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In today’s Classical News: UK Music proposes law to protect music venues, Alistair Rutherford breaks another world record. Matthias Bamert is to be the head conductor of the Sapporo Symphony Orchestra and Semyon Bychkov is to be the new head conductor of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. Also a brief history of Eastern German Label Amiga.

Classical Music Magazine

UK Music proposes law to protect music venues

UK Music has revealed plans to protect music venues threatened with closure.

Choir and Organ

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire announces new head of organ

Daniel Moult is to succeed Henry Fairs as head of organ at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

The Telegraph

Opera singer and film writer ex-boyfriend in High Court battle over who wrote the script to a Hollywood blockbuster

An opera singer is locked in a High Court battle with her film writer former boyfriend over who wrote the script to a Hollywood blockbuster.

Playbill

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Musicians Get 21 Percent Pay Raise

The musicians of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra have been awarded a 21% pay raise following a three-year pay freeze.

Limelight

Alistair Rutherford, The Running Viola, strikes again

British violist smashes Guinness World Record for running the marathon dressed as a musical instrument.

NPR

Opera Director Yuval Sharon Awarded MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grant

American opera and theater director Yuval Sharon has earned one of the most prestigious – and lucrative — honors in the arts world.

The Washington Post

Bychkov becomes new chief director of Czech Philharmonic

The Czech Philharmonic says Semyon Bychkov has been appointed as its new chief conductor and music director.The orchestra said Monday that Bychkov assumes his full duties at the beginning of the 2018-’19 season.

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Bamert Chefdirigent des japanischen Sapporo Symphony Orchestra

Der Schweizer Dirigent Matthias Bamert wird ab April 2018 für vorerst drei Jahre Chefdirigent des japanischen Sapporo Symphony Orchestra.

Musik heute

Bychkov neuer Chefdirigent der Tschechischen Philharmonie

Semyon Bychkov (64) ist neuer Chefdirigent der Tschechischen Philharmonie. Der US-Amerikaner russischer Herkunft unterschrieb am Montag einen Fünfjahresvertrag, der mit der Saison 2018/2019 beginnt, wie das Kulturministerium in Prag mitteilte

Deutschlandfunk Kultur

70 Jahre Plattenlabel Amiga. Geschichte von Einflussnahme, Anpassung und Zensur

Vor 70 Jahren presste und vertrieb das Label Amiga die ersten Schallplatten im Nachkriegs-Deutschland. Zum Jubiläum erzählt eine Ausstellung die Geschichte der Plattenfirma.

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(Written on October 17, 2017 )

In today’s news: The BBC launches new season of opera special programmes, new music industry report released and Sondheim on West Side Story. Berlin State Opera offers free concert, Alain Altinoglu’s debut with the Berlin Philharmonic, and music festival for sacred music at the bay of Mont-Saint-Michel/France.

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BBC tests whether sopranos really can shatter glass

The BBC launches a new season of opera-themed programmes, including a Tomorrow’s World special, a V&A collaboration, and Lucy Worsley has a night at the opera.

Classic FM

Classic FM make a case for Mahler’s Symphony No. 7  (with GIFs!)

“Take an hour and a bit to yourself, tidy your room, rearrange your sock drawer and have a listen to this epic piece of music which quite literally reinvented the orchestra.”

Rhinegold

UK Music releases ‘Measuring Music’ report

The annual economic study by UK Music and its members showed that the music industry continued to grow last year across almost every sector of the business.

The Guardian

How we made West Side Story

Stephen Sondheim and Broadway leading lady Chita Riviera on the enduring success of the American theatre classic.

Broadway World

Les Miserables North American Tour Launches Tonight in Providence

Les Mis begins its North American Tour at the Providence Performing Arts Center in Providence, Rhode Island.

Klassik Heute

Alain Altinoglu debütiert bei den Berliner Philharmonikern

Die Saison 2017/18 beginnt der französische Dirigent Alain Altinoglu mit einem besonderen Debüt: Am 21. September steht er erstmals am Pult der Berliner Philharmoniker.

