Coming in April 2015, Living the Classical Life has entered a global media partnership with Rhinegold Publishing. The London publishing house owns a series of classical music magazines; we are partnering with three - Classical Music, International Piano, Opera Now. More details and links will be shared in the coming months, but we are very excited about this new endeavor that will place LTCL in the center of the classical music world. Many thanks to the editors at Rhinegold for their vision, LTCL's executive producer and sponsor Jutta Ittner, the filmmakers at Elyria Pictures, and the host and pianist Zsolt Bognár. It definitely takes a team!
Pianist Caroline Oltmanns' new album, Venezia e Napoli, is reviewed in International Piano magazine this month (January/February 2015 issue)!
"The pianist herself refers to this disc as ‘a water album with lots of old world charm’. It is beautifully recorded, a facet that really illuminates Oltmanns’ subtleties – in the Debussy in particular. The Haydn is interesting in its deliberately gruff first movement and in the way the expressivity of the slow movement foreshadows Beethoven, Oltmanns’s low-pedal approach paying fine dividends. If there are finer Venices of Venezia e Napoli (try Lazar Berman), Naples is much better, with terrific trills and a nice light touch. Actually, the finest performance is of the Beethoven Bagatelles, the A major and C major being the clear highlights. CC" - International Piano, Jan/Feb 2015
British violist, recording artist, and pedagogue Roger Chase is featured on this episode of Living the Classical Life. He discusses his musical formation from an early age, why all children should learn to read music, and dealing with the pursuit of perfection.
He owns and performs on the 1717 Montagnana viola.
I had the distinct pleasure of conceiving and assembling an album launch party for pianist Caroline Oltmanns at Steinway Piano Gallery Cleveland on November 6, 2014, celebrating her fifth album Venezia e Napoli. It was quite a large undertaking, but thankfully there was a large team working to make it sparkle!
The New York fashion designer Nanette Lepore dressed Ms. Oltmanns for this special event. It was exciting to collaborate with the company. They were very enthusiastic to support this album launch, particularly because both Ms. Lepore and Ms. Oltmanns are from Northeast Ohio.
The album launch was co-hosted by Jim Tressel, president of Youngstown State University and former local celebrity football coach. Dr. Oltmanns has been a professor at YSU for over 20 years so it was very meaningful to have the university support her.
I'm also very grateful to Steinway Piano Gallery Cleveland who provided the beautiful venue and arranged the invitations, caterer, and flow of the party. Catherine Good, VP and CFO of the company, did tremendous work in making the evening a success!
Check out the photo gallery from the event here!
Grammy Award-winner and recipient of the 2013 Richard Tucker Award, Isabel Leonard is on the Board of Trustees at Carnegie Hall and is in constant demand as a recitalist, having appeared with some of the foremost conductors of her time. Highly acclaimed for her “passionate intensity and remarkable vocal beauty,” she continues to thrill audiences both in the opera house and on the concert stage in repertoire that spans from Vivaldi to Mozart to Thomas Ades.
Living the Classical Life returns with its 17th episode to-date. Check out the growing list of A-listers discussing their life in the classical music industry over at LivingTheClassicalLife.com!