One of that select band of British pianists to achieve international recognition, Bernard Roberts was in constant demand as a recitalist, chamber musician, accompanist, concerto soloist and teacher. He was acclaimed by audiences and critics, the remarkable breadth of his industry bringing greater recognition for the instrument itself and proving pivotal in inspiring generations of aspiring performers.
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Wednesday 29 January 2014
The rare violin is known as the Lipinski and was on loan to the lead violinist Frank Almond
Tuesday 21 January 2014
Sometimes, the media reports the death of a public figure – or even a private one – when he or she is very much alive. Obits editor Chris Maume explains how it happens
Monday 13 January 2014
Kings Place, London
Monday 06 January 2014
Wigmore Hall, London
Sunday 29 December 2013
Victims demand to know why Ian Lake was employed by Royal College of Music for so long
Tuesday 24 December 2013
To hear Robert King and his Consort presenting Bach’s Christmas music directly after hearing Stephen Layton and the OAE do the same is to realise what a wealth of approaches are now on offer. King’s forces were much smaller, but they more than made up for it through the gutsiness of their vocal sound and the exoticism of their instrumentation.
Thursday 19 December 2013
When John Maughan stole a violin from a sandwich shop outside London's Euston station in 2010, he apparently didn't realise quite how valuable it was.
Wednesday 18 December 2013
Wigmore Hall, London
Monday 02 December 2013
Peru is celebrating this week after UNESCO announced that the scissors dance, a traditional competitive dance from Quechua villages in Peru’s south-central highlands and Huaconada met the criteria for worldwide notice.The Danza de las Tijeras, or scissors dance involves dancers who hold in their right hand iron rods, which represents scissors blades.
Thursday 03 October 2013
Honours for Dark Knight composer
Wednesday 02 October 2013
Amy Dickson, the Australian musician who elevated the saxophone from the nightclub to the concert hall, has been named Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the Classic Brits, marking the first victory for the instrument.
Friday 20 September 2013
Acclaimed violinist criticises music teaching in the UK
Thursday 19 September 2013
What’s the fanfare all about?
Wednesday 18 September 2013
Classical trumpeter Alison Balsom has been named artist of the year at this year's Gramophone Classical Music Awards - becoming the first British woman to win the prize.
Monday 16 September 2013
Signifying their subversive intent with a lower-case title, quartet-lab aim to revolutionise the quartet repertoire. They are led by the charismatic Pekka Kuusisto, whose credentials as a jazz and folk violinist are as impressive as those for his classical work. Maverick Dutch cellist Pieter Wispelwey has long pioneered unusual arrangements, and with Kuusisto’s Finnish compatriot Lilli Maijala as violist, and with the Moldovan violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja - who inherited a wider musical perspective from her cimbalom-playing father – these are all seasoned innovators.
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