Der renommierte Pianist und Gründer des Beaux Arts Trio, Menahem Pressler wurde 2011 von der Jury der International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) mit dem Lifetime Achievement Award ausgezeichnet. Mit 88 Jahren war er immer noch einer der gefragtesten Künstler und Lehrer sowie einer der aktivsten Musiker unserer Zeit. Remy Franck machte 2011 folgendes Interview mit ihm, dass wir jetzt, nachdem Pressler im Alter von 99 Jahren verstorben ist, wiederveröffentlichen.

Menahem Pressler
Photo: Bjoern Woll/ICMA

Maestro, was bedeutet Musik für Sie?
Musik ist nicht nur wichtig für mich, unter allen Gesichtspunkten, Musik ist ganz einfach alles für mich: meine große Liebe, mein Leben, meine Existenz, mein Beruf. Im Rückblick bedeutet sie sogar noch viel mehr, weil ich ja zu einem gewissen Zeitpunkt ein Exilant war. Als ich 1938 aus Deutschland flüchtete, war quasi von einem Tag auf den anderen mein ganzes Umfeld verändert. Read More →

Karol Mossakowski, titular organist of the Cavaillé-Coll organ in Saint-Sulpice in Paris since last February, is one of the most promising artists among the rising figures of the young organ school. This year he is a prizewinner of the ICMA  (International Classical Music Awards). Here is an interview with ResMusica, member of the ICMA jury.

Karol Mossakowski

You have a brilliant international career throughout Europe and France in particular where you live, where does this close link with this country come from?
I have always been fascinated by the tradition of the organ and organists in France. I arrived in Paris in 2011 for my studies at the Conservatoire, then I worked at Radio France, and at the cathedral in Lille. Read More →

On 21 April, the National Forum of Music in Wrocław, Poland, is hosting the annual ICMA Award Ceremony and Gala concert. Jakub Puchalski from ICMA Jury member Polskie Radio Chopin made the following interview with Andrzej Kosendiak, the Director of NFM.

Andrzej Kosendiak
(c) Lukasz Rajchert

The National Forum of Music is a musical institution, but it’s also a venue – a new complex of four concert halls in Wrocław. A good concert hall for the Wrocław Philharmonic had been talked about for decades. How did the National Forum of Music emerge from these many different plans and concepts?
The story of the NFM began in 2002, when Rafał Dutkiewicz was elected Mayor of Wrocław. The project to build a concert hall was on his agenda. At that time I was his advisor in preparing the programme for culture. Later he hired me as his plenipotentiary – and work began on the construction of the hall. Read More →

Timothy Hopkins dares to do what few dare to do. Born in 1995, the German-American cellist plays iconic violin literature – on the cello. And as if this was not enough, he recorded these demanding works, including Paganini's 24th Caprice and Saint-Saëns' Rondo Capriccioso, for his first album. Tabea Sedlak made the following interview with the young musician.

Timothy Hopkins

Timothy Hopkins’ first instrument was the piano, then he discovered the cello. With a musical home, his curiosity and a little bit of luck in his luggage – as he says himself – he made rapid progress: While he was still going to school, he became a junior student, later completing his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Leipzig and Berlin. However, the ambitious young artist’s first career steps fell during the lockdown period of the corona pandemic – and put a « good spanner in the works » for Hopkins, as he tells us in an interview. Read More →

Fresh from her personal success as Antonia in Tales of Hoffmann at La Scala, Eleonora Buratto is experiencing a particularly happy moment in her career: the Mantuan soprano, in fact, in recent years has racked up a series of debuts in a very wide repertoire, ranging from Rossini's Otello to Puccini’s Butterfly, passing through that Verdi which, between Ernani and Don Carlo, increasingly appears to be the cornerstone of her current and future career. Nicola Cattò (from ICMA Jury member Musica) met (via Skype) with Eleonora Buratto the day after the end of performances of Offenbach's opera Les Contes d'Hoffmann and just before she left for New York, where she sung Mimì in a series of performances of Bohème: the occasion was (also) to talk about the recording of Rossini's Messa di gloria, conducted by Tony Pappano, which won the ICMA 2023 award in the Choral Music category.

Eleonora Buratto

Next year you will be celebrating 15 years of your career, yet because of the breadth of your repertoire and the prestige of the theatres in which you sing, it seems that many more have passed: is it already time for a first balance sheet?
Is that so? I had not realized that! Actually yes, a first balance sheet is also useful to remind yourself of the milestones you have reached, how you reached them, if there were any mistakes, to understand if you could have done better so as not to repeat, in the future, errors of judgment. Read More →

This year, the jury of International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) honours Italian pianist Alessandro Marangoni with a special prize for this ponderous recording venture, which has come to an end and which Naxos has published in a single boxed set. In the ICMA Gala concert in Wroclaw, Marangoni will play Chopin's Andante spianato et Grande polonaise brillante in the (uncommon) version with orchestra on 21 April. Here is an article from the Italian Jury member Musica, by Nicola Cattò and Luca Segalla.

