The Getz Ear

Who is going to be the Next Big Thing in Classical Music? Ask Leila Getz.

Every year, new, promising talents gain notice in this country or that – fronting symphonies, winning competitions. Over time, the odd one will enthrall the classical masses and leap into superstardom.

Since starting the Vancouver Recital Society in 1980, Getz has earned a reputation for being able to spot these future phenoms. She brings these next generation artists to Vancouver for intimate concerts, well away from the giant halls in which they will soon find themselves.

The VRS has now started selling single tickets (versus subscriptions) for the 2015-16 season. The first, on September 27th at the Playhouse, will feature the German Maximilian Hornung on cello and the Swiss Benjamin Engeli on piano.

VRS Season 2015-16

Hornung and Engeli will be playing Schumann, Beethoven, Janáček and Strauss. Strauss – as you’ll see in the visual from UK Classic FM radio – was composing well into his eighties.

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Through the same site, we also see the enormity of Rachmaninov’s hands.


And, unlike Grieg and Schubert, he was markedly tall.

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Hands and height aside, which famous composer is your doppelgänger? The helpful people at Classic FM have a questionnaire to help you find out..

Which Composer Are You?

Written by Elizabeth Newton

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