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Arthur Rubinstein Virtual PianoFest kicks off

The Rubinstein Competition and the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music (BMSM) at Tel Aviv University have partnered up to created the Arthur Rubinstein Virtual PianoFest, which will run from 5-21 May.

The festival includes a wide variety of events, encompassing famous laureates of the Rubinstein Competition, rising pianists on the Israeli and international scene, and leading pedagogues and composers.

The events broadly fall into... See More

Arthur Rubinstein Virtual PianoFest kicks off

The Rubinstein Competition and the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music (BMSM) at Tel Aviv University have partnered up to created the Arthur Rubinstein Virtual PianoFest, which will run from 5-21 May.

The festival includes a wide variety of events, encompassing famous laureates of the Rubinstein Competition, rising pianists on the Israeli and international scene, and leading pedagogues and composers.

The events broadly fall into three areas - livestreamed recitals, broadcasts of classic archive performances from the competition's past years, and supporting discussion-based events. All events take place at 6pm Israel time / 5pm Central European Time / 4pm British Summer Time / 11am Eastern Daylight Time.

#ArthurRubinstein #BMSM #festival #competition #teacher #parent #student #composer #recital #livestream

With an aim to share their love of music with children, Singaporean conductor Kahchun Wong and Marina Mahler - the granddaughter of renowned composer Gustav Mahler - founded Project Infinitude.

Together with Child at Street 11 - a charity and pre-school for children from diverse and under-resourced backgrounds - the project provides an inclusive space for children to explore classical music.

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With an aim to share their love of music with children, Singaporean conductor Kahchun Wong and Marina Mahler - the granddaughter of renowned composer Gustav Mahler - founded Project Infinitude.

Together with Child at Street 11 - a charity and pre-school for children from diverse and under-resourced backgrounds - the project provides an inclusive space for children to explore classical music.

#KahchunWong #MarinaMahler #GustavMahler #ProjectInfinitude #conductor #composer #ChildAtStreet11 #NurembergSymphonyOrchestra

Hunker down at home a bit longer is the message a Greek pianist has sent to a world in coronavirus lockdown with his latest composition, the Isolation Waltz: and he's just seven years old.

Stelios Kerasidis first performed in public at the age of three, and has played in New York's Carnegie Hall and the Royal Albert Hall in London.

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Hunker down at home a bit longer is the message a Greek pianist has sent to a world in coronavirus lockdown with his latest composition, the Isolation Waltz: and he's just seven years old.

Stelios Kerasidis first performed in public at the age of three, and has played in New York's Carnegie Hall and the Royal Albert Hall in London.

#SteliosKerasidis #composer #covid19 #coronavirus #SocialDistancing #pandemic #TogetherAtHome #StayAtHome #waltz

For the Canadian pianist Stewart Goodyear, Beethoven has been a lifelong project. Aged three, he listened to an entire 12-LP set of Beethoven’s piano sonatas in a day. At five he set to work on the symphonies.

Would this deep obsession give his Complete Beethoven Piano Concertos, with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Andrew Constantine, edge or distinction in a crowded market? Yes. The results are fleet-fingered, insightful and imaginative, capturing an essential sense of... See More

For the Canadian pianist Stewart Goodyear, Beethoven has been a lifelong project. Aged three, he listened to an entire 12-LP set of Beethoven’s piano sonatas in a day. At five he set to work on the symphonies.

Would this deep obsession give his Complete Beethoven Piano Concertos, with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Andrew Constantine, edge or distinction in a crowded market? Yes. The results are fleet-fingered, insightful and imaginative, capturing an essential sense of improvisation in the cadenzas (Goodyear is also a composer).

#beethoven #StewartGoodyear #composer #sonata #symphony #orchestra #concerto #AndrewConstantine #NationalOrchestraWales #improvisation

From the SSO archives, we present Soir, Rêves, Fantaisie from the Second Symphony by Singapore composer Tan Chan Boon (b. 1965). Recorded live at the Esplanade Concert Hall, 7 Jul 2017, conducted by Lan Shui.

This is an audio recording with video slideshow.

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From the SSO archives, we present Soir, Rêves, Fantaisie from the Second Symphony by Singapore composer Tan Chan Boon (b. 1965). Recorded live at the Esplanade Concert Hall, 7 Jul 2017, conducted by Lan Shui.

This is an audio recording with video slideshow.

#covid19 #coronavirus #SocialDistancing #pandemic #TogetherAtHome #StayAtHome #sso #SSOPlayOn #orchestra #online #virtual #TanChanBoon #symphony #composer #LanShui #conductor

National anthem composer Zubir Said was actually commissioned by the City Council in 1958 to write a song for the reopening of the renovated Victoria Theatre.

