Topic: classical

Thousands of music students will now do their final practical exams online

For the 1st time in 134 years, the Royal Conservatory of Music will not test students in person.

His international violin career was taking off, then the COVID-19 pandemic happened

'For me, personally, it's been revolutionary,' says multiple prize winner Timothy Chooi.

Here are the winners of the 2020 National Choral Awards

They were announced on May 17 by Choral Canada and CBC Music.

What does COVID-19 mean for Canadian choirs and choral workshops?

'When this is over, our operations will not go back to normal,' says Michael Zaugg, who runs the Choral Art program at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

What it's like to be confined with a trombonist

They're all smiles but Karina Bharne, spouse of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra's bass trombonist, admits 'it can be a little much.'

Favourite Spaces: Sondra Radvanovsky guides us through her rural refuge

'I can sing here and only the deer and wild turkeys can hear me,' says the famed soprano .

Here are 9 more amazing virtual videos from Canada's classical musicians

Evidently, it'll take more than a pandemic to stop these artists from 'getting together' to perform.

View these hilarious entries in the 'la speranza' challenge

Tenors around the world, including Canada's Josh Lovell, are making the most of their COVID-19 confinement.

Canada's classical musicians are making amazing virtual videos. Here are our favourites so far

Choirs, orchestras and chamber musicians are all getting in on the act.

Pandemic project: this pianist finally tackled the 'mountains of crap' in his studio

'This global pause has been a great time for me to get things sorted out,' says Jamie Parker.

Watch this inspirational Canada Post employee sing in his delivery van

‘Everyone's depressed and hunkering down and everything, so I sang just for fun,’ says the classically trained singer with a letter-carrier side hustle.

Watch this meticulous, COVID-era piano cover of 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

"It's music now that will help keep everyone smiling," says Calgary’s Thomas Yu.

Watch members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra come together for virtual performance

They performed sections of the suite from Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring.

Cooped up at home? Here are 6 cool classical concerts to watch right now

Enrich your alone time by streaming these recent performances by Canadian musicians.

5 ways to support Canada's musicians during the coronavirus pandemic

From crowdfunding to Skype lessons, here's how you can help.

The Berlin Philharmonic has made its Digital Concert Hall free for everyone

On hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the legendary orchestra continues to perform virtually for fans.
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Did you know that Canada's Governor General is nominated for a Juno Award?

Julie Payette sings in the soprano section of the Ottawa Bach Choir.

Meet the new director of music at England's Coventry Cathedral

Canada's Rachel Mahon, 30, becomes one of only a handful of women to hold such a job at an English Cathedral.
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8 emerging Saskatoon acts to watch

Meet the next wave of artists keeping Saskatoon on the musical map.

Here are the Canadians to be featured at the Metropolitan Opera next season

Joshua Hopkins, Étienne Dupuis and Gerald Finley will sing title roles.

'It was my best friend': Angela Hewitt devastated by destruction of her piano

Accidentally dropped by movers, her Fazioli concert grand is not salvageable.

How Ottawa–Gatineau became Canada's classical guitar capital

Meet the people putting the National Capital Region on the guitar map.

Watch the 2020 Juno Award nominations

Tune in Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 11 a.m. ET to find out who this year's nominees are.

Watch the 2020 Juno Award nominations

Tune in Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 11 a.m. ET to find out who this year's nominees are.

Janina Fialkowska: 7 important lessons I've learned from my life in classical music

From tips on practising to relationship advice, the celebrated pianist shares some invaluable wisdom.

Newfoundland Symphony is paying its musicians for rehearsals cancelled due to blizzard

Orchestra joins growing list of employers compensating staff for days missed.

10 upcoming Canadian classical albums to get excited about

Yannick-Nézet-Séguin, Marc-André Hamelin and others will release new music in the coming weeks.

NAC Orchestra to perform '80s pop tribute in 'gnarly' attire

Expect big hair, neon colours and leg warmers at the orchestra's '80s Mix Tape concerts on Jan. 9, 10 and 11.

Why you should be paying attention to composer Hildur Guðnadóttir right now

The Icelandic musician scored 2 of 2019's most successful projects: Joker and Chernobyl.

In Memoriam: a tribute to the musicians who left us in 2019

A salute to the talented, inspiring, groundbreaking artists who passed on this year.

These were the biggest Canadian music headlines of the 2010s

From Arcade Fire's Grammy to the Célinaissance, here are the moments that marked the decade.

Listen to the 2019 CBC Christmas Sing-In

Listen to the full concert, and view photos from the 40th edition of this beloved Montreal tradition.

Our 20 favourite Canadian classical albums of 2019

Outstanding records from Jan Lisiecki, Angela Hewitt, Gerald Finley, Tafelmusik and others.

