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Intendant der Dresdner Sinfoniker erhält Erich-Kästner-Preis

Der Mitbegründer und Intendant der Dresdner Sinfoniker, Markus Rindt, hat am  2. Dezember 2018 den Erich-Kästner-Preis des Dresdner Presseclubs erhalten. Damit ehre man das vielfältige Engagement des Musikers gegen Nationalismus, Fanatismus und Abschottung sowie dessen Einsatz für eine bessere Verständigung der Völker. Die Auszeichnung ist mit 10.000 Euro dotiert, die der Preisträger dem sozialen Musikprojekt “Musaik – Grenzenlos Musizieren” in Dresden-Prohlis stifte.

In seiner Dankesrede sagte Rindt:

“Die Kunst ist in der Lage, die Herzen der Menschen zu erreichen, uns emotional zu berühren. Sie kann Türen öffnen, die der Politik verschlossen blieben. Diese großartige Fähigkeit der Kunst sollten wir Interpreten uns immer bewusst machen. Wir sollten sie einsetzen, um mit unseren Mitteln auf Probleme hinzuweisen, die zur Lösung Hilfe benötigen.”


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Bundeswettbewerb Gesang kürt Siegerinnen und Sieger

Im Finalkonzert des Bundeswettbewerb Gesang traten elf junge Sängerinnen und Sänger in der Komischen Oper um die begehrten Preise an.

“Die elf Finalisten im Bundeswettbewerb Gesang haben nur wenige Minuten, um sich dem Publikum vorzustellen. Um zu gewinnen, müssen sie allerdings die Jury überzeugen. Und die hat sie bereits während der letzten Tage genauestens beobachtet. 200 Nachwuchskünstler hatten sich beworben, zwei Finalrunden galt es zu überstehen, um – besonnen und feinfühlig begleitet von Axel Kober und dem Orchester der Komischen Oper, präsentiert von Annette Dasch – die Chance zu bekommen, auf der Bühne in der Behrenstraße ein letztes Mal zu punkten.”

Den ersten Platz belegte die Schwedin Ylva Sofia Stenberg, die “Glitter and be gay” aus “Candide” sang und so die Jury überzeugte. Der zweite Preis ging an Slávka Zámecníková, die mit ihrem vollen Sopran sehr präzise und klar „Nun eilt herbei“ aus Nicolais „Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor“ gesungen hat. Als dritter Sieger ging Konstantin Krimmel hervor.


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Violinist Lizzie Ball included in Daily Mail’s Inspirational Women Awards

Violinist Lizzie Ball has been included in the Daily Mail’s ‘Inspirational Women Awards’. Lizzie was selected as one of 50 inspiring women for being a ‘maverick musician’, eager to bring classical music to a ‘wider audience’ in a ‘more down-to-earth environment’.


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Winners of the British Composer Awards announced

The winners of the British Composer Awards have been announced, including composers Judith Weir, Trevor Wishart, Harrison Birtwistle and Sally Beamish. Birtwistle has now won eight awards in the Awards’ 14-year history, making him their most celebrated composer. BBC Radio 3 will be broadcasting the Awards on Sunday 9 December at 9.20pm.


New composers took centre stage this year, with 70 per cent of the winners receiving their first British Composer Awards. Improving the accessibility of music was an issue addressed by two first-time winners: Liam Taylor-West and Oliver Searle, who won in the Community or Educational Project and Amateur or Young Performer categories respectively.

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(Written on December 7, 2018 )

Royal Albert Hall ‘not just classical music venue’ as it is set to turn 150

The chief executive of the Royal Albert Hall said the institution is “not just a venue for classical music” as icons of its history were honoured. Plaques commemorating major names that shaped the history of the venue have been installed around the London concert hall.

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Among those honoured are Queen Victoria, who laid the foundation stone in 1867, Sir Winston Churchill, who has made 16 appearances at the hall, and a number of classical and popular musicians, such as Eric Clapton CBE and Dame Shirley Bassey.

 


BBC Radio 3 to include dedicated ‘slow radio’ offering in autumn

The sounds of Irish cattle being blessed by a priest, the tick-tocking of one of the largest collection of clocks in the UK and the animal sounds of a zoo at dusk are to be highlights of a regular BBC Radio 3 series.

