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Episode 17: Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider on competitions

Episode 17: Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider on competitions

October 21, 2021

Violinist and president of the Carl Nielsen International Competition Nikolaj Szeps Znaider speaks about his experience of competitions, including what he wishes he knew when he was a contestant, advice to young musicians entering competitions, and his wish to create a positive competition environment, leading to the formation of Espansiva! – an off-stage platform for competition contestants to meet fellow musicians and industry experts in an inspiring setting.

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Violin concerto, op.33: Prelude. Largo – Allegro cavallerésco

Nielsen: The Symphonies and Concertos (Live)

Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider, vln / New York Philharmonic / Alan Gilbert

Da Capo 6.200003

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Episode 16: Ayanna Witter-Johnson on playing and singing

Episode 16: Ayanna Witter-Johnson on playing and singing

October 14, 2021

Classical/R&B fusion cellist and vocalist Ayanna Witter-Johnson speaks about her musical journey, tips on song writing using a string instrument, and the logistics of playing and singing simultaneously.

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Flow My Tears – John Dowland

Arranged by John Aram, featuring Ayanna Witter-Johnson (cello and vocals)

Episode 15: Jack Liebeck on Ysaÿe Sonatas

Episode 15: Jack Liebeck on Ysaÿe Sonatas

October 7, 2021

Violinist Jack Liebeck took on a monumental lockdown project – while others were making sourdough or learning new languages, he decided to record all six solo violin sonatas by Ysaÿe. He speaks about his journey to complete this project, the idiomatic nature of Ysaÿe's writing, and which solo sonata he connected to the most.

Jack's new recording is released on 8 October 2021 on Orchid Classics.

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SIX SONATAS FOR SOLO VIOLIN, OP.27
Eugène Ysaÿe (1858-1931)
Sonata No.5 in G major
Dedicated to Matthieu Crickboom
14.  L’Aurore. Lento assai
Jack Liebeck, violin

Orchid Classics ORC100179

Episode 14: Nicolas Altstaedt on the Lutosławski Cello Concerto

Episode 14: Nicolas Altstaedt on the Lutosławski Cello Concerto

September 30, 2021

Cellist Nicolas Altstaedt speaks to online editor Davina Shum about the Lutosławski cello concerto – a piece which is quickly becoming performed more and more since Rostropovich’s premiere in 1970. Nicolas talks about his approach to learning the complexity of the score, tricky technical passages and the liberation of playing a contemporary work.

Nicolas performs this work on 1 October with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, which will be available to watch free for 48 hours from 13 November on Marquee TV.

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I. Fujarka (Piccolo) Lutosławski: Little Suite (Mala suita)
Shostakovich; Weinberg; Lutoslawski: Cello Concertos 
Nicolas Altstaedt, cello / Michal Nesterowicz, conductor / Deutsches Symfonie-Orchester Berlin 
Channel Classics CCS38116

Photo credit: Marco Borggreve

Episode 13: Dr. Renée-Paule Gauthier on dealing with performance anxiety

Episode 13: Dr. Renée-Paule Gauthier on dealing with performance anxiety

September 23, 2021

Dr. Renée-Paule Gauthier is a violinist and high-performance coach for musicians. In this episode about performance anxiety and nerves, she spoke with online editor Davina Shum about self-compassion, assessment vs judgement when playing and dealing with inner battles when the stakes are so high.

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Episode 12: Maxim Vengerov on Ravel

Episode 12: Maxim Vengerov on Ravel

September 16, 2021

Ahead of his performance on 23 September at the InClassica International Music Festival in Dubai, violinist Maxim Vengerov chats to online editor Davina Shum about three different pieces of violin repertoire: Tzigane by Ravel, Seascapes by Alexey Shor and Meditation by Massenet.

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Lalo: Symphonie Espagnole; Saint-Saens: Violin Concerto; Ravel: Tzigane

Maxim Vengerov, vln / Antonio Pappano, conductor / Philharmonia Orchestra

Warner Classics B019GRSR7A

Photo credit: B. Ealovega

Episode 11: Jesus Rodolfo‘s 1696 ‘Spanish Court‘ Stradivari viola replica

Episode 11: Jesus Rodolfo‘s 1696 ‘Spanish Court‘ Stradivari viola replica

September 9, 2021

Violist Jesus Rodolfo chats to online editor Davina Shum about his distinctive instrument – a copy of the 1696 ‘Spanish Court’ Stradivari. Listen to him speak about seeing the original instrument for the first time as a child, intricate details of the instrument, and how playing a modern instrument can benefit one’s playing.

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Excerpt of III. Andante from Cello Sonata in G minor by Rachmaninov used with permission from Jesus Rodolfo

Episode 10: Joshua Bell on Piazzolla

Episode 10: Joshua Bell on Piazzolla

September 2, 2021

Violinist Joshua Bell chats to online editor Davina Shum about the music of Astor Piazzolla – 2021 being the centenary of the composer’s birth. Ahead of his performance of The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires at the BBC Proms with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Joshua spoke about his experiences playing the music of Piazzolla, taking the music seriously and unexpected string techniques.

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Joshua Bell’s Seasons – Vivaldi vs Piazzolla: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000z2j0

Excerpt of 'Oblivion' by Astor Piazzolla used with permission from Joshua Bell.

Joshua Bell, violin

Carel Kraayenhof, bandoneon

Edgar Meyer, double bass

Sony Classical 88697 52716 2

Photo credit: Phil Knott

Episode 09: Anne Akiko Meyers on new commissions

Episode 09: Anne Akiko Meyers on new commissions

August 26, 2021

Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers speaks about commissioning works and cadenzas, pairing the old with the new and how she works closely with composers. Ahead of her premiere performance of 'Fandango' by Arturo Marquez, she speaks about the uniqueness of mariachi style and technique.

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Excerpt of 'Fantasia' by Rautavaara used with permission from Anne Akiko Meyers

 

Photo credit: David Zentz

 

 

Episode 08: Christian Li’s life as a young violinist

Episode 08: Christian Li’s life as a young violinist

August 19, 2021

Ahead of his album release ‘The Four Seasons,’ 13-year-old violinist Christian Li speaks with online editor Davina Shum about his life as a young musician: his practice routine, warm-up exercises, pre-performance routines, as well as what he likes to get up to when he’s not playing the violin.

Christian is a student of Dr Robin Wilson, head of violin at the Australian National Academy of Music.

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Excerpt of Concerto No.4 in F minor RV 297 ‘Winter’ I. Allegro non molto used with permission from Christian Li and Decca Classics

Christian Li violin

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Howard Penny cello

Donald Nicolson harpsichord

Nicholas Pollock lute

 

Photo credit: Albert Comper

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