It is an illusion. And it often ends badly. Sadly, as we sometimes see in those who rise to the heights of fame, Frankie was not immune to the vices that so often ruin a truly talented individual. I rooted for the guy and hoped he could conquer his demons and live a truly happy life. Not to mention, here I was once again struggling with a whiff of magical realism. This is another case where I could have done without that element in this particular book.
For me, there were some very memorable portions and I always wanted to keep going because I did love Frankie. The element of mystery throughout compelled me to turn page after page. Therefore, I consider this book to be good, but not one that blew me away.
Nor in the lips or the lungs or even in the hands. I am Music. And Music is in the connection of human souls, speaking a language that needs no words. View all 37 comments. I won this from Goodreads first reads, and was thrilled. I enjoy music as much as the next guy-- well, rock music and oldies at least. Could not tell you the difference between allegro and adagio.
Then I immediate I won this from Goodreads first reads, and was thrilled. Just a smidge; just enough. Well, in the end this was very, very special. It is alive in us from birth, and when we die Music takes it back, to pass on to his next disciple. Really a beautiful thing from this very talented author, who inevitably tugs at the strings of my heart. View all 15 comments.
I was hesitant to read this book at first - the description didn't sound like something I would be very interested in - but I have read other books by the author and always end up blown away by the end of each one. I'm so glad that I decided to give this book a chance - the author created another magnificent piece of fiction that will stay with me.
There are so many uni 'The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto' is an enchanting novel that will have readers lost in the story from the very first page. There are so many unique aspects to this book - from the varying writing styles used to the realistic characters we meet and all of it put together with some of the best writing I've personally ever read.
The author and his books stand alone, refusing to be labeled and breaking down genre walls. Each one is truly original and always beautiful in their own way. This is one of those instances where you love a book so much and for so many different reasons, that any kind of review or amount of praise will ever be able to express how you feel. I hate writing these types of reviews simply because I know that nothing I say will come close to what it deserves and I won't be able to make anyone fully understand how much I loved it and why it touched me so deeply.
It's incredibly frustrating, but something that demands to be done anyway. Where do I even begin? The largest aspect of the book that affected me was the writing - from the varying styles to the ridiculous amount of talent that just seems to flow off the pages. The style of writing for the novel is unique in several ways. First of all, we have a first person point of view with the narrator being Music itself. It sounds unbelievable and hard to fathom being able to identify with such an obscure character - but the author did just that.
We get to know Frankie Presto and his life story from the perspective of Music. I don't know how the author did it, but right from the start - when our narrator speaks to us in such a conversational tone - I was immediately connected to this character and the story that was going to be told.
It's so hard to explain how this happened - it's just one of those things that must be experienced by the reader themselves. Aside from our narrator, we get to know Frankie and his life story through small snippets of conversations and stories from others who knew him at some point.
Each of these anecdotes is told from the speaker's point of view - as they are telling a story to someone else. I loved these little tales that were sprinkled throughout the novel. Each one is another piece of Frankie and his life to add to our growing knowledge of him, and they're all entirely believable. The author even writes in different dialects for some of these mini stories, which only added more authenticity to them in my opinion.
I could go on for days about all the various writing devices and styles that the author uses in the novel, but I'll try to stop there in the hopes that what I have said is enough for one to get a good idea of what it's like.
Short version: Ridiculously amazing in the best of ways. Another aspect of the book that I Album) was the author's ability to bring the entirety of the story to life in front of our eyes. Frankie's character becomes so complex and well rounded, that by the end of the story, it felt like I had known him as well.
There's so much detail, imagery and vivid descriptions that every part of the book was infused with it - from the characters to the different settings and stories told - and every little bit in between.
The ability to bring a book like this - with such an obscure narrator especially - to life shows that the author has immense talent and a true gift. As I mentioned, I could go on and on about all the small things I loved about the book and why the writing moved me so much, but it would only be my ramblings and probably wouldn't make sense. The bottom line is this: The author has created a mesmerizing novel that I honestly believe everyone should read. I don't care what genre preferences you may have - this book transcends all of that.
Every person who reads this book will have an experience that goes beyond mere reading and will leave them changed - even if it's just a tiny bit. Like I said at the beginning of this review - I never would have picked up this book or given it a second glance if it weren't for the author and my positive experiences with his other books.
Don't make that mistake! Please - just give it a chance. I swear you won't be disappointed - and I truly hope that you'll love it as much as I did. I was already keeping tabs on this author, but I'm a dedicated fan after reading this book - and I'm already desperately waiting to see what he'll come out with next.
Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. View all 5 comments. It shows in this wonderful novel, the story of a legendary fictitious guitarist, Frankie Presto. Albom's prodigious knowledge of music informs the entire book, which is a love affair with music. Begin at the End The story starts at the end, at Frankie Presto's funeral in Villareal, Spain, the town in which Frankie was born in Frankie's funeral takes place in some unspecified yea Surprisingly Good Story of a Great Musician Albom is a Musician Mitch Albom is and was a musician as well as a writer.
Frankie's funeral takes place in some unspecified year close to the present time. Narrated by Music The narrator of the entire story is the mysterious figure of Music. Music tells us that Frankie was one of Music's favorite and most talented children. He is adopted by a kind local man, Bapho Rubio. Frankie thinks Bapho is his real father, and even uses Rubio's last name. Frankie's pet is a hairless dog that follows him everywhere.
