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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

Beethoven 6 & Reger Piano Concerto – Blomstedt, Gewandhausorchester, Serkin

Herbert Blomstedt Peter Serkin Gewandhausorchester

Max Reger’s Piano Concerto Op. 114 was created in the summer of 1910 in Leipzig and was there brought into the world by pianist Frieda Kwast‐Hodapp and the Gewandhausorchester under Arthur Nikisch. Reger was thrilled by the pianist’s performance and jokingly dubbed her “Mrs. Kwast‐Hat’s Off.” To date, few other artists have dared to undertake this pianistic challenge: The American Peter Serkin, however, is one of those few whose repertoire includes this rare piece.

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