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In today’s news Andris Nelsons has been announced as the new conductor of Leipzig’s Gewandhaus Orchestra. One of Britain’s largest exam boards has been forced to include female composers on their A-Level music syllabus, thanks to a student-lead campaign. Also, the speakers for this year’s Game Music Connect event have been revealed.


Andris Nelsons is new conductor of Leipzig’s Gewandhaus Orchestra

The Latvian born musician will also continue to lead the Boston Symphony Orchestra as the basis for ‘a pioneering alliance’


Exam board forced to include female composers on A-level music syllabus by teenager’s campaign

One of Britain’s biggest exam boards has been forced to change their A-level music syllabus after a teenager won her campaign to ensure female composers were studied on the course.

Classic FM

Sony’s director of music and Batman composer Nick Arundel among the speakers at Game Music Connect

The line-up for this year’s video game music event has been unveiled and boasts appearances from the team behind the music for Alien: Isolation, ‘Avengers’ conductor Allan Wilson and an exclusive screening of a new documentary.

The Strad

Mozart’s sister may have helped compose her brother’s works, scholar suggests

Professor Martin Jarvis claims to have discovered Maria Anna’s musical handwriting

FACT Magazine

FACT mix 512: Max Richter

One of the most respected modern composers delivers his first ever mix.

Die Zeit

Gewandhaus zu LeipzigAndris Nelsons soll neuer Chefdirigent werden

Das Leipziger Gewandhaus hat einen neuen Kapellmeister ernannt. Schon im nächsten Jahr soll der Lette Andris Nelsons das Orchester dirigieren.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Leipzig Andris Nelsons wird Gewandhauskapellmeister

Ein Coup für die Stadt: Schon eine Woche nach Ricardo Chaillys vorzeitigem Abschied als Chefdirigent des Gewandhausorchesters wird ein Nachfolger präsentiert, um den sich seit einigen Jahren die ganze Musikwelt reißt.

Die Welt

Stammen einige Mozart-Werke von seiner Schwester?

Geschlechtergerechtigkeit im Hause Mozart: Bisher stand Maria Anna Walburga Ignatia im Schatten ihres Bruders Wolfgang. Martin Jarvis hat jetzt herausgefunden: Sie konnte mehr als Klavierspielen.

San Francisco Classical Voice

The Art of Healing with Sound

A gentle breeze flows through the spacious living room of Leigh and Carla McKloskey’s hillside home in Malibu. The mood is tranquil by design with people lying on mats or comfortably seated on several soft couches.


Virtual Reality Could Help Bring New Fans to Classical Music

Classical music and virtual reality are an unlikely combination. In contrast to other VR applications like video games and documentaries, a VR experience for classical music is hard to imagine. What would we even be looking at?


Sound and Music: Today is deadline day for our on commissioning fees

Help Musicians UK: Any singers worried about the tiniest change to their voice? answers your queries via

Classical Music: The and announce as the second doctoral composer-in-residence:


The new program from the Los Angeles Philharmonic is exploring to use VR to reach and engage new generations of fans, starting with the well-known opening of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.

(Written on September 10, 2015 )

In today’s news a new opera to tell the story of  Steve Job’s life is planned for 2017. The stolen Stradivarius violin of Roman Totenberg is found after 35 years and the Boston Symphony Orchestra announces extension of Music Director Andris Nelson’s contract.

The Guardian

Modem Butterfly? New opera to tell life story of Steve Jobs

Santa Fe Opera is to stage The Revolution of Steve Jobs, which will follow the Apple founder as he confronts cancer

BBC News

Stolen Stradivarius violin found 35 years later

A Stradivarius belonging to violin virtuoso Roman Totenberg has been recovered, 35 years it disappeared.

Planet Hugill

Somewhere for the weekend – Presteigne Festival

The Presteigne Festival is now in its 33rd year. Based in Presteigne / Gwyl Llanandras in Radnorshire in the Welsh Marches, the festival manages to cram an enormous amount of vital music making into its six days, running from 27 August to 1 September 2015.