Frankie's eyes are damaged, so Bapho wonders how his adopted son will earn a living. He decides that Frankie, who sings along with records, might become a musician. Bapho takes Frankie--aged five or six-- to a local music teacher, "El Maestro". The Maestro teaches Frankie to play guitar. He teaches him Spanish guitar, classical, jazz, etc.
Things go from bad to worse in Spain and Frankie ends up fleeing in a boat to America. A handsome black haired youth, Frankie becomes a star--singing and dancing and only rarely playing guitar--and marries twice once for love. He adopts a child. The book traces the ups and downs of Frankie's lifehis fame, his very brief movie career, his world travel and life in many different places, his subsequent decline into obscurity, his period of drug and alcohol abuse, his excellence as a music teacher, etc.
Frankie meets and plays with many famous musicians, who recognize his brilliance. He shows up at Woodstock. Through it all, Frankie remains mostly kind, humble, and dedicated to music. His prodigious talent never goes to his head. Interviews with Real Musicians Albom uses the unique device of inserting interviews with living musicians who "knew" Frankie. First is a bootleg tape of Frankie playing in the studio, captured by a studio engineer.
By the way, there's a sound track of "Magic Strings" available. I haven't heard it. The second is that his guitar strings, a gift from El Maestro, magically turn blue when Frankie changes the life of someone he encounters. Specific, Yet Universal Albom has a gift for creating the very specific details of a particular and unusual life and yet somehow, at the same time, making the story universal.
Musical Terms The prose is infused with musical terms, used very appropriately. For example, Frankie begins his love affair in "allegro", a quick tempo. Full Cast Audio The audio was done by a full cast and was excellent. View all 4 comments. Sep 17, Carol rated it it was amazing Shelves: owned-books.
I picked this book up at my local flea market for 50 cents, but the story is worth so much more. In fact, it is priceless. I love how the characters were connected in different ways and it was really cool that Mitch Albom made it into historical fiction in the best way possible. I'm not giving much away because I think you need to experience this book for yourself! Shelves: good-read. Frankie Presto was a fictional character.
But, after reading this book, I hoped he was real. This was a feel good book of what the value of music can do for the "bands" in your life. The bands are the connections you have in your life with people. Frankie Presto belonged to many bands and changed the life's of many. When the special guitar strings turn blue, a person's life is shifted and altered. Music soothes the salvage beast and it makes believers out of non-believers.
Frankie Presto guitar Frankie Presto was a fictional character. Frankie Presto guitar playing and life lessons will make you fly with imagination for your own life. Happy Reading. Quote: Suddenly it was terribly quiet, as if the earth itself were too stunned to breathe. I know this sound; silence is part of music. But just because something is silent doesn't mean you aren't hearing it. The story is narrated by Music, interspersed with interviews with famous musicians of many ages and genres.
It is a sad story, a love story and just as beautiful, eloquent and elegant as any flawless symphony. Mitch Albom has composed a book of life, love, despair and forgiveness for the ages.
My gratitude goes to Goodreads for sharing. View 2 comments. Kicking-off the new year on a high note. I finished reading the magically-creative, allegorical story of Frankie Presto. Lengthy, yes. But quite the grand story. And worth the invested reading time. It is a plea. I loved the anthropomorphic narrator: Music - the talent bequeathing Spirit.
The many musical references and innuendos sprinkled throughout were also delightful. The ebb and flow between past and present, time and place, was anothe Kicking-off the new year on a high note. The ebb and flow between past and present, time and place, was another delightful story element. Though, I must note: Albom's creative style choices, along with the story's tone and tempo, took some adjustment on my part. I found myself reading in bits and spurts, as if reading a piece of complex music with all its rests, codas, fortissimo's, pizzicato's, andante's and such.
A drunken man may step off a cliff. That does not make him brave, just forgetful. I wasn't keen on the ending. But I can't say exactly why, other than it felt somewhat anticlimactic and vaguely cheeky or fancifully gimmicky. And the negative connotations toward God and His generosity Well, let's just say, I beg to differ.
All in all, a delightfully creative, heartfelt, and uniquely engaging good, good read. View all 14 comments. I say skip the book and go straight for the music. I just couldn't buy in to the idea of Music as storyteller or narrator, reliable or unreliable. Some of the chapters, especially of Frankie's early life in Spain were interesting but the musical terms used for comparisons and life-saving strings became almost hokey for me and easily anticipated. The musical history of various legends is easily appreciated by music lovers as well.
Maybe I just have too many bad memories of childhood piano lessons I say skip the book and go straight for the music. Maybe I just have too many bad memories of childhood piano lessons to appreciate the Testare De Corde testing the strings Albom is shooting for with this Novel. Follow the playlist and you have some great music to listen to.
View all 8 comments. Did not finish by page I did not enjoy the Forrest Gump like premise of this book. I was never a Gump fan so this is not the book for me.
I am guessing that people who enjoyed Gump both the movie and book will enjoy more than I did. Shelves: magicmusicedelweisshistorical-fictionadult. Mitch Albom's book are really, really good. After reading, the five people you meet in heaven and the time keeperMitch Albom become one of my favorite authors.
