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Q&A | 10 Questions For Alison Yun-Fei Jiang (video edition)

By Ludwig Van on April 3, 2019

Ludwig Van gets to know composer Alison Yun-Fei Jiang, and her thoughts on the trials and tribulations of being a composer.
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Nuit Blanche's heavenly guest is Harpist Sylvain Blassel and his magical Goldberg Variations

By John Terauds on September 29, 2012

Just as Glenn Gould proved to the world that J.S. Bach’s immortal Aria and interlinked variations, written for a two-manual harpsichord, could be played on a single, 88-key modern keyboard, Blassel proved to the world five years ago that it could be done on a concert harp’s 47 strings.
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FEATURE | One Last Hurrah At The 2017 Montreal International Music Competition

By Jennifer Liu on May 15, 2017

Jennifer Liu catches up with Measha Brueggergosman, Christiane LeBlanc, James Norcop and the MIMC laureates for some post-competition talking points.
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FEATURE | How A Couple From Canada Brought 'Come From Away' To The World

By Anya Wassenberg on April 30, 2019

From Broadway to London’s West End, Come From Away is the Canadian theatre feel-good story of the century. But, the story behind the celebrated musical begins in Canada, and with a show that was the hit of Toronto Fringe a decade ago.
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Interview: Canadian Opera Company offers Toronto an early glimpse at remarkable young tenor René Barbera

By John Terauds on April 14, 2012

That can’t possibly be true. Not all great videos go viral, but terrible or boring one’s simply don’t.
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INTERVIEW | Christine Goerke Is Ready To Unleash Her Brünnhilde On The Met

By Joseph So on March 21, 2019

The American dramatic soprano Christine Goerke, the Met’s newest Brünnhilde, shares her thoughts on singing the warrior maiden.
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Interview: The art of interpretation begins with first impressions for pianist Cédric Tiberghien

By John Terauds on July 29, 2013

Tiberghien, who grew up about 100 km north of Paris, has been playing professionally for about 20 years, winning over audience after audience, conductor after conductor. His success has taken hundreds of overnights, dozens of concertos, numerous collaborations and a handful of critically praised recordings.
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Improvising classical musicians a rare treat in Ron Davis’s Symphronica

By Margaret Lam on October 27, 2013

What does it take to pull together an improvising string quartet? From what I’ve learned sitting in on the rehearsals for Ron Davis’s three Symphronica concerts at Lula Lounge — the first of which took place Sunday evening — it takes a combination of serious musicianship, affinity for different musical traditions, and an open collaborative spirit.
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Interview: Amateur is just a label for Toronto pianist Ricker Choi

By Margaret Lam on October 24, 2012

Toronto analyst-by-day, pianist-by-night Ricker Choi is a case in point.
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Q&A | 10 Questions For Christina Volpini

By Ludwig Van on March 22, 2019

Canadian composer Christina Volpini talks with Ludwig Van about her hot-off-the-press score for Toronto's Esprit Orchestra, "as within, so without".
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