In 1959, when the agreement on self-government was reached, the then Deputy Prime Minister, Toh Chin Chye, thought the song would be a good anthem.

But when it had to be shortened to serve that purpose, Zubir almost had his masterpiece taken from him.

“He hadn’t submitted his version yet. He found out … that... See More

National anthem composer Zubir Said was actually commissioned by the City Council in 1958 to write a song for the reopening of the renovated Victoria Theatre.

In 1959, when the agreement on self-government was reached, the then Deputy Prime Minister, Toh Chin Chye, thought the song would be a good anthem.

But when it had to be shortened to serve that purpose, Zubir almost had his masterpiece taken from him.

“He hadn’t submitted his version yet. He found out … that someone else had done the shortening without his authority. And it wasn’t a good job,” relates emeritus professor of physics and former SSO board director Bernard Tan.

“He wrote … a very angry letter to (Minister for Culture) S Rajaratnam. And the day that he wrote the letter was the day that the bill for the national anthem was going to the Legislative Assembly. The bill was withdrawn.”

#ZubirSaid #NationalAnthem #composer #DoYouKnow

From the SSO archives, recordings of the father of Singapore classical music, Leong Yoon Pin (5 Aug 1932 - 13 April 2011).

On Wed 8 Apr, we will publish videos featuring the music of Leong Yoon Pin, performed by the SSO.

#sso #livestream #orchestra... See More

From the SSO archives, recordings of the father of Singapore classical music, Leong Yoon Pin (5 Aug 1932 - 13 April 2011).

On Wed 8 Apr, we will publish videos featuring the music of Leong Yoon Pin, performed by the SSO.

#sso #livestream #orchestra #composer #covid19 #coronavirus #SocialDistancing #pandemic #TogetherAtHome #StayAtHome #SGUnited

The dazzling UK-based Malaysian pianist Mei Yi Foo was recently in residence at the Conservatory, showcasing compositions by leading composers from Malaysia and Singapore, including works by YST faculty Chen Zhangyi, Adeline Wong, Chow JunYan, as well as Chung Shih Hoh, Joyce Koh, Americ Goh, Chie Tsang Lee, and Samuel Cho.

The performance was accompanied by a forum, where Foo and the composers illuminated on their work and artistic approach. Foo also shared her wisdom with our... See More

The dazzling UK-based Malaysian pianist Mei Yi Foo was recently in residence at the Conservatory, showcasing compositions by leading composers from Malaysia and Singapore, including works by YST faculty Chen Zhangyi, Adeline Wong, Chow JunYan, as well as Chung Shih Hoh, Joyce Koh, Americ Goh, Chie Tsang Lee, and Samuel Cho.

The performance was accompanied by a forum, where Foo and the composers illuminated on their work and artistic approach. Foo also shared her wisdom with our students in a chamber masterclass that proved to be both educational and enlightening.

#MeiYiFoo #yst #ystmusic #conservatory #ystconservatory #composer #masterclass #education

MOD files, or module files, are essentially music files that can be transferred between computers and shared with friends. Unknown to some, the humble MOD files of days past spawned a whole movement around the world that got people interested in digital music and created a demoscene subculture.

MOD music created a generation of composers, known as tracker musicians, some of whom gained an international following. MOD music became so widely-accepted, it even made its way into computer... See More

MOD files, or module files, are essentially music files that can be transferred between computers and shared with friends. Unknown to some, the humble MOD files of days past spawned a whole movement around the world that got people interested in digital music and created a demoscene subculture.

MOD music created a generation of composers, known as tracker musicians, some of whom gained an international following. MOD music became so widely-accepted, it even made its way into computer games.

#mod #digital #compose #composer #tracker #game #midi #synthesizer #demo

Though MIDI has done an exceptional job of digitizing music for the last 37 years, it hasn’t been perfect.

In early January 2020, the MIDI Manufacturers Association, the nonprofit organization that manages MIDI, announced the release of MIDI 2.0. The new protocol involved years of work from the organization’s volunteers, and getting companies like Google, Apple, Microsoft, and all of the major music manufacturers on board.

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Though MIDI has done an exceptional job of digitizing music for the last 37 years, it hasn’t been perfect.

In early January 2020, the MIDI Manufacturers Association, the nonprofit organization that manages MIDI, announced the release of MIDI 2.0. The new protocol involved years of work from the organization’s volunteers, and getting companies like Google, Apple, Microsoft, and all of the major music manufacturers on board.

#midi #upgrade #synthesizer #release #compose #composer