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Press Releases from Ruth Wischmann - Media Relations (13 total)

63rd ARD International Music Competition begins on September 1rst

Durations: September 1 to 19, 2014 Record number of entrants A record total of 519 musicians and ensembles from 50 countries and 5 continents entered for the 63rd ARD International Music Competition, which this time is tendered in the categories piano, cello, percussion and wind quintet. That is the highest number of entrants in the history of the competition. The preliminary jury chose 312 instrumentalists to take part in the competition in

62nd International ARD Music Competition – Prizewinners

The last of the prizewinners in the 62nd ARD International Music Competition have been chosen: in the final round in the violin category in Munich's Herkulessaal the American musician Christel Lee (22) won 2nd prize; she also won the Audience Prize. Bomsori Kim (24) from South Korea won a 2nd prize too. This year's competition was held in the categories violin, viola, piano trio and bassoon. In all, one 1st

Violeta Urmana goes on tour with Isolde

"Radiant top notes, well-rounded timbre in all registers, innately musical phrasing, precise diction and intelligent acting made a true experience of her Viennese debut in the role," concluded the “Wiener Zeitung” of Violeta Urmana's Isolde at the Vienna Staatsoper in December 2009. And Das “Opernglas” wrote: "Great vocal art; with what furious wrath she shapes Isolde's outbursts in the first act and with what consummate rapture the entire second act

Puccini Rediscovered - Violeta Urmana's new recording for the Deutsche Grammopho …

Old hat, you might think. Can't be anything new by Puccini left to discover. Madama Butterfly and Manon Lescaut are well established in the repertoire, and even La fanciulla del West and Suor Angelica can scarcely be regarded as rarities. And yet Violeta Urmana, together with Plácido Domingo, has entered fascinating new musical territory in a field that seemed to have been thoroughly explored, supported by the Vienna Philharmonic under

217 young musicians have been admitted at the 58th ARD International Music Compe …

From August 31 to September 18, 2009, the ARD International Music Competition, one of the most renowned music competitions in the world, will take place in Munich. The categories announced for this year’s Munich competition are voice, violin, double bass and harp. All in all, there were 406 applications from 44 countries on five continents. 135 singers alone were among them, closely followed by the violinists. There were 94 applications from

The new CD by Herbert Schuch

Nachtstücke - Dreams, the Grotesque and the Demonic The unusual coupling of piano works by Schumann, Holliger, Skryabin, Ravel and Mozart on this CD reflects the musician's ability to bring compositions of various eras and seemingly disparate styles into a direct relationship with one another. Herbert Schuch contributes a booklet-note explaining his choice of works and the philosophy behind it. The pianist has presented this programme concept in recent piano recitals, which

Invitation to Apply for Participation in the 58th ARD International Music Compet …

Since July, applications are being accepted for the next ARD Music Competition, which will take place in 2009 for the 58th time, this time in the categories voice, violin, double bass and harp. Eligible to compete are musicians from all nations born between 1980 and 1992. The Competition will be held August 31 and September 18, 2009 (including the prize-winners’ concerts) in Munich. All the auditions are open to the

57th ARD Music Competition 2008 - The Prize-Winners Have Been Selected

This year the juries awarded three first, four second and six third prizes. The total sum awarded for main and special prizes was 188,500 Euros. For the first time in 40 years, a 1st prize was again awarded in the clarinet category – and for the very first time in the 57-year history of the competition, a first prize was awarded in the bassoon category. All in all, 198 young

The German violinist Ingolf Turban plays unpublished works by Paganini

Saturday December 15, at the Auditorium of the Casa Paganini in Genoa, will be a special occasion. The German violinist Ingolf Turban and the guitarist Adriano Sebastiani will be giving a concert (commencing at 8.30 pm) in which they will present the world premieres of six pieces by Niccolò Paganini recently rediscovered in the Sivori Archive. The set of \"Sei Cantabili e Valtz\" are pieces Paganini wrote for guitar and violin

Dream Role for Violeta Urmana

The Lithuanian singer makes her debut as Amelia in "Un ballo in maschera" with the Bavarian State Opera. One year after her spectacular debut in the role of Aida at La Scala in Milan, Violeta Urmana is creating another of Verdi's great roles for the dramatically expressive lyric soprano, as she takes on the part of Amelia in "Un ballo in maschera". To this end, Violeta's first exploration of her

Prize Winners Announced at the 56th ARD International Music Competition – 2007

The prize winners at the 56th ARD International Music Competition have all been determined. This year, the jury awarded four first, four second and three third prizes. The main and special prizes have been endowed with a total sum of 170,000 Euros. For the first time in the history of the Competition, there was a first prize in the category trombone. After forty years a first prize was again awarded

Violeta Urmana debuts as Aida at Milan's La Scala

Finally found her true voice Violeta Urmana will sing in the opening premiere at La Scala in Milan on December 7, making her debut as Aida in Verdi\'s opera of the same name. Riccardo Chailly will conduct and living legend Franco Zeffirelli (83) is directing. For Violeta Urmana, who has appeared regularly at the Teatro alla Scala since her debut there in 1994 as Fricka in The Valkyrie, Aida is

Yaron Traub conducts the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon

Yaron Traub, who has been Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Orquesta de Valencia since autumn 2005, will be at the rostrum on November 29 and 30 in the Grande Auditório of the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon. Most recently, he conducted his Orquesta de Valencia on November 16 and 17 in Madrid in a performance of Mahler\'s Fifth Symphony that was highly acclaimed by both the audience and the

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