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letters from January, February & March, 2003
[Min Kwon] [Fujiko Hemming] [Juliana Markova] [Yvonne Lefébure] [Tosoff Music] [Marie-Luise Hinrichs] [Elisso Wirssaladzel] [Irene Russo] [Elena Riu] [Ilana Vered] [Bernard Peiffer] [Announcements]

Subj:Min Kwon
Date: 1/22/2003
From: RavelConcerto
To: PianoWomenEditor@aol.com

Thank you very much for including my name on your list of women pianists! My homepage has been moved, however. Please make the change to www.MinandYoon.com
Many thanks,
Min Kwon

Subj: Fujiko Hemming
Date: 1/11/2003
From: pelikandr@axelero.hu
To: PianoWomenEditor@aol.com

Your website is fine. However I did not find the excellent japanese pianist Fujiko Hemming (http://www.fujiko-hemming.com/english/index.html).
Yours sincerely:

(the following letter is a reply to Robert Challinor's email of March 10, 2002.)

Subj: Juliana Markova
Date: 1/6/2003
From: ckhowell@ckhowell.com
To: PianoWomenEditor@aol.com

I came across this correspondence while looking for something else. I can shed some light on Juliana Markova though not her present whereabouts or career (if still active). Her teachers included Ilonka Decker-Kuszler in Milan (a Hungarian whose pupils included Annie Fischer, Edith Farnadi, Enrica Cavallo and Tiziana Moneta, just to list some of the women). I myself studied with Ilonka Deckers 1975-1992 and Markova had gone away by that time. Mme Deckers tried to keep in contact with former pupils and Markova was mentioned from time to time. I recall that she sent Mme Deckers a tape of a performance she gave of Rachmaninov 2 with the Chicago SO under Janos Ferencsik, this would be in the early 1980s. At about this time she also gave Tchaikovsky 1 with one of the London orchestras. Since she was playing in England at that time, it is perfectly possible that she stood in for an indisposed Nina Milkina.
I have met Nina Milkina and have some of her discs, so I can confirm that she and Juliana Markova are very far from being the same person!
Yours sincerely
Christopher Howell


after recently thanking Mr. Howell for this information, and informing him I would be publishing it on this page, he sent another reply, dated 3-28-2003:

Dear Rose Eide-Altman,
Since I wrote that e-mail I made a few enquiries and can add that Juliana Markova married British pianist Michael Roll and settled in GB. I understand they have worked together as a duo, while not forsaking their solo careers.

Yours sincerely,
Christopher Howell

Subj: french women pianists..
Date: 1/5/2003
From: jeannotbemol@wanadoo.fr
To: PianoWomenEditor@aol.com

I would like to inform you about a wonderful publication on legendary French pianists, as Yvonne Lefébure ( more to come ): please discover the publications of the English publisher " Coup d'Archet" ( www.coupdarchet.com )
You can find, for example, previously unpublished archives on both LP ( new - high quality vinyl ) and CD format of a Ravel and a Beethoven recital with Yvonne Lefébure.

Being a composer, "young" conductor, and musicologist, ( ex student at the Conservatoire de PAris ) I would gladly write for you, exchange informations, etc... For example, I saw that one of your readers was looking for informations on Aline van Barentzen.. I would have been able to give her discography on 33 rpm. At the moment, I'm working on Germaine Thyssens - Valentin, Agnelle Bundervoet ( a GENIUS OF THE PIANO ) = a fabulous french woman pianist to re-discover, Lucette Descaves, etc.....

best regards, and happy new year !

Subj: Wonderful Web Site
Date: 1/24/2003
From: btosoff@shaw.ca
To: PianoWomenEditor@aol.com

Thank you for providing such a wealth of information about Women and their important contribution to Music through the Piano. It is a much needed resource. I always wondered at times where could one find such unique and special acknowledgements towards these women who dedicated their lives to becoming concert pianists and offer an incredible gift to all. Thank you, now I can provide my students with more history and background about the women in music.
Bryon Tosoff
Tosoff Music
15690 Buena Vista Ave
White Rock, B.C. Canada V4B 1Z5

Subj: the pianist Marie-Luise Hinrichs
Date: 2/4/2003
From: svimhoff@gmx.de
To: PianoWomenEditor@aol.com