Alessandro Marangoni
(c) Daniele Cruciani

There are several pianists who have approached, in the last fifteen years, the curious and provocative pieces and bits from the fourteen volumes of Péchés de vieillesse, old Rossini’s enigmatic musical testament. Marangoni’s is, however, the first truly complete one, extending to all the chamber music and all the vocal pieces (almost all of them recorded with Italian singers), including pieces coeval with the Péchés but not present in the volumes of the official collection, as well as some twenty recently discovered unpublished pieces. Read More →

Since he wrote Winternacht in 1978, the reference to snow has gradually become a constant in the music of Hans Abrahamsen (Copenhagen, *1952). “It captures me”, he says. “What fascinates me about snow is its whiteness, as well as the idea that it can turn to ice”. But Abrahamsen is also very aware of “the other side of winter”, he clarifies, which is that “after winter comes spring”. That is precisely what happens at the end of Winternacht, but also at the end of his opera The Snow Queen (2019), whose production and subsequent DVD release, in its English version, by the Bayerische Staatsoper has just been awarded at the ICMA 2023. With this in mind, Jesús Castañer from ICMA'S Jury member Scherzo shared a warm conversation about his opera and some of his more recent creative interests. 

Hans Abrahamsen
(c) Lars Skaaning

You have written your first opera, The Snow Queen (2019), at the age of 62. Did you think about making an opera before?
Yes. I had plans to write an opera in 1988, but I never managed to find the right story, and also I hadn’t developed a vocal writing of my own to do something like that. Read More →

Im Januar dieses Jahres kündigte die Jury der International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) die Einführung eines Classeek Awards an, um einen außergewöhnlichen jungen Musiker unter den Finalisten des Classeek-Botschafter-Programms zu fördern. Diese Plattform für aufstrebende Künstler, zu deren wichtigsten Initiativen ein jährliches Programm zur Entdeckung, Unterstützung und Förderung junger, vielversprechender klassischer Musiker gehört, ist eine der wichtigsten Initiativen. Marc-André Teruel, ein französisch-österreichischer Kontrabassist, ist der erste Empfänger dieses neuen ICMA-Preises. Er wird seine Trophäe bei der ICMA-Preisverleihung am 21. April in Wroclaw, Polen, entgegennehmen. Charlotte Saulneron von ResMusica, Mitglied der Jury, führte ein Interview mit dem Musiker.

Marc-André Teruel

Wenn man über Ihre Arbeit spricht, wird oft von Ihrer Fähigkeit gesprochen, « neue Grenzen zu überschreiten ». Sind Sie mit diesem Ansatz einverstanden? Und wenn ja, können Sie uns erklären, welche Grenzen Sie überschreiten?
Der Kontrabass in der Welt der klassischen Musik unterliegt vielen Klischees: Er ist zu tief, um Solist zu sein, er muss begleiten, er hat kein Repertoire. Historisch gesehen hat dieses Instrument immer eine begleitende Rolle gespielt. Wenn Leute, die über meine Arbeit sprechen, davon sprechen, dass sie « bestimmte Grenzen verschieben », berührt mich das sehr, denn es bringt die Dinge voran: Die Wahrnehmung des Kontrabasses ändert sich. Read More →

Am 24. März startet das Luxemburger öffentlich-rechtliche Radio 100,7 ein reines Klassik-Programm im Internet, Opus 100,7. Remy Franck hat sich mit dem Musikchef des Senders, Luc Boentges unterhalten.

Was hat Sie dazu bewegt, dieses Projekt in Angriff zu nehmen?
Hinter der Gründung von Opus 100,7 stehen zwei Überlegungen. Einerseits hat es mit der Erkenntnis zu tun, dass die Klassik-Szene in Luxemburg sehr aktiv ist.
Motivierte Musiker und Musikerinnen präsentieren regelmäßig spannende Programme, Konzerte werden über das ganze Land verstreut organisiert und auch international erlangt die Szene eine immer größere Aufmerksamkeit. Dies geht Hand in Hand mit einer fortschreitenden Professionalisierung des Sektors. Dieser Dynamik möchte der Média de Service Public 100,7 gerecht werden, indem er der klassischen Musik mit Opus 100,7 ein neues Zuhause bietet. Read More →

One of the best opera singers today, Albanian soprano Ermonela Jaho was named Artist of the Year 2023 by the International Classical Music Awards jury. A great opportunity to have an ample discussion with a tremendous artist about art, music, sacrifices, the hard work you need to put in constantly, and best of all about emotions and the power of vulnerability. Irina Cristina Vasilescu, from ICMA Jury member Radio Romania Muzical had a conversation over the phone with Ermonela Jaho in Sydney, rehearsing for her performances with Adriana Lecouvreur. Her ambition and generosity can be felt in each of her answers.  .

Ermonela Jaho
@Fadil Berisha

Ermonela Jaho, I would like to briefly go over some of the most important moments of your professional life. I read somewhere that as a child you wanted to be a pop singer. Is that true?
Yes, it is true. When you’re a child that is the music that impacts you the most and you want to become famous immediately, those dreams start that way, as a game. So it started like that but after that I realized my soul belonged to classical music. Read More →

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