What to expect from Angela Hewitt's new recording of Bach's Partitas

She first recorded them in 1997, 'effortlessly eclipsing all competition,' according to Gramophone. Now, she revisits Bach's 'Op. 1' with a 'greater understanding of his musical language and what exactly it expresses.'

Kanye West announces his 1st-ever opera, Nebuchadnezzar

The project will debut at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on Nov. 24

Angela Hewitt to receive the City of Leipzig Bach Medal

'It has given me great happiness to take Bach to all corners of the globe,' says the Canadian pianist.

Enjoy this fun arrangement of Mozart's Queen of the Night aria — with costume changes

Montreal's Pentaèdre Wind Quintet teamed up with Shoot Studio to create this stunning video.

5 scary pieces of classical music that aren't Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor

Set a spooky mood for your Halloween night with these terrifying tracks.

Remember when the Toronto Symphony covered Drake at the Polaris Prize gala?

It was 2015 and members of the TSO played an arrangement of 'Know Yourself.'

Rodney Sharman: 'I go wherever my imagination takes me'

The award-winning Vancouver composer opens up about yoga, new music for old instruments and the significance of his floral beard.

The 10 best musical moments from classical ballet

For World Ballet Day, a quick guide to the essential highlights from ballets by Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Prokofiev and others.

How Jordan Peele's go-to composer is helping diversify Hollywood scores

Michael Abels knows filmmakers want to be inclusive — that's why he created the Composers Diversity Collective.

Ever seen someone play a theremin? This video will astound you

Watch Grégoire Blanc play music by Glière at the University of Montreal.

Meet the pianist who's doing the job of an entire orchestra (and conductor!) on a Puccini opera tour

David Eliakis is the music director of Against the Grain Theatre's touring production of La bohème.

How to ace your audition for the National Youth Choir of Canada

Pro tips from Jean-Sébastien Vallée, the NYCC's conductor for 2020.

Greta Thunberg's mother, Malena Ernman, is an opera rock star

Watch the Swedish mezzo-soprano sing arias by Handel and Purcell.

This podcast episode looks at Indigenous appropriation in Canadian art music

The Canadian Art Song Project welcomes Marion Newman and Ian Cusson for a compelling discussion.

Fall 2019 guide: 17 albums you need to hear

From Tegan and Sara to Riit to T. Thomason, all the Canadian releases you should keep an eye on this season.

Maroon 5's new song, 'Memories,' is basically Pachelbel's Canon

If you're going to copy, then copy the great masters, right?

Charles Richard-Hamelin: 'Chopin is usually all about grey areas'

On his new album, the Canadian pianist continues his exploration of Chopin's subtle shadings.

Haviah Mighty, Robbie Robertson, Drake and more: songs you need to hear this week

Six fresh tracks to add to your playlist right now.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin has renewed his contract with Montreal's Orchestre Métropolitain — for life

'The Orchestre Métropolitain is the first of my musical families,' says the famed conductor.

Surprise! Jan Lisiecki releases the complete Beethoven piano concertos

On this unexpected 3-CD set, he plays all 5 concertos with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.

Clara Schumann essentials: 5 pieces you should know

A quick guide to one of the 19th century's great pianist-composers on the 200th anniversary of her birth.

Heavy metal and classical music have more in common than you think

From Beethoven to Vivaldi, metal artists have drawn inspiration from composers for years.

30 hot Canadian classical musicians under 30, 2019 edition

Meet the next generation of classical music stars.

Why the world needs more Bach

'It forces us to stop, listen and reconnect with our potential,' says Matthew White, executive and artistic director of the Vancouver Bach Festival.

You can now listen to all 555 keyboard sonatas by Scarlatti at the same time

A YouTube user mixed the audio and, well, it's a lot.

Joseph Rouleau, famed bass and champion of Canadian musicians, has died at 90

He sang for a quarter-century at Covent Garden, then returned to Canada to nurture young classical talent.

Is the recorder the most underrated musical instrument ever?

That instrument you learned in elementary school is much cooler than you think.

Here's the classical music you should be listening to this summer

Six recent albums from Canadian artists to discover during the coming dog days.

Here's how you can cheer on the Canadian contestants at the International Tchaikovsky Competition

It's the Olympics of classical music, and pianists Tony Yike Yang and Xiaoyu Liu are going for gold.

Expect a symphony of bids as Beethoven's hair gets put up for auction

The strands date back to 1826.