Classical Source

Boston Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons announce extension to Mr Nelsons’ contract as BSO Music Director through 2022!

The Boston Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons have reached an agreement to extend Mr. Nelsons’ contract as BSO Music Director through the 2021-22 season, following his extraordinary first year in that role, having received virtually unanimous praise and universal enthusiasm for his work with the orchestra from critics and audiences alike.

New York Times

Roman Totenberg’s Stolen Stradivarius Is Found After 35 Years

The Stradivarius – which was made in 1734 by Antonio Stradivari and is known as the Ames Stradivarius – disappeared after it was stolen in 1980 from the violin virtuoso Roman Totenberg.

Lebensweg von Steve Jobs kommt auf die Opernbühne

Biographisches Werk soll 2017 in Santa Fe uraufgeführt werden.


Bayreuther Wagner-Museum: Zwischen Grusel und Liebe

Völkische Ästhetik und gemütvolle Verlogenheit: Wer sich im neu konzipierten Richard-Wagner-Museum seinen Weg durch Wagners Welt sucht, begegnet den Gespenstern einer vergifteten Rezeptionsgeschichte.


Vorzeitige Verlängerung – Andris Nelsons bleibt bis 2022 Chefdirigent beim Boston Symphony Orchestra

Gerade mal seit einem Jahr schwingt Andris Nelsons das Zepter in Boston und wurde dafür mit einer vorzeitigen Vertragsverlängerung belohnt.


Marina Baranova @Baranova_piano: Done! I had the most inspiring recording session ever! With @MartinSauer at #teldexstudio #Berlin. Feeling happy!

Young Euro Classic @YEClassic: … The @NYOGB will play at #YoungEuroClassic on August 10!

Welsh National Opera ‏@WNOtweet: Worth a read:

The Stradivarius recovered in June was returned on Thursday to the family of the violinist Roman Totenberg. Credit FBI

The Stradivarius recovered in June was returned on Thursday to the family of the violinist Roman Totenberg. Credit FBI

(Written on August 7, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news the Berlin Philharmonic will announce their new chief conductor, Sir Simon Rattle’s successor, on May 11. Again there is a strike at Berliner Staatsoper concerning the Berliner Staatsballett, which cancelled a further show in two weeks. Mike Leigh states that he would never direct an opera again. Composer Patrick Hawes is interviewed on the subject of The Great War Symphony, and International Record Review (IRR) has been dissolved as a result of the death of Barry Irving.


Mike Leigh’s Pirates of Penzance: ‘I told them I was going to set it on a spaceship in the 29th century’

Mike Leigh, the great chronicler of real life in all its nitty gritty detail, swore he’d never direct an opera. So why is he tackling Gilbert and Sullivan’s swashbuckler?


The Great War Symphony: how music can honour the fallen

Composer Patrick Hawes will use community music to memorialise the soldiers who sacrificed their lives in the First World War. Ivan Hewett speaks to him.

The Times

Baritone Mariusz Kwiecien is more than just a ‘a barihunk’

It’s a perfect symbol of what a hot property Mariusz Kwiecien is that a lamp bursts into flames minutes into our interview.

Classical Music Magazine

International Record Review dissolved

International Record Review (IRR) has been dissolved as a result of the death of Barry Irving, the publication’s founder.

Arts Professional

Manifestos vary in commitment to the arts

All bar UKIP affirm the value of the arts and culture in society, but only The Greens commit to increased funding and a more holistic integration of the arts into social progress.

Berliner Morgenpost

Um ein großer Dirigent zu sein, braucht es eine Utopie

Die Berliner Philharmoniker wählen am 11. Mai den Nachfolger von Simon Rattle. Der neue Chefdirigent muss vieles können, vor allem seine Musiker herausfordern. Aber Pultstars waren schon immer rar.