The 30-minute programmes will include sounds from the Burren cattle blessing, a revival of an annual ritual in County Clare; Durham cathedral in the evening; and the tolling, chiming, ticking and pealing from a huge collection of clocks.

Plans have also been announced for the station to mark the 100th anniversary of the first world war with a series of “sonic memorials”.

The plan involves sending a sound recordist out to battlefields across the world to record contemporary sounds. They include the site of the Battle of Antietam, fought in 1862 during the American civil war; the site of the Lochnagar crater, caused by a huge explosion at the beginning of the Battle of the Somme; sounds from Kent will represent the Battle of Britain; and the site of the Chinese civil war campaign of Pingjin.

There will also be recording from modern battles including the frontline in Helmand province in Afghanistan and the site of the Halabja chemical attack, which happened during the last days of the Iran-Iraq war in 1988.

The sounds will be broadcast every hour on the hour, on 11 November, apart from the normal minute of silence at 11am.


Tracey Thorn, Nadine Shah and Peggy Gou top Aim independent music awards

The awards for the best in British independent music acknowledged a wide-ranging series of names, from Goldie to Idles and Sophie.

Tracey Thorn, Peggy Gou and Nadine Shah.

Thorn was presented with the outstanding contribution to music prize, for a career that has featured major chart hits with duo Everything But the Girl, as well as solo work including this year’s album Record. Another award for an entire career’s work, the Pioneer award, was presented to drum’n’bass star Goldie.

The best album prize went to Nadine Shah for Holiday Destination, her searing survey of the Syrian refugee experience and other contemporary political crises – she is also up for next week’s Mercury prize. Best track meanwhile went to Korean dance producer Peggy Gou, for her disco track It Makes You Forget (Itgehane).


Musiksommer in Mitteldeutschland mit positiver Bilanz

Der Mitteldeutsche Rundfunk (MDR) hat für 2018 eine positive Bilanz seines Musiksommer-Festivals gezogen. Zu den 48 Konzerten in Sachen-Anhalt, Thüringen und Sachsen kamen den Angaben zufolge über einen Zeitraum von neun Wochen insgesamt rund 16.000 Zuschauer. Davon waren 14 Konzerte vollständig ausverkauft. 

Die größte Veranstaltung des Festivals war mit 800 Besuchern der Auftritt der Blechblas-Komiker von Mnozil Brass in Bad Elster. Ähnliche Zahlen erreichten das Eröffnungkonzert im Magdeburger Dom sowie des Abschlusskonzert in Suhl. Beliebt waren außerdem Führungen, die den Zuschauern vor Veranstaltungsbeginn einen Einblick in die historischen Veranstaltungsorte gaben.

16,000 spectators attended the 48 concerts of the Mitteldeutsche Rundfunk festivals, which took place across Germany. 14 of these were completely sold out, with Mnozil Brass attracting a crowd of 800 in Bad Elster.

(Written on September 5, 2018 )

In today’s news: BCMG composing competition winners named. Aretha’s Operatic Triumph: The Week in Classical Music. On TV, Bernstein Opened A Gateway To Classical Music For Young And New Audiences. Home listening: the musical fallout from Brexit is under way. The Ruhrtriennale is trying to limit the losses in an anti-Semitic dispute over the band “Young Fathers”. European composer prize awarded to Agata Zubel

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BCMG composing competition winners named

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group has announced nine winners of the Wilde Liede Marx Music international composing competition.

The New York Times

Aretha’s Operatic Triumph: The Week in Classical Music

Her rendition of the aria, recorded live for this album, isn’t opera, but it also isn’t soul or anything easily definable.

Capital Public Radio

On TV, Bernstein Opened A Gateway To Classical Music For Young And New Audiences

For two decades during his extraordinary career, Leonard Bernstein also played the role of TV star.

The Guardian

Home listening: the musical fallout from Brexit is under way

A tale of two European orchestras making changes. Elsewhere, Louis Spohr and the Academy of Ancient Music

Die Welt

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Wuilly Arteaga, Venezuelas Teufelsgeiger fängt in New York neu an

Erst spielt Wuilly Arteaga bei den Protesten gegen die venezolanische Regierung die erste Geige. Er wird zu einem Symbol des Widerstands. Nach Haft und Folter flieht er in die USA. Heute musiziert er in der U-Bahn von Manhattan – und hat einen Traum.