And when I got a copy, I read it immediately but since I have school it took me more than a week. And what I really like about this book is the narrator, view spoiler [ Music, which is similar to some books that have another "being" as the narrator or someone unknown, like view spoiler [ Falling into Place and The Book Thief hide spoiler ] hide spoiler ]. So on Mitch Albom's latest novel, took place on two events or timelines.
Reading the first few chapters, I knew that this will be really good and it already have a some kind of twist. Plus the words are threaded beautiful with each other.
Plus I quite happy that Philippines or something Philippine-related ARE mentioned in the book view spoiler [ Maalaala Mo Kaya which is a song and University of Santo Tomas which is considered as the big four university in the Philippines hide spoiler ] and for that I am hoping Mitch Albom will return so I could meet him.
If I you are finding a book to vanquish your book slump this is the book you are finding. This is probably my third favorite Mitch Albom novel. I'm breathless. The star rating doesn't fit this book. It is wildly wonderful. Of course, so was Tuesdays with Morrie, but The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto had so many more dimensions, so many incredible loops and tie-ins and -- well, magical happenings.
I know it's large, nearly pages, but if you can read it in one sitting -- and it is easy to race through -- then the rhythm, once begun, never gets interrupted, and the rhythm adds to the richness. The story is at once legend, parable, fa I'm breathless. The story is at once legend, parable, fable and fairy tale, but not fantastical. Frankie Presto had a guardian angel, yes, but don't we all? What brightened his life was Music, his talent and the book's narrator. Yes, narrator. That's part of what makes it so lyrical.
But music was also Frankie's curse. We are there when Francisco Frankie is born, and we are with him when Frankie dies, and everywhere in between. It's an epic journey, but that should come as no surprise. It does span a very special lifetime. Be prepared, though, for many Aha! I almost put this book down, it was kind of boring, but it got so good around pageafter that I could not put it down, glad I stocked with it.
View 1 comment. Shelves: ni-book-voyagefavoritesbook-voyage Like probably everyone else, I've heard of this author but unlike probably most, I've never had a desire to read one of his books. I'm in a Book Voyage experience in one of my groups and this book was the first one to journey to my home. The person sending it Linda rated it highly and thought our voyage members would enjoy it. I'm so glad she sent it, I truly loved it! Thanks, Linda! I found the writing to be really, surprisingly, good and the story was so well-done with an interesting narra Like probably everyone else, I've heard of this author but unlike probably most, I've never had a desire to read one of his books.
I found the writing to be really, surprisingly, good and the story was so well-done with an interesting narrator, great 'interviews' from real musicians and Frankie, I loved the MC Frankie. What a beautifully fleshed out character who has flaws like the rest of us but you just love. This book is fiction but let me tell you, it feels like a wonderfully done non-fiction story. Some of the musicians in the story came up in a discussion in my home and it felt like I should mention Frankie in the conversation.
Those of you who have read this book will know what I mean. I had to remind myself that he is a fictional character! This just showed me the strength of this author's storytelling and the book. If you like music and the old time musicians, I recommend you try this one. View all 3 comments. Four and a half stars. This story has a unique narrator. It is told by Music and it starts with a funeral and tells the tale of Frankie Presto, real name Francisco.
Born in Spain, in a time of civil war, to a woman named Carmencita, his life is endangered but saved. Right from the beginning his life is one of music as well as many desperately hard times. Music goes on to fill in the details of his life and the reader hears from others who have been friends or been influenced by Frankie over the Four and a half stars.
Music goes on to fill in the details of his life and the reader hears from others who have been friends or been influenced by Frankie over the years. As the story is told, different aspects of his life story emerge and we see the huge impact music played in his life.
At nine years old he is sent to America with an old guitar with six strings, which once belonged to his teacher. Throughout his life he comes in contact with all sorts of music from classical to jazz, country and rock. Along the way he encounters many legends in the music business like Duke Ellington, Elvis, Carole King, Tony Bennett, and The Beatles as well as others perhaps not as well know.
I am deliberately trying not to reveal too many details of the plot of the story as I think it is a book that needs to be read without any pre-conceived ideas. But as it progressed and filled in the story I became more and more interested till I was an active and willing in participant in sharing this journey.
There are moments of hardship and heartbreak for Frankie as well as some humorous moments and I admit to more than a few tears towards the end, Album). Yes, you need to suspend disbelief sometimes, but the story is so well told that it is easy to do. I loved this book. It had that indefinable quality that just makes a book work and characters that I cared about even when at times I deplored their decisions.
One of the things that particularly appealed to me was the story behind the writing of the song Save the Last Dance for me. It also made me want to look up other songs mentioned that were not as familiar eg Lost in the Stars by Tony Benne. Towards the end I would have challenged anyone who tried to take this book out of my hands. It is an engaging and interesting read. One of those books to savour. Those who love music should enjoy all the musical references.
Despite my hesitance at the start I loved this beautiful, magical book. I would give this book a 4. Frankie Presto was born in the mid s in Spain. He was born in a convent. Frankie becomes a war orphan he is raised for eight years by the man, and a hairless dog who found him in a river as an infant.
