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

Interviews

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 →

Matko Smolcic, ICMA Young Artist of the Year: « My first love is baroque music »

  • 07/05/2019
Matko Smolcic, ICMA Young Artist of the Year: « My first love is baroque music »

Matko Smolcic
(c) Christine Kocher

Croatian bassoonist Matko Smolcic is the Young Artist of the Year 2019 of the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA). He received his first lessons from Mykhaylo Kraynyk at the Franjo Kuhac music school in Osijek. Since 2014, he has been studying at the Academy of Music in Zagreb with Zarko Perisic. From 2017 to 2018 he studied with Richard Galler at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. Read More →

Elsa Dreisig: « The body is our work-tool, and therefore we must treat it with care and respect »

  • 07/05/2019
Elsa Dreisig: « The body is our work-tool, and therefore we must treat it with care and respect »

Elsa Dreisig
(c) Olafur Stainar Gestsson

The young French-Danish soprano Elsa Dreisig, now based in Berlin, will be honoured at the ICMA 2019 Award Ceremony in Lucerne for her fascinating CD Miroir(s), published by Erato: a well-deserved recognition for a real talent. ICMA Jury member Nicola Cattò from the Italian magazine Musica made the following interview with the singer. Read More →

Albina Shagimuratova: Semiramide is an incredibly difficult role

  • 04/05/2019
Albina Shagimuratova: Semiramide is an incredibly difficult role

Albina Shagimuratova

In the new recording of Rossini’s opera Semiramide, released by Opera Rara, Albina Shagimuratova sings the title role. This production has received an ICMA award in the category Opera. The Russian soprano spoke about it with Nikolai Rybinsky, opera reviewer of Radio Orpheus.

Every recording has its own story. How do you remember this one?
In 2007, I sang an aria from Semiramide at the International Tchaikovsky Competition. Back then I never thought that I would sing the entire part, as Rossini composed it for his wife, Madame Isabella Colbran, who was a mezzo-soprano. Yet, I could do it, and I began working on the role in 2015. Read More →

Javier Perianes: « I enjoy reality without too many dreams »

  • 01/05/2019
Javier Perianes: « I enjoy reality without too many dreams »

Javier Perianes
(c) Josep Molina

In today’s music world pianist Javier Perianes has become, at the age of 40, the most renowned Spanish performer. His agenda runs naturally through the best stages and international festivals, where he performs in recitals as well as in concerts and tours with the most renowned orchestras and conductors. In recognition of such a successful career, he is Artist of the Year 2019 of the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA). We publish an interview made by Justo Romero for our Spanish Jury member Scherzo.

When more than two decades ago you were still a young and promising pianist, you denied harbouring the dream of becoming an acclaimed and recognized pianist. Now that the ‘no dream’ has come true, and so many things and successes have happened in your well-established concert career, do you still think the same way?
Yes, I maintain my answer of that time. My aim is to enjoy the music, each and every one of the projects that I have the opportunity to face, plus my family and my environment. Read More →

Nelson Freire: ‘I have lived seven different lives’

  • 29/04/2019
Nelson Freire: ‘I have lived seven different lives’

Nelson Freire
(c) Gregory Favre (Decca)

At the age of seventy-four, and after seventy years at the piano, Nelson Freire has won the Lifetime Achievement Award of the International Classical Music Awards, which he will receive at ICMA’s Gala in Lucerne on 10 May. Child prodigy, endowed from his beginnings with an astonishing virtuosity, his trajectory has been built on freedom and interpretative class, with a combination of technique and intelligence like it can be found with very few pianists. Assuming that all this has come to him, and that his role has been limited to that of being faithful to those innate qualities, the conversation with the great Brazilian artist – who speaks in a very low voice, with a cadence that suggests both discretion and sharpness – runs, with warm calm, in a dressing room of the Palacio de la Opera de La Coruna, in full rehearsals of his concerts with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia. We publish an interview from our Spanish Jury member Scherzo, done by Luis Sunen.

You are awarded with the ICMA Liftetime Achievement Award and yet, alongside your predecessors in the award, Menahem Pressler, still active, or Aldo Ciccolini, who played until almost the moment of his death, you are a child …
Well, a child… I remember my childhood often, I remember a lot of the past, but when it comes to music I always look forward. I have had several lives. I would say as many as seven different lives, each very recognizable, sometimes with radical changes and they are like a sum that gives a whole life, mine. One, but well divided into seven parts. Read More →

Francisco Coll: « I don’t see much difference between painting and composing »

  • 28/04/2019
Francisco Coll: « I don’t see much difference between painting and composing »

Francisco Coll

The very first of ICMA’s Composer Award goes to the Spanish composer Francisco Coll (*1985).Coll was formed in Valencia and Madrid, but in 2009 he became the only private student of British composer Thomas Adès. He completed his studies at the prestigious Guildhall School while beginning an impressive international career as a composer with commissions for the London Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Ensemble Intercontemporain and the London Sinfonietta, among others. Pablo L. Rodríguez from the Spanish ICMA Jury member Scherzo made the following interview with the awardee in his current hometown Lucerne (Switzerland).

How does one become a composer today?
In reality, I never thought about being a composer. In my case it was completely irrational. I remember perfectly the first time I wanted to compose something. I was tired of hearing the same thing from my Walkman and I chose to record something created by myself with instruments that I could play. Read More →

Maxim Emelyanychev: Mozart used to be my nickname…

  • 11/04/2019
Maxim Emelyanychev: Mozart used to be my nickname…

Maxim Emelyanychev
© Jean-Baptiste Millot

For his Mozart album, Maxim Emelyanychev won an ICMA Award 2019 in the category Solo Instrument. Born in 1988 to a family of musicians, Maxim Emelyanychev first studied conducting at the Nizhny Novgorod Music School then continued his education in the conducting class of Gennady Rozhdestvensky at Moscow’s State Tchaikovsky Conservatory and in the fortepiano and harpsichord class of Maria Uspenskaya. He made his conducting debut at the age of 12 and has since then conducted both baroque and symphonic orchestras. He became chief conductor of Il Pomo d’Oro in 2016 and will be principal conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, effective with the 2019–2020 season. In parallel he pursues a career as pianist and harpsichordist. Olga Kordyukova from Radio Orpheus made the following interview with him. Read More →

Eva Gevorgyan: My cactuses listen to my music

  • 27/03/2019
Eva Gevorgyan: My cactuses listen to my music

Eva Gevorgyan

Young Russian pianist Eva Gevorgyan has already played on many prestigious stages. A student of the Central Music School in Moscow and a scholarship holder of the International Music Academy in Liechtenstein, she has won prizes at various competitions as well as the Discovery Award 2019 of the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA). Jury member Evgenia Krivitskaya from the Russian magazine Musical Life has made the following interview with the ambitious young pianist. Read More →

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