Erneuter Streik an der Berliner Staatsoper

Das Berliner Staatsballett hat am gestrigen Sonntag zum zweiten Mal innerhalb von zwei Wochen wegen Streiks eine Vorstellung ausfallen lassen.

Jean Nouvel scheitert mit Änderungsplänen für Pariser Philharmonie

Der Architekt der Pariser Philharmonie, Jean Nouvel, ist vor einem Pariser Gericht mit seiner Forderung gescheitert, Änderungen an dem Konzertsaal nach seinen ursprünglichen Plänen vornehmen zu dürfen.

Codex flores

Manze verlängert Vertrag mit NDR Radiophilharmonie

Die NDR Radiophilharmonie hat den Vertrag mit ihrem Chefdirigenten Andrew Manze vorzeitig erneuert.

Le Figaro

Les chanteurs se sentent pousser des ailes

Si la polémique autour de l’affichage pour un concert des Prêtres dans le métro parisien se termine, la musique spirituelle est en pleine vogue.


Twitter @klassikcom: Deutscher Musikeditionspreis für zehn Publikationen #Musikpreis #Musikverlag 

Classical Today @classicalToday: Review: Andris Nelsons Makes New York Debut as Boston Symphony Leader 

London Philharmonic @LPOrchestra: LPO Soundworks teams with @The_Globe Youth Theatre in May for an exciting new creative project for 14-19 year olds: 

Ein Stardirigent, der sich selbst zum Schöpfer stilisiert: Philharmoniker-Chefdirigent Herbert von Karajan, hier bei Dreharbeiten zum "Carmen"-Film 1967 Foto: picture-alliance / Sven Simon

Ein Stardirigent, der sich selbst zum Schöpfer stilisiert: Philharmoniker-Chefdirigent Herbert von Karajan, hier bei Dreharbeiten zum “Carmen”-Film 1967
Foto: picture-alliance / Sven Simon

(Written on April 20, 2015 )

Classical News

Classical Source

Frank Huang Appointed Concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic

Music Director Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic announced today that Frank Huang has been appointed Concertmaster, The Charles E. Culpeper Chair, of the New York Philharmonic, beginning with the Opening Gala Concert of the 2015–16 season, September 24, 2015.

International Arts Manager

Manchester Camerata announces a blend of classical music and coffee

Coffee and classical music are coming together as Caffè Nero and Manchester Camerata brew up a new partnership.


Paganini’s 24 Caprices in 3 minutes

Ever thought that you’d love to hear all 24 of Paganini’s Caprices for Solo Violin played simultaneously? No, us neither.


Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra sign deal with Deutsche Grammophon

DG to release five live albums centred on Shostakovich’s Symphonies Nos 5-10

New York Times

Toronto Orchestra Drops Pianist Over Tweets About Ukraine

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra abruptly canceled a performance of Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto on Wednesday after parting ways with a Ukrainian soloist over concerns that her ribald Twitter commentary had crossed the line into “intolerance.”

Die Welt

Tim Renner sollte Claus Peymann rausschmeißen

Claus Peymann, Intendant des Berliner Ensembles, verhöhnt Berlins Kulturstaatssekretär Tim Renner als „Lebenszwerg“ und „leeres, weißes Hemd“. Das sollte sich Renner nicht länger bieten lassen.

Berliner Zeitung

Gründungsintendant ist ein Glücksgriff für das Humboldt-Forum

Wenn einer das Humboldt-Forum in Gang bringen kann, dann Neil MacGregor, der Gründungsintendant. Er ist einer der rar gewordenen europabegeisterten Briten. Und er kennt Deutschland mit einer sehr hilfreichen kulturellen Intimität.

Der Tagesspiegel

Der nächste Karajan

Peter Ronnefeld war eine ganz große Begabung, sowohl als Dirigent wie als Komponist. Jetzt erinnert ein Berliner Gedenkkonzert an den brillanten Künstler, der 1965 starb, im Alter von nur 30 Jahren.

