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In today’s news: Welsh National Opera and Southbank Sinfonia reveal their 2018/19 seasons, Blockchain ticketing platform launches to end touting and Shanghai Isaac Stern Competition announces record number of applicants. Also, the German Cultural Council is pleased with the coalition agreement and Sergio Morabito becomes the new leading dramatic advisor at the Vienna State Opera.

Classical Music

Classic FM celebrates audience increase

5.7 million people now listen to Classic FM every week, and over half a million of the station’s listeners were aged under 25.

Welsh National Opera reveals 2018/19 season

This season will bring a new production of War and Peace in the autumn, Un ball in master in the spring and an amnesty-themed season in the summer.

Southbank Sinfonia reveals 2018/19 season

This season will include works by more than 20 female composers and concerts with five female conductors.

The Strad

Sergei Dogadin wins Singapore International Violin Competition

The 29-year-old Russian violinist wins $50,000 top prize, performance opportunities and the loan of a fine instrument.

The Times

Richard Morrison: Take Hamilton’s lead and stamp out ticket touts for good

It all began with 2 Cirque du Soleil tickets costing £241 on the secondary-ticketing website Viagogo.

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Blockchain ticketing platform launches to end touting

The UK’s first large scale ticketing platform to implement real world blockchain technology has launched and aims to revolutionise the ticketing market by making purchases safer and more secure from touting.

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Shanghai Isaac Stern Competition announces record number of applicants

Organizers for the Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition (SISIVC) announced that a total of 174 applicants have been submitted for this year’s edition, an increase of more than 22% from the inaugural competition in 2016 (142 applicants).

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Deutscher Kulturrat: Koalitionsvertrag ist gut für die Kultur!

Der Deutsche Kulturrat, der Spitzenverband der Bundeskulturverbände, ist erfreut über die Aussagen im Koalitionsvertrag zu Kunst, Kultur, Kreativwirtschaft und Medien. In seiner Pressemitteilung vom 12.01.2018 hatte der Deutsche Kulturrat das Ergebnis der Sondierungsgespräche als gute Grundlage für Koalitionsgespräche eingeschätzt.

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Berliner Senat plant Offenlegung von Intendanten-Bezüge

Der Berliner Senat plant laut Bericht der Berliner Zeitung eine Offenlegung der Bezüge von Spitzenpositionen im Kulturbereich.

Musik Heute

Orchester aus Nordkorea tritt am Vorabend von Olympia in Südkorea auf

Zum ersten Mal seit 16 Jahren haben Musiker aus Nordkorea ein Konzert in Südkorea gegeben.

Morabito wird Chefdramaturg an Wiener Staatsoper

Der Chefdramaturg der Oper Stuttgart, Sergio Morabito, wechselt in gleicher Position nach Wien.

Platea Magazine

El festival Música-Musika 2018 estará dedicado al periodo de Entreguerras

Del 1 al 4 de marzo, el Palacio Euskalduna de Bilbao acogerá una nueva edición del festival Música-Musika. Esta edicion está dedicada al periodo de Entreguerras y contará con la participación de más de 1.500 músicos.

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BR_KLASSIK @BR_KLASSIK: Kalenderblatt: 9.2.1905 – Sergej Prokofjew führt eine Fehlerstatistik. Und zwar über die Fehler seiner Mitschüler am Konservatorium 

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(Written on February 9, 2018 )

In today’s news: The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO) has become the first symphony orchestra in the world to have a professional ensemble led by disabled musicians as a core part of its activities, Help Musicians UK has re-launched its Musicians’ Hearing Health Scheme and the final round of voting is now open for The Global Awards 2018. Also, Salzburg votes against application for becoming the European Capital of Culture, and South Korean group Baum Quartett wins the Berenberg Kulturpreis.

The Guardian

EU to review Apple’s reported $400m purchase of music app Shazam

European Commission to investigate deal following requests from Austria, France, Iceland, Italy, Norway, Spain and Sweden.

Classical Music

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra establishes disabled-led ensemble

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO) has become the first symphony orchestra in the world to have a professional ensemble led by disabled musicians as a core part of its activities.

