Julio Mendívil: How to be an Antiracist Musician 

Often, musicians are thought of as super-women and men who have the ability to turn hate into love and transform the coldest, most insensitive heart into the warmest and most feeling (just think about the biblical story of Saul’s violence being pacified by David’s magical serenades).  If that be the case, then converting a racist mindsetContinue reading “Julio Mendívil: How to be an Antiracist Musician “

Cicely & Madalyn Parnas: Practice Does Not Make Perfect 

Today’s professional music instrumentalists (pianists, violinists, cellists, etc.) may be surprised to read William Deresiewicz’ introductory comments to his book Excellent Sheep – a critique of elite American families’ academic objectives – about “the ability to engage in introspection” as “being the essential precondition for living the life of the mind, and the essential precondition for introspectionContinue reading “Cicely & Madalyn Parnas: Practice Does Not Make Perfect “

Akiko Nakajima: The Soprano Identity 

Akiko Nakajima knows all about departing: she is constantly leaving to meet her opera and concert engagements the world round.  She also knows all about staying: she audaciously built – brick by brick – a career that bridges Japan and Europe and, today, is General Director of the Noura Opera Foundation in Gunma, Japan, Music DirectorContinue reading “Akiko Nakajima: The Soprano Identity “

Miguel del Águila: Elegant and Affectionate Music

If contemporary classical music isn’t usually considered “elegant,” then it surely is never considered “affectionate.”  How, then, did Miguel del Águila, a Vienna-trained composer, find the path that led his music to be received by The New York Times as both “elegant” and “affectionate” as well as to be nominated for three Grammy Awards?  Come welcome Miguel and specialContinue reading “Miguel del Águila: Elegant and Affectionate Music”

Zsolt Nagy & László Marosi: Learning Music from the Best 

Paradoxically, Franz Liszt was, at once, very Hungarian and not Hungarian at all.  His parents worked for the Esterházy family estate on the outskirts of Vienna, where he only knew to speak German and, as he prepared to move to Paris, learned French.  As one of the first international “concert pianists,” Liszt passionately fundraised for Hungarians inContinue reading “Zsolt Nagy & László Marosi: Learning Music from the Best “