He is taught to play the guitar from a blind man known as "Maestro" at eight Frankie lives with Maestro for a short time. At ten he is in the bottom of a boat escaping the war torn Spain.
Frankie is a very talented guitar player even as a child he is a prodigal in his talent. His guitar is kind of magical a string will turn blue after a huge event takes place in Frankie's life.
Frankie's life has had a lot of tragedy though the years but also good things that happened as well. At the beginning of the book it is told that Frankie has just died. I do not want to give away any spoilers. I found this to be a good interesting read. I liked how Mitch Albom got permission from real life musicians and singers to put them with a fictional character. I did not want to put this book down thinking about what happened to Frankie and the other characters. A great read.
Glad i got the chance to read. The story of Frankie Presto - the greatest guitar player who ever lived - and the 6 lives he changed. Frankie was born in a burning church and was abandoned as an infant. He was raised by a music teacher in a small Spanish town until war rips his life apart. At the age of 9 he was sent to America in the bottom of a boat.
With just his guitar and 6 precious strings his journey takes him through the 's, 50's and 60's and with his stunning singing voice, he becomes a pop star.
Mitch Albom has his The story of Frankie Presto - the greatest guitar player who ever lived - and the 6 lives he changed. Mitch Albom has his own style of writing that will make you want to read more. I waited to review it because there was just something that was niggling at the back of my mind. It has been over two weeks since I finished this book and there has not been a day that I have not thought about it. Lately I have been reading a lot of books that have been narrated by some very unconventional narrators.
A cat, a dead person, letters, a music box and some very unreliable authors. But I have never read a book narrate 3. But I have never read a book narrated by music before.
But, lo and behold, it is music that tells the story of Frankie Presto. A young man, never very fortunate, raised in the arms of a blind music maestro. Given a very good, special guitar, and some magical guitar strings, he was sent alone from Spain to America, at a very early age. Frankie went on to be a top performer, in the league of Elvis, Kiss, and Hank Williams. He became friends of those mentioned along with many many other performers, in all genre of music, over the years.
His marriage was rocky, although he was married to his one and only love, Aurora. They adopted a daughter and go into hiding on an island. Found and brought back to the mainland, Aurora convinced Frankie it was time to play again. Frankie understands what the magic guitar strings will do. They alter lives. Throughout the story as a life is altered one string will momentarily turn a vibrant blue. Once 5 strings have glowed blue, Frankie has again given up music.
There is still a sixth string. There were a lot of people telling their story about Frankie. This is confirmed by the growing number of applicants, the calibre of their performances which continue to amaze, and the quality of the jurors and artistic direction which the Competition attracts.
Sydney Youth Orchestras offers a range of educational and stimulating training programs for musicians aged at every level of their musical journey. There have been important changes in headed up by our new Artistic Director, Piers Lane AO; changes to the auditioning process, to each of the Stages of the Competition and a return to the historic venue of the Verbrugghen Hall at the Conservatorium.
All of which ensure that. We offer flexible postgraduate study options. Join us for Open Day on Saturday 27 August. I look forward to hearing our competitors in performance and wish them every success. Neville Grace. I offer a warm welcome to the 32 pianists who have travelled from across the world to take part in this Competition.
The dedication to excellence of our competitors and their sustained passion for music, will no doubt bring great joy to audiences over the coming weeks. I thank the organisers and all those involved for their commitment and dedication to bringing this event together, and I wish every success to the participants.
The arts play an important role in the fabric of our society. That is why I am delighted to support this Competition. They will be playing to their very best abilities, delivering performances that will define their futures and will set them apart. I am involved with a number of arts organisations around the world, but the Sydney International Piano Competition is one I consider particularly important and with which I am proud to be associated. There will also be other opportunities in the major cities of Russia and Europe, which will offer unparalleled experiences only to the best of the best that this Competition will uncover over the coming weeks.
I hope you enjoy the discovery of talent at this very exciting and prestigious event Valery Gergiev. I am very pleased to be able to support the Competition and these young pianists, as they forge their careers, by giving the. At the Mariinsky Theatre, Valery Gergiev has overseen the emergence of a plethora of world-class singers. This significantly enlarged the repertoire abilities of the company and the orchestra. In May a new building, the Mariinsky II, was opened, seating people in addition to its chamber venues, ensuring the Mariinsky Theatre is unparalleled as a theatre and concert venue.
Established by Valery Gergiev inthe Mariinsky recording label has already released more than 30 discs that have won praise and acclaim from critics and audiences alike across the globe. The Sydney International Piano Competition will be a real treat for musicians and music lovers, and is expected to attract.
This is great for the State, enhancing our local arts community and providing a boost to local hotels, restaurants and businesses. I encourage all visitors to Sydney to take some time to experience everything our beautiful city has to offer: from world class cultural attractions to world-renowned landmarks, there is something for all ages and tastes.
I welcome you to the Sydney International Piano Competition, and wish all competitors the very best of luck. Stuart Ayres. She dedicated her life to the performing arts and improving opportunities for artists both internationally and in Australia. In she founded the Cladan Cultural Institute of Australia, a private philanthropic organisation established to encourage and develop international cultural exchange: specifically to allow Australian students and artists to study overseas; to allow overseas students and artists to study in Australia; to allow art and music teachers, theatre and film producers and directors to gain overseas experience; and to encourage overseas teachers to visit Australia for brief periods, during which they would give lectures, demonstrations and masterclasses.
