Fall has sprung

In an effort to keep you, dear reader, coming back to my website, I will be waxing poetic on all things musical in Montreal (and abroad). —- It has been a very busy and exciting October! First things first, I’d like to congratulate the wonderful finalists from McGill’s Golden Violin competition. It was a pleasure to work with each of my (very-deserving) friends in preparation for this concert, as well as take part in their riveting performances. Andrea Stewart performed a brilliant Beethoven sonata (the fifth, for those of you keeping track) as well as some Saariaho and Ligeti, Elizabeth Skinner rocked out on Prok(ofiev)’s D major sonata, some beautiful Bach and Kreisler, and the glorious finale from Franck’s Sonata (the Frank Sinatra), and finally, Chan Lee opened with Ysäye, charmed with some Mozart Adagio, then blew the top off the hall with the first movement of Strauss’ Sonata. It was a great evening of music-making, and a wonderful showcase of McGill’s finest talent. Read more about the competition to find out who nabbed the $25,000 prize (hint: not me) and an itty-bitty golden violin pin. —- Montreal (and Quebec) is an incredible place. Full stop. I can’t think of many other cities in the world where you will find, in six days, opening concerts for three new orchestras led by enthusiastic, talented young conductors. Well, I exaggerate a little for drama’s sake… one of the orchestra’s started a year ago or so… but still!  This last Thursday saw the debut of Orchestre lyrique de Montréal (OLM) led by Simon Rivard and Ben Kepes. The programmed one of Mahler’s “shorter” symphonies, the Fourth, as...

Welcome… finally.

Spring has sprung. The grass is riz. I wonder where the time went…  Spring was a long time ago. A time when I thought beautiful websites blossomed like May flowers – a bit of sun, a bit of rain, and poof! It turned out to be something totally different. It was a long, arduous journey, wherein many a calamity befell me; but in the end, I emerged victorious! I couldn’t have done it without my most trusted companion, a sage of the website-ways, a wizard of the internet’s gizzards, a Jedi of the online… something… : Rob Sherwood!  Thanks to Rob’s expertise, I have now swelled the ranks of the active websites on the internet from 177,831,433 to a mighty 177,831,434! Rob, now you too have done your part for the world wide web! Take a bow! So. Now you’re here. And perhaps somehow you’ve made it to this sentence. Well, since you’re here, and still reading, you might as well stop reading and take a look around before you leave? I promise that if you look around now, and then come back in a week or so, I will have new shiny things for you to look at.  In the meantime, please enjoy all the shiny things already on display.   Yours truly Phil Chiu  ...