A: Artur Schnabel was one of the most important and influential musicians of the first half of the 20th century! The documentary film by our Artistic Director Markus Pawlik about the legendary pianist and modernist composer Artur Schnabel is now playing on Amazon. “Artur Schnabel: No Place of Exile" https://www.amazon.com/Artur-Schnabel-No-Place-Exile/dp/B07GVSD3ST
Congratulations to Daniel Mah, student of Markus Pawlik, for winning the Livermore Symphony Competition - a competition that Academy founder and director Mark Anderson won twice as a youth growing up in Pleasanton! As a winner Daniel will perform the Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1 on February 23, 2018 with the Livermore Symphony.
NEUROSCIENTISTS HAVE DEMONSTRATED that learning to play an instrument or sing leads to changes in a child’s brain that make it more likely they will reach their full cognitive and academic potential. This may be why learning to play an instrument can be fun, but also difficult! There is significant merit to the idea that [...]
Music lessons are not just another activity. While this short essay is not an attempt to bash team or solo sports, chess club, math tutoring, or any other after-school (extra-curricular) program that parents subscribe to for their kids, it is designed to remind and enlighten NWMA families as to what exactly music lessons mean. Research [...]
We are pleased to announce the second season of our chamber music program, Sound Arts! Bringing artists and students together to perform chamber masterworks Explore exciting music Grow musicality Improve rhythm Learn communication skills Gain confidence Make friends with other musicians In this semester-long course, designed for intermediate and advanced students, young musicians will be placed [...]
https://youtu.be/ILctbP8Z4z4 NWMA Owner and Executive Director Mark Anderson discusses new releases for August on Nimbus Records. The 37 minute podcast was recorded at Wyastone Leys - home of Nimbus Records - in the UK when Mark was there to record his fourth CD of Röntgen's solo piano music this past June.
To those who have launched them, the first performance of a chamber music program feels like a testing-ground for all the hard-work, preparation, administrative (read: schedule) juggling, and tireless practicing, in addition to all the efforts by parents, teachers and administrators to make it all come together. Well, today it can be said that those [...]
Watch this short interview with NWMA violin and chamber music director Rebecca Wishnia done for SFgovTV and their Women At Work series. We're very proud to have Rebecca on the NWMA team!
Our Holiday Recital was fantastic yesterday with so many people to congratulate! Parents, teachers and students all work together to create artistic experiences, as witnessed in these two students performing the first movement of Beethoven’s last sonata for violin and piano in G Major, Op.96. This sort of peer-collaboration between students is the driving force [...]
Here is an excerpt from a concert that took place at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada on October 20th, 2017. Mark Anderson performs Dvorak's Piano Quintet in A Major Op.81 with the Borealis String Quartet. New World Music Academy's mission is to prepare our students for a life-time of music-making. Working with [...]