Q&A | 26 Questions for Richard Reed Parry
Born in Toronto, Richard Reed Parry grew up in a household full of a medieval music and a capella singing. After moving to Montreal, he studied music and dance at Concordia University, and while there, co-founded the indie rock band, Arcade Fire
. Between his busy schedule with the band, Parry recently returned to his roots as a composer – releasing his debut chamber music CD Heart and Breath
with Deutsche Grammophon
last June, 2014. The album features yMusic, Kronos Quartet, Nico Muhly, and Bryce Dessner. Heart and Breath
is available on iTunes
Q&A | 20 Questions for Aprile Millo
After filling in for an indisposed soprano at the Metropolitan Opera in 1984, Aprile Millo got her big break as Amelia, in Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra. The reviews rolled in, calling her “the Verdi soprano we’ve all be waiting for.” Performing in over 160 performances across 15 different, she has since gone on to become one of the most essential spinto sopranos of our time. She has performed alongside Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo, Ben Heppner, Herbert von Karajan, Riccardo Muti, James Levine, and Giuseppe Sinopoli (to name a few). Franco Zeffirelli chose her as the singing voice of Elizabeth Taylor in the bio film, “Young Toscanini”. Her career has been nothing short of remarkable, and based upon a single foundation: her voice.
LINES OF ENQUIRY | The Future of Notation Software
Daniel Spreadbury is Product Marketing Manager for Steinberg’s in-house scoring application. I had the opportunity to chat with him briefly about the ongoing development of computer music standards in the wake of the digital humanities movement, the challenge of building great software, and the future of digital music notation. Learn more about the application’s development at blog.steinberg.net, and follow Daniel @dspreadbury.
THE VOICE | Christine Goerke: This Valkyrie Rocks! (Profile)
By Neil Crory on February 6, 2015
Those who have met and/or worked with the American dramatic soprano, Christine Goerke describe her as "fun to be with", "unassuming", "down to earth", "hard working", "a real charmer" - the furthest one can get from your stereotypical, card-carrying Valkyrie...
ZERO IN | Anna Christy: "All singers hit that wall. You either come back, or you don’t"
By Joseph So on January 16, 2018
Ahead of her role as Gilda in the Canadian Opera Company's Rigoletto, the American soprano Anna Christy shares her thoughts on the fine art of balancing career and family.
Q&A | 14 Questions For Peter Oundjian
Did you know Peter Oundjian wishes he could play the Electric guitar? TSO conductor Peter Oundjian, answers our 14 questions.
Q&A | 20 Questions for Stewart Goodyear
Just mentioning the name, Stuart Goodyear around Toronto and people perk-up. To call him a pianist really doesn't cut it. He's more of a one man phenomenon - a piano superhero of sorts.Goodyear began his training at The Royal Conservatory in Toronto, and has become a go-to soloists for orchestras around the world, including Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Montreal Symphony, Toronto Symphony Orchestra (just to name a few)...
Q&A | 20 Questions for James Parker
James Parker is a one of Toronto’s true musical gems. He is at once a soloist, a chamber musician, and pianist with an incredible facility for both chamber music and solo performance. He is a founding member of Canada’s premiere ensemble, the Gryphon Trio. He has performed with nearly every major orchestra in Canada, including, the Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria, Quebec City, Edmonton, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra. He has won a total of three JUNO Recording Awards, and is an Associate Professor, and Rupert E. Edwards Chair in Piano Performance at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto.
Q&A | 20 Questions for Nicole Lizée
Nicole Lizée is a Montreal based composer who has been called a “brilliant musical scientist”. Her voice is inspired by an eclectic mix of influences including old MTV videos, turntablism, rave culture, Hitchcock, Kubrick, 1960s psychedelia and 1960s modernism. She is fascinated by forgotten sounds, analogue technology and, "glitches", which she weaves throughout her work...
FEATURE | Richard Kogan: “Resilience is a Skill, You Can Practice It"
Merger of master pianist and master psychiatrist makes Richard Kogan a powerful role model.