Music News & Info: Classical

Thanks and Tchaikovsky on a Thursday

First of all, I must say, “Thank you very much” for all of you who have visited All is Yar since I began it twenty one days ago.  I’m glad you have taken some of your busy time to see what I’ve shared, and I hope you come back often.  Special thanks must go to these four people:

  • Timothy Mangan, music critic and writer extraordinaire, for not only putting up with my comments on his blog for many years, but for discovering All is Yar in its infancy and taking the time to comment before any one else did.
  • Brian (Out West Arts) and Lisa Hirsch (Iron Tongue of Midnight), longtime voices of musical opinion here on the West Coast, both of whom generously welcomed me into the blogosphere with mentions on their own well-visited sites.
  • MarK, the distinguished and frequent contributor (via comments) on many well known musical sites — including all three mentioned above — and with whom I’ve had the pleasure to share some comments on these sites, for bringing his musical expertise, intelligence and wit to bear by joining in discussion at All is Yar too.
I am humbled by everyone’s engagement and encouragement.
Now, on to the matter at hand . . . The winners of this year’s XIV Tchaikovsky International Competition are scheduled to be announced on June 30th at 8pm Moscow Time (i.e. right about now).
As is typical with international musical competitions, especially one of this stature, this year’s competition has seen its share of controversies:
More importantly (in my humble opinion), is the good news associated with the competition:
  • The competition has been streaming performances online.  While other obligations have prevented me from viewing much of it so far, I am making a point to watch the Gala Concerts tomorrow and the next day showcasing the competition winners
  • Colburn School senior graduate and California native, Nigel Armstrong, is one of the violin finalists.  The student of Robert Lipsett, renowned violin pedagogue, has already won a 2,000 Euro prize for best chamber concerto performance.  Bob Thomas (Class Act) has been tracking Armstrong’s progress throughout the competition and provided a review of his final round concert.

I’ll provide an update once winners are announced.

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