Author Archives: Julian Kreeger

Curtis on Tour in Miami

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Curtis on Tour played a stunning concert on Thursday October 25, 2018 at Wertheim Concert Hall in Miami at FIU (Florida International University). The concert, attended by judges from over 50 countries, was given during the Conference of Hague Convention Network Judges which was held at FIU, the location for which had been made possible by Brian Schriner, Dean of FIU’s CARTA (College of Communications, Architecture, Music, Art, and Theater). Read full story

Archived in these categories: Chamber music

Clash of the Titans — Franz Liszt v. Sigismond Thalberg

On Thursday September 27, 2018, an interesting recital was presented at the University of Miami’s Gusman Concert Hall. The program, titled “Clash of Titans” was a recreation of The Pianistic Encounter in 1837 between Franz Liszt and  Sigismond Thalberg at the Salon of Princess di Belgiojoso. In this recreation of the event the pianists standing in for Liszt and Thalberg were Asiya Korepanova and Mark Viner. Read full story

Archived in these categories: Piano, Romantic Era

Flutist Trudy Kane in recital in Miami

On Sunday afternoon Sept 16, 2018, Trudy Kane, who will retire at the end of this academic year as Flute Professor of the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, played a flute recital  at the University’s Gusman Concert Hall. Kane, who was Principal flute of the Metropolitan Opera for 30 years before coming to Miami played an interesting and diverse recital Read full story

Archived in these categories: Piano, Romantic Era, Woodwinds

Violinist Kyung Wha Chung & Pianist Kevin Kenner in Miami Recital

On Thursday, June 28, as part of the week’s Chopin Festival in Miami, Kyung Wha Chung came from Seoul, Korea, to perform a recital with pianist Kevin Kenner at the Frost School of Music. As a student at Juilliard, Chung studied with the legendary Ivan Galamian and later with Joseph Szigeti. She was considered one of the world’s greatest violinists, who performed and recorded with many major pianists and conductors, until her concert career was interrupted for several years by an injury.

Thursday’s program began with the Fauré Violin Sonata in A Major, Opus 13. The beautiful performance and collaboration with Kenner reminded of what a great violinist she is. The first half ended with Kenner playing his reconstruction of Chopin’s Mazurka in F Minor, Op. 68, No. 4 and the Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 52, in which his wide range of sonority and fluid technique demonstrated why he had been chosen to be awarded First Prize in the 1990 Chopin Competition in Warsaw. Read full story

Archived in these categories: 20th Century, Chamber music, Piano, Violin

Pianist Dang Thai Son opens Chopin Festival in Miami


On Sunday evening, June 24th, Dang Thai Son, winner of the 1980 Chopin Competition in Warsaw, played an interesting recital in Miami to open a Chopin Festival organized by Kevin Kenner, winner of the 1990 Chopin Competition. For many years Dang Thai son had not been allowed to play in the United States because he was born in Hanoi, Vietnam. His program consisted of works by Schubert, Chopin, Paderewski, and Liszt. Opening with Schubert’s Allegretto in C minor, D.915 and the 12 German Dances, D.790, Dang Thai Son’s soft pianissimos and pedaling were magical. His wonderful sonority, pedaling, and remarkable fingers were also evident in the three Chopin Mazurkas, although his approach to the Barcarolle did not make me forget Moiseiwitsch, Rubinstein or Horowitz.

After intermission, his approach to five Paderewski miniatures was again often magical. The concluding Reminiscences of Bellini’s Norma by Liszt brought the audience to its feet but did not erase the indelible memory of Ivan Davis’s incomparable performances of the Norma Paraphrase in which brilliant virtuosity was coupled with a unique understanding and affection for Italian opera that was without peer. The encore, the slow movement from Schubert’s late Sonata, D. 958, was again conveyed with beautiful, soft sonority.


Archived in these categories: Piano, Romantic Era