Help Musicians UK expands Musicians’ Hearing Health Scheme

Help Musicians UK has re-launched its Musicians’ Hearing Health Scheme, expanding it to additional clinics and more music professionals.

The Strad

Venezuelan violinist Rubén Rengel wins $50,000 Sphinx Competition

The Detroit-based competition, which includes senior and junior divisions, is open to Black and Latino US string players.

Classic FM

The Global Awards 2018: shortlist announced, vote now!

The final round of voting is now open for The Global Awards 2018! Vote for your favourite artists from the shortlist.

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Tonhalle Zürich mit knapp 110.000 Besuchern in der Spielzeit 2016/17

Die Tonhalle-Gesellschaft Zürich hat ihren Geschäftsbericht für die Spielzeit 2016/17 vorgelegt. Bei 145 Konzerten mit 95 verschiedenen Programmen konnten eigenen Angaben zufolge 108.472 Zuschauer gezählt werden.

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Salzburg will nicht Kulturhauptstadt werden

Eine breite politische Mehrheit hat gestern im Gemeinderat der Stadt Salzburg gegen eine Bewerbung Salzburgs als Europäische Kulturhauptstadt 2024 gestimmt.

Musik Heute

Berenberg Kulturpreis an “Baum Quartett”

Das aus Südkorea stammende “Baum Quartett” hat den mit 10.000 Euro dotierten Berenberg Kulturpreis erhalten.

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Dans le métro à Tokyo, Debussy et Chopin détendent les voyageurs

Au Japon, les trajets de métro sur la ligne Hibiya sont désormais bercés par la musique de Chopin, Mendelssohn et Debussy. Une initiative expérimentale, qui semble séduire les utilisateurs.

Platea Magazine

Adam Fischer debuta con los Berliner Philharmoniker, sustituyendo a Bernard Haitink

Ocupando el lugar previsto para Bernard Haitink, indispuesto, el director de orquesta húngaro Adam Fischer (Budapest, 1949) debuta estas semana al frente de los Berliner Philhamoniker, los días 8, 9 y 10 de febrero.

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Konzerthaus Berlin @_konzerthaus: Singen macht sozial, gesund und glücklich! Warum, das erfahrt ihr auf unserem Blog!

Image: Rubén Rengel © The Strad

(Written on February 8, 2018 )

In today’s news: Andrew Lloyd Webber says that removal of funding from the subject in schools could become a national scandal and the Cheltenham Music Festival’s Composer Academy is now open for applications. Also, the Oxford Bach Choir has appointed Benjamin Nicholas, director of music at Merton College, Oxford as their principal conductor, commencing October 2018. Nominees for German Musikautorenpreis 2018 were announced and the Liceu and FC Barcelona want to cooperate.

The Times

Composer warns cuts to music lessons endanger community

Andrew Lloyd Webber says that removal of funding from the subject in schools could become a national scandal.

Classical Music

Applications open for Cheltenham Festival Composer Academy

The Cheltenham Music Festival’s Composer Academy is now open for applications.

Choir and Organ

Oxford Bach Choir appoints Benjamin Nicholas as principal conductor

The Oxford Bach Choir has appointed Benjamin Nicholas, director of music at Merton College, Oxford as their principal conductor, commencing October 2018.

The Strad

Cellist Caroline Brown, founder of the Hanover Band, dies aged 64

Period instrument pioneer had been battling rare cancer since 2012.

Classic FM

Meet the composer who was also a suffragette: Ethel Smyth

Ethel Smyth was born in 1858 and rose to become one of the most prominent composers of the time – as well as a leading figure in the movement for women’s suffrage.

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Deutscher Musikautorenpreis 2018: Das sind die Nominierten

Balbina, Prinz Pi, Rammstein sowie Sven-Ingo Koch, David Moss und Enis Rotthoff sind unter den Anwärtern für den Deutschen Musikautorenpreis 2018, der in diesem Jahr Jubiläum feiert. Am 15. März 2018 verleiht die GEMA die begehrte Preisskulptur zum zehnten Mal an herausragende Komponisten und Textdichter.