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Europäischer Komponistenpreis an Agata Zubel vergeben

Die polnische Komponistin Agata Zubel (40) hat am Sonntagabend den Europäischen Komponistenpreis 2018 erhalten.

El País

El difícil ‘tetris’ de los cuartetos de cuerda

La Schubertiada de Vilabertran, un combinado de estrellas y jóvenes talentos.

Neue Zürcher Zeitung

«Die Vereinnahmung der Kunst durch die Wirtschaft ist nichts im Vergleich zur Vereinnahmung der Kunst durch die Politik»

Wenn alles Private politisch ist, dann darf die Politik auch alles, und die Kunst ist ihr zu Diensten: Der polnische Künstler Artur Żmijewski sieht die Freiheit seiner ureigenen Domäne in Gefahr. Und wehrt sich – mit messerscharfen Analysen.

 

 

Leonard Bernstein relaxes backstage at New York’s Carnegie Hall with some of his autograph-seeking fans November 23, 1961. (c) AP photo

(Written on August 20, 2018 )

In today’s news: 2018 ABC Young Performers Awards Finalists Announced. Gergiev to inaugurate Moscow’s new concert hall. Participants of Joseph Joachim violin competition announced. Hallé project complete thanks to Victoria Wood Foundation gift. Staatoperette in Dresden ends 2017/18 season with loss of revenue. Mark-Anthony Turnage becomes Psappha patron. BBC Radio 3 launches classical music podcast.

The Evening Standard

An opera about birth control advocate Marie Stopes is coming to London

A new opera based on letters written to birth control advocate Marie Stopes will be performed in London next month.

Rhinegold

Hallé project complete thanks to Victoria Wood Foundation gift

Manchester’s Hallé Orchestra has received a fundraising gift from the Victoria Wood Foundation, enabling it to complete building work at Hallé St Peter’s.

The Times

Jeffrey Sharkey: Creative arts can’t be valued in pounds and pence

The arts are under attack from a market-driven approach to education that means culture is less appreciated, the principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland has said.

M Magazine

Mark-Anthony Turnage becomes Psappha patron

British composer Mark-Anthony Turnage CBE has become patron of the Manchester-based contemporary music ensemble Psappha.

Radio Today

BBC Radio 3 launches classical music podcast

Radio 1’s Clara Amfo and Dev, BBC Radio 6 music presenters Shaun Keaveny and Amy Lamé, BBC Asian Network’s Bobby Friction and broadcaster Gemma Cairney are the first guests to appear on BBC Radio 3’s new classical music podcast.

Metro

Opera singer with cerebral palsy wows with her incredible voice

This is the inspirational moment that an opera singer with cerebral palsy brings the house down with a spine-tingling performance.

Limelight Magazine

2018 ABC Young Performers Awards Finalists Announced

The three outstanding performers will go on to perform concertos with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and conductor Nicholas Milton.

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Gergiev to inaugurate Moscow’s new concert hall

Ticket sales have started for the inaugural concert of the new concert hall built in Moscow’s Zaryadye Park.

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Staatsoperette Dresden mit hohem Einnahmeverlust in Spielzeit 2017/2018

Die Staatsoperette hat aufgrund eines folgenschweren Wasserschadens in der Spielzeit 2017/18 herbe Einnahmeverluste hinnehmen müssen.

Klassik Heute

10. Internationaler Joseph Joachim Violinwettbewerb Hannover

Die Teilnehmer des Internationalen Joseph Joachim Violinwettbewerbs Hannover 2018 stehen fest.

Bayerischer Rundfunk

Beethoven als Abenteuer

Die Erwartungen waren hoch, als Markus Hinterhäuser 2017 seine erste Saison als Festspiel-Intendant in Salzburg vorstellte.

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2018 ABC Young Performers Awards Finalists Kevin Chow, Emily Sun and Oliver Shermacher © Tom Truong

(Written on July 18, 2018 )

In today’s news: English Touring Opera’s autumn season. Oliver Knussen’s order and disorder. Opera director Petr Weigl have passed away. Karajan wax figure revealed at Madame Tussauds, Vienna. Celebrating the 70th birthday of violinist Pinchas Zukerman. Newly renovated Staatsoper in Berlin closes season with 94% audience turn out.

