Behind the scenes

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The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Hélène Grimaud, György Sándor and Martha Argerich
Hélène Grimaud is a woman of multiple talents, intellectually sparkling in various directions. While she is a critically acclaimed performance and recording artist, she is also a committed wildlife conservationist, and a compassionate human rights activist. She campaigns on behalf
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The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Bruno Seidlhofer and Rudolf Buchbinder
The pianist Rudolf Buchbinder is considered one of today’s legendary performers. For over 50 years he has appeared in concerts with renowned orchestras and conductors all over the world. His broad artistic range is documented in more than 100 recordings,
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The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Leopold Auer and Jascha Heifetz et al.
Here comes a little musical quiz question. What do Mischa Elman, Efrem Zimbalist, Nathan Milstein and Jascha Heifetz have in common? They are all famous violinists, I hear you say. And while that is certainly a correct answer, I was
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Recording Bach’s Three-Part Inventions at Home
Boris Giltburg reflects on the process of playing and recording Bach’s Three-Part Inventions alone, at home. Plus, enjoy the full video of the performances… This was supposed to be a fun project. Honestly. There was something exciting, even romantic in
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My Arizona Bow
Vacations can pose dilemmas for musicians. Travelling with instruments and our children in tow has its challenges. Carrying a cello is hard enough without having to watch one’s child in crowded airports. On one of my trips to Toronto to
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Pregnancy, Motherhood, and Playing Music
Mahler: Symphony No.1, Titan When I began playing in an orchestra I found it quite challenging, even though I had grown up hearing my father practice and racing with his cello to engagements. (My father played in the Toronto Symphony
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The Dangers of Speaking to the Press
The opera Pagliacci (Clowns) made Ruggero Leoncavallo (1857-1919) a household name, and it remains one of the most popular works in the repertory. After it premiered in 1892, this dramatic tale of love, betrayal and eventual murder enthused audiences the
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Dorothy Taubman
Helping Pianists Play with Ease and Freedom
The “no pain no gain” attitude persists amongst musicians as well as sportspeople, yet playing with pain, and through pain, can be potentially very harmful to the musician’s body. In the pursuit of artistry, we often forget the significant role
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