Latvian Latecomer’s Amazing Voice

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Latvian operatic lyric mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča began to study singing in her hometown of Riga at the age of 20. Now, at 38, she’s in her prime as a vocalist. Garanča has just released an album of spiritual music by composers from Gregorio Allegri to fellow Latvians Pēteris Vasks and Uģis Prauliņš.

She studied at the Latvian Academy of Music with her mother. She won the Mirjam Helin Singing Competition in 1999 and was a finalist in the 2001 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. She began her professional career as a resident artist with the Südthüringischer Staatstheater in Meiningen where she appeared in a number of leading roles and she appeared as a resident artist with the Frankfurt Opera.

Ms Garanča has since quickly established herself as one of the music world’s major stars through her performances with leading opera theaters and symphony orchestras around the world. She has captured critical and popular acclaim for her beautiful voice, intelligent musicianship, and compelling stage portrayals.

Garanča’s new album, Meditation, is one of many new releases Classical 90.5 features throughout the week. Listen for this and other new recordings every day on WUOL.

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Young Artist Competition Results

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Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 Classical 90.5/PNC Wealth Management Young Artist Competition! See the results below and attend the free winner’s recital on Wednesday, November 26th at noon, on Lunchtime Classics. The first place, second place, and honorable mentions perform on the winner’s recital.

First Place

Aemin Kim (16), piano

Second Place

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Emily Redden (17), soprano
Maxwell Thompson (16), marimba

Honorable Mentions

Colin Crothers (12), piano
Landys Guo (16), piano
Ted Kang (17), violin
Sarah Martel (13), piano
Megan Wang (14), piano
Clara Warford (16), harp
Christopher Zhou (18), clarinet

Junior Award

Kennan King (9), piano

Judges

Krista Wallace-Boaz
Michael Hill
Daniel Gilliam

GIVEAWAY: Jessye Norman at Kentucky Author Forum

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Jessye Norman will be speaking at the Kentucky Author Forum on Monday, and it’s SOLD OUT, but you can enter for a chance to win two tickets. Details below…
This contest is now closed! Thanks for entering and good luck!

Transforming Bach

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Born in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, in 1987, Igor Levit at age eight moved with his family to Germany where he completed his piano studies at Hanover Academy of Music, Theatre and Media in 2009. He graduated with the highest academic and performance scores in the history of the institute. Levit has appeared in major concert halls and music festivals around the world.

During his studies he won several international awards, including second prize at the International Maria Callas Grand Prix, Athens (2004), first prize at the International Piano Academy Competition in Hamamatsu (2004), the silver medal and three other awards at the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Tel Aviv (2005) and the Luitpold Prize for young artists in Bad Kissingen (2009).

Last year the young pianist made a bold recording debut with the late sonatas by Beethoven. He’s now followed this recording with the Partitas by J S Bach. Classical 90.5 will be playing this new release over the next several weeks. Enjoy his performance of Bach’s Chaccone as arranged by Johannes Brahms.