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ICMA HOST PERFORMED MAHLER’S EIGHT SYMPHONY

  • 13/05/2013

Bilkent Symphony Orchestra of Ankara, which will host the ICMA Award ceremony and Gala concert on 28 March, 2015, has performed the Ankara premiere of Mahler’s 8th Symphony. The performance on 30 April was the closing concert of the 30th Ankara International Music Festival. The Bilkent Symphony, conducted by music director Isin Metin shared the big stage of the Congresium Hall in Ankara with choruses from Poland and Portugal and a distinguished line of soloists, some 400 players and singers in total. Read More →

ICMA 2013: A TROPHY FOR VLADIMIR FEDOSEYEV

  • 11/04/2013
ICMA 2013: A TROPHY FOR VLADIMIR FEDOSEYEV

Photo: Melodiya

In the category Historical Recordings, Russian label Melodiya won an Award for  ‘Les Ballets Russes’ (cat. 1001990) with  Stravinsky’s The Firebird, Petrushka and The Rite of Spring, played by Moscow Philharmonic, Moscow State Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra under conductors Dmitrij Kitajenko, Pierre Boulez and Vladimir Fedoseyev. While at the Award Ceremony in Milan (18 March ’13), Dimitrij Kitajenko was given a trophy, Vladimir Fedoseyev received his trophy at the beginning of a concert with the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra on 10 April at the Grand Hall of Moscow Conservatory. The trophy was presented by Andrey Krichevskiy, CEO of Melodiya.

Martha Argerich Invites Young Artist Alessandro Mazzamuto

  • 08/04/2013
Martha Argerich Invites Young Artist Alessandro Mazzamuto

Alessandro Mazzamuto (r.) and Epifanio Comis
Photo: ICMA/Bjoern Woll

Martha Argerich has invited ICMA’s ‘Young Artist of the Year’ Alessandro Mazzamuto to perform during her annual Lugano Project. On 21 June Alessandro will play Clementi’s Sonata op. 40/2, Rachmaninov’s ‘5 Morceaux de fantaisie’ op. 3 and Liszt’s Paraphrases about Verdi’s Rigoletto at the Evangelic Church in Lugano. Read More →

John Axelrod Marries Brahms and Clara Schumann

  • 05/04/2013
John Axelrod Marries Brahms and Clara Schumann

John Axelrod
(c) Hoffmeister / ICMA

John Axelrod, who conducted the ICMA Gala Concerts 2012 and 2013 is to spearhead a multi-year exploration of the relationship between Brahms and the woman he loved, Clara Schumann, as depicted in their music. « If you listen to the Brahms symphonies, » says Axelrod, “each of them seems to inhabit a completely different, though connected, character. Then, if you listen to the songs of Clara Schumann, they also fall clearly into a very similar four moods. I believe that Clara’s own personality is in those songs, and so if that is true, it is also possible to think of the four Brahms symphonies as portraits of Clara – four different aspects of her. » Read More →

ICMA 2014 AT WARSAW’S LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN FESTIVAL: HERE WE GO!

  • 03/04/2013
ICMA 2014 AT WARSAW’S LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN FESTIVAL: HERE WE GO!

From the left: Remy Franck, Elzbieta Penderecka, Martin Hoffmeister, Cornelia Much, Andrzej Sulek - Photo: Bruno Fidrych

ICMA’s Award Ceremony and Gala Concert will take place on Saturday 12 April in Warsaw and be part of the 18th Beethoven Easter Festival. Preparation for this  event started already during this year’s edition of one of the musically richest festivals in Europe. Jury President Remy Franck and Board Member Martin Hoffmeister met the Festival’s General Director Elzbieta Penderecka and her team as well as Cornelia Much from the Festival’s Honorary Committee and Andrzej Sulek, the orchestra manager of Sinfonia Iuventus, the orchestra which will play during the Gala Concert. Read More →

MARCH 2013: 30.000 VISITORS ON WWW.ICMA-INFO.COM

  • 27/03/2013

Dear readers,
March 2013 will be the most successful period ever for our homepage www.icma-info.com. At the end of the month approximately 30.000 visitors from all over the world will have read over 70.000 pages on this website. We kindly draw your attention to the fact that our website will be continuously updated, delivering news about he next Awards and about our winners from former years. So, please stay with us and continue reading www.icma-info.com.

ICMA-WINNER NICOLAS ALTSTAEDT PLAYED LUTOSLAWSKI IN WARSAW

  • 27/03/2013
ICMA-WINNER NICOLAS ALTSTAEDT PLAYED LUTOSLAWSKI IN WARSAW

Photo: Bruno Fidrych

Just some days after his participation at the ICMA Gala Concert in Milan, Nicolas Altstaedt, ICMA-winner 2013 in the category Chamber Music, delivered a thrilling performance of Lutoslawski’s Cello Concerto with the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Vladimir Fedoseyev at Warsaw’s 17th Beethoven Festival. Our photo shows Nicolas Altstaedt at a reception at the Russian Embassy in Warsaw, together with the Russian Ambassador’s wife, Mrs. Alekseeva, ICMA Board member Martin Hoffmeister (MDR Figaro), ICMA President Remy Franck (Pizzicato) and Mrs. Elzbieta Penderecka, Director General of the Beethoven Festival.

GEWANDHAUS BOX IS RECORDING OF THE YEAR

  • 19/03/2013

At the ICMA Gala in Milan, the Jury communicated the winner of the ‘Recording of the Year’ Award for 2013. This highest honor goes to the Querstand Box with all nine Bruckner Symphonies played by the Gewandhaus Orchestra from Leipzig conducted by Maestro Herbert Blomstedt. The ‘Recording of the Year is chosen by the Jury among all the winner in the CD and DVD categories.

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