In the Institute instigated the Cladan Awards, an annual presentation for the recognition of and contribution to Sydney theatre performances. In the early seventies, she looked to utilise her European theatrical experience for the benefit of theatre in Australia.
This project was a success and the first of many, culminating in the foundation of the Sydney International Piano Competition. Claire Dan led a vibrant and interesting life. She was an actress and cabaret performer, appearing at the National and Vig Comedy Theatres in Budapest.
Inshe married the Hungarian Peter Abeles, later Sir Peter Abeles, at that time a cabaret entrepreneur she met in Romania during a one-woman tour. Arriving inClaire Dan taught herself English, though she never lost her distinctive European accent. Claire Dan died in Sydney on 22 October Her generous bequest has allowed the Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia to take place and for the Board to work towards future Competitions with confidence.
Level 2. NSW International Reach. Local Expertise. The Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia has been a highlight of the international arts calendar for nearly 40 years. The Competition brings exciting innovations, so that it remains relevant to young artists of today and continues to evolve, reflecting changes in the musical world at large.
The Competition was admitted as a member of the Geneva-based World Federation of International Music Competitions in the first Australian competition to be accepted as a member and recently has become a proud member of the Alink-Argerich Foundation as well. Since its inception, the Competition has been held in the highest international esteem, inspiring both pianists and audiences, Artistic Director Piers Lane AO, appointed just a year ago, brings with him new vision, valuable experience and fresh artistic drive.
He has initiated significant changes to the structure of the event. The audition process is now entirely online, allowing contestants from anywhere in the world to apply. This year there were applications, compared with for the Competition. The structure of the Competition has been streamlined: there are now three stages, each with two rounds. As always, all competitors are given more than one chance to shine in the Preliminaries, but this year the recital time for Round 2 has been increased by ten minutes, allowing presentation of larger works.
Furthermore, instead of. Recital repertoire is now entirely own choice for the Preliminaries and the Semi Finals Round 1, which should permit competitors to highlight their strengths and range of interests, and offer more variety for listeners. The Semi Finals recital time has been extended from 50 to 65 minutes, allowing for truly major works to be presented, and the possibility of an encore if desired. For Round 2 of the Semi Finals, competitors must prepare both a violin sonata and a piano quintet from a given list.
They will learn which piece they are to play when the Semi Finalists are announced. This offers an extra challenge and again provides listening variety. Solo pianists are frequently asked in the concert world and at festivals, to perform piano quintets with established string quartets — and very often to play sonatas with violinists - so the requirement is entirely in keeping with the likely career path of competitors. The Finals Round 1 repertoire now includes not only Mozart concertos, but a number of other 18th century choices.
Round 2 repertoire has also changed: competitors will select one concerto from twenty offered, each by a different composer. Competitors will not have a choice of pianos until the Finals at the Sydney Opera House, where they may choose one or two pianos for their two concerto performances. This mirrors the real concert world, where pianists, most of the time, are expected to perform on the piano provided and to adjust immediately to its particular characteristics.
This system allows each piano brand equal exposure and gives technicians longer access to their instruments for preparation. The Sydney International Piano Competition is the first.
In addition, the Competition offers significantly increased prize money to its winners — the First Prize has doubled and the Second Prize is now equivalent to the First Prize. More importantly, the engagements organised for winners could prove truly career-defining. Artistic Patron, Maestro Valery Gergiev, will provide concerto engagements not only for the winner, but for the top three laureates.
The London Philharmonic will offer the winner a debut performance. The prize list is on a more international and important scale than ever before.
The Competition is delighted that its office Placed 4th in the Leeds International Piano Competition at the age of 16, and winning top prizes at the International Chopin Piano Competition in and the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition inshe lives in China and Germany and performs throughout the world.
Recent collaborations include the St. He has also worked with Norrington, Fedoseyev, Svetlanov and Davis. Japanese pianist Noriko Ogawa has achieved considerable renown since her success at the Leeds International Piano Competition. She made her Proms debut in and returned with the Endymion Ensemble in Immediately following the Competition, she will make her debut at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music.
Nikolai Demidenko last toured Australia and New Zealand in Juneperforming a cycle of five different recitals and two concerto programs. In he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Surrey in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the field of music and to the University. Her collaboration with renowned Polish maestro, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, has resulted in worldwide performances and a recording of the two concertos by Chopin.
Her recital and chamber music programs often include contemporary works, and many composers have dedicated pieces to her. His recordings of that composer for CRD run to nine volumes. He has performed the music on four continents and was featured prominently in the Medtner Festivals held in Moscow in, and in a similar event in New York in Noriko Ogawa is a sought-after presenter for radio and television, as well as an experienced juror.
She will chair the jury of the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition. Louis Symphony and Colorado Springs Philharmonic. His catalogue includes seven symphonies, ten concertos, music for film, television, dance and theatre, electronic music and numerous chamber works.