Musik Heute

Orchester aus Nordkorea zu Olympia nach Südkorea

Trotz Sanktionen gegen Nordkorea hat Südkorea anlässlich der Olympischen Winterspiele in Pyeongchang die Einfahrt eines nordkoreanischen Schiffes mit einem Orchester an Bord erlaubt.

Halle feiert 333. Geburtstag von Händel

Die Stadt Halle feiert 2018 den 333. Geburtstag ihres berühmtesten Sohnes: Georg Friedrich Händel (1685-1759). In diesem Jahr gibt es Konzerte, Events wie das öffentliche “Happy Birthday”-Singen am Händel-Denkmal sowie Stadtführungen zum Leben und Werk des Barockkomponisten, wie die Stadt am Dienstag mitteilte.

Platea Magazine

El Liceu y el Barça firman un acuerdo de colaboración

La Fundación del Gran Teatre del Liceu y el FC Barcelona firmaron la pasada semana un acuerdo de colaboración para 2018, con el objeto de desarrollar actividades culturales vinculadas a la lírica.

Ramón Tebar y Josu de Solaun proponen un programa íntegramente ruso con la Orquesta de Valencia

Este fin de semana, Ramón Tebar (Valencia, 1978) dirige su segundo concierto como maestro titular de la Orquesta de Valencia.

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Music History @today_classical: in 1823 Birth of and Franz Richard .

Image: Andrew Lloyd Webber © Alan Davidson

(Written on February 7, 2018 )

In today’s news: The University of Leeds renews partnership with Leeds piano, Steven Grahl appointed as new organist at Christ Church Cathedral, musical instruments in art, Apple Music to overtake Spotify, Scandinavian Airlines changes rules to impose extra booking fee for musical instruments on board flights, Caramoor Festival takes a contemporary turn, the relationship between music and sparking creativity, representatives of the Hamburg music industry in discussion with representatives of federal politics, Martha Argerich cancels American tour, the globalising of church music, Haitink announces concerts with Berliner Philharmoniker.

The Times

Musical instruments in art, chosen by Marin Alsop, conductor

Music, although we rarely think of it as such, is the most abstract of art forms. That is why I love it. Where words can be confining in their literalness, music is flexible, malleable, adaptable: the same notes can be interpreted differently by every individual.

Classical Music

University of Leeds renews partnership with Leeds Piano

The University of Leeds has renewed its partnership with the Leeds International Piano Competition, extending its financial support and ensuring that international audiences will be able to experience performances live and on-demand via medici.tv.

Choir and Organ

Steven Grahl to replace Stephen Darlington at Christ Church

Steven Grahl has been appointed as the new organist at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. He will take up the office in September 2018, replacing Professor Stephen Darlington, who is retiring after 32 years.

The Strad

SAS now charging $60 cello booking fee on top of extra seat price, complains cellist

Scandinavian Airlines changes rules to impose telephone booking charge, despite not offering an online booking option for cellos.

Business Insider UK

Apple Music is about to overtake Spotify in the US

Apple Music has been growing faster than Spotify in the US, and as a result it might overtake the leading music streaming service later this year.

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‘Music is an invaluable resource when it comes to children’s mental health – and yet it’s under attack’

Music sparks creativity, taps into emotions and helps young people to understand their own being, says one musician – it has a powerful ability to help children stay mentally healthy.

The New York Times

The Caramoor Festival Takes a Contemporary Turn

Change is in the air at Caramoor, the summer music festival in Westchester, which said on Monday that its coming season would move both forward and backward in time — giving new prominence to 21st-century composers while replacing its respected bel canto opera offerings with earlier operas from the Classical and Baroque periods.

Kulturport

Vertreter der Hamburger Musikwirtschaft im Dialog mit der Bundespolitik

Auf Einladung der Hamburger Landesvertretung in Berlin und der Interessengemeinschaft Hamburger Musikwirtschaft e.V. (IHM) reisten in der vergangenen Woche rund 50 VertreterInnen der Hamburger Musikbranche in die Bundeshauptstadt, um mit Vertretern der Bundespolitik zu sprechen und sich mit Berliner KollegInnen auszutauschen und zu vernetzen.