Rhinegold

English Touring Opera reveals autumn season

English Touring Opera (ETO) has revealed its autumn tour dates, running from 6 October to 28 November.

The Guardian

Letters: Oliver Knussen’s music was supremely ordered

The house that Oliver Knussen had at Snape, Suffolk, was once described on Radio 3 as a chaotic mass of scores, recordings, books and objects of all kinds. But his music was supremely ordered, consisting mostly of skilful but smallish pieces.

Music Week

‘Stop rewarding ego’: How top music industry names would change the biz

What’s the one thing you would change about the music industry? It’s a big question, and one that’s never too far from the thoughts of many in the business.

Kent Online

University of Kent launches music industry courses at Historic Dockyard Chatham

The University of Kent has launched its Centre for Music and Audio Technology (CMAT) based on Chatham’s Historic Dockyard. It is designed to meet the industry’s needs in three key areas – performance, technology and business.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Der Geiger dirigiert

Er hat Musik geatmet, gelebt und buchstäblich verschlungen: Das Geiger-Genie Pinchas Zukerman wird siebzig Jahre alt.

klassik.com

Opernregisseur Petr Weigl gestorben

Der tschechische Film- und Fernsehregisseur Petr Weigl ist tot. Weigl verstarb am vergangenen Wochenende im Alter von 79 Jahren.

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Karajan gibt bei Madame Tussauds den Takt an

Im Madame Tussauds Wien wurde gestern Abend, wie angekündigt, die 200.000 Euro teure Wachsfigur des 1989 verstorbenen österreichischen Dirigenten Herbert von Karajan von Staatsoperndirektor Dominique Meyer enthüllt.

The New York Times

Prototype: An Opera Festival That Actually Earns Its Name

The festival, which has introduced New York audiences to many daring new operas, has announced the lineup for its latest edition in January 2019.

Platea Magazine

La Staatsoper de Berlín cierra con un 94% de ocupación su primera temporada en la renovada Unter den Linden

Tras años de retraso en su reapertura y con un gasto final que superó con mucho lo presupuestado, el pasado otoño la Staatsoper de Berlín regresó a su renovada sede en Unter den Linden.

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Madame Tussauds Wien (c) Katharina Schiffl

(Written on July 17, 2018 )

In today’s news: war-child Kajtazi wins Glyndebourne prize, Alfie Boe joins classical music festival By The River, Glyndebourne Opera Cup finalists announced, Radio 3 announces change to weekend schedule, McDonalds uses classical music to deter anti-social behaviour, Apple Music’s Jimmy Iovine says streaming services are ‘too similar’, the conductor, pianist and activist José Abreu who created “El Systema” died, the promotion prize of Rheingau Musik Festival goes to Austrian violinist Emmanuel Tjeknavorian and the New German Jazz Prize was awarded to Vincent Eberle Quintett, Alexandra Lehmler and Maximilian Hirning.

The Sunday Times

War child who sang to quell fear wins at Glyndebourne

Mail Online

Alfie Boe joins line-up for new classical music festival

Singer Alfie Boe is to join composer and musician Sir Karl Jenkins and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in the line up for the brand new classical music festival By The River

Glyndebourne Opera Cup finalists announced

The ten finalists for the inaugural Glyndebourne Opera Cup have been announced, following the competition’s semi-final on 22 March. The singers will compete in the final on 24 March for the chance to win £15,000 and the guarantee of a role within five years at one of the opera houses represented on the competition’s jury.

BBC News

Welwyn McDonald’s uses classical music to deter anti-social behaviour

A fast-food restaurant said it has seen a decrease in anti-social behaviour from customers, since it started playing classical music, which police say ‘seems to be working’

Apple Music’s Jimmy Iovine says streaming services are ‘too similar’

Apple Music executive Jimmy Iovine says streaming services are too similar – and need to diversify to survive. “The streaming services are all charging $9.99 and everyone has the same music,” he told the BBC.

