Canadian pianist Tony Siqi Yun wins first prize at inaugural China International Music Competition

China International Music Competition
China International Music Competition

18-year-old Canadian winner receives unprecedented prize of US$150,000, plus a gold medal and representation with Opus 3 Artists & Wray Armstrong Music and Arts

Second prize awarded to Alexander Malofeev (Russia) and third prize to MacKenzie Melemed (USA)

Finals took place at Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts with Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra, streamed worldwide by ... »

Vadim Gluzman plays Shostakovich's first violin concerto (translation)

Giancarlo Guerrero
Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung

Conductor Giancarlo Guerrero , who has been fascinated by this music since he was a student, knows how to put the peculiarities in the right light. He is especially good at mastering the large, lingering, orgiastic increases that seem to come from nowhere and build up to an almost physical ache. In the seething soundscapes of the third movement one often feels as if in a catastrophy film, where the train rushes unstoppably toward the abyss. ... »

Two debuting artists are 'a joy to watch' at symphony's performance of Tchaikovsky

Ruth Reinhardt, Alexi Kenney
Omaha World-Herald

Reinhardt was a joy to watch leading the symphony. Her hands and baton commanded the music with surgical precision. Despite her impassioned accuracy, her face and movements were buoyant and gleeful. She brought a fresh and unique energy to the ensemble. […] The title piece of the concert, Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No. 5 in E Minor” finished the evening’s program […] The execution was impeccable. The Omaha Symphony received an immediate standing ovation at the conclusion of a night full of great musical voyages.  ... »