Musik Heute

Haitink sagt Konzerte mit Berliner Philharmonikern ab

Der niederländische Dirigent Bernard Haitink kann in dieser Woche nicht mit den Berliner Philharmonikern auftreten. Der 88-Jährige habe aus gesundheitlichen Gründen kurzfristig abgesagt, teilte das Orchester am Montag mit.

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Kirchenmusik globalisiert sich

Der evangelische Missionsverbund hat den thematischen Schwerpunkt „Dance – Music – Arts“. In diesem Rahmen und mit Unterstützung der Evangelische Pop-Akademie wird nun der musikalische Austausch internationalisiert.

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Martha Argerich annule sa tournée américaine

Martha Argerich devait effectuer une tournée aux Etats-Unis en mars 2018 avec le violoniste Itzhak Perlman. En raison de problèmes familiaux et de santé, elle ne pourra pas tenir ses engagements.

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  in 1851 FP of ‘s Third Symphony Rhenish in Dusseldorf.

Image: Adrien Brody in The Pianist (2002) © AP

(Written on February 6, 2018 )

In today’s news: Joanna Marsh explains her new composition, John Copley fired for ‘inappropriate behaviour’, Sheku Kanneh-Mason becomes this year’s best-selling British debut artist. Also, Sonja Reuter wins the Richard Wagner Award for young talent and costumes sale at the Dutch National Opera. 

The Guardian

Warrior woman: my cantata for suffragette Emily Davison

How do you give voice to the first suffragette martyr? Composer Joanna Marsh explains how her new composition took shape.

The Telegraph

Britain’s leading Opera director John Copley sacked after making ‘sexually inappropriate’ joke about naked ghost

Britain’s leading opera director John Copley has been sacked from his job at the New York Metropolitan Opera after what his supporters claim was a misunderstanding about a “naked” ghost.

Classical Music

Applications open for Haydn Competition

The International Haydn Competition for Classical Lied and Aria 2018 will take place at Rohrau, the birthplace of the brothers Joseph and Michael Haydn, to commemorate the anniversary of Joseph Haydn’s death.

Sheku Kanneh-Mason makes chart history

Sheku Kanneh-Mason has become this year’s best-selling British debut artist – across all genres – to enter the Top 20 in the Official UK Albums Chart with his album Inspiration.

Music Business Worldwide

Apple Music has topped 36m subscribers worldwide, adding 6m in under five months

Apple Music’s paying subscriber base has surpassed 36m worldwide – a figure which remains about half the size of Spotify’s equivalent premium audience.

The New York Times

4,000 Opera Costumes. One Giant Fantasy Sale. 

What’s an opera house to do when it runs out of closet space? Let the public (and wallets and purses) in.

FAZ

„Eine Atmosphäre der Angst“

Sechzig Schauspieler des Burgtheaters haben ihrem ehemaligen Intendanten Matthias Hartmann einen menschenverachtenden Führungsstil attestiert. Was folgt aus solchen Vorwürfen?

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Richard-Wagner-Nachwuchspreis für Sopranistin Sonja Reuter

Die Sopranistin Sonja Reuter hat den diesjährigen Richard-Wagner-Nachwuchspreis gewonnen.

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Recording Academy prüft „Hürden und Vorurteile“ gegen Musikerinnen

Die für die Grammys zuständige Recording Academy will Hürden und Vorurteile gegenüber Frauen in der Musikindustrie untersuchen.

Platea Magazine

Fallece el director de escena Gustavo Tambascio 

Según informan fuentes allegadas, el director de escena Gustavo Tambascio (Buenos Aires, 1948) ha fallecido esta noche, posiblemente a causa de un infarto.