Pizzicato

Kent Naganos ‘Ring’ startet mit Symposium

Kent Naganos Projekt Richard Wagners ‘Der Ring des Nibelungen’ zusammen mit ‘Concerto Köln’ in historisch informierter Aufführungspraxis vorzustellen, beginnt am 29. September mit einem Symposium in der Universität zu Köln.

Kultur Radio

Staatsoper veranstaltet Gratis-Konzert

Zu einem “Konzert für Berlin” lädt die Staatsoper Unter den Linden am 7. Oktober bei freiem Eintritt ein. Es beginnt um 12:30 Uhr und wird auch auf den Bebelplatz übertragen.

Le Figaro

La musique sacrée s’invite, le temps d’un festival, en baie du Mont-Saint-Michel

Via Aeterna, nouveau festival de musique sacrée s’ouvre jeudi pour quatre jours au Mont-Saint-Michel et dans ses environs, à l’initiative du directeur de la Folle journée de Nantes et du groupe de presse Bayard.

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(Written on September 21, 2017 )

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra has announced further details of their August/September 2017 tour taking place on mainland Europe and the UK.

The orchestra is embarking on an extensive summer programme, following on from a successful tour in Hong Kong and China earlier in 2017. The CSO most recently toured Europe in 2008, before Maestro Louis Langrée took up the position as conductor and Music Director in the 2013/14 season.

In addition to the BBC Proms performance on Sunday 27th August, the orchestra will be performing at the following venues:

25th August: Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh
29th August: Palacio de Congreso del Kursaal, San Sebastian
30th August: Palacio de Congreso del Kursaal, San Sebastian
31st August: Palacio de Festivales de Cantabria, Santander
3rd September: Muziekgebouw, Eindhoven
4th September: Tivoli Vredenburg, Utrecht
5th September: Queen Elisabeth Hall, Antwerp
8th September: Seine Musicale, Paris
9th September: Seine Musicale, Paris

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(Written on May 15, 2017 )

We are delighted to announce that the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra will be performing at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 27th August as part of the 2017 BBC Proms programme.

Led by Musical Director Louis Langrée, the programme for the evening will be in keeping with the CSO’s history of championing American music, with a performance of Leonard Bernstein’s ‘Symphonic Suite’ from On the Waterfront, a highly descriptive symphonic portrait of New York City. In 1942, at the height of World War Two, the CSO premiered Aaron Copland’s ‘Lincoln Portrait’ written as a musical tribute to the former president, and will perform it again with a special guest speaker to be announced soon. Tchaikovsky’s majestic Symphony No. 5 will conclude the second half of the concert.

Founded in 1895, the CSO is the sixth oldest orchestra in the United States, and the first to be broadcast to a national radio audience in 1921. This concert coincides with an extensive European tour in which the CSO will visit countries including Scotland, Spain, and others to be announced soon.

Details of all concerts and events in the 2017 Proms season were announced today. Tickets are now available to purchase from the Royal Albert Hall website.

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(Written on April 20, 2017 )

“We are delighted to welcome back the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for their European tour in the summer of 2017, having executed a successful creative PR campaign for the release of ‘Concertos for Orchestra’. The CSO is an incredibly versatile and forward-thinking ensemble, and we look forward to developing and sharing their stories with European audiences.” – Olivia Brown, Head of Creative Strategy & Marketing

The orchestra will visit several cities in countries around Europe this summer, with dates at the Edinburgh International Festival and San Sebastian already confirmed and more to be announced shortly. In March 2017 it was announced that Louis Langrée was to remain Music Director of the CSO for the 2019-2020 season.

Founded in 1895, the CSO is the sixth oldest orchestra in the United States and the first to be broadcast to a national radio audience in 1921. With a rich history of music making directly linked to the community in the state of Ohio, the CSO ordinarily reside in the Venetian gothic ‘Music Hall’ building, which recently underwent extensive renovation and restoration. The 2017 tour will bring American musical excellence to audiences across Europe, delighting fans new and old with their ‘richness, precision and intensity’ of performance.

