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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.”

nmz

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.

Twitter

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: Creating a piano with electric paint, Hans Zimmer’s fear of the stage, AudioCoin and its future in the music industry, Blockchain as the new P2P file sharing technology, The rise of mobile apps in the music industry, An interview with clarinetist Kinan Azmeh, rediscovery of lost Kurt Weill’s song, Menuhin Competition announces record-breaking applications.

Classic FM

Here’s how to create a piano on any surface with electric paint (no, seriously)

Use this incredible electric paint to paint a piano on any surface, and play it using MIDI technology. 

Hans Zimmer: ‘Everybody needs to wake up, speak out and to care a little bit more. And we all need to be a lot more decent’ 

Award-winning composer faces his greatest fears with live theatre tour.

The Strad

Menuhin Competition receives record number of applications

Event taking place in Geneva in April 2018 receives 317 applications across junior and senior categories.

Digital Music News

Will AudioCoin Change the Music Business and Get Artists Paid?

Can cryptocurrency AudioCoin truly revolutionise the music industry.  Or will it end up as yet another failed initiative?

Business Insider UK

Blockchain tokens could transform the music industry

Twenty years after peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing decimated the music industry, blockchain is emerging as a new P2P technology that could rip the industry anew.

IT Pro Portal

Banging the drum: How mobile apps drive the music industry

The music industry must take advantage of mobile-first strategies to stand out in a crowded marketplace.

Der Tagesspiegel

In der Musik gibt es keine Grenzen

Eine Begegnung mit dem Klarinettisten Kinan Azmeh, der sich selbstbewusst zwischen den kulturellen Welten bewegt.

Die Welt

Und der Käse, der hat Schimmel – Weill-Song entdeckt

Seit den frühen Dreißigern galt Kurt Weills „Lied vom weißen Käse“ als verschollen. Lotte Lenya, Sängerin und Weill-Witwe, hat jahrzehntelang nach ihm gesucht. Jetzt wurde es wiedergefunden.

neue musikzeitung

Außen pfui – innen hui

Den Schweizern sagt man bedächtige Langsamkeit nach. Ein Vorurteil. Der Gotthard-Basistunnel wurde ein Jahr früher fertig als geplant. Und innerhalb eines Jahres bekam die sanierungsbedürftige Tonhalle in Zürich eine Ersatzspielstätte. Kosten durfte es auch nur 10 Millionen Franken, weil das Geld für ein Provisorium im Etat des Umbaus vergessen wurde.

The New York Times

Henze’s ‘The Bassarids’ Will Return to the Salzburg Festival

Hans Werner Henze’s “The Bassarids” — a retelling of Euripides’s “The Bacchae” with a libretto by W. H. Auden and Chester Kallman — will return to the Salzburg Festival next summer, the site of its premiere in 1966, festival officials announced on Wednesday.

Pizzicato.lu

Menuhin Competition announces record-breaking applications

The Menuhin Competition has today announced a record-breaking year for the number of young musicians applying to participate in the next edition of the Competition in Geneva in April 2018.

Twitter

CIassicalMusic @CIassicalMusic ‘Steinway Family’ turns 25

©Menuhin Competition

(Written on November 9, 2017 )

Classical News

Guardian

Facing the music: Nico Muhly

Boulez, Blake and Beyoncé… composer Nico Muhly shares his musical passions

Telegraph

Have we become too posh for the Gods?

Rupert Christiansen laments the declining popularity of the cheap seats at the opera

The Times

Wotan finds a musical home with the Hong Kong Philharmonic

The Hong Kong Philharmonic have made waves playing Wagner. Now British audiences will discover how good they are, says Neil Fisher

Classic FM

300 Android phones play Beethoven’s ‘Ode To Joy’

Google Japan has arranged a group of 300 Android phones and tablets so that they play an extract from Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.

Classical Music Magazine

John McCabe, composer and pianist: 21 April 1939-13 February 2015

John McCabe the man will be missed as much as John McCabe the musician.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Der große Eisberg über der Stadt

Die Explosion der Baukosten für die Elbphilharmonie hält Hamburg in Atem. Das neue Wahrzeichen der Stadt sollte längst fertig sein – und ist mittlerweile eines der teuersten Hochhäuser der Welt. War es das wert?

