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Concert Calendar:
November  2018
Klassiknet picks for Europe and North America

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Concert: 16 April 2018
Fazil Say:'A New Cello Concerto in an Age of Terrorism and War
Turkish composer and pianist gives the Paris premiere of his new work, 'Never Again', a concerto for cello and orchestra.

News: 10 March 2017
Pierre Boulez Concert Hall Opens in Berlin
Designed by Frank Gehry, the new concert hall has seating for 700 and offers a range of possibilities with its elliptical shape and flexible stage design.

Festival Review: 27 October 2016
Gstaad, Switzerland
2016 Gstaad Menuhin Festival
On the centenary of its founder's birth, this year's Gstaad Menuhin Festival continued to grow from its modest beginnings into an extravaganza that saw 26,000 visitors enjoying 75 different events.

Festival Review: 20 September 2016
Lille, France
Lille Piano Festival 2016

The flamboyant Turkish pianist and composer Fazil Say opened the 2016 edition of the festival at the newly renovated Auditorium du Nouveau Siècle in Lille.

Interview: 20 July 2016
Pascal Amoyel on 'The Day I Met Franz Liszt' 

Hybridizing the concert hall experience with an evening at the theatre, Amoyel creates an entirely new performance category, to the delight of his fortunate fans.

Interview: 15 March 2016
Douglas Boyd

Scotsman Douglas Boyd reinvigorates the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris after years of mediocrity.

Review: 15 January 2016
Marc Chagall - The Triumph of Music

Artworks, concerts, and audiovisual elements - developed by the Institut Culturel Google in Paris - document Chagall's passion for music.

News: 4 January 2016
New York
Morgan Library Celebrates Wagner's Ring

In addition to rare music manuscripts, letters, books, costumes and stage designs, photographs, and historical artifacts, the exhibition includes a series of lectures and concerts by leading opera artists.

News: 17 October 2015
Christie’s Tours $60m Stradivarius and Guarneri 'del Gesu' Italian Instruments for Sale.

'The Art of Music' sale features seven violins and one cello from a private European collection

News: 12 September 2015
New York
Mitsuko Uchida and Sylvie Guillem Win 2015 Praemium Imperiale International Arts Award
In addition to a  gold medal and a testimonial letter, the prestigious award also brings with it 15 million yen (approximately $122,000).

News: 27 May 2015
Basel, Switzerland
First BMW Art Journey Goes to Hong Kong Artist and Composer Samson Young
The Hong Kong-based artist’s fascination with military technology and his training as a composer serve as the basis for his sonic documentation of war zones.

News: 30 April 2015
Leipzig, Germany
Famous Bach Portrait Returns to Germany After 265 Years

Valued at US$2.5 million, the portrait is an icon of music history and, to judge by the sources, is the only true portrayal of the composer.  

Interview: 3 December 2014
A Conversation With Ivo Pogorelich

Poised to tour Asia with a recital programme of works by Liszt, Schumann, Stravinsky and Brahms, Croatian piano virtuoso Ivo Pogorelich takes time to talk with Culturekiosque in Paris.

News: 4 April 2014
Esa-Pekka Salonen Awarded US Prize for Musical Composition
The $100,000 cash prize includes a residency at Northwestern University, in Evanston, Illinois and performances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Comment: 6 March 2014
Marie NDiaye
Based in Berlin, where she wrote the text, French novelist and playwright Marie NDiaye comments on her libretto for Hèctor Parra's new opera.

News: 18 February 2014
New York
Charles Ives's Connecticut Studio Recreated in New York City
Leonard Bernstein called the American composer Charles Ives, "Our first really great composer...our Washington, Lincoln, and Jefferson of music."

Sound Exhibition: 3 January 2014
Last Chance! Philippe Parreno's "Anywhere, Anywhere Out of the World"
At the core of the exhibition (until 12 January 2014), is Parreno's use of Stravinsky’s score Petrushka performed by pianist Mikhail Rudy. 

News: 25 November 2013
Benjamin Britten: A Life in Pictures

A new exhibition of personal snapshots on view at the National Portrait Gallery in London documents the life of the British composer.

News: 19 October 2013
Wagner Letter Up For Auction In Barcelona

Written in French, the letter formed part of the Spanish architect César Martinell’s personal Wagner collection.

Seen and Heard: 6 October 2013
Saint-Bris-des-Bois, France
20th Festival de L'Abbaye de Fontdouce

In 1970, the Boutinet family restored their ancestral property which had been badly damaged after the wars of religion in the 15th century and practically destroyed during the bloodbath of the French revolution.

Editor's Pick: 7 September 2013
New York
Janet Cardiff's 'The Forty Part Motet' at The Cloisters

The Canadian composer's sound sculpture will be the first presentation of contemporary art at the Medieval wing of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Interview: 17 June 2013
Leif Ove Andsnes

The globetrotting Norwegian pianist on why he likes his Beethoven piano concertos sans baguette.

News: 17 April 2013
Remembrance: Sir Colin Davis 1927 - 2013

Joel Kasow reflects on the British conductor's career on the podium and in the recording studio.