CSO previously released live recorded album ‘Concertos for Orchestra’ in November 2016 on the orchestra’s own label ‘Fanfare’, featuring world premieres of seven pieces by contemporary composers. Works from this album will feature among a varied concert programme performed on the European tour.

Stay tuned for more news and announcements from the CSO by checking the WildKat blog. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram too.

(Written on April 11, 2017 )

The 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition will be taking place at the Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas, from 25th May to 10th June 2017.

We had the chance to catch up with Jacques Marquis, CEO of The Cliburn, to find out what makes The Cliburn so special, as well as how it aims to attract a wider global audience.

Have a look at the interview here!

Screening auditions are underway, having already visited London and Hannover. So far we’ve seen and heard many talented young pianists.

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Photo from London screening auditions

Besides the screening auditions, The Cliburn also held a launch event in London, with The Cliburn 2013’s semi-finalist Jayson Gillham showcasing his beautiful playing in Bach arr. Rachmaninoff and Chopin.

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Photo: Pianist Jayson Gillham rehearsing at The Cliburn 2017 launch event in London

 

In addition, The Cliburn’s new partnership with medici.tv, who will be live-streaming the competition this year, will help realise the competition’s goal of reaching new international audiences.

WildKat PR sends its best wishes to this year’s participants! We can’t wait to see the 30 pianists that will make it to the Preliminary Round in Fort Worth, Texas, later this year.

Remember to follow WildKat PR on Twitter, and The Cliburn on Twitter and Facebook, for the latest news on The 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition!

(Written on January 13, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, The 2016 Violin Society of America International Instrument and Bow Making Competition, which was hold in Cleveland, USA, has announced this year’s prizes and winners. London-based Violin Maker, Gabor Draskoczy, received dual gold medals for both ‘Violin Tone’ and ‘Violin Workmanship’ categories. Funeral Song, an early work by Stravinsky has been rediscovered in 2015, and will receive its first performance in 107 years in St Petersburg on 2 December. Also, findings from a study are helping researchers understand why music lessons are beneficial to children with autism and ADHD.

The Violin Channel

Violin Maker Gabor Draskoczy Sweeps Rare Golden Double at Violin Society of America Awards

The competition prizes have been announced at the 2016 Violin Society of America International Instrument and Bow Making Competition, in Cleveland.

BBC Music Magazine

Lost work by Stravinsky restored

Stravinsky’s Funeral Song will receive its first performance in 107 years.

CMUSE

Study finds music lessons improve brain activity in children

Findings from a study are helping researchers understand why music lessons are beneficial to children with autism and ADHD.

Music Teacher Magazine

Musical theme announced for Shakespeare Week 2017

Shakespeare Week, a free scheme for primary school children and their families, will have a musical theme in 2017, with Birmingham Conservatoire principal Julian Lloyd Webber appointed as patron and the release of a new song for assemblies.

International Arts Manager

Singapore Chinese Orchestra announce digital concert

Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO) will become the first Chinese orchestra to broadcast an online digital concert when they perform at SCO Concert Hall on 26 November.

Koreaherald.com

Classical music, delivered to the home

Classical music has begun seeping into the household recently. New platforms are connecting classical performers and listeners directly, allowing consumers to customize the music they listen to. Mini-concerts are now being held inside homes, returning classical music to its salon origins.

Klassik.com

Fazil Say erhält Internationalen Beethovenpreis

Der türkische Pianist Fazil Say ist Träger des Internationalen Beethovenpreises für Men­schenrechte, Frieden, Freiheit, Armutsbekämpfung und Inklusion, der in diesem Jahr zum zweiten Mal vergeben wird. Die Auszeichnung ist mit 10.000 Euro dotiert.