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Image: Sheku Kanneh-Mason © Lars Borges/Classical Music

(Written on February 5, 2018 )

In today’s news: Sony Classical signs new guitarist, ISM announces sexual harassment and discrimination webinars and Nevill Holt Opera announces new orchestral partnerships. Also, Music industry urges new EU presidency to support safe harbour reform and over 600.000 people visited the Vienna State Opera in season 2016/2017.

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Sony Classical signs new guitarist

Pablo Sáinz-Villegas’ first disc on the label will be a song album with Plácido Domingo.

Classical Music

Wigmore Hall reveals 2018/19 season

2018/19 will comprise nearly 500 concerts across a range of genres.

ISM announces sexual harassment and discrimination webinars

The Incorporated Society of Musicians will host two free webinars to help those working in music and the wider arts sector.

Nevill Holt Opera announces new orchestral partnerships

The company will be partnering with Royal Northern Sinfonia and Britten Sinfonia.

Complete Music Update

Music industry urges new EU presidency to support safe harbour reform

Bulgaria has recently taken on the presidency of the European Union so will be leading the EU Council as the safe harbour reforming copyright directive goes through its final stages.

The New York Times

‘O Canada’ Will Become Gender Neutral With New Lyrics

It’s just two lyrics. But it took decades to change them.

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BVMI begrüßt Urteil wegen Urheberrechtsverletzung: Auftraggeber illegaler Tonträger zu mehreren Jahren Haft verurteilt

Die große Strafkammer des Landgerichts Stuttgart hat den 61-Jährigen Angeklagten in der vergangenen Woche wegen gewerbsmäßiger Urheberrechtsverletzungen zu einer Haftstrafe von 5 ½ Jahren verurteilt.

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Bratscher verklagt Royal Opera House wegen Gehörleiden

Bratschist Christopher Goldscheider klagt gegen das Royal Oper House Covent Garden in London. Der Musiker fordert von dem Theater Schmerzensgeld in Höhe von 750.000 Britischen Pfund.

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Wiener Staatsoper zählte 2016/17 über 600.000 Besucher

Brillante Zahlen hat die Wiener Staatsoper hat ihrem Geschäftsbericht der Saison 2016/2017 stehen.

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François-Xavier Roth nommé artiste associé à la Philharmonie de Paris

Le chef d’orchestre François-Xavier Roth vient d’être nommé « artiste associé » à la Philharmonie de Paris. Un statut inédit qui vient récompenser son engagement musical et son goût pour la transmission sous toutes ses formes.

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Music History @today_classical: in 1795 FP of Joseph ‘s Symphony No. 102 in B.

Image: Royal Opera House Covent Garden © Yair Haklai unter CC BY-SA 3.0

(Written on February 2, 2018 )

In today’s news: Things we learnt at the Grammy awards, Exit Live has launched a new platform which allows artists to sell recordings of recent or historic performances directly to their fans and David Garrett cancels another month of concerts after suffering slipped disc. Also, the financing of the European Union Youth Orchestra is guaranteed until 2020 and composer Hans Abrahamse was honoured with the Léonie Sonning music award.

The Times

Things we learnt at the Grammy awards

From the demotion of Bono and the death of rock music to Jay-Z’s anointing as Potus-elect: Ed Potton reports on Sunday night’s bonanza.

The Stage

‘90% of players in West End orchestras are men’ – Musicians’ Union

Just one in nine players in West End orchestra pits are women, according to figures from the Musicians’ Union.

Classical Music

Exit Live launches platform for selling concert recordings

Exit Live has launched a new platform which allows artists to sell recordings of recent or historic performances directly to their fans.

Robert Rattray dies aged 67

The world of singing is in mourning for Robert Rattray, one of the outstanding vocal artist managers of modern times.

The Strad

David Garrett cancels another month of concerts after suffering slipped disc

After announcing on Sunday that a series of five upcoming recitals were to be cancelled, David Garrett has today also pulled out of all concerts in February, including a tour with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Forbes

Spotify Starts Testing A Separate Music Station App

Spotify, the popular streaming music service that has over 70 million paying subscribers and 140 million active users, is now testing an app on Android called Stations as first noticed by app analytics service Sensor Tower.