Timothy Walker AM has an impressive portfolio of positions serving on boards of performing arts bodies around the world. Mira Yevtich was born in Belgrade. Celebrating their 21st Anniversary season inthe Goldner String Quartet has long-standing recognition as an ensemble of international significance. Named after Richard Goldner, founder of Musica Viva, and still retaining all founding members, the musicians are also well known for their concurrent membership of the Australia Ensemble UNSW.
Moving to Sydney inhe worked as a freelance pianist and composer with a wide range of ensembles, theatre and dance companies over the following decades. Petersburg inher performance was chosen for release by the German record label Col Legno. Special projects have included a major 20th century retrospective, and the complete. Her multiaward-winning career encompasses concerto and recital performances, masterclasses, workshops and community work.
Mira Yevtich is passionately involved Album) the development and promotion of young musical talent. Petersburg, with the world famous conductor and director of the Mariinsky Theatre, Maestro Valery Gergiev. She has an extensive CD catalogue and currently records exclusively for Chandos Records.
She plays a Giovanni Battista Guadagnini violin. Benjamin Northey is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Melbourne Conservatorium where he is also a lecturer in conducting. His long-awaited return to Sydney features a concerto perfectly suited to both the poetry and the virtuosity of his art.
Prices correct at time of publication and subject to change. The pianist is Nobuyuki Tsujii, blind from birth, who caused a sensation in the Van Cliburn Competition and has acquired a devoted following in his native Japan! COM Mon-Sat 9am Well on its way to becoming the premier orchestra of the Asia Pacific region, the SSO has toured China on four occasions, and in won the arts category in the Australian. Vladimir Ashkenazy was Principal Conductor from to The orchestra promotes the work of Australian composers through performances, recordings and commissions.
The Competition is open to pianists of any nationality born between 24 July and 6 July Piers Lane is the non-voting Chairman of the Jury of nine distinguished international musicians. In the unfortunate event of a Juror falling seriously ill, he would replace the Juror for the Round required. No ties will be allowed for prizes. Competitors must perform within the allotted time for each recital Round. Any competitor exceeding the time limit may be stopped. All music, apart from piano quintets or violin and piano sonatas, must be played from memory.
Repeats are at the discretion of the competitor. Competitors will perform in the order decided by lots drawn at a special ceremony on Tuesday 24 May.
The order will be maintained throughout The Magic Of Spain - RSL - Every Preston Guild (CD Competition, with the possible exception of the Finals stage, where the Chairman of the Jury may decide, for programming reasons, to alter the established order. They will be played equally throughout the Preliminaries and competitors will not be able to choose which instrument they perform on.
The draw on Tuesday 24 May decided which piano is to be used first, after which, each brand will be used successively in alphabetical order. In the Preliminaries Round 2, the first eight competitors will play the second piano brand in their alphabetical list Faziolithe second eight competitors the next piano in their alphabetical list Shigeru Kawai and so on. By the end of the Preliminaries Round 2, each piano brand will have been heard sixteen times.
In the Semi Finals, competitors will play the next two piano brands in their alphabetical list. The finalists will have won their way to the Finals after playing all four piano brands. For the Finals Rounds 1 and 2, they may select which piano s they wish to use for their concerto performances. All 32 competitors will perform one 20 minute and one 30 minute recital in the Preliminaries. The programs must include one Australian piece, of any length or period. The Jury will select 12 competitors to proceed to the Semi Finals.
At the time of the announcement of the 12 Semi Finalists, in program order, the Chairman of the Jury will also announce which six competitors will play the Sonata for violin and piano with Tasmin Little and which six competitors will play a piano quintet with the Goldner String Quartet. The first Semi Finalist announced will play the piano quintet, the second one the violin and piano sonata, the third a piano quintet, the fourth a sonata for violin and piano etc.
Competitors must choose one sonata for violin and piano from the following list: — Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for Piano and Violin No. Those competitors with the most votes will advance to the next Stage. Details can be viewed on the Competition website. Jury members must declare any family, teaching, professional or personal relationships with competitors.
The six finalists will perform two concertos with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, one 18th century concerto from the following list:. All Semi Finalists will perform a solo recital of up to 65 minutes which may include an encore and a piece of chamber music. The Jury will select six competitors to proceed to the Finals. Competitors have granted to the Competition and their broadcast and promotional partners these rights.
The Finals will be voted in order of preference, based on a majority vote. The First Prize will be decided first, the Second Prize second and so on. If no competitor attains at least five out of nine votes, there will be a re-vote between the two competitors with the most votes.
Re-votes will be taken to break ties until there is a majority win by one competitor. If a Juror has a family, teaching, personal or professional relationship with any finalist, that Juror will be excluded from the vote until the competitor concerned has been placed. If there is a deadlock in votes as a result, the Chairman of the Jury will vote in place of the Juror concerned. We are grateful to our sponsors and the many generous and committed individuals around Australia and overseas who have supported our prizes.
Ernest Hutcheson was born in Melbourne. A child prodigy, he later studied under Reinecke and Stavenhagen in Leipzig. Some of his infrequently played compositions have been recorded by Australian pianist Ian Munro, and his books include the still consulted The Literature of the Piano and The Elements of Piano Technique.