El País

Claudio Prieto, compositor en perpetua reinvención

Recorrió múltiples caminos para crear una obra poliédrica

npr music

Twitter outrage takes Toronto, canceling two pianists

Valentina Lisitsa is a pianist whose worldwide reputation was built on social media. She is now experiencing a major blacklash due to what she’s been writing on Twitter.


Opera North @Opera_North: ‘Meet The Woman Bridging Innovative Fashion And #Classical Music’  via @BarneysNY #FashionFriday #TGIF

BBC ConcertOrchestra ‏@BBCCO: The BBC CO USA tour bus taking a break in Georgia yesterday with 330 miles to go ’til Florida!!! #roadtrip #BBCCOtour

Classic FM @ClassicFM: One of this country’s best-loved sopranos celebrates her birthday today – many happy returns to Lesley Garrett!

simultaneous-paganini-caprices-658x325Ever thought that you’d love to hear all 24 of Paganini’s Caprices for Solo Violin played simultaneously? No, us neither. Photo: Sinfini

(Written on April 10, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Tehran’s reborn symphony orchestra: an ovation before playing a note

After a three-year hiatus, orchestra has been revived with an ambitious programme and a world-class conductor, Alexander Rahbari – and he says it’s all thanks to Rouhani’s administration

Facing the Music: Alban Gerhardt

From opera and learning to conduct it, to Jonny Greenwood and Jonas Kaufmann, cellist Alban Gerhardt reveals his musical passions, on and off the stage

The Telegraph

Video games bring new generation to classical music

Three of the top 20 from Classic FM’s Hall of Fame poll are soundtracks to video games and another 9 make the top 300

The Strad

Long-serving Boston Symphony violinist Ronald Knudsen dies aged 83

The musician performed with the orchestra for 48 years

Classic FM

Welcome to Classic FM’s Hall of Fame

You voted in your thousands, now we reveal the ultimate chart of classical works.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Der große Opern-Boom

Kein Geld für Kultur? Von wegen! Überall in Europa eröffnen neue Musiktheater. Sie stehen für wirtschaftlichen Aufschwung und Selbstbewusstsein der Regionen.

Die Welt

Was Intendanten in Deutschland nicht sagen dürfen

In Rostock vergleicht der Intendant Sewan Latchinian den Angriff auf sein Theater mit der IS-Barbarei – und wird entlassen.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Klangideen aus der Kindheit

Der aus Gauting stammende Komponist Johannes X. Schachtner macht zeitgenössische Musik und zeigt bei einem eher ungewöhnlichen Heimat-Lieder-Abend Verbindungen zwischen Tradition und Moderne auf

El País

Maria João Pires: „Me he convertido en mucho más tolerante“

Maria João Pires es reconocida como una de las mejores pianistas vivas. Se ha convertido en una de las pocas artistas capaces de alzar la música clásica a las listas de superventas.

Musical Toronto

TSO dumps upcoming soloist Valentina Lisitsa over political views

In a startling turn of events, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra have officially cancelled the upcoming April 8-9, 2015 appearance by Youtube superstar pianist Valentina Lisitsa over tweets expressing her political views.


ArtsProfessional ‏@ArtsPro #Goodread: Don’t rely too heavily on the generosity of a single philanthropist, warns Michael Kaiser  #artsfunding

Jessica Duchen ‏@jessicaduchen: Intriguing piece by Tim Rutherford-Johnson about Tansy Davies’s new opera ‘Between Worlds’. …

EMM ‏@enticottmusic : Only 12 days until @MilosGuitar plays in #HongKong! Check out his great @timeouthk interview !

