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The Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival

Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival JCMF Oktett Baiba Skride, Itamar Zorman, David Strongin,
Benny Peled,  Adrien La Marca, Madeleine
Carruzzo, Julian Steckel, Tim Park  Photo Credit: Dan Porges

Every year in late summer some of the best musicians worldwide meet in Israel for The Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival (JCMF), established by pianist Elena Bashkirova and advocate Yeheskell Beinisch. In 2016, the 19th Festival was dedicated to interrelated composers like Brahms/Schumann or Schubert/Beethoven – played by outstanding artists like Sir András Schiff, Baiba Skride, Menahem Pressler or Emmanuel Pahud in the halls of the Jerusalem YMCA. more

Antonín Dvořák – Rusalka at NCPA Beijing

rusalka-still3 NCPA Peking

“Rusalka” is based on the Czech version of the classical fairy tale of a mermaid that falls in love with a human prince and wants nothing more than to become a human and live happily ever after. But in Dvořák’s opera, this happily ever after never happens as the story ends in tragedy. more

Berliner Philharmoniker at Lucerne Festival 2016 | Brahms, Dvořák, Anderson

LUCERNE FESTIVAL Sommer 2016

Even if the music world is often dominated by rivalry, examples of genuine friendships can certainly be found. Take Johannes Brahms and Antonín Dvořák: a pair whose friendship was free of self-interest. “That fellow has more ideas than all the rest of us. Even what he tosses into the trash could serve as a main theme for anyone else,” Brahms once remarked about his Czech colleague, 8 years his junior – and he didn’t just stop at nice compliments.

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Zubin Mehta at 80 – The birthday concerts from Mumbai

Zubin Mehta

“I’m a pucca Indian. Mumbai is my home,” says Zubin Mehta about his birthplace. The Musical Director for Life of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra traveled to India with “his” inspiring 110-member orchestra and on April 17th and 18th, 2016 they celebrated Maestro Mehta’s 80th birthday with two fantastic concerts at the National Center of Performing Arts in Mumbai. more

A World Premiere with Martha Argerich, Mischa Maisky and the Luzerner Sinfonieorchester

Martha Argerich Mischa Maisky Luzerner Sinfonieorchester

At one of her rare appearances with orchestra, Martha Argerich, the grande dame of the piano, joined forces with world-famous cellist Mischa Maisky and the fabulous Lucerne Symphony Orchestra for the world premiere of a commissioned work by Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin – Romantic Offering, a double concerto for piano, cello and orchestra dedicated to its very first soloists. more