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February 24, 2020

On May 6, 2020, pianist-composer Michael Brown will perform the world premiere of his Concerto No. 1 for Piano and Strings with the Gilmore Festival Chamber Orchestra in Kalamazoo, Michigan. A highlight of this year’s Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, the May 6 concert is the first of two performances of the new work this spring: on June 6 Brown takes it to Wroclaw, Poland, where the NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra will present the European premiere under the baton of Joseph Swensen. A joint commission from the two organizations, the concerto was written to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven.

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February 16, 2020

Souvenirs, debut album of the Rolston String Quartet, has been selected as a recording of the month for March 2020 by BBC Music Magazine. Commenting on the all-Tchaikovsky album in the magazine’s official website, classical-music.com, Erik Levi writes, “This beautifully recorded debut release confirms not only the Rolston String Quartet’s superb technical accomplishment and their impeccably blended sound, but also a maturity of interpretative approach that can only be achieved after long and patient engagement with the music.” Released last year . . .

January 24, 2020

NPR’s From the Top, the nationally distributed radio program showcasing America’s brightest young classical musicians, has named violinist Tessa Lark to a newly formed team of co-hosts and creative artists beginning with the 2020-21 season. CLICK HERE to read more.

December 1, 2019

American violinist Elena Urioste has been named Artist of the Month by the U.K.’s Classical Music magazine. In a November 28 interview with Toby Deller in that publication ...

November 20, 2019

Violinist Tessa Lark has been nominated for a 2020 GRAMMY® Award in the Best Classical Instrumental Solo category. CLICK HERE to listen to the recording.

November 18, 2019

On November 1, 2019, Canada’s award-winning Rolston String Quartet released its debut recording on the Fuga Libera label. An all-Tchaikovsky album called Souvenirs, it includes the String Quartet No. 1 in D Major, Op. 11; Children’s Album, Op. 39, as arranged for string quartet by Rostislav Dubinsky; and the work whose title inspires that of the CD, the String Sextet in D Minor “Souvenir de Florence,” Op. 70. Joining . . .

November 15, 2019

New York’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts has recognized violinist Tessa Lark as one of eleven Emerging Artists for 2020 and the recipient of its prestigious Hunt Family Award. In a November 14 news release announcing the awards, Lark is cited by Lincoln Center Artistic Director Jane Moss as “a brilliant musical force who defies categorization. On and offstage, she conveys expressive warmth and grounded authenticity. She engages effortlessly with audiences.”

Lark is the sole individual to be nominated as an Emerging Artist this year by the center itself rather than one of its many discipline-specific resident organizations such the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, Film at Lincoln Center, Juilliard School, and New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. She will make her Lincoln Center recital debut May 10, 2020, on the Great Performers Series. Lark will also perform at a gala awards celebration recognizing the 2020 Emerging Artists, scheduled for February 26 in Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall.

October 14, 2019

Championing the work of living American composers has long been an important part of pianist Gabriela Martinez’s career. Dan Visconti's 2014 composition Amplified Soul is the title selection on her debut solo CD, a Delos release that also includes White Lies for Lomax (2007) by Mason Bates. Now Martinez is giving voice to the piano music of 39-year-old American composer Adam Schoenberg ...

October 5, 2019

For his recital debut with Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival on July 24, 2019, pianist-composer Michael Brown performed for a rapt audience at the Kaplan Penthouse, offering a late-night program consisting of Mendelssohn's "Variations Sérieuses," his own "Folk Variations," and a set of Beethoven variations thematically linked to that composer's "Eroica" Symphony, which the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra had performed just minutes earlier in Lincoln Center's Geffen Hall. Here's what New York Times critic Anthony Tommasini had to say:

"Since the final movement of the 'Eroica' Symphony, which many in his audience had just heard, is an epic set of variations, Mr. Brown began with a colorful account of Mendelssohn's impetuous 'Variations Sérieuses,' then played his own flinty yet playfully pointillist 'Folk Variations.' Nodding to the orchestra's earlier program, he ended his recital with a fearless performance of Beethoven's momumental 'Eroica' Variations, in which Beethoven tried out themes later used in the symphony."

August 25, 2019

In case you missed the recent performance by Harlem Quartet with jazz bassist John Patitucci at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Dizzy's Club, be sure to watch the video.

With a spectacular view of Central Park anwatch the videod a state-of-the-art sound system, Dizzy's Club is known as one of the best jazz venues in New York City. Harlem Quartet with John Patitucci were featured August 12 on the Monday Nights with WBGO series, performing to a full house.

Harlem Quartet with John Patitucci
July 9, 2019

Tessa Lark & Michael Thurber will make their debut at the Mostly Mozart Festival on August 8, 2019. Their debut coincides with the release of their debut album Invention. 

June 24, 2019

Sciolino Artist Management has announced that the Rolston String Quartet has joined its roster for representation in the United States. 

May 17, 2019

What are the odds the Delaware Symphony Orchestra would find a cellist with a penchant for filmmaking to perform a concerto by a composer famous for his film scores in a program titled “Roman Hollywood?” Not very good, right? Well, the DSO has beaten the odds and tonight at The Grand Opera House in Wilmington, full-time cellist and sometimes filmmaker Nicholas Canellakis will solo in Miklos Rozsa’s Cello Concerto.

Nicholas Canellakis
April 16, 2019

As an orchestral soloist and a member of the highly acclaimed Harlem Quartet, Melissa White has thrilled concert audiences on five continents with the sound of her violin. Now the sound of that violin is bringing a different kind of thrill to audiences well outside the concert hall ...

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