7th April News Video Game Music

Music from the Final Fantasy video game series, by Japanese composer Nobuo Uematsu, is at number nine in the poll. Image: The Telegraph

(Written on April 7, 2015 )

Classical Music Magazine

Philip Pickett charged by City of London Police

The City of London Police has charged early music specialist Philip Pickett with 15 historic offences, relating to nine separate victims, which allegedly occurred during his tenure as a freelance teacher at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

BBC Music Magazine Online

Gravity composer takes Bafta glory

Steven Price beats John Williams and Hans Zimmer to prestigious award


Classical Music Piece Enhances Roald Dahl’s ‘Dirty Beasts’

On Sunday, the London Philharmonic debuted a new piece of music based on Roald Dahl’s Dirty Beasts. With Matilda playing to sold-out crowds on Broadway and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory running in London’s West End, this is just the latest work by the author to get a musical soundtrack.

Classic FM Online

Torvill and Dean recreate Bolero in Sarajevo

Thirty years after their historic Olympic victory, ice skating legends Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean have returned to Sarajevo to perform their Bolero routine.

Conductor stops concert to announce JFK assassination: archive recording unearthed

The audio of conductor Erich Leinsdorf halting a Boston Symphony Orchestra concert to announce the assassination of President John F. Kennedy has been unearthed.

Die Welt

Aufstand der Schauspieler gegen Intendant Hartmann

Ein Großteil des Ensembles hat Burg-Chef Matthias Hartmann das Misstrauen ausgesprochen. Der Streit um Österreichs Nationalheiligtum spitzt sich zu: Wer ist schuld am Millionendefizit des Burgtheaters?

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on February 18, 2014 )

The Telegraph

Why don’t composers win cash prizes when they need them most?

Composers with established reputations are loaded with honours and money. But it would be a help if they were given such recognition early in their careers, says Ivan Hewett.

BBC Music Magazine

Swedish musican makes instruments from ice

An orchestra of ‘ICEstruments’ is making an impact in Lapland. An igloo ‘ICE Concert Hall’ has been specially constructed to provide good acoustics and it has a ventilation system for removing the warmth generated by the audience of 170 people.

Can musical jingles help dementia sufferers?

Musical jingles could be used to help patients suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease with their daily routine. Researchers at Plymouth University have been exploring the idea that the brain finds it easier to remember tunes and lyrics than dry lists of information – the same reason that advertisers use catchy tunes to stick in people’s minds.


The Met: a full season, but a not-full-enough house

A glamorous new season masks the fact that the Met had to take drastic action to get attendances back up, according to Tom Service.

Classic FM Online

Conductor stops concert to announce JFK assassination: archive recording unearthed

The audio of conductor Erich Leinsdorf halting a Boston Symphony Orchestra concert to announce the assassination of President John F. Kennedy has been unearthed.

Saurian Saint

Lara Takes On HBO and Game of Thrones in an Open Letter

A violinist and the owner of the Ancalagon record label takes on the Game of Thrones series for using a poor quality computer imitation of a cello instead of hiring a musician, despite the show’s large budget.

BBC Music Magazine

BBC Music Magazine

(Written on February 17, 2014 )

Classical Music Magazine

Boston-bound Andris Nelsons to leave CBSO in 2015 ‘with heavy heart’

Andris Nelsons is to leave the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in summer 2015 ‘with an extremely heavy heart’, having decided that his new appointment as music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra would give him too little time with his family unless he quit the CBSO.

The Telegraph

Can art and classical music meet in harmony?

A new touring performance, Graphic Scores, attempts to bridge the gap between classical music and art and get the creative juices flowing.

US orchestras are greedy and overpaid

The lock-out at the Minnesota Orchestra reveals a tale of greed, complacency – and salaries British players can only dream of says Ivan Hewett

Classic Brits: fundamentally tacky?

The Classic Brits know they have to stir a little ‘real’ classical music into the mix, to give themselves a fig-leaf of legitimacy, says Ivan Hewett.