Percy Grainger. Paderewski suggested he study with Busoni, his teacher from to He then taught at the Curtis Institute and the Juilliard School His students included Aaron Copland and Samuel Barber. William Murdoch. Inhe became the favourite collaborator of the violinist Albert Sammons, and the pair then formed the Chamber Players with the violist Lionel Tertis and the Australian cellist Lauri Kennedy, grandfather of Nigel. He composed, and also published books on Brahms and Chopin.
Percy Grainger was born in Melbourne. A child prodigy, he studied in Frankfurt from the age of He was a one-off: his compositions are highly innovative, he designed musical instruments, set up the Grainger Museum in his birthplace, married in front of an audience of 16, in the Hollywood Bowl and became an American citizen in George Frederick Boyle.
Arthur Benjamin was born in Sydney, though grew up in Brisbane. The Jamaican Rumba is his bestknown composition, but his output is large and distinctive. Before he commenced teaching piano at the Royal College of Music in London, he was a piano professor at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music from to He has left a wonderful recorded legacy, including the monumental Concerto by Sir Arthur Bliss.
Eileen Joyce. Eileen Joyce spent much of her childhood in Boulder, Western Australia. Later she had lessons with Matthay and Schnabel. She gave many first UK performances, including the Shostakovich 2nd Concerto. She was featured in films, famously providing the Rachmaninoff 2nd Concerto soundtrack for Brief Encounter. She adjudicated the Sydney International Piano Competition in and Roy Agnew. It was Benno Moiseiwitsch who really brought him to public attention, after which he studied at the Royal College of Music.
Miriam Hyde. Morris and Gordon Jacob. She taught for many decades in Sydney and played to an extraordinary level into her nineties. She was, in addition, a great educator, a published poet and prolific composer. Hephzibah Menuhin. She then studied with Serkin and Ciampi. Her first record with Yehudi, aged 13, won a prize for best disc of the year and her solo debut at the Salle Pleyel took place a year later.
She met and married her second husband in Sydney and they returned to Europe. Ignaz Friedman. Geoffrey Parsonsborn in Sydney, was a student of Winifred Burston at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music from to He brought many artists to Australia and toured 31 times between and Roger Smalley.
Roger Smalley was well known in the contemporary music scene in his native UK before taking up a three-month residency at the University of Western Australia, Perth in Two years later, he became a permanent member of the staff until his retirement, when he moved to Sydney.
He fulfilled commissions from groups all over the world and they appear on more than 20 discs. He was a distinguished pianist in his own right and left a discography of music by Australian composers, sonatas by his teacher John White and Schumann song cycles. Isador Goodman. Isador Goodman AM was born in Capetown, but won a job at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music when he was just twenty and remained in Australia for most of the rest of his life, as one of its greatest pianists.
Ignaz Friedman was one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century, acclaimed by fellow pianists like Rachmaninoff. Born in Poland, he studied with Leschetizky and after a debut in Vienna playing three huge concertos in one evening, his career took him all over the world for over concerts.
He played until prevented by ill health in and taught gifted students. Geoffrey Tozer. Geoffrey Tozer was brought to Melbourne as a child of four. At eight, he made a televised debut playing Bach with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and at 13 was the youngest ever recipient of a Churchill Fellowship, which took him to London for lessons from Maria Curcio.
At 16, he stayed with Britten for several weeks, appearing at the Aldeburgh Festival accompanying Rostropovich. He had abundant musical facility, improvising on themes given to him by audiences, sight reading orchestral scores, transposing at sight and playing largescale works with ease.
He recorded Medtner and others for Chandos and frequently presented the works of somewhat neglected composers like Artur Schnabel and Busoni. Nancy Weir was a Melbourneborn child prodigy. She made her debut with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at 13, playing Beethoven 3. She played concertos in Egypt, Palestine and Italy at this time.
After the war, she returned to tour Australia under Galliera and sometime later returned permanently as a member of the Ormond Trio. Her LPs reveal her marvelous sound and high intelligence. Warren Thomson. Warren Thomson OAMwas involved with the Sydney International Piano Competition from its inception and served as its Artistic Director from until his retirement in He served on the juries of 20 international piano competitions, including the Tchaikovsky, the Gina Bachauer, the Hamamatsu and the Horowitz.
He was a considerable pianist the first to perform the cycle of Beethoven Piano Sonatas in Australiaconductor, composer, teacher and administrator. Petersburg and in other European cities. Awarded by the Alink-Argerich Foundation to one of the contestants who is not among the main prize winners of the Competition. These will include:. Competitors are required to prepare a sonata for violin and piano and a piano quintet. Competitors will be advised which piece they will perform when the Semi Finalists are announced on Monday 11 July.
At the start of each session in the Preliminaries Rounds 1 and 2 and in the Semi Finals Rounds 1 and 2, we showcase rising stars from around Australia. These pianists, some of them very young, will perform for up to eight minutes. They will receive comments from the Jury. Weng, Larry 2. Rashkovskiy, Ilya 3. Broberg, Kenneth 4. Jurinic, Alyosha Break 5. Huh, David Jae-Weon 6. Colafelice, Leonardo 7. Ha, Gyu Tae 8. Tarasevich-Nikolaev, Arseny. Gugnin, Andrey 2. So, Jeremy 3. Melnikov, Alexei 4.
