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Pt. Viswa Mohan Bhatt Live in Concert at Calcutta International Classical Guitar Festival 2011

Pandit Viswa Mohan Bhatt & Subrata Bhattacharya
Pandit Vishwamohan Bhatt & Subrata Bhattacharya

Pandit Viswa Mohan BhattCalcutta, Jan 4, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations): From December 29 till January 4, Kolkata will be gifted with memorable concerts by the leading classical guitarists worldwide, as the Calcutta International Guitar Festival 2011 gets started with all the right chords and beats!

Supported by the Siddha and Bikram Ghosh, the concert got its way amidst much fan-fare, lauded by enthusiastic followers and maestros alike.

ICCR auditorium hosted the festival’s first concert in the evening of December 29. Pt. Viswa Mohan Bhatt, the Grammy Award Winning, Mohan Veena player accompanied by Subrata Bhattacharya on the Tabla and Somnath Roy on the Ghatanm captivated the audience in his rhythmic and soulful tunes.

Read all about the event and check out our exclusive photo-feature and slide-show on WBRi.

German violinist Julia Fischer performs with Milana Chernyavska in Washington

Julia FischerWashington, D.C.­, Jan 4, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / WPAS) German violinist Julia Fischer is recognized worldwide as an exceptionally gifted performer. Said the Guardian, of her latest CD, Poème, “The Suk dazzles, the Chausson is restrained yet passionate, the Respighi beautiful in the extreme.” Said NPR’s deceptive cadence, “As a technician, Fischer is astounding. You only need hear her crisp articulations and fantastically precise left-hand work to hear proof of that. But within these works she also reaches an emotional inner core that is very moving.” Fischer performs a recital of works by Beethoven, Schubert, Debussy and Saint-Saëns at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue on February 18.

Fischer’s extraordinary talent is reflected in the numerous awards and similarly effusive reviews she has received for both her live performances and recordings. Said the Guardian of a performance last year of Shostakovich’s first violin concerto, “In what is one of the most arduous works in the repertoire for the violin soloist, Fischer’s unstinting vigor and ability to dig deep into the tone matched the sense of purpose conductor and orchestra brought to the finely integrated accompaniment.” Said the New York Times of a Fischer recital of Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5, “Ms. Fischer plays with a remarkably sweet tone (evoking melting caramel perhaps) and long, refined phrases that have an operatic quality to them.”

Julia Fischer started the 2011-12 season at the Lucerne Festival with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski and on a subsequent tour to London, Luxembourg and Frankfurt performing the world premiere of Matthias Pintscher’s violin concerto “Mar’eh,” a piece dedicated to Ms. Fischer. Other highlights of season include European tours with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, playing and directing a program of Mozart, Puccini and Verdi, as well as with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra under Yuri Temirkanov. Guest appearances in 2011-12 include performances with the Staatskapelle Dresden and the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. Her recital tours with pianist Milana Chernyavska take her to Italy and Spain, as well as to five cities beyond Washington, D.C.  in the U.S. The season is rounded off with recital and chamber music performances at the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad and Copenhagen’s Tivoli Concert Hall in the summer of 2012.

Julia FischerFischer was named “Artist of the Year” at the Gramophone Awards in 2007. In January 2009 her CD of Bach concertos recorded with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Orchestra became the fastest-selling classical music debut in iTunes history. Fischer’s 2005 recording of Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin earned worldwide critical praise including the rare distinction of winning three of France’s most prestigious awards: the Diapason d’Or from Diapason; the CHOC from Le Monde de la Musique; and the highest rating from Classica Repertoire. Fischer revisited the works on a two-month 2010 tour that included two performances at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall.

Also an accomplished pianist, Fischer, made her professional piano debut at the Alte Oper Frankfurt performing the Grieg Piano Concerto and Saint-Saëns’s Violin Concerto No. 3 in the same concert. A DVD of the concert was released by Decca in August 2010.

Born in Munich in 1983 to a pianist mother from Slovakia and a mathematician father from Eastern Germany, Fischer began learning the piano with her mother at age three, but was soon persuaded to take add the violin. She began violin lessons at the Leopold Mozart Conservatoire in Augsburg, and three years later became a pupil of Ana Chumachenco at the Munich Academy of Music., She won the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition at age 11, an event that catapulted her toward a career as a soloist. Fischer lives in Munich, Germany.

Milana ChernyavskaMilana Chernyavska was born in Kiev in the Ukraine. She began piano lessons at age of five and entered the School for Gifted Children at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory two years later. She won the first international chamber music competition Concertino Praga at age 12 and graduated with distinction from the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in 1990 after which she continued her studies at the Academy for Music and Theatre in Munich. She won the Gold Medal at the Vladimir and Regina Horowitz Competition in 1994.

Chernyavska has appeared as soloist with a number of orchestras, including the Munich Chamber and Ukrainian National Symphonic orchestras. Her performances have been recorded by German radio, as well as for the BBC, the VRS, Radio France, and the National Ukrainian Radio. She has made numerous solo and chamber music recordings for EMI, Naxos, Claves, Avie and Ars Musici.

Chernyavska has performed at Wigmore Hall in London, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Carnegie Hall, Chatelet in Paris, the Conservatoire in Moscow, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall and Suntory Hall in Tokyo. She performs regularly with her own quartet, the Milander Quartet, as well as with Julia Fischer and cellist Daniel Müller-Schott, among others, and has taught at the Academy for Music and Theatre in Munich, among other places.

Who: Julia Fischer, violin Milana Chernyavska, piano
When: Saturday, February 18, 2011 at 8 p.m.
Where: Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
Program: Beethoven Sonata in B-flat Major, K.454 Schubert Rondeau Brillant, Op. 70, D. 895 Debussy Sonata in G minor Saint-Saens Sonata No. 1 in D minor, Op. 75
Tickets, $40, are available at or 202-785-9727.

The Encore Series is made possible through the generous support of the Abramson Family Foundation.

Funded in part by the D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency supported in part by National Endowment for the Arts. 

The Emerson String Quartet and Wu Han perform at Strathmore on Feb. 15th

Washington, D.C., Jan 3, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) After 35 years of extensive touring, the Emerson String Quartet boasts an incomparable list of achievements: nine Grammy® Awards (including two for Best Classical Album, an unprecedented honor for a chamber music group), three Gramophone Awards, the coveted Avery Fisher Prize and an international reputation for groundbreaking chamber music projects including cycles of the complete Beethoven, Bartók, Mendelssohn and Shostakovich string quartets in the world’s musical capitals.

Radharani Telefilms Centre Kolkata Felicitates Tollywood Stalwarts

Bengali Actresses Supriya Devi, Santwana Bose, Rita Koyral & Sandhya Roy

Bengali Actresses Supriya Devi, Santwana Bose, Rita Koyral & Sandhya Roy

Bengali Actresses Supriya Devi, Santwana Bose, Rita Koyral & Sandhya Roy
From Left: Supriya Devi, Santwana Bose, Sandhya Roy, Rita Koyral & Rina Mitra

Kolkata, January 2, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations)  Bidding adieu to the year that was, Kolkata was at the height of festivities while a part of the city’s film fraternity took this opportunity to felicitate some of the stalwarts of the industry through a grand award ceremony.

Latin American Ball Room Dance Workshop Coming to Kolkata

Daniel Clifford's School of Latin American Dances, Kolkata

Calcutta, Dec 20, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Internationally acclaimed South American Dance expert Daniel Clifford will conduct a 7 day workshop in Kolkata on various forms of Latin American Ball Room that includes Rumba, Cha Cha Cha, Samba, Tango, Waltz, Quick Step etc.