The New York Times

Olly Wilson, 80, Dies; Composer Meshed African and Western Music

Olly Wilson, an adventurous composer who integrated African, African-American and electronic rhythms, riffs and sounds into Western classical music conventions, died on March 12 in Oakland, Calif. He was 80.

Limelight

Adelaide Cabaret Festival announces its 2018 program

For her last hurrah as AD, Ali McGregor has programmed the most diverse line-up yet at the world’s biggest cabaret festival.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

José Abreu gestorben

Der Dirigent, Pianist und Aktivist José Antonio Abreu schuf “El Systema”, das berühmte Musikerziehungs-Programm seines Heimatlandes Venezuela. Er war ein zierlicher Mann von großer, oft unbeugsamer Willenskraft.

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Rheingau Musik Festival: Förderpreis geht an Emmanuel Tjeknavorian

Der österreichische Violinist Emmanuel Tjeknavorian hat in diesem Jahr den Förderpreis des Rheingau Musik Festivals gewonnen. Mit ihrer Dotierung von 15.000 Euro ist die Auszeichnung einer der am höchsten dotierten Nachwuchskünstlerpreise in Deutschland.

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Mannheim: Neuer Deutscher Jazzpreis Mannheim 2018 – Gewinner stehen fest

Am 23. und 24. März 2018 fand in der alten Feuerwache in Mannheim zum dreizehnten Mal der Neue Deutsche Jazzpreis statt. Am Freitag wählte das Publikum den Gewinner des Neuen Deutschen Kompositionspreises, am Samstag die Gewinner des Neuen Deutschen Jazzpreises.
(Gewinner des L-Bank-Bandpreises in Höhe von 10.000 Euro wurde das Vincent Eberle Quintett, Gewinner des Neuen Deutschen Kompositionspreises in Höhen von 2.000 Euro wurde Alexandra Lehmler und Gewinner des SIGNUM-comunication-Solistenpreises in Höhe von 1.000 Euro wurde Maximilian Hirning.)

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(Written on March 26, 2018 )

In today’s news: Creative industries could lose up to £3.3bn and 27,000 jobs from the Brexit, City Music Foundation announces 2017 artists and Radio 3 has teamed up with BBC Music Introducing to discover new female classical composers and performers in light of International Women’s Day. Also, more women come forward with allegations against Charles Dutoit, and the acess to the Elbphilharmonie plaza should continue being free of charge in the opinion of the Hamburg Taxpayers Association.

The Strad

Baroque string specialist working for music publisher forced to leave UK after visa non renewal

The decision highlights the lack of seriousness with which the UK visa authorities view the arts world.

Classical Music

Creative industries under threat from no-deal hard Brexit

Creative industries could lose up to £3.3bn and 27,000 jobs from the Brexit

City Music Foundation announces 2017 artists

The 5 musicians selected include Lotte Betts-Dean, Eblana String Trio, Alex Hitchcock, Gwenllian Llyr and Rokas Valuntonis.

Programme for Piccadilly Chamber Music Series announced

The Church of St James Piccadilly will host a brand new annual series of chamber music concerts from 2018.

M Magazine

BBC R3 seeks unsigned women composers

Radio 3 has teamed up with BBC Music Introducing to discover new female classical composers and performers in light of International Women’s Day.

Limelight

More women come forward with allegations against Charles Dutoit, including rape

Just a day after the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London announced that Charles Dutoit would be vacating his posts as artistic and principal conductor ahead of schedule following multiple allegations of sexual assault, another six women have come forward with further accusations, one of them alleging rape.

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Ultraschall Berlin – Festival für neue Musik 2018 – 20. Jahrgang startet am 17. Januar

Kulturradio vom Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (rbb) und Deutschlandfunk Kultur veranstalten vom 17. bis zum 21. Januar 2018 „Ultraschall Berlin“. Das Festival für neue Musik präsentiert im 20. Jahrgang in zahlreichen Konzerten 18 Ur- und sechs Erstaufführungen.

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‘British German Philharmonic Orchestra’ in Bad Homburg gegründet

Die Kurstadt Bad Homburg bekommt ein neues Orchester. Der Organist und Dirigent Marius Beckmann (*1993) hat dort das BGPO (British German Philharmonic Orchestra) gegründet.