Klassik.com

Verleihung durch Brandenburgs Kulturministerin Sabine Kunst in Rheinsberg

Komponist Siegfried Matthus mit Großem Verdienstkreuz ausgezeichnet

Pizzicato

Wien behält seinen Meister

Das Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien (RSO), das gerade mit Christoph Becher einen neuen Intendanten bekommen hat, behält seinen Chefdirigenten, Cornelius Meister.

Chicago Tribune

Kenneth G. Pigott, president and CEO of Lyric Opera of Chicago, dies at 71

Kenneth G. Pigott was that rarity among leaders of cultural institutions: a visionary board president who could speak knowledgeably about the art form he served and who took an active, influential role in moving the institution forward.

Le Monde

Jean Nouvel traîne son bébé en justice

Suite du bras de fer entre l’architecte et la Philharmonie de Paris – cette fois, devant les tribunaux.

La Croix

Deux soirées avec Philip Glass à Châlons-en-Champagne

Jeudi 12 et vendredi 13 février, le grand compositeur américain, chef de file de la musique minimaliste, est venu jouer une sélection de ses œuvres.Philip Glass a réservé sa venue en France pour la Comète, scène de Châlons-en-Champagne.

El País

La música ya es invisible

Aunque fueron apenas seis segundos, no pasaron desapercibidos. Durante la gala de los Goya, vimos un veloz montaje de imágenes de fallecidos del cine español durante 2014, incluyendo a Peret y Paco de Lucía. Perfectamente justificado: el rumbero protagonizó comedias, el guitarrista puso música a películas. Pero lo que sentimos algunos espectadores fue amargura… y envidia.

Classicalite

Osmo Vanska and the Minnesota Orchestra to Perform in Cuba at the International Cubadisco Festival in May

In light of the nation’s newfound friendship with Cuba, the Minnesota Orchestra announced Thursday that it would travel to Havana to play two concerts in May. This would be the first major American orchestra to play there since President Obama normalized relations with the estranged nation.

Twitter

BBC Radio 3 @BBCRadio3: “I’ve had an idea about how I’d like the programme to start…” Programme about making programmes, from @soundslikenina http://bbc.in/1AbZbpx 

Deutsche Grammophon @DGclassics: Don’t miss @SinfiniMusic‘s video interview with @SteveReich talking music and influences: http://www.sinfinimusic.com/uk/watch/interviews/composer-interviews/steve-reich-and-colin-currie-interview …

Classic FM @ClassicFM: This 8-year-old taught himself piano by watching YouTube videos – you can watch him play here: http://classfm.co/3CV0BW 

690101be-b2e7-11e4-_854334cJaap van Zweden and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. Photo: The Times

(Written on February 16, 2015 )

Classic FM Online

Pharrell Williams to collaborate with Hans Zimmer for new Spiderman score

Movie composer Hans Zimmer will collaborate with Pharrell Williams for the soundtrack to the new Spiderman film, The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Slate

Want to Get Rid of Teenage Loiterers? Blast Some Beethoven

In the city of Anchorage, authorities are setting up speakers and blasting Bach and Beethoven at all hours of the day to keep difficult teenagers in check

Classical Music Magazine

Royal Philharmonic launches ‘RPO Rewards’ mobile ticketing

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra has announced a new mobile app for Apple and Android smartphones which allows users to purchase tickets and earn points to contribute towards rewards when they buy tickets through the app

Forbes

Three Ways YouTube Plans to Dominate the Music Industry

YouTube is poised to become the most dominant force in music worldwide, wisely making strategic moves to expand its already massive footprint with the industry and audience

The Guardian

Girls allowed? The women on top in the music industry

After Sinead O’Connor’s open letter of concern to Miley Cyrus, sexism in the music business has never been more discussed. But what do the women behind the scenes, from video directors to artist managers, think?

PR Week

Hatch PR campaign puts charity twist on Halloween

Hatch PR is helping a charity to persuade people to carve hearts rather than scary faces into pumpkins for Halloween

Neue musikzeitung

Musik als Erinnerung an nie Erlebtes

Der junge Pianist und Komponist Alexander Maria Wagner geht seinen Weg

PR Week

PR Week

(Written on October 31, 2013 )