The New York Times

Met Opera Fires Stage Director, Citing ‘Inappropriate Behavior’

The Metropolitan Opera fired the veteran British stage director John Copley this week after receiving a complaint about what the company described as “inappropriate behavior in the rehearsal room.”

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EU sichert Finanzierung für Jugendorchester bis 2020

Junge Musiker aus allen EU-Ländern können weiter zusammen in dem prestigeträchtigen Europäischen Jugendorchester spielen. Der Rat der Europäischen Union bestätigte am Mittwoch einen Beschluss des Europäischen Parlaments zur Fortführung des Orchesters.

Klassik.com

Arbeitsgericht: Befristete Verträge für Bühnenarbeiter nicht rechten

Drei Bühnentechniker, die vor dem Freiburger Landesarbeitsgericht gegen die Befristung ihrer Arbeitsverträge durch das Theater Freiburg geklagt hatten, haben Recht bekommen.

Léonie Sonning Musikpreis 2019 für Komponist Hans Abrahamse

Der dänische Komponist Hans Abrahamsen wird den Léonie Sonning Musikpreis 2019 erhalten. Die mit 100.000 Euro dotierte Auszeichnung gehört zu den bedeutendsten Musikauszeichnungen in Skandinavien und wird von der gleichnamigen Stiftung verliehen.

Musik Heute

Spielfilm über blinde Pianistin “besonders wertvoll”

Der Spielfilm “Licht” über die blinde Pianistin Maria Theresia Paradis hat von der Deutschen Film- und Medienbewertung (FBW) das Prädikat “besonders wertvoll” erhalten.

Platea Magazine

El INAEM acumula casi treinta condenas por abusar de los contratos temporales

Según recoge hoy la Cadena SER, casi una treintena de sentencias dictadas en los dos últimos años pondrían en cuestión la política de contratación del INAEM (Instituto Nacional de Artes Escénicas), al haber abusado de la contratación temporal de bailarines, cantantes, técnicos y sastres.

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Meet Me At The Opera @MMATOpera: Dear Philip Glass ! Happy Birthday! Happy composing, happy performing . Phillip Glass- a music treasure:

Image: © Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

(Written on February 1, 2018 )

In today’s news: Philip Glass completes his David Bowie trilogy with Lodger symphony, The finalists for the 2018 International Opera Awards have been announced and The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee has backed flexible travel for those working in the creative industries after Brexit in a new report. The Royal Albert Hall has announced a three-year partnership with Devialet, Grammys Prez Regrets Telling Women in Music Industry to “Step Up” and Daniel Harding has announced that he will not sign another contract with the Orchestre de Paris, whose ninth Music director he is since 2016. Also, Cellist Anita Lasker-Wallfisch speaks to the German Bundestag and composer John Morris passed away.

Guardian

Philip Glass completes his David Bowie trilogy with Lodger symphony

The long-discussed adaptation of the late singer’s 1979 album Lodger will premiere at the Southbank Centre in May 2019.

Opera Now

Finalists for 2018 International Opera Awards revealed

The finalists for the 2018 International Opera Awards have been announced.

Music Teacher

Rock magazines join forces to celebrate women

Classic Rock, Metal Hammer and Prog magazines – and their online platform  TeamRock.com – are joining forces to celebrate women in rock, metal and progressive music.

Royal Albert Hall announces technology partnership

The Royal Albert Hall has announced a three-year partnership with Devialet.

Classical Music

DCMS Committee supports flexible travel for creative industries post-Brexit

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee has backed flexible travel for those working in the creative industries after Brexit in a new report.

Pitchfork

Grammys Prez Regrets Telling Women in Music Industry to “Step Up”

“Regrettably, I used two words, ‘step up,’ that, when taken out of context, do not convey my beliefs and the point I was trying to make”.

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Daniel Harding will not renew his contract in Paris

Daniel Harding has announced that he will not sign another contract with the Orchestre de Paris, whose ninth Music director he is since 2016.