Musik Heute

Steuerzahlerbund: Zugang zur Elphi-Plaza kostenfrei lassen

Der Zugang zur Plaza der Elbphilharmonie sollte nach Meinung des Hamburger Steuerzahlerbundes auch weiterhin kostenlos bleiben.

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En Moselle, une école de musique victime du vol de 22 instruments

A Distroff, en Moselle, l’école de musique Mélodia a été victime d’un cambriolage lors de la première semaine de janvier 2018. 22 instruments ont été dérobés.

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France Musique @francemusique: 10 petites choses que vous ne savez peut-être pas sur Piotr Ilitch Tchaïkovski

Music History @today_classical: in 1894 FP of ‘s String Quintet in Eb, Op. 97 American in NYC.

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(Written on January 12, 2018 )

In today’s news: Radio 3 is pandering to beginner audience, claim classical music fans, contemporary Music partners with Audiotube, and if music gives you goosebumps, you might have a special brain. Instruments owned by WDR-Funkhausorchester have been stolen, Andreas Haefliger signs with label BIS, and 88% of Germans think classical music is part of their cultural heritage.

The Times

Radio 3 pandering to beginner audience, claim classical music fans

BBC Radio 3 is burying classical music concerts in the late night schedules when most people are asleep and offering more “basic” programming at peak times, listeners have complained.

Music Week

PRS Foundation announces 60 female artists and innovators for Keychange initiative

Ten women from six countries across Europe – Sweden, Spain, Iceland, Germany, Estonia and the UK – have been chosen to participate in the new initiative which aims to empower women to transform the music industry.

Music Week

Academy of Contemporary Music partners with Audiotube

Fair trade distribution pioneer Audiotube has been announced as The Academy of Contemporary Music’s official distribution partner.

The Stage

Parents in Performing Arts to form limited company in bid to bring long-term change to theatre sector

The National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Society of London Theatre and Stage Directors UK are among the organisations backing the creation of a new company aimed at tackling discriminatory working practices towards parents in the sector.

Classic FM

If this music gives you goosebumps, you might have a special brain

Think of your favourite piece of music, and think about how you might react to it.

Limelight

Cameron Lam wins 2018 Stefan Kruger Scholarship

The composer and founder of new music ensemble Kammerklang has taken home Fine Music 102.5’s $15,000 prize.

Klassik.com

Joseph-Ratzinger-Preis für Komponist Arvo Pärt

Der estnische Komponist Arvo Pärt erhält den Preis der Stiftung Joseph Ratzinger-Benedikt XVI.

Klassik Heute

Andreas Haefliger unterzeichnet Vertrag beim Label BIS

Der Schweizer Pianist Andreas Haefliger hat beim schweidischen Label BIS einen Vertrag unterzeichnet und wird im Frühjahr 2018 dort erste CD-Veröffentichungen vorlegen.

Musik Heute

Diebe stehlen wertvolle Instrumente des WDR-Funkhausorchesters

Diebe haben einem Zeitungsbericht zufolge dem WDR-Funkhausorchester mehrere wertvolle Instrumente gestohlen. Das bestätigte Sendersprecherin Kristina Bausch der “Bild”-Zeitung (Mittwoch).

France Musique

L’éducation musicale en Allemagne : en avant la pratique !

L’Allemagne, pays de la musique classique ? Oui, pour 88% des Allemands qui estiment que la musique classique fait partie de l’héritage culturel du pays. A l’occasion des élections fédérales outre-Rhin, nous nous intéressons au système d’enseignement musical allemand.

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‘Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music’- Rachmaninov

WDR Funkhausorchester ©WDR/Herby Sachs

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(Written on September 27, 2017 )

In today’s news: The Proms should stop ticket scandal, András Schiff talks about how ‘music should be an integral part of our lives,’ and Radio 3 launches Breakfast Carol Competition 2017. Opera about love story between Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera to open in 2020, Fazil Say receives music prize, and world premiere with Xavier de Maistre.

The Times

Richard Morrison: The Proms should stop this ticket scandal — or leave the Albert Hall

What is that scandal? In a nutshell, it’s about access and inclusivity. It is extremely hard to obtain aforesaid tickets if you go through the official channels, but very easy if you have a few thousand quid to spare and go to a ticket-resale website.

