The Inside Story: John Robertson and VIRTUOSITY

John Robertson was born and educated in New Zealand, coming to Canada in 1967 where he continued his education at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto while pursuing a career in the insurance business. Since having scored a win in the Nepean Symphony’s composers’ competition in 1987, he has had his music performed in many countries... Continue Reading →

THE INSIDE STORY: Mark Lieb and JOHANNES BRAHMS / ELLIOTT CARTER: CLARINET QUINTETS

Clarinetist Mark Lieb is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Phoenix Ensemble. He is a graduate of Northwestern University and The Juilliard School, where he studied clarinet performance with Robert Marcellus, former Principal clarinet with the Cleveland Orchestra, and David Shifrin, clarinet soloist and former Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln... Continue Reading →

Dot Your I’s and Quarter Notes

Why do people write music? If you explore the motives of today’s composers, you will probably uncover a sizable sampling of answers. Some composers write primarily to sell, some chart new paths with technically innovative compositions, and others compose to commemorate a person or event in history. And, there are composers like Samuel “Skip” Livingston,... Continue Reading →

How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall?

There's something about walking into Carnegie Hall that makes you feel a bit awestruck.  It's an imposing building -- taking up an entire city block in midtown Manhattan -- that dominates everything around it.  Couple that with the iconic composers and performers who have graced the Hall's multiple stages:  Tchaikovsky (who conducted Carnegie Hall's opening... Continue Reading →

3 PARMA Albums Earn Silver Medals in The Global Music Awards!

PARMA is extremely excited to announce that Matej Meštrović's 4 SEASONS FOR 3 PIANOS, Christopher Nichols' ELEGIA, and Carmine Miranda and Boris Abramov's upcoming November release MOZART/BEETHOVEN, have all received Silver Medals in The Global Music Awards for "Outstanding Achievement." The Global Music Awards is, as they say, "music's golden seal of approval." GMA reviews music ranging from world,... Continue Reading →

Christopher Nichols and The Inside Story: Tranquility for Creativity

Clarinetist Christopher Nichols debuts on Navona Records with ELEGIA. Nichols is nationally and internationally active as a solo performer, performing at venues such as the International Clarinet Association and European Clarinet Association conferences and for the College Music Society. In 2015, his solo work garnered him an Established Artist Fellowship from the Delaware Division of... Continue Reading →

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