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Deutsche Grammophon und IDAGIO beginnen Partnerschaft

Die Deutsche Grammophon, das älteste Klassiklabel der Welt, und IDAGIO, ein führender und in mehr als 70 Ländern verfügbarer Streaming-Service für klassische Musik, haben heute die Vereinbarung einer umfangreichen Partnerschaft bekanntgegeben.

Klassik.com

Niedrige Zinsen: Götz-Friedrich-Preis in finanziellen Nöten

Zukünftig wird aufgrund der anhaltenden Niedrigzins-Phase nicht mehr die Stiftung des Regisseurs Götz Friedrich den Preis vergeben; stattdessen wird der Preis in die Hände der Deutschsprachigen Opernkonferenz gelegt.

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Die Cellistin Anita Lasker-Wallfisch redet im Bundestag

Als die 17-jährige Anita Lasker im Dezember 1943 ins Vernichtungslager Auschwitz kam, rettete das Cello ihr Leben: Das Mädchenorchester brauchte noch eine Cellistin, und deshalb entging Anita der Todeskammer.

Repubblica

È morto John Morris, addio al musicista preferito da Mel Brooks nominato per l’Oscar

Il compositore statunitense firmò anche le musiche di ‘The Elephant Man’ e ‘La signora in rosso’

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Deutsche Grammophon @DGclassics: Franz Schubert became one of the world’s most frequently performed composers. Being not quite five feet tall earned him the Austrian nickname “Schwammerl”. Today, we celebrate “The little mushroom’s” day of birth listening to his song cycles:

Image: David Bowie & Philip Glass © The Guardian

(Written on January 31, 2018 )

In today’s news: A peak into soprano Sonya Yoncheva’s life, songwriters’ court victory deals a blow to Spotify, David Taylor, CEO of Yorkshire Young Sinfonia makes Forbes list, violinist David Garrett cancels upcoming concerts due to injury, 2018 Grammys being the most political year yet, Taiwanese conductor Cheng Henry Hao-An wins the inaugural European Union Conducting Competition, Conductor Yoel Gamzou consolidates position in Bremen, swing legend and concentration camp survivor Coco Schumann passes away, Valery Gergiev to lead the Munich Philharmonic until 2025.

The Times

Bulgarian soprano Sonya Yoncheva on falling in love in Berlin and life on tour

Plus, the opera singer reveals the secret to storing performance gowns and what music she likes to listen to.

Financial Times

Songwriters’ court victory deals a blow to Spotify

Decision to hand more streaming revenue to artists hurts music group ahead of listing.

Classical Music

Yorkshire Young Sinfonia CEO makes Forbes list

David Taylor, CEO of Yorkshire Young Sinfonia, has been included on Forbes magazine’s 30 under 30 list.

The Strad

David Garrett cancels five upcoming concerts due to slipped disc

Violinist pulls out of concerts in Parma, Graz, Lucerne, Kiev and Sofia to allow time for rest.

Voice of America

Music and Politics Mixed at Grammys

Politics took the stage at the 60th annual Grammy awards this year, along with some great music.

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Taiwanese wins first European Union Conducting Competition

Taiwanese conductor Cheng Henry Hao-An has won the First European Union Conducting Competition held in Pazardijk (Bulgaria).

Dirigent Yoel Gamzou festigt Position in Bremen

Der 1988 in Tel Aviv geborene israelisch-amerikanische Dirigent Yoel Gamzou, der seit Beginn dieser Spielzeit als Musikdirektor am Theater Bremen tätig ist, verlängert seinen Vertrag frühzeitig bis 2022.

Spiegel Online

Swing-Legende und KZ-Überlebender Coco Schumann ist tot

Er spielte um sein Leben: Als KZ-Häftling wirkte Coco Schumann in dem SS-Propagandafilm “Theresienstadt” mit – in Auschwitz musste er zur Unterhaltung der Nazi-Schergen “La Paloma” intonieren. Jetzt ist der Musiker in Berlin gestorben.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Valery Gergiev leitet bis 2025 die Münchner Philharmoniker

Die Stadt München und Chefdirigent Valery Gergiev sind sich dem Vernehmen nach über eine Vertragsverlängerung einig. So soll der Vertrag mit dem russischen Maestro bis zum Ende der Konzertsaison 2024/25 verlängert werden.

