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Pianist Scott MacIsaac ’14 CERT wins OSM Competition

macisaac-scott_osm-competitionPianist Scott MacIsaac ’14 CERT won the grand prize and a number of other prizes in the OSM (Orchestre Symphonique de  Montreal) Competition.

In addition to cash awards, MacIsaac’s prize includes a performance with Orchestre Symphonique de  Montreal, a concert tour with the YOA Orchestra of the Americas in six Nordic andBaltic countries, a concert with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, four solo recitals, a professional recording and Radio Canada broadcast, and a number of residencies and scholarships for further study.

MacIsaac’s addtional prizes included the new Schulich Music School Award, the People’s Choice Award, and the Banff Centre Award. MORE

Published November 25, 2015
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Interlude: Revered Cellist Aldo Parisot full of ‘Fogo’

parisot_aInterlude | By Janet Horvath

Exuding Fogo or fire, Brazilian cellist Aldo Parisot continues to be an immense musical force with a busy schedule at the Yale School of Music. He teaches thirteen students and conducts the Yale Cellos. One of the greatest cellists of all time, he has performed in chamber music, in recital, and as soloist with the elite orchestras of the world and eminent maestros including Leonard Bernstein, Sir John Barbirolli, Zubin Mehta, Pierre Monteux and composers Paul Hindemith and Hector Villa-Lobos. Parisot has premiered numerous cello works including Villa-Lobos Cello Concerto No. 2, which was written for him. Parisot played the work with the New York Philharmonic in 1955, Parisot’s first performance in America, and Villa-Lobos was present. In addition to his teaching at Yale he was on the faculty of the Mannes, Peabody and Juilliard Schools.

Parisot is a man of contrasts. Soft-spoken with a wicked sense of humor, he owns a red sports car with the license plate “Fogo,” wears dark glasses, a cigarette constantly dangles from his bow hand, and his support of his students is unwavering. I had the privilege of seeing him in action. “These are not master classes,” he declared, “they are mastery classes.” Recently, we had a conversation. MORE

Published November 25, 2015
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