Prommachart, Poom Break 5. Park, Woo-Gil 6. Garritson, Lindsay 7. Le, Daniel 8. Shevchenko, Oxana. Kudo, Rachel 2. Belyavskiy, Sergey 3. Lebhardt, Daniel 4. Xie, Ming Break 5. Malmgren, Martin 6. Gough, Ayesha 7. Scheucher, Philipp 8. Lopatynskyi, Roman. Neeman, Edward 2. Wang, Yinfei 3. Fushiki, Yui 4. Luu, Quang Hong Break 5. Chen, Moye 6. Kong, Jianing 7. Jones, Fantee 8. Lee, Tony.
The repertoire will be announced Monday 11 July. Please check the Competition website or notice board after this date. Each competitor will be required to play the next piano brand for their group. Huh, David Jae-Weon 2. Colafelice, Leonardo Break 3. Ha, Gyu Tae 4. Friday 15 July 2. Tuesday 19 July 8. Late-comers will only be admitted to sessions in between competitors. Guests are encouraged to arrive before each session and enjoy the pop-up restaurant and bar at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
A radio station created by music lovers for lovers of music. Classical, Jazz, contemporary and everything in between. This is the essence of Romanticism: reverence for Nature calling forth spontaneous emotions beyond the ability of formal language to express. The C-minor Impromptu, though, sounds improvised: a simple, unadorned march tune is fitfully harmonised at first, couched in seemingly erratic changes of dynamics before its miraculous transformation into a singing major-key melody.
Later in the century, Johannes Brahms would triumphantly renew classical genres, but he too produced a body of piano music that gives the impression of unmediated spontaneity. Switzerland had provided safe-haven and the catalyst for the music.
It was inspired by the chapel on the shore of Lake Lucerne, where the folk hero William Tell came ashore after evading his Habsburg captors by leaping overboard. Debussy, along with mystic Alexander Scriabin, was a major influence on the mature music of the Polish composer Karol Szymanowski, which is often mythically inspired and erotic in nature. The Nocturne and Tarantella for violin and piano dates. In the Tarantella named for the city of Taranto, and sadly nothing to do with spiders the structure is simpler as befits a dance whose point is to increase inexorably in excitement and speed.
Again the writing for both instruments is virtuosic — much double-stopping, plucking and a ghostly passage of harmonics for the violin against heroic figurations for the piano. The image of a tree that collects rain water and then lets it fall slowly to earth informs several pieces: in Rain Tree Sketch II, a threnody of bell-sounds for Olivier Messiaen, who died init might be an image for the composer.
Like Takemitsu, Alberto Ginastera whose centenary we celebrate this year sought to interpret Western traditions in the context of the culture and environment of his own country. Inaged 21, he produced these dances, Opus 2, a tour-de-force of musical modernism with an Argentinian accent.
Medtner, Russian-born, but of German and Danish heritage, wrote this piece around the time he graduated from the Moscow Conservatory in The theme is developed here, as the metre becomes more and more obscured, and eventually the music collapses in cascades of sound.
It possibly came to ancient Greece from the east along with the cult of Dionysus, god of wine, whose cult stressed irrationality and emotion, pathos rather than ethos. Take advantage of the Black Diamondz premium ser vice, translating to premium results.
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NSW Darkly II. He finished high school under the tutelage of Vera Kameneva in and is continuing his studies under Professor Eliso Virsaladze at the Conservatory. He recorded his first solo CD in and has since recorded two more in and Lento in A minor Album). Vivace in F Major Nocturne Op. F minor III. F Major IV. A minor V. E minor VI. B minor XI. A minor XII. Allegretto ben moderato II. Allegro III. Ben moderato: Recitative-Fantasia IV.
Molto moderato quasi lento — Allegro II. Lento con molto sentiment III. Allegro II. Adagio III. Moderato II. Adagio sostenuto III. Allegro scherzando.
Allegro energico II. Allegro vivace e leggero III. Adagio mesto IV. Presto II. Largo e mesto III. Menuetto: Allegro IV. Allegro inquieto II. Allegretto III. Tempo di valzer, lentissimo IV. Allegro, ma non tanto II. Dumka: Andante con moto III. Scherzo Furiant : molto vivace IV. Allegro maestoso II. Andante III. Andante sostenuto II. Allegro scherzando III. Franz Schubert: Moments Musicaux Op. Piano version Das Lebewohl. Adagio II. Adante espressivo III. Das Wiedersehen. Allegro agitato II.
Non allegro III. Allegro molto. Allegro moderato II. Andante cantabile III. Larghetto III. He regularly performs as a soloist around the world. However, my greatest obligation will always be towards music, which makes no allowance for error in judgment.
Lentamente II. Allegretto IV. Animato V. Molto giocoso VI. Con eleganza VII. Allegro tranquillo X. Ridicolosamente XI. Assai moderato XIII. Allegretto XIV. Feroce XV. Inquieto XVI. Dolente XVII. Con una dolce lentezza XIX. Presto agitatissimo e molto accentuate XX.
March II. Tarantella IV. Intermezzo Journey through the Snow V. Russian Trepak VI. Chinese Dance VII. Danse Russe II. Allegro brillante II. Un poco largarmente III.
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