Vancouver's Chor Leoni has won the Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence

'A testament to the choir’s ability to connect,' says artistic director Erick Lichte.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin's Philadelphia Orchestra receives $55 million donation

'Words are simply not enough to express my heartfelt gratitude,' says the Canadian conductor

Why this is the year to cross Angela Hewitt's Umbrian music festival off your bucket list

Gorgeous music (and food and wine and scenery) in the heart of Italy? 'It is pure magic,' she says.

Jean-Michel Blais receives honourable mention from Cannes Soundtrack

The Quebec pianist composed the music for Xavier Dolan's film Matthias et Maxime.

Canada's music community remembers Derek Holman

The conductor, organist and composer died on May 20, 2019, at the age of 88.

Organist and choral conductor Patrick Wedd has died

He was director of Montreal's Tudor Singers and a church musician of distinction.

Louis Lortie on work–life balance, figuring out Fauré and avoiding Netflix

The Canadian pianist, who turned 60 in April, is on a hot streak.
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Karina Canellakis conducts unrehearsed Tchaikovsky after OSM soloist Daniil Trifonov suddenly falls ill

A stressful debut for the star conductor, but the show must go on.

This video of 2 trombonists playing Bach in a basement is oddly satisfying

For a quick DIY video, it's pretty good!

5 Franz Schubert songs you should know better

Baritone Tyler Duncan explains why these hidden gems deserve a double-take.

The Met broadcast on May 11 will make you burst with Canadian pride

Don't miss Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmélites on CBC Music's Saturday Afternoon at the Opera.

Guitars can imitate any instrument — this man proves it

His take on the bagpipe is really impressive.

Tulsa Opera's Don Giovanni makes history with trans woman in title role

Baritone Lucia Lucas "will stun audiences with her fresh take on the philandering protagonist."

Watch highlights from the 2019 Junofest classical showcase

Juno nominees including Gryphon Trio and Blake Pouliot performed at Aeolian Hall in London, Ont.

Is Alexandra Stréliski pop or classical? You decide

“I don't pretend to be doing classical music,” she says, and yet she's burning up the classical charts.

Here are the 10 quartets taking part in the 2019 Banff International String Quartet Competition

From Aug. 26 to Sept. 1, they'll compete for a prize package worth more than $300,000.

Here's what you'll find on CBC Music's new website

We're excited to show you our brand new website revamp.

Here are the Canadians to be featured at the 2019 BBC Proms

The world's biggest classical music festival runs from July 19 to Sept. 14.

Is this the last music recorded at Notre-Dame de Paris?

Organist Olivier Latry's all-Bach album was recorded in January and released on March 22, 2019.

Why Montreal researchers are measuring the brain activity of opera-goers

A new study aims to get inside the heads — literally — of people viewing opera performances.

Vladimir Orloff, famed cellist and U of T professor, has died at 90

"A true gentleman of music, as elegantly beautiful a person as he was a cellist," a former student recalls.

Angel Blue rehearsing Puccini's La bohème will warm your sun-starved heart

She stars in the Canadian Opera Company's production that opens April 17.

Wallis Giunta is taking over CBC Music's Instagram on April 4

The mezzo-soprano takes us behind the scenes on opening night of Mozart's Idomeneo at Opera Atelier in Toronto.

Jarred Dunn: 5 things I learned from pianist Maria João Pires

"Freedom to explore comes first, formats and rules second."

Here are 10 of the weirdest pianos ever built

From imposing modern designs to folding keyboards, here are some unusual ones.

Dominic Gregorio, choral conductor and Regina music professor, has died

Canada's choral community is in mourning.

Charles Richard-Hamelin: 5 pieces that changed my life

What music has shaped the personality of the hot young Montreal pianist?

10 videos that prove baroque music sounds amazing on marimba

Mallets make the magic in the music of Bach, Handel and Vivaldi.

Watch Chilly Gonzales break down Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

Stick around for the surprise Britney Spears comparison.

This opera singer still sounds amazing at 70

Watch Mariella Devia raise the roof at her Naples concert.

Watch this trumpeter's awesome performance of 'Flight of the Bumblebee'

Paul Merkelo whips off the popular encore in a flurry of double-tonguing.

Huawei used AI technology to complete Schubert's unfinished symphony

"If our smartphone is smart enough to do that, how far can it go?" asks Huawei's Walter Ji.

A guide to Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1

Pianist Tony Yike Yang talks us through this "grand and majestic" masterpiece.

Gryphon Trio is taking over Banff's classical music summer program

They've been named directors designate, with 2020 set as their official start date.

5 classical pieces to get you through the polar vortex

Add some soothing music to your coping strategy.

10 seriously underrated pieces for piano and orchestra

Move over, Rachmaninoff, and make way for these overlooked gems.

Meet Cameron Crozman, Canada's next big cello star

With a debut album out, and a string of concerts coming up in four provinces, he's a musician on a mission.