The Times

Film composer is the big winner at Classical Brits

Hans Zimmer, whose work includes the soundtracks for Man Of Steeland The Dark Knight Rises, was named composer of the year at the Classical Brit awards on Tuesday.

Classic FM Online

Nicola Benedetti and Hans Zimmer defend Classic BRITs

Speaking on stage at Tuesday’s award ceremony, the evening’s big winners hit back at the BRITs’ critics. In a speech that will be broadcast to over a million people on ITV1 this Sunday evening, Benedetti spoke passionately about the event bringing classical music to everyone.

The New Yorker

Woman, Gays and Classical Music

Classical musicians have traditionally shied away from making political statements and have tended to cling to the illusion of an art that floats above politics, formally pure and spiritually aloof, says Alex Ross, but times are requiring them to change.

Calgary Herald

Calgary Philharmonic co-founder and champion of the arts, Dick Matthews, dies at 93

Philanthropist Richard Matthews, who helped found the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and also made significant contributions to Calgary Opera, Honens International Piano Competition, The Mount Royal. Conservatory and the University of Calgary, passed away Wednesday morning at the age of 93.

Die Zeit

“Der Countertenor ist eine neue Art Mann”

Philippe Jaroussky ist einer der besten Sopranisten der Welt. Jetzt wagt er sich an die Arien des Kastraten Farinelli. Überwindet er damit die Männlichkeit? Ein Interview

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online





(Written on October 4, 2013 )

The Telegraph

Roch Modrzejewski: Opera’s guitar hero

With his virtuosic new recording of opera tunes, Poland’s Roch Modrzejewski has revived a much-neglected corner of the guitar repertoire, says John Allison.


Financial Times

Interview, Neeme Järvi, conductor

The music director known for his improvisatory approach is a ‘man of 100 projects’.


Classic FM

Classical music, colours and emotions linked

What colour is Mozart’s Requiem? A new study has confirmed a link between emotion, classical music, and colour.


National Portrait Gallery appoints choir in residence

Classic FM’s Sam Pittis talks to artistic director Gregory Batsleer about this “exciting new venture for choral music”.



Andris Nelsons named Boston Symphony Orchestra music director

At the age of 34, the conductor is the youngest music director of the prestigious orchestra in over 100 years.


HRH The Prince of Wales launches new Royal College of Music Award

The President’s Award recognises a student’s outstanding work in the community.


Planet Hugill

June at the Barbican

June in the Barbican opens with the Guildhall School of Music and Drama’s contribution to Britten 100 with a performance of Britten’s Owen Wingrave directed by Kelly Robinson.


The Telegraph

(Written on May 20, 2013 )


Britten Sinfonia launches Musically Gifted

The Britten Sinfonia is launching ‘Musically Gifted’, a flexible funding scheme, which allows audiences to contribute anything from £10 to £10,000 to a new commission.

Classical Music Magazine

Emmanuel Joel-Hornak announced as Scottish Opera chief

Scottish Opera has announced that French conductor Emmanuel Joel-Hornak will join the company as its music director in August, taking over from Francesco Corti.

Classic FM

Gareth Malone: “Expect the unexpected” in his new choir

After receiving his OBE for services to music, achieving a No. 1 single with the Military Wives, and becoming a father to baby Gilbert this weekend, Gareth Malone is topping off his whirlwind year by launching a nationwide search for a new choir.

The Times

Valery Gergiev: the most powerful man in classical music

The Times’ Richard Morrison enters the court of Valery Gergiev, conductor of the world’s music in more than one way.

NY Times – ArtsBeat

Boston Symphony Announces New Season

The Boston Symphony Orchestra have disclosed plans next season to tour China and Japan.

Classic FM

Amy Dickson in Tim Lihoreau’s Wednesday Web Chat

It’s your chance to say hello to one of the world’s finest classical saxophonists. Amy Dickson will be on the Classic FM website from 10.30am on Wednesday 24 April. If you have missed it, click on the link to catch up.

(Written on April 24, 2013 )