ICMA Awards to be announced next Tuesday

  • 14/01/2020

The Jury of the International Classical Music Awards, ICMA, will announce the winners of the awards for 2020 next Tuesday, January 21. In addition to the nine Special Awards, 18 productions are awarded a prize in the Audio and Video categories. Stay tuned.

Keeping alive Nilsson’s heritage: the mission of Rutbert Reisch

  • 07/05/2019
Keeping alive Nilsson’s heritage: the mission of Rutbert Reisch

Rutbert Reisch

Rutbert Reisch is the most intimate and profound guardian of Birgit Nilsson’s heritage; he was at first an admirer and then a friend of the great Swedish soprano. After the Nilsson Foundation won an ICMA Award 2019 for the CD box ‘Birgit Nilsson. The Great Live Recordings’,  as well as a nomination for the DVD documentary “Birgit Nilsson: A League of Her Own”, ICMA Jury member Nicola Cattò (Musica) made the following interview with Rutbert Reisch. Read More →

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