Blake Pouliot drops his debut album, wins $20K prize

Blake Pouliot
CBC Music

"I love French music," says Pouliot. "It's definitely something that I'm very entranced by. I approach it in a very personal way."

Personality is never in short supply, it would seem. When we spoke with him during the recent Winter Olympic Games, we asked him if he could imagine himself in a bobsled. "I can imagine myself dying in a bobsled accident," he replied, laughing.

Pouliot's debut album is coming out, coincidentally, with the announcement that he is the recipient of the Women's Musical Club of Toronto's 2018 Career Development Award, presented every three years to an exceptional young performing artist. What does the $20,000 prize mean to Pouliot? ... »

Jesús López Cobos 1940-2018

Jesús López-Cobos

We mourn the loss of the refined and sensitive conductor Jesús López Cobos, who passed away on March 2, 2018 at the age of 78. He was known as a conductor of great integrity with a superb ear for instrumental balance and color. He was also an influential mentor to many young conductors of both opera and orchestra. Jesús López Cobos held several prominent music director positions throughout his long and successful career including the Teatro Real in Madrid (2003-2010), Deutsche Oper Berlin (1981-1990), the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra (1991-2000), and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (1986-2001) where he has been Music Director Emeritus since 2001. ... »

A Lullaby, a Caress: Yo-Yo Ma, Ax and Kavakos on Brahms

Emanuel Ax, Leonidas Kavakos, Yo-Yo Ma
The New York Times

Certainly that’s the case with the pianist Emanuel Ax, the violinist Leonidas Kavakos and the cellist Yo-Yo Ma. On a recent, superb Sony recording of Brahms’s three trios, their individual personalities combine beautifully. During rehearsals for an American tour that includes a visit to Carnegie Hall on Thursday, they chose a favorite page from the works. The group picked the opening bars of the slow movement of the Piano Trio No. 3 in C minor, marked “Andante grazioso.” ... »