‘Accademia Pianistica Siciliana’: Incubator Of Musical Excellency

  • 07/01/2014
‘Accademia Pianistica Siciliana’: Incubator Of Musical Excellency

Remy Franck, Epifanio Comis, Martin Hoffmeister
Photo: ICMA

ICMA Board members Remy Franck and Martin Hoffmeister recently visited the ‘Accademia Pianistica Siciliana’ in Catania (Sicily), the institution where ‘Young Artist of the Year 2013’ Alessandro Mazzamuto comes from. The ICMA representatives were able to meet Prof. Epifanio Comis, the driving force at this Academy as well as several students, who played a concert at the institute which is located in an ancient palace of the central Via Etnea, surrounded by a fascinating view of the city and the beautiful Sicilian landscape. Read More →

Happy Birthday Menahem Pressler! The Pianist Turns 90 Today

  • 16/12/2013
Happy Birthday Menahem Pressler! The Pianist Turns 90 Today

Menahem Pressler
Photo: ICMA/Bjoern Woll

Renowned Pianist Menahem Pressler celebrates his 90th birthday today. Pressler who received ICMA’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011, is currently in Amsterdam for concerts with the Concertgebouw Orchestra. For his birthday BIS published a marvelous Beethoven-Schubert-Chopin SACD. The plan for this recording was made during the ICMA festivities in Tampere in 2011. The entire Jury says: Happy Birthday, dear Menahem!

ICMA Winners To Be Known on 20 January 2014

  • 08/12/2013

The Board of the International Classical Music Awards ICMA held a meeting in Paris last Saturday. The members validated the result of the votes qualifying the winners of the Awards 2014 which will be presented on 12 April 2014 in Warsaw. The Award Ceremony and the Gala Concert will be hosted by the Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival. The names of the winners will officially be published on 20 January 2014. Read More →

Nomination List 2014 Is Available

  • 04/12/2013

The ICMA 2014 nomination list is available. « This list comprises all the initial choices submitted by at least two Jury members and clearly reflects the international character of our Awards. The list comprises 264 CD and DVD releases of a total of 94 labels, up from 86 competing in 2013 », said ICMA President Remy Franck.

To get the list, just click on our Nominations button which will lead you to lists sorted by labels or categories.

The winners will be announced early in 2014.

With 18 nominations, the French label Harmonia Mundi is on the first place, followed by Audite (14), Sony Classical being the third with 12 nominations. The final result with the winners will be published early in 2014. The Award Ceremony and Gala concert will take place during the Beethoven Festival in Warsaw, on the 12th of April, with the Polish Iuventus Orchestra conducted by José Maria Florêncio.

Christopher Nupen Is Looking For Partners In A Trifonov Project

  • 02/12/2013
Christopher Nupen Is Looking For Partners In A Trifonov Project

Daniil Trifonov
(c) Vadim Shults

ICMA Winner Christopher Nupen is looking for partners to produce both a portrait film and a performance film about Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov, as Allegro Films has done so effectively with several other top musicians in the past. « Those who join this project will be happy », said Nupen. Read More →

Paths Through The Labyrinth – The Composer Krzysztof Penderecki

  • 17/11/2013
Paths Through The Labyrinth – The Composer Krzysztof Penderecki

Krzysztof Penderecki

A film about Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki has been presented in Leipzig. On the occasion of Penderecki’s 80th birthday, this film portraits the artist with a comprehensive ‘work in progress’ documentary: despite his growing age, Penderecki, ICMA Lifetime Achievement Award winner in 2011,  is still an unflinching and active composer and conductor. Read More →

Epifanio Comis Received Rachmaninov Award

  • 04/11/2013
Epifanio Comis Received Rachmaninov Award

Epifanio Comis Received the Rachmaninov Award

The First International Sergey Rachmaninov Award has been awarded to Italian pianist and conductor Epifanio Comis, professor at Bellini State Conservatory and  Accademia Pianistica Siciliana in Catania. He is the teacher of Alessandro Mazzamuto, ICMA Young Artist of the Year 2013. The ceremony took place at Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Moscow. Read More →

Jury Member Franz Patay (IMZ) To Direct Konservatorium Wien University

  • 30/10/2013

In February 2014, our colleague Franz Patay will become the Director of Konservatorium Wien University. He will be the successor of  Ranko Markovic and Gottfried Eisl. Franz Patay will continue being the General Secretary of the IMZ (Internationales Musik & Medien Zentrum Wien) and, as such participate in the activities of the ICMA Jury. Congratulations, dear Franz! We wish you plenty of success in your new task. Konservatorium Wien University offers world class training programs for instrumentalists, singers, dancers and actors. Every year, around 850 young people from more than 50 countries study with about 250 renowned artists and teachers.