The Daily Telegraph

András Schiff interview: ‘Music should be an integral part of our lives’

“Today, music is taken off the curriculum because it is not considered a priority, but it should be an integral part of our lives. An integral part of our lives.”

Choir and Organ

Radio 3 launches Breakfast Carol Competition 2017

Radio 3 is inviting listeners and budding composers across the country are invited to write a new Christmas carol.

Classical Music Magazine

Final season of Hull 2017 revealed

The fourth season of Hull’s year as UK City of Culture has been announced.

The Strad

Violinist, quartet and double bassist in new intake of BBC New Generation Artists

BBC Radio 3’s young classical talent platform accepts Aleksey Semenenko, Quatuor Arod and Misha Mullov-Abbado

Limelight

The Simpsons’ composer fired after 27 years

Alf Clausen, responsible for some of the show’s most iconic songs, was told producers wanted “a different kind of music.”

NMZ

Musikpreis der Stadt Duisburg 2017 geht an den türkischen Pianisten Fazil Say

Der Pianist Fazil Say erhält den Musikpreis der Stadt Duisburg 2017.Klassik.com

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Festival vielsaitig präsentiert Riesengeige

Im Rahmen des Festivals “vielsaitig” wird morgen im Klosterhof St. Mang in Füssen die sogenannte Markneukirchener Riesengeige präsentiert.

Klassik Heute

Meisterkurs und deutsche Erstaufführung mit Xavier de Maistre

Das erste Forum N-Konzert der neuen Spielzeit steht ganz im Zeichen der Harfe: Bei der Uraufführung eines Werkes von Gordon Kampe sollen laut dem Komponisten „soviele Harfen wie möglich“ mitspielen.

France Musique

Un opéra sur l’histoire d’amour entre Frida Kahlo et Diego Rivera

Aux Etats-Unis, un opéra relatant l’histoire d’amour entre Frida Kahlo et Diego Rivera est en cours d’écriture. La première de « The Last Dream of Frida and Diego » devrait avoir lieu en 2020.

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(Written on September 1, 2017 )

In today’s news: Winners of 2017 BBC Proms Inspire Competition announced, and conductor Riccardo Muti to lead joint Italian and Iranian orchestral concerts. Final spurt at the construction site of the Staatsoper Berlin, and musicians at the G20 summit.

Music Teacher

Winners of 2017 BBC Proms Inspire Competition announced

Five young composers have won across three categories in this year’s competition. They will have their compositions performed at the BBC Prom in 2018, and they also win a broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and a bbc commission throughout the 17/18 season.

The Strad

Conductor Riccardo Muti to lead joint Italian and Iranian orchestral concerts

Celebrating 20 years of Muti’s ‘Roads of Friendship’ initiative, the performances by Italian and Iranian musicians take place in Tehran on 6 July and in Ravenna on 8 July

Cmuse

Saxophonist Floats Paper Inside Saxophone

Check out this cool trick by saxophonist and hobbyist, David Pope. He put a video of a piece of paper floating mid-air inside the bell of a saxophone.

Pizzicato

Denis Matsuev cancels concerts due to exhaustion

Under his doctor’s orders, Russian Pianist Denis Matsuev, 42, had to reduce his schedule due to exhaustion and therefore withdraw from several concerts during summer.

Berliner Morgenpost

Endspurt auf der Baustelle der Staatsoper Unter den Linden

In der Staatsoper Unter den Linden wird Optimismus verbreitet: Die Handwerker versichern, Ende Juli fertig zu sein.

NMZ

Dünne moralische Luft auf dem Gipfel

Orchestermusiker sind auch nur Bürger in Uniform, sie haben zu exerzieren, was man ihnen auf die Pulte stellt, was ein Regisseur ihnen vorinszeniert.

Klassik.com

Richard-Strauss-Festival 2017 zieht positive Bilanz

Das Richard-Strauss-Festival hat eine positive Bilanz der diesjährigen Festspielausgabe gezogen. Die binnen sieben Festivaltagen 25 ausgerichteten Veranstaltungen wurden von knapp 7.000 Zuschauern besucht.

BBC News

The sisters who have sung in the same church choir for 80 years

A pair of sisters have been singing in their church choir for more than 80 years.

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Music Teacher: BBC Proms

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(Written on July 6, 2017 )