Dear Mrs. Eide-Altman,
While looking on the homepage of Helene Grimeaux, I realized a super comment by her on a disc made by one of her collegues, the EMI-CD with Soler sonatas played by Marie-Luise Hinrichs. And I thought it would be nice of you to take her also onto your list of pianists. She also has her own website: http://www.marie-luise-hinrichs.com/, and gives lovely concerts. She is just preparing new recordings. I'm not only a fan of her but through that now also her PR-Manager and would be grateful if you can think of her when renewing your lovely internet page!
Thank you and greetings from Germany!
Sabine von Imhoff


editor's note: Marie-Luise Hinrichs has been represented on our site for over a year on the page: "Other Contemporary Women Pianists", but we were not aware of her personal website, which we have linked to her name.

Subj: e-mail E.Wirssaladze
Date: 2/13/2003
From: spmoliveira@uol.com.br
To: PianoWomenEditor@aol.com

Cher monsieur,
peut-on obtenir les e-mails ou les sites de Elisso Wirssaladze et Elisabeth Leonskaja? Je consulte toujours votre site. C'est très bon!
Je vous remercie quelque information


editor's note: we do not have personal contact information on the artists listed on this website other than that which is available to all on the web, or with their managers.

Subj: Irene Russo
Date: 3/4/2003
From: adamheylen@pandora.be
To: PianoWomenEditor@aol.com

Please take note of this 28 years old italian pianist, Irene Russo, winner of the Clara Schumann International Piano Competition 2000 - in the Jury Joachim Kaiser, Martha Argerich ("Mademoiselle Russo a toute mon admiration!"), Nelson Freire, Maria Tipo ... - and prize winner of the ARD International Piano Competition 2002 of Munich - in the Jury: Anatol Ugorsky, Oleg Maisenberg ("Irene Russo is unique!")...
Here in Belgium she won the "Emmanuel Durlet" International Piano Competition 1999, playing a formidable Liszt Sonata.
Here you find her biography:
e-mail: irenerusso@yahoo.it
web: www.irenerusso.too.it
Many thanks and congratulations for your web-site!

Irene Russo was born in Foggia, Southern Italy, where she studied at the “Umberto Giordano” Music Conservatory; she was only 17 years old when she graduated cum laude.

Then she studied at the International Piano Academy “Incontri col Maestro” in Imola with Alexander Lonquich and Lazar Berman; after having obtained the Final Diploma there, she came to Barcelona, where she studied with Alicia de Larrocha who said about her: “ El recuerdo que nos deja es fabuloso!!” .

She won her first piano competition at the age of 8 and since then she was awarded in several piano competitions among which: the “Robert Schumann” National Piano Competition and the “Alfredo Casella” International Piano Competition in Naples, where she performed in the Teatro San Carlo. In 1999 she won the 1st Prize at the International “Emmanuel Durlet” Piano Competition of Antwerp, Belgium, where she is regularly invited to perform as a soloist and with orchestra.

One year later, Irene Russo became the winner of the “Clara Schumann” International Piano Competition 2000 in Düsseldorf (Germany). In the Jury took part Joachim Kaiser (chairman) together with some of the world’s most famous pianists such as Nelson Freire, Maria Tipo and Martha Argerich, who said about her: ”Mademoiselle Russo a toute mon admiration”.

She is a Prize Winner of the 2002 ARD International Piano Competition in Munich, where she was an audience favorite in the Semifinal: she received the Special Prize for the Best Interpretation of the Commissioned Work. There she also played with the Munich Chamber Orchestra (without conductor) in the Prinzregententheater, then in the Herkulessal. She recorded live on Bayerische Rundfunk and ARD Television. The ARD Competition will produce and publish a CD with her performances.

She appeared as a guest soloist with several orchestras - Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, Orchestra Sinfonica del Teatro San Carlo, Koninklijk Fhilharmonisch Orkest Van Vlaanderen, Rumenian Oltenia Philharmonic of Craiova, Orchestra da Camera di Mantova, Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt, etc. collaborating with prominent conductors: Marc Andreae, John Axelrod, Ovidiu Balan, Umberto Benedetti Michelangeli, Heribert Beissel, David Stern and Michel Tilkin among others.

