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The Guardian

Facing the music: Noah Stewart

Nat King Cole, Nina Simone and New York City – tenor Noah Stewart on his musical passions on and off the stage

The pitfalls and perks of playing a concert hall piano

The tone and touch of a piano might be terrific or terrible, so how does a performer prepare? Pianist Boris Giltburg describes the keyboard of his dreams

The Times

10 things to know about Simon Rattle’s new concert hall

As debate rages about whether London needs a new £200m venue to keep up with the best in Europe, Richard Morrison conducts his own feasibility study

The Strad

Frank Peter Zimmermann forced to hand back ‘Lady Inchiquin’ Stradivarius

The violinist, who turns 50 this Friday, is attempting to buy the instrument, which was previously on loan from failed bank WestLB AG

International Arts Manager

Digital marketing for the arts discussed in free session

The secrets of digital success are being shared at The Art of Digital, a free workshop aimed at arts organisations hosted by arts administration specialists Spektrix and digital agency AD.

Süddeutsche.de

Rattles Wunschkonzert

Diskussion um neue Tonhalle für London

Berliner Zeitung

Berliner Straßenchor feiert mit „Straßen-Carmina“ Premiere

Der Berliner Straßenchor ist ein Chor für Menschen ohne Wohnung, ohne Arbeit, Menschen mit Behinderung, Drogenabhängige oder Prostituierte.

pizzicato

Businessplan für Bonner Beethoven-Festspielhaus vorgestellt

Zwar ist noch nicht gewusst, welcher Architekt das Beethoven-Festspielhaus in Bonn bauen wird, aber der Bau, der komplett privat finanziert werden soll, hat jetzt bereits einen Businessplan, der die Wirtschaftlichkeit des Unternehmens voraussagt.

Classicalite

‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ and ‘Whiplash’ Top Contenders at Oscars, Alexandre Desplat Wins Best Original Score

Now with the Oscars at a close, the results proved to be a normal get together of acting talent abound.

nprmusic

Composing The Folk Music Of A Made-Up Country

Composer Alexandre Desplat is competing against himself in this year’s Oscars: He’s up for two awards in the category of Best Original Score.

Twitter

Intermusica ‏@IntermusicaLtd :@colincurrieperc & Pavel Haas Quartet at @wigmore_hall at the weekend – more photos here http://ow.ly/Jz1OS 

Bachtrack ‏@bachtrack : Strongly cast revival of Die Zauberflöte at @royaloperahouse @JanaiBrugger @tobyspence

Royal College Music @RCMLatest: Congrats to RCM pianist Luka Okrostsvaridze, chosen for the #TillettTrust‘s Young Artists’ Platform with a recital @wigmore_hall in December

NEWS 24th Piano

‘The finest pianos achieve the best results’ … Boris Giltburg. Photograph: Sasha Gusov

(Written on February 24, 2015 )

Gramophone

The 2013 Gramophone Classical Music Award-winning recordings

Recording of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, Young Artist of the Year, Label of the Year and Artist of the Year winners are discussed on the Gramophone website.

The Guardian

A quiet word about classical concert etiquette

Who says classical music must be enjoyed in silence? Despite a summer of mobiles, coughs and even a misfiring hearing aid, Kate Molleson refuses to join the tutters.

Madrid’s Teatro Real boss sparks row by saying no Spaniard can succeed him

Belgian Gerard Mortier sparks controversy by saying that no one from Spain is capable of running opera house.

Star Tribune

Minnesota Orchestra musicians make counter-offer in pay dispute

Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra on Tuesday said they had given management a counterproposal on a new contract. Management dismissed proposal as a “vague framework” that does not “constitute an official counterproposal.”

The Telegraph

BBC Big Band cuts are shameful mistake

BBC decision to axe Radio 2 show Big Band Special is a crass mistake, says Martin Chilton.

Nashua Telegraph

Stradivarius hometown gets a violin museum

The northern Italian town where Antonio Stradivari and other master violin-makers worked will open a new museum celebrating the instrument.

Classical Music Magazine

Last-minute Night of the Proms: Iestyn Davies was called in as late replacement

Countertenor Iestyn Davies was a late draft onto the bill for 7 September’s Last Night of the Proms after BBC producers were told they would not be able to use a treble soloist because the performance was to be broadcast live after 7pm. Davies was called in, announced to the public on the day before the event, and only rehearsed with Alsop and the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus on the day of the concert itself.

Arts Journal

Vienna’s Konzerthaus ‘is bankrupt’

New director Matthias Naske says there has been no increase in public subsidy for 16 years and he can’t see how to make ends meet.

Die Zeit

Künstler zwischen Konzert und Konzern

Der Tourveranstalter Berthold Seliger kritisiert die Großen der Musikbranche gern. Sein neues Buch zeigt umfassend, wie auf Kosten der Kreativen Geschäfte gemacht werden.

Gramophone

Gramophone

(Written on September 11, 2013 )