Klassik.com

Konzert Theater Bern mit positiver Jahresbilanz 2016/17

Die Spielzeit 2016/17 war laut Geschäftsbericht des Konzert Theater Bern die wirtschaftlich erfolgreichste Saison. Durch die Sanierung des Hauses bedingt war die Saison verkürzt und die Vorstellungszahl mit 404 niedriger als in der vorangegangenen Spielzeit (429 Vorstellungen).

Platea Magazine

El CNDM y el Ayuntamiento de Sevilla presentan la 35 edición del FeMÁs

El Centro Nacional de Difusión Musical y el Ayuntamiento de Sevilla han dado a conocer la programación de la 35 edición del FeMÁs (Festival de Música Antigua de Sevilla).

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Music History @today_classical  in 1919 Death of Friedrich .

Sonya Yoncheva © Julian Hargreaves / Sony Music

 

(Written on January 30, 2018 )

In today’s news: Marin Alsop is the fist woman to become artistic director of top Vienna orchestra, Brexit as an opportunity for British orchestras to escape red tape and tax of Europe, Barbara Hannigan wins the Grammy for classical solo vocal album. Also, Piotr Beczala signs with Pentatone and flooding in the Deutsche Oper. 

The Guardian

Marin Alsop appointed first female artistic director of top Vienna orchestra

The American conductor Marin Alsop has been appointed artistic director of the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, becoming the first woman to take up the prestigious role.

The Telegraph

Brexit could be ‘opportunity’ for orchestras to escape EU red tape and re-engage with the world

Brexit could be an opportunity for British orchestras to escape “onerous” red tape and tax of Europe to re-engage with the rest of the world, the head of the London Philharmonic Orchestra has suggested.

BBC News

Should phones be banned at gigs?

Comedian Chris Rock has divided opinion after banning mobile phones on his tour.

Classical Music

DCMS Committee launches live music inquiry

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee has launched a new inquiry into the economic, cultural and social benefits of live music.

Opera Now

Piotr Beczala signs with Pentatone

Polish tenor Piotr Beczala has signed an exclusive, multi-album contract with Pentatone.

The Washington Post

Grammy Awards 2018: Complete winners list

The complete list of winners from the 60th Grammy Awards.

Los Angeles Times

Barbara Hannigan leads list of Grammy Awards’ classical winners

Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan won the Grammy for classical solo vocal album Sunday for “Crazy Girl Crazy.”

nmz

Würzburger Theater wird für 65 Millionen Euro saniert und erweitert

Das Stadttheater in Würzburg soll in den kommenden fünf Jahren umfassend saniert und erweitert werden.

Deutsche Oper: Reinigungspersonal löste ungewollt Überschwemmung aus

Die Ursache für die Überschwemmung in der Deutschen Oper Berlin an Heiligabend ist geklärt: Personal der Reinigungsfirma habe ohne Absicht die Sprinkleranlage auf der Bühne in Gang gesetzt, teilte das Opernhaus am Freitag mit.

Klassik.com

Konzerthaus Nürnberg: 20 Entwürfe in der zweiten Phase des Architektenwettbewerbs

Der Architektenwettbewerb zum Bau eines neuen Konzerthauses in Nürnberg tritt in die nächste Phase. Nachdem bis Mitte Dezember 2017 245 Vorschläge bei der Jury des Wettbewerbs eingereicht worden waren, hat das Auswahlgremium unter Vorsitz des Architekten Amandus Sattler nun 20 Entwürfe für die zweite Phase des anonymisierten Wettbewerbs zugelassen.

Platea Magazine

La Sinfónica de Montreal ignoró las quejas de sus músicos sobre el comportamiento de Charles Dutoit 

Lo apunta la revista canadiense Le Devoir: como es bien sabido Charles Dutoit dejó la Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal en 2002 culpando a los músicos de su marcha.

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(Written on January 29, 2018 )