Her international career started in 1993 in Sydney, Australia. Then she has played in Teatro Comunale in Bologna, Tonhalle in Düsseldorf, Musikhalle in Hamburg, deSingel in Antwerp, Bergen International Contemporary Music Festival, Auditorium “Giuseppe Verdi” in Milan, Beurs Van Berlage in Amsterdam, Jack Singer Hall in Calgary, Palazzo Barberini in Rome, in Tel Aviv Lisbon, Madrid, Barcelona, Zurich…

Irene Russo has recorded live on RAI Italian Television, Belgian Radio 3-Radio Klara, Canadian CBC, Radio Vaticana, Dutch Radio 4 and she appeared in a music documentary on the German Television ZDF.

Recently she played concerts in USA with the Houston OrchestraX conducted by John Axelrod (Rachmaninov n.2); this year she played twice in the Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw (Spiegel Zaal), recording live on Radio 4.

Coming concerts: La Roque d’Antheron International Piano Festival 2003, Schloss-Elmau Festival and Freiburg in Germany, Palais des Beaux-Arts in Bruxelles.

Subj: Pianist Elena Riu
Date: 3/5/2003
From: Jennie.Gardner@linn.co.uk
To: PianoWomenEditor@aol.com

Dear Friends,
I visited your site today and wanted to let you know about the pianist Elena Riu.
Elena Riu has released one album for Linn Records, a collection of works by contemporary composers for piano, which was released in 2000.
Classic CD wrote of this release: "a fascinating compilation... Riu's playing is entrancing". Full information is available at our website www.linnrecords.com The link below takes you to the CD information page for Elena Riu's album.
I'd be very grateful if you would include Elena in your database of women pianists. If you require any further information, please let me know. Thank you for your attention.

Kind regards,
Jennie Gardner
Marketing Manager
Linn Records
T: +44 (0) 141 303 5027
F: +44 (0) 141 634 0733
257 Drakemire Drive
Glasgow G45 9SZ Scotland

Subj: Ilana Vered Recording
Date: 3/8/2003
From: shancrockett@pol.net
To: PianoWomenEditor@aol.com

Can you help me find Vered's recording of Chopin's Sonata No. 3 in B Minor released in 1974 on London-Decca? SPC5-21119 is the London- Decca identificaiton number. Any suggestions as to how to find rare out of print recordings would be greatly appreciated.
Thanking you in advance,
Shan Crockett


Subj: Re: Ilana Vered Recording
Date: 3/28/2003
To: shancrockett@pol.net

Dear Shan Crockett,
Thank you for visiting Women at the Piano . I personally do not know sources of out-of-date recordings, but can refer you to someone who may. Donald Manildi, the curator of the International Piano Archives at Maryland (IPAM) may know current sources of out-of-date recordings. IPAM itself has a copy of almost every known recording by a classical pianist. I will also include this email in my next letters to the editor (due next week) by the chance that a reader will have more information.

Rose Eide-Altman
editor, Women at the Piano

Date: 3/13/2003
From: ival@ciudad.com.ar
To: PianoWomenEditor@aol.com

Dear Sir(s):
Could you tell me where to find in the web photographs of the french pianist Bernard Peiffer . Thank You very much
Daniel Ivaldi (ARGENTINA)


Subj: Independent Music Festival: MPMF 2003
Date: 2/12/2003
From: info@mpmf.com
To: PianoWomenEditor@aol.com

For Immediate Release...
MPMF Announces Opening of Registration for 2003
The Midpoint Music Festival, last year's successful three-day independent music showcase and industry conference is back for it's second year. Over 150 bands and solo artists and close to 10,000 music fans attended last year's showcases and industry seminars in Greater Cincinnati. This year's Festival takes place September 24-27, 2003. The artist submission process begins Friday, January 31st.

A new MPMF website will also make its debut on Friday, January 31, offering many new features, including a streamlined registration and application process. Artists may submit their application for an opportunity to showcase at this year's Festival beginning Friday, January 31. Bands and solo artists of all genres are encouraged to apply. Applicants must register online (www.mpmf.com) in order to submit. Registration remains at $20 for all entries (Visa/MC accepted). Online registration will end Friday, April 25. All submissions must be postmarked by Friday, May 2. The artist notification process will begin in late June. Showcases and time slots will be announced shortly thereafter.

For additional information, send e-mail to info@mpmf.com or go to www.mpmf.com

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