The first annual iCadenza Future of Music Festival! The four-day festival consists of three concerts by groundbreaking young artists alongside other events and lectures featuring discourse on the new directions of the classical music industry and centered on the question, “On Our Own Terms: Where do artists want to take the future of classical music?” This will be a high-energy series of events highlighting young, exciting musicians who are redefining the world of classical music on their own terms. The festival will take place at The Colburn School, known as an innovative institution shaping the next generation of artists. The three concerts will be featuring dynamic pianists, opera singers, and members of the Israeli Chamber Project – an ensemble comprised of top Israeli-born soloists.
The white-hot roster of performing artists consists of young, innovative performers enjoying international careers, many of them well-known in the Los Angeles area and beyond. We have spotlighted a few of the artists below.
Israeli Chamber Project
Based both in New York and Israel, the Israeli Chamber Project is a new ensemble that brings together some of the finest young Israeli musicians to perform classic and contemporary chamber music of the highest quality. Having recently performed at the Morgan Library in NYC, the members of the group have been lauded as “a real pleasure” and even “true magicians.” One of the founding members, violinist Itamar Zorman, received the highest prize awarded at the 2011 Tchaikovsky Competition.
Laurie Rubin, mezzo-soprano
Praised for her “compelling artistry,” Rubin has performed numerous leading roles, including Penelope in Monteverdi’s The Return of Ulysses at Greenwich Music Festival. In 2012-2013 she will be debuting a concert program, entitled “Do You Dream in Color?” paired with Rubin’s latest album and memoir.
Philip Alongi, tenor
A dramatic tenor known for his performances as Cavaradossi in Tosca and Luigi in Il Tabarro, Alongi most recently covered Radames in New Jersey Verismo Opera’s production of Aida. Phillip has appeared twice on NBC’s Today Show.
Rufus Choi, pianist
Korean-American pianist Rufus Choi is regarded for his “white hot pianism” and passionate performances. A recent winner of the Jose Iturbi Competition, Choi is a rising star in the piano world. He has played at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Salzburg Festival, and many other prestigious venues around the world.
Max Levinson, pianist
Cited by the LA Times as “extravagantly gifted,” Levinson’s career was launched when he won 1st Prize at the Guardian Dublin International Piano Competition. Levinson has performed with the SF Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, LA Phil and has garnered praise for his extensive recordings.
Zipper Hall at The Colburn School, located in exciting downtown Los Angeles, across the street from Disney Hall. Convenient parking is available in parking lots across the street.
“Zipper Hall is acoustically one of the best performance spaces in the Los Angeles area.”
– Southwest Chamber Music
AUDIENCE ENGAGEMENT COMPONENT
All attendees at the Festival will receive a special “Concertgoers’ Survival Kit,” complete with some helpful survival items as well as playful etiquette suggestions. This is designed to make the concert experience fun, interactive, and memorable.