UNDER THE LID

August 8, 2015

There are very, very few people in the world that you can look at from afar and, without really ever getting to know them personally, just know, know someplace deep in your soul, that they are truly decent people. Heroes are few and far between, and it seems that just about everyone, at least in the media spotlight, that has a great reputation, is just a ill-timed revelation away from becoming the next national disappointment. A sex-scandal here, a racist comment there, drug abuse, dishonesty, cheating-- whatever it might be, it seems anyone who looks extraordinary one moment, will be revealed to be fraudulent the next. So perhaps it is the one thing that so...

August 1, 2015

 

Alexander Kobrin's concert Friday night at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College featured the kind of artful, sensitive playing that one hears with less and less frequency on concert stages these days. Perhaps the greatest success of this performance was his astounding tonal control-- showing complete command and mastery over every touch, from the quietest to the most dramatic-- yet never creating sounds that were harsh, ugly, or unpleasant.

 

Mr. Kobrin was the Gold Medal winner of the 2005 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, the 1999 Busoni Competition, and received the Bronze Medal at the 2000 International Chopin Competition. Since then, he h...

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