CD Tip: 11 April 2013
New York
Milos: Pasión
The 29-year-old Serbian guitarist brings plenty of technique and personal charm to this seductive collection from the Latin American repertoire. 

Concert: 19 March 2013
Basel, Switzerland
Last Chance ! Songs for a Mad King

Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc’s controversial exhibition at the Kunsthalle in Basel pays homage to the neglected music and provocative personality of the American musician, singer, and composer Julius Eastman (1940 – 1990).

News: 19 March 2013
Opulent French Art Case Piano Sells for $253,623 at Auction

Estimated at £100,000 – 200,000, the piano is in the distinctive fin de siècle style of high-rococo fused with Art Nouveau.

Editor's Pick: 18 December 2012
New Year's Eve Te Deum in Lisbon
If Srauss waltzes in gilded concert halls, or massive crowds roaming and shouting about public squares are not your idea of how to bring in the New Year, the sung Te Deum at the Igreja de São Roque in Lisbon might be an alternative well worth considering.

News: 29 October 2012
New York
Salvatore Sciarrino’s Soundscape for 104 Flutes To Receive U.S. Premiere in Guggenheim Rotunda
The one hundred migrating performers represent the full scope of the New York flute community.

Editor's Pick: 23 July 2012
It's John. John Cage 

A visual arts exhibition and concerts in Stuttgart mark the 100th year of the birth of the avant-garde music pioneer.

News: 21 May 2012
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (1925 - 2012)

Remembrances and recommended lieder and opera CDs by the legendary German baritone who died last Friday 10 days short of his 87th birthday.

Concert Review: 26 April 2012
New York
Double-Hearder for San Francisco and The Thomashefskys

Joel Kasow reviews the PBS television bash for the 100th anniversary of the San Francisco Orchestra and The Thomashefskys: Music and Memories of a Life in the Yiddish Theater.

News: 16 February 2012
Los Angeles
Grammy Winners 2012: Classical Music

And the 2012 Grammy goes to...

Editor's Pick: 26 December 2011
New Year's Eve Te Deum in Lisbon

If massive crowds roaming and shouting about public squares is not your idea of how to bring in the New Year, the sung Te Deum at the Igreja de São Roque in Lisbon might be an alternative well worth considering.

Festival Review: 30 September 2011
Sceaux, France
Festival de Sceaux

In the 17th century French atmosphere of its exceptionally beautiful surroundings, the Festival de Sceaux attracts locals, Parisians and international tourists in the know.

News: 8 August 2011
Cleveland, Ohio
German Wins $50,000 First Prize at 2011 Cleveland International Piano Competition

Past winners of the Cleveland piano contest include Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Angela Hewitt, and Sergei Babayan.

Interview: 2 August 2011
Interview: Ildebrando d'Arcangelo

Described as "the hottest thing in Opera these days", Italian bass-baritone Ildebrando d'Arcangelo talks about Italian politics, his favourite foods and his new CD, "Mozart" to be released in September.

News: 4 June 2011
New York
Solti Archive Goes to Harvard University

Recognizing his importance to Chicago, the British-Hungarian maestro once said, "They should erect a statue to me."

News: 3 May 2011
Los Angeles
Russian Composer Sofia Gubaidulina To Make Rare U.S. Appearance
Always at odds with the Soviet regime in which she spent most of her life in near obscurity, Sofia Gubaidulina is now regarded as the most important Russian composer since Shostakovich.

News: 3 February 2011
Paris Festival Honors Salonen

The prestigious free contemporary music festival has invited the Finnish musician as composer and conductor.

News: 21 January 2011
The Queen’s Medal For Music 2010 To Go To Emma Kirkby

The British Monarchy acknowledges the English soprano's contribution in the field of early music.

News: 9 January 2011
New York
Juilliard String Quartet to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

The Juilliard String Quartet is the first classical ensemble to receive this award.

News: 14 November 2010

Henryk Mikolaj Górecki 1933 — 2010
As a result of Poland's increasing political emancipation in the late 1980s, Górecki's music travelled more widely and attracted new performers and audiences in the West.

News: 2 November 2010
New York
First French-Built Pipe Organ for New York City Church

Three years to design and build, entirely by hand, two months to install, five months to voice and fine-tune.

News: 27 September 2010
Foucault as Opera?

As unlikely as an opera on the life of Michel Foucault may seem, it is all the more unlikely for not having a listed composer. 

News: 26 September 2010
New York
The Republic of Georgia Cancels New York Philharmonic Concerts

Government of Georgia cites budgetary constraints for the decision to rescind its invitation to the American orchestra. 

Concert Review: 23 September 2010
New York

Marsalis Swing Symphony Receives U.S. Debut with New York Philharmonic
With this six-movement piece, the American jazz artist and composer's intention was no less than to trace the long and rich history of jazz

News: 1 September 2010

Poul Ruder's Dancing in the Dark To Recieve World Premiere in Copenhagen.
Lars von Trier’s dark, disturbing film about guilt, sex, fate and personal responsibility has served as a source of gothic inspiration for the Danish composer Poul Ruders’ new opera.