Händel-Preis der Stadt Halle 2017 für Mezzosopranistin Vivica Genaux

Die Mezzosopranistin Vivica Genaux erhält den Händel-Preis der Stadt Halle 2017. Die Stiftung Händel-Haus, von der die undotierte Auszeichnung verliehen wird, bezeichnete die US-amerikanische Sängerin als eine der weltweit führenden Interpretinnen von Werken der Barockzeit bis hin zum Belcanto-Repertoire.

Musik Heute

Unesco-Lehrstuhl für Transnationale Musikforschung in Weimar und Jena

Der Lehrstuhl für Transkulturelle Musikforschung in Weimar und Jena ist von der Unesco aufgewertet worden – zum Unesco Chair on Transcultural Music Studies. Er sei damit der zwölfte Unesco-Lehrstuhl in Deutschland und Teil eines weltweiten Netzwerkes von mehr als 700 Lehrstühlen in 124 Ländern.

Neue Musikzeitung

Hildesheimer Forscher wollen Musikkultur Nigerias retten

Um die von islamistischem Terror gefährdete Musikkultur Nigerias zu retten, digitalisieren Hildesheimer Musikwissenschaftler seltene Tonaufnahmen aus dem afrikanischen Land. Die 2009 gestartete Zusammenarbeit werde mit dem Ziel fortgesetzt, die Musik über ein Internet-Portal auch den Menschen in Nigeria wieder per Smartphone zugänglich zu machen.

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Classical Music News @ClassicalMusic Why do rock bands need opera houses? http://dlvr.it/MjrmNZ #ClassicalMusic

Music History @today_classical #Today in 1913 Birth of English #composer and pianist Edward Benjamin #BRITTEN #MusicHistory #classicalmusic

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic8 MUSIC >Mozart’s lost work to be performed in Turkey – Hurriyet Daily News http://dlvr.it/MjmLMK

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Photo: BBC Music Magazine/ Stravinsky

(Written on November 22, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, new plans for a new arts centre in the heart of Edinburgh have been announced. The 5th London Contemporary Music Festival will take place on 15th, 17th and 18th of December. Royal Albert Hall presents new spring music festival Love Classical 2017. Also, Nigel Kennedy talks about hate crime and Brexit, as he prepares to release a new album of his compositions.

Classical Music Magazine

New concert hall proposed for Edinburgh

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the charitable trust Impact Scotland have announced plans for a new arts centre in the heart of Edinburgh.

LCMF announces Julius Eastman focus

The fifth London Contemporary Music Festival will offer the world’s first major overview of American composer and performer Julius Eastman.

Royal Albert Hall presents Love Classical 2017

Nigel Kennedy, Lang Lang and Alison Balsom will headline Love Classical 2017.

Manchester International Festival announces new initiative

Manchester International Festival’s new artistic director John McGrath has announced My Festival: MIF’s Creative Community.

Pizzicato

ICMA Published Nomination List 2017

The ICMA nomination list for 2017 is available. For the 2017 awards the Jury of the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) has nominated 321 audio and video productions (down from 364 in 2016) from 119 labels (up from 115 in 2016).

Carl Bechstein Wettbewerb kündigt Gewinner für 2016 an

Der Carl Bechstein Wettbewerb gab seine Gewinner für 2016 bekannt.

ITV News

Nigel Kennedy: Maverick violinist on his career, talent shows and Brexit

Nigel Kennedy has spoken out about the hate crime that has followed June’s Brexit vote, as he prepares to release a new album of his compositions.

Broadway World

Young Jean Lee, Peggy Shaw and More Among United States Artists 2016 Fellows

United States Artists (USA) has announced the 2016 USA Fellowship Awards. This year, 46 artists across nine creative disciplines will receive unrestricted $50,000 cash awards.

Choir and Organ Magazine

Oxford choral foundations to host Frideswide Voices

Oxford’s Frideswide Voices has announced that Christ Church, Magdalen and New College will host termly residences for its rehearsals and services this year.

Slipped Disc

Swiss opera goes bankrupt

The company blames its demise on poor attendance at Rigoletto, directed by Giancarlo del Monaco.

