NEW ARTIST: PIANIST ROSSINA GRIECO

Polyphony Arts is delighted to welcome the remarkable prize-winning pianist Rossina Grieco.

Rossina began her musical studies with St. Petersburg pedagogue, Luba Ugorski, at four years old. After winning global recognition and prizes across America, she made her formal debut at Copley Hall with the San Diego Symphony at eight years old.

She has appeared as soloist with the Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Xiamen Symphonies, Shanghai Philharmonic, and the China Philharmonic in venues including the Lincoln Center, Poly Theatre, Koerner Hall, Shanghai Oriental Art Center, Xinghai Concert Hall, The Auditorium at TSRI, and Sherwood Hall.

She has also worked with conductors including Gábor Takács-Nagy, Yu Long, Xu Zhong, Chen Zuo Huang, Chen Xie Yang, Yoon Jae Lee and Jung-Ho Pak. Rossina was invited as guest artist at the Beijing International Music Festival, La Jolla Music Society, Antheneum Concert Series, as well as performing numerous private recitals across San Diego, Toronto, Leeds, and New York.

Rossina became the longest standing recipient of the Ihnatowycz Prize, one of the highest and most prestigious artistic awards offered in North America, and has received accolades and academic recognition from institutions including Juilliard, The Glenn Gould School, Escuela Superior de Música de Reina Sofía and Curtis. She released her debut recording in 2020 with Orpheus Classical, featuring Chopin’s Scherzi and Preludes. A second recording of works by Beethoven will follow soon.

Rossina is currently accepting bookings for recital, chamber and concerto engagements. Find out more about her and the repertoire she’s offering here: https://polyphonyarts.com/rossina-grieco/

Welcome Rossina!

NEW ARTIST: PIANIST AVGUSTE ANTONOV

Polyphony Arts is delighted to welcome internationally acclaimed pianist Avguste Antonov! Avguste has performed across the globe and is a passionate advocate of 20th and 21st century music. He’s performed numerous World and US premieres of works by composers including Carter Pann, Gregory Hutter, Michael Colgrass, Raina Murnak, Matthew Lewis, Till Meyn, Matthew Saunders, Robert Rollin, William Vollinger, as well as many others.

Recent season highlights include a recital at the Bulgarian Ambassador Residence in Washington, DC, the performance of Carter Pann “Concerto Logic” with the San Jose State University Wind Ensemble, a live performance for the Kansas Public Radio, the World and US Premiere of Matthew Saunders “Piano Concerto” with the University City Symphony (University City, MO) and the Lakeland Community Orchestra (Kirtland, OH).

In addition to performing, Avguste gives guest lectures and is currently professor of piano and accompaniment at the Conservatoire de Châteaubriant. He also adjudicates for various competitions, including the ENKOR Piano Competition, the Sound Espressivo Global Competition and the Music International Grand Prix. Outside of music, he’s a chess player, member of the chess club Cercle d’Echecs Castelbriantais and participates in regional and national tournaments.

Having recently relocated to France after living in the US for 20 years Avguste is looking to perform more in the UK and Europe, and is currently accepting bookings in these territories. Find out more about him and the repertoire he’s offering here: https://polyphonyarts.com/avguste-antonov/

We’re thrilled to have you join us, Avguste!

Why you should be promoting your career now – an agent advises.

2020 has not been a good year for those of us in the classical music business and, as we approach the end of our second lockdown, it is understandable that a lot of us are feeling weary and discouraged.

However, you may be surprised to hear that our advice is now is the perfect time to put yourself back out there and start seeking out those future performance opportunities that have been in such short supply.

At Polyphony Arts we are already seeing an uptick in bookings for our clients; music societies, festivals and other venues are starting to think about programming again as performances once again seem possible, and the news about successful vaccines for Covid-19 has done much to lift everyone’s spirits.

There is hope, but we want to see you turn any new-found optimism into actual bookings. And now is the best possible time to start working on precisely that.

So, even if we are still in lockdown, what can you be doing now to build your career as we leave 2020 and head for 2021 and beyond?

First of all, you need a good mindset. Although it may not feel like it, your career is still active and needs your attention more than ever!

We know that things will never go back to exactly how they were before, but that may be no bad thing. Right now promoters are more understanding than they have ever been of how difficult and frustrating it can be for musicians trying to promote themselves. The people who can give you work actively want to help you. That’s a really important message to hold onto.

But before you start sending out information about yourself, take stock of every aspect of how you go about promoting yourself:

  • Is your CV up-to-date?
  • Maybe you have done some interesting work during the pandemic performing online or working on a particular project at home – have you included that?
  • Do you have a full list of all your online recordings with the right links?
  • How good is your network?
  • Are there more connections you have made online over the past nine months that you can maybe leverage now?
  • How do you describe yourself now?
  • How do you think about yourself as a musician?

This last question is a really important one because unless you have a healthy and positive view of yourself, you are not going to be able to project a positive image to the promoters you hope will book you.

If you have an agent, then they will help you with a lot of that, but if you don’t, there are still resources out there to help you.

We have designed a number of packages which you can access to help you with all these aspects of managing and developing a successful career whether that is professional coaching, materials to help you become your own agent, or even a simple module on how to write the perfect pitch.

And, with Christmas on the horizon, any of these would make a terrific gift from your nearest and dearest  – after all, they’re the ones who have always been your biggest supporters.

Our message to you is: stay positive, be adaptable, take this time to review where you are, and reach towards a brighter future where you can and will perform again.