News: 2 August 2010
In Memoriam: Sir Charles Mackerras
Joel Kasow on the performance and recording legacies of a leading conductor of Czech music.

Editor's Pick: 7 July 2010
New York
Varèse (R)evolution at the Lincoln Center Festival

Complicated to perform, the ingenious music of Edgard Varèse is always a risky affair for a conductor, orchestra and soloists. New York takes up the challenge of his complete works this summer.

News: 10 June 2010
Leipzig, Germany
Leipzig Bach Medal Goes to Philippe Herreweghe

Uncanny in his ability to produce exceptional beauty and clarity in the choral music of Bach, the director of the Collegium Vocale Gent remains one of the most important advocates of the historically informed performance of European baroque music.

Seen: 12 May 2010
Piano Found Guilty of Crimes Against Humanities

In an work by Slave Pianos, a piano is ripped from its pianist, found guilty of treachery, deported and brutally executed by hanging.

Concert: 14 April 2010
New York
To Hell and Back: Louis Andriessen’s La Commedia

The Dutch composer's 2008 'film opera' takes its New York bow at Carnegie Hall.

News and CD Tip:
17 February 2010 
Leipzig, Germany

A Happy Reunion of Bach Materials
The far-flung components of a Bach cantata — score, performing parts and libretto — are reunited in an exciting new limited edition from the Bach Archive Leipzig. Also, a CD Tip on Austrian pianist Till Fellner.

Seen: 27 January 2010
New York
Xenakis and Japan: The Inner Lives of Ghosts

Xenakis considered the theatrical form of Noh to be a supreme artistic achievement as well as emblematic of his own vision in regard to musical drama.

Interview: 5 January 2010
Bonifacio, Corsica
Corsican Melodies: Music from the Beginning of Time

Corsica is more than the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte, white sand beaches and a resilient nationalist movement. It is also home to one of the oldest singing traditions in the Mediterranean.

Christmas Books: 22 December 2009
Secret Lives of Great Composers
Just in time for the holidays, Joel Kasow reviews three new books, providing a perfect set of options for those on your gift list whom you regard highly, indifferently or hardly at all.

Travel Journal: 14 December 2009
Strange Bedfellows
The uneasy intersection of Tradition and Modernity is made all the moreso in a city so invested in its imperial past. Alan Behr recounts the good, the bad and the bewildering.

Concert Review: 6 November 2009
Dudamel in Paris: An Unforgettable Debut

Venezuelan phenomenon Gustavo Dudamel (along with more than 100 of his young countrymen and women) makes his Paris debut, bringing a stunned and enraptured audience to its feet.

Festival Review
Verbier, Switzerland

How to Ruin a Perfectly Good Music Festival
Each year, Switzerland's Verbier Festival is less about serious music and more about serious wealth, under-rehearsed "stars" and questionable artistic choices. Luckily, some true gems can still be found amidst the glittery mountain of zircons. 

Festival Review: 3 September 2009
Sceaux, France

Rare Treasure: The Festival de l’Orangerie de Sceaux
Our Patricia Boccadoro sends a dispatch from that increasingly rare setting — a successful and pleasant music festival where the focus remains on the music.

Salzburg, Austria

Two New Mozart Works Discovered
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791) wrote more than 600 works and still counting.


Judas Iscariot: Archetype of a Traitor
Christian Holy Week in Europe offers to believers and agnostics alike a unique occasion to hear some of the greatest masterworks of Western sacred music.

Interview Archives:
Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Interview Archives:
Lady Susana Walton
The wife of Sir William Walton talks to Paolo Petrocelli about her life with the British composer, and their passion for their island estate, La Mortella, off the coast of Naples, one of Europe's most beautiful private gardens.

Interview Archives
Christoph Eschenbach
What could have possibly possessed the German-born conductor to take on the Orchestre de Paris, an ensemble known for its individualistic players and capricious performance standards ? Plus, a look at the new Salle Pleyel.

Lang Lang
Chinese piano virtuoso Lang Lang talks about growing up in China and the western classical musicians who most influenced his career.

St. Moritz
Corey Cerovsek
From the alpine ski resort of St. Mortiz, Canadian fiddler and mathematician Corey Cerovsek talks to CK about playing the "Milanollo" Stradivarius of 1728.

Concert Review Archive 
Virtual Bruckner: Symphony No. 8
Ciarán McAuley reviews Bernard Haitink and the Berlin Philharmonic's performance of Anton Bruckner's Symphony No. 8.


Classical Music Interviews: Archives
Culturekiosque's critics have insider access, for interviews with leading composers, performers and conductors.

Visit our archives for interviews with such figures as Riccardo Chailly , Thomas Hampson, Eduardo Lopez Banzo, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Viktoria Mullova, Fazil Say, Gavin Bryars, Lorin Maazel, and Ton Koopman.

Also in our archives:
101 Best Classical Music CDs
Our guide to building a library of indispensable discs in a field where 500 CDs appear every month.
Also in French: 101 Meilleurs Disques de Musique Classique (en français)

Compendium of Baroque Musical Instruments
A guide to the authentic instruments used to play during the Baroque period.

Le Guide des Instruments Baroques

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