San Fransisco Classical News

Taiwan Embraces San Francisco Symphony on Tour

After the orchestra’s first visit to Korea last week (part of their eighth tour of Asia), San Francisco Symphony musicians took a charter flight to Tainan — the first-ever direct flight from Seoul — to perform a concert that was the highlight of the southern Taiwanese city’s Rainbow Festival (Chai Hong).

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Bob Dylan hat was anderes vor

Spätestens als er wochenlang nicht ans Telefon ging, um sich die Entscheidung des Nobelpreiskomitees anzuhören, hätte man das ahnen können: Bob Dylan schwänzt die Verleihung.

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Existenzbedrohend für die Musikverlage

Die Verwertungsgesellschaft Gema darf nicht länger Musikverlage pauschal an den Einnahmen aus Musik-Nutzungsrechten beteiligen. Viele Verlage stünden dadurch vor dem Aus oder würden jede Risikofreude verlieren, kommentiert Musikkritiker Uwe Friedrich. Besonders für die Klassikszene sei das fatal.

Musik Heute

Volkswagen-Stiftung fördert Wagner-Forschung mit 400.000 Euro

Die Volkswagen-Stiftung unterstützt die wissenschaftliche Erschließung der Richard-Wagner-Sammlung in Eisenach mit 400.000 Euro.

France Musique

Séisme en Nouvelle-Zélande : l’orgue de la cathédrale de Wellington sérieusement endommagé

Le séisme d’une magnitude de 7,8 qui a touché la Nouvelle-Zélande lundi 14 novembre a causé la mort de deux personnes ainsi que d’importants dégâts. L’orgue de la cathédrale de Wellington a particulièrement souffert.

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The Economist @TheEconomist Does classical music still matter? A bustling crowd reduced to silence by a busker playing Bach suggests so http://econ.st/2fSNONW

Classical Music News @ClassicalMusic Just in: Bob Dylan won’t attend Nobel ceremony http://dlvr.it/MgvQVB #ClassicalMusic

The Violin Channel @violinchannel http://ow.ly/xjfM306eO6I SAD NEWS | Veteran Boston Symphony Principal Cellist Jules Eskin Has Died @BostonSymphony

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Photo: Rhinegold/ Nigel Kennedy

(Written on November 17, 2016 )

Today, Bachtrack published its classical music statistics for 2015. Immediately striking, is the lack of women at the top of any of the lists. Most remarkably, the busiest composer category features it’s first female at number 72, with only five on the entire list. How many years will it be until a woman is one of the top 50 or the top ten in this category?

Kristiina Poska, busiest female conductor at no. 72 /nordicartistsmanagement.com

Kristiina Poska Busiest female conductor at no. 72
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Whilst Covent Garden is the busiest opera house, the top three busiest concert orchestras are in the USA; the only British Orchestra, the London Symphony is at number seven.

Classical composers, remain as ever at the top of the list. Accordingly, Romantic/ Classical music is the most performed throughout the countries surveyed. The exceptions are Sweden where 20th/ 21st century comes out top and the USA where 44% of individual works performed are baroque and 44% are Classical/ Romantic. Germany and Austria are the only countries where over 60% of music performed is Classical/ Romantic, presumably something to do with the fact that the top composers are Mozart, Beethoven, Bach and Brahms.

Anniversaries certainly affect the findings. September 2015 was Arvo Pärt’s 80th birthday; he is number one in the ‘top living composer by event’ category.

Arvo Pärt, most performed contemporary composer event / stage and cinema.com

Arvo Pärt, most performed contemporary concert composer
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Sibelius and Nielson turned 150 in 2015. Sibelius went up in the list of composers from number 26 to number 9 and Carl Nielson went up from 53rd to 37th. Although works by both men were more frequently performed in 2015 than in 2014, one might have imagined that they would be higher up on the list given the huge anniversaries and the fact that Arvo Pärt is at number one in the living composers list.

