Christopher Jarvis Haley Hogwood (born 10 September 1941) is a well-known British conductor, harpsichordist, writer and scholar. Hogwood was born in Nottingham, and studied music and classical literature at Pembroke College, Cambridge. He went on to study performance and conducting under Raymond Leppard and Thurston Dart; and later with Rafael Puyana and Gustav Leonhardt. A British Council scholarship enabled him to study in Prague for a year.
The rising pianist whose Beethoven recordings for EMI Classics have received critical acclaim from The New York Times, BBC Music and The Telegraph, South Korean breathtaking performer HJ Lim, is becoming a classical music phenomenon as we speak. In 2010, her extraordinary decision to encompass in live concerts the complete Beethoven piano sonatas, performed in Paris in August 2010, in over eight consecutive days, created a sensation in the classical music world.
Murray Perahia (born April 19, 1947) is a distinguished American concert pianist of Sephardic origin. He is also a respected conductor. His recordings are characterized by a consistent quality of sound, technique/interpretation and a careful attention to dynamic and stylistic details.
Heralded as the “hottest artist on the classical music planet” by the New York Times, 27-year-old Lang Lang has played sold out recitals and concerts in every major city in the world and is the first Chinese pianist to be engaged by the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic and the top American orchestras. Testimony to his success, Lang Lang recently appeared in the 2009 Time 100 – Time magazine's annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.
Achille-Claude Debussy (August 22, 1862 – March 25, 1918) is a French composer, and one of the originators of the impressionism in the music.. Debussy (also Claude Debussy) was regarded as one of the most important composers in the end of 19th and the beginning of 20th century. Notwithstanding that he delighted Wagner, Debussy denied romanticism - the leading trend in music before him. The composer preferred the impressionism in the music, which was influences by literature. He strove for absolute freedom in his life and work.
The French pianist, Alexandre Tharaud, graduated from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris and started his international career in earnest when he won the 2nd Prize at the ARD Competition in Munich. As a soloist, Alexandre Tharaud has appeared with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France, Orchestre National de France...
Daniel Barenboim, KBE (born 15 November 1942) is an Argentine-born pianist and conductor. He has served as music director of several major symphonic and operatic orchestras and made numerous recordings. Currently, he is general music director of La Scala in Milan, the Berlin State Opera, and the Staatskapelle Berlin; he previously served as Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre de Paris.
Emanuel Ax (born June 8, 1949) is a Jewish-American pianist. Born in Lviv, Ukraine (then a constituent republic of the Soviet Union) to parents Joachim and Hellen Ax, both Nazi concentration camp survivors. Emanuel began to study piano at the age of six and Joachim was his first piano teacher. When he has eight the family moved to Warsaw and then two years later, to Winnipeg, Canada where he continued to study music, including as a member of The Junior Musical Club of Winnipeg.