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An Extraordinary Musical Pilgrimage

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

By: Edna Landau To ask a question, please write Ask Edna. House concerts are a wonderful way to discover new talent. My friend Michael Reingold, who is the founder and Artistic Director of New York House Concerts, recently invited me to hear a young American cellist by the name of Dane Johansen in a concert consisting […]

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Playing by Heart

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

By: Edna Landau To ask a question, please write Ask Edna. Early one morning, a few weeks ago, I was listening to radio station WQXR, when I heard the following:  “All of the artists you hear on WQXR play with heart, but not all of them play by heart.” It was the intro to an announcement […]

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Thank You Notes

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

By: Edna Landau To ask a question, please write Ask Edna. A young artist who seeks my advice from time to time recently asked me about a note she was planning to write to a conductor following what she thought was a very successful collaboration. She wanted to be sure that what she had drafted was […]

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The Road to a Grammy Nomination

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

By: Edna Landau To ask a question, please write Ask Edna. Gloria Cheng has always impressed me as someone with very high standards, impeccable taste, and an unerring sense of how to do something correctly. Add to those qualities brilliant artistry, keen intelligence, an inquisitive mind, and a soft-spoken endearing presence coupled with steely determination, and […]

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Using Google to Find Concert Opportunities

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

By: Edna Landau To ask a question, please write Ask Edna. I am often asked: How can I find opportunities to perform? There are several possible answers to this question but they all have one thing in common. There is a lot of work involved and there are no shortcuts that I am aware of. One […]

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Tertulia

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

By: Edna Landau To ask a question, please write Ask Edna. Have you ever heard of the word tertulia? I hadn’t, until January 15 when I was perusing the registration list for the imminent Chamber Music America conference in New York, with the goal of setting up some last minute meetings with people I didn’t know […]

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A Record Release Party for the Under Twelve Crowd

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

By: Edna Landau To ask a question, please write Ask Edna. A new record release is a cause for celebration. Most artists arrange a party to which they invite press, industry contacts and friends. There is food and drink, the artist performs a bit, and recordings (often autographed) are given to the guests. Not so pianist […]

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Producing Effective Conductor Videos

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

By: Edna Landau When it comes to producing performance videos, conductors would seem to be at a greater disadvantage than other artists. Every process that is central to the advancement of their careers, such as applications for music directorships, orchestra staff positions, training programs or competitions depends on the submission of sample performance videos. Yet […]

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A Full-Time Labor of Love

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

By: Edna Landau To ask a question, please write Ask Edna. As the year is about to draw to a close and the holiday gift giving season is upon us, I have decided to shine a spotlight on an individual who for the past fourteen years has given an extraordinary gift to music lovers in southern […]

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Promoting Multitalented Artists

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

By: Edna Landau To ask a question, please write Ask Edna. A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of leading a Lunch and Learn seminar at the Juilliard School. This weekly series, curated by Courtney Blackwell Burton, the director of the school’s Office of Career Services, covers a variety of topics of importance to the […]

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