The use of composer anniversaries to inform concert programming, does seem a little uncreative but perhaps it could mean that the works of some less famous composers will be celebrated this year. Some of the most notable composers whose 50th and 100th birthdays fall in 2016 include:

William Sterndale Bennett (1816 – 1875)

Ferruccio Busoni (1866 – 1924)

Vladimir Rebikov (1866 – 1920)

Erik Satie (1866 – 1925

Vasily Kalinnikov (1866 – 1901)

Milton Babbitt (1916 – 2011)

Henri Dutilleux (1916 – 2013)

Alberto Ginastera (1916 – 1983)

 

Vasily Kalinnikov’s Symphony no. 1

How great an affect will these anniversaries have on 2016’s classical music statistics?

(Written on January 11, 2016 )

WildKat PR are pleased to be working with the young and talented violinist Asi Matathias. Asi did his first ever performance with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra at the age 14 under the baton of Zubin Mehta, who was so impressed by Matathias’ musical maturity at such a young age that he invited Asi back to play for the next season. Concert-goers can hear this sophistication beyond years at another debut of his this month: at the Berlin Philharmonic and Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall in New York.

His recital programme will take the audience through the history of the key repertoire for violin and piano: Brahms and Beethoven via Strauss and Takemitsu. We will hear all the experience he has accumulated over the past ten years, during which he has performed concerts throughout Europe, the USA and Asia and played in some of the most prestigious concert halls and with some of the best conductors of our time.

Also a keen chamber musician, Asi has collaborated with the likes of Yefim Bronfman and Kirill Gerstein at festivals such as Vienna’s FestWochen Festspiele, and the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival.

Having begun playing the violin when he was only 6 years old, he has studied with Chaim Taub, Aaron Rosand and David Nadien. He currently is a student of Pinchas Zukerman in New York. Prior to this, he was enrolled at Vienna’s Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst where he was the youngest student ever to have been accepted.

Asi’s debuts promise to be exciting milestones in his career which is already developing well and flourishing.

Book tickets to the concert here.

Pinchas Zukermans Protegé, Asi Matathias, debütiert in Berlin und New York

Das Team von WildKat PR freut sich über die Zusammenarbeit mit dem jungen und talentierten Geiger Asi Matathias. Seinen ersten Auftritt hatte der Künstler bereits im Alter von 14 Jahren mit dem Israel Philharmonic Orchestra unter der Leitung von Zubin Mehta, der so begeistert von der musikalischen Reife bei einem so jungen Alter war, dass er Asi bereits für die folgende Saison wieder einlud. Konzertbesucher können nun eine über Jahre gereifte Verfeinerung seines Violinenspiels bei einem weiteren Debüt in diesem Monat in der Berliner Philharmonie und der Zankel Hall der Carnegie Hall in New York erleben.

Sein Konzertprogramm führt das Publikum durch die Geschichte der berühmtesten Werke für Violine und Piano: Von Brahms und Beethoven über Strauss und Takemitsu. Das Publikum wird die Erfahrungen, die Matathias in den letzten Jahren bei Aufführungen in Europa, USA und Asien gesammelt hat, hören können. Er spielte in den besten Konzertsälen der Welt und mit den bedeutendsten Dirigenten unserer Zeit. Darüberhinaus hat Asi als begeisteter Kammermusiker bereits mit Größen wie Yefim Bronfman und Kirill Gerstein bei international bekannten Festivals wie den Wiener Festwochen und dem Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival zusammengearbeitet.

Seit er mit sechs Jahren angefangen hat Geige zu spielen, wurde er von Chaim Taub, Aaaron Rosand und David Nadien auf seinem Weg begleitet. Aktuell studiert er bei Pinchas Zukerman in New York. Davor war er an der Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Wien immatrikuliert, wo er als jüngster Student seit der Gründung der Universität aufgenommen wurde.

Asis Debüts versprechen spannende Meilensteine in seiner bereits aufstrebenden Karriere zu werden.

Buchen Sie hier Tickets für das Konzert.

Asi

(Written on February 12, 2015 )