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The Academy of Ancient Music, the world-renowned period instrument orchestra and choir, has appointed Alexander Van Ingen as its new Chief Executive.

Alexander joins from Decca Classics where he was an Executive Producer in charge of Artists and Repertoire. At Decca, Alexander worked on some of the label’s best-selling classical albums of recent years with Nicola Benedetti, Voces8 and the Choir of St Paul’s Cathedral; operatic recordings from Baroque opera premieres to ‘Simon Boccanegra’; projects with new composers such as Ola Gjeilo and Rebecca Dale; award-winning albums with Alisa Weilerstein and Benjamin Grosvenor; and the digital work of artists such as Valentina Lisitsa and Janine Jansen. Alexander has created and managed several major classical music events including collaborations with the iTunes Festival, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia, and the National Youth Choir of Great Britain. With the Bowerman Charitable Trust, Alexander founded Champs Hill Records to champion the work of new artists, a label that won a Royal Philharmonic Society Award in 2014.

Alexander said: ‘The Academy of Ancient Music boasts an enviable reputation for its energy and enthusiasm, and a proud legacy of popularising period performance. I am very pleased to be working with Richard Egarr and the players and singers of the Academy of Ancient Music to develop the orchestra’s audience reach, along with their outreach and participation programmes. The AAM’s ambitious and fresh music-making is infectious, and I am greatly looking forward to this exciting new role.’

Richard Egarr, Music Director, commented: ‘We are all very excited to be working with Alex, one of the true movers and shakers working in classical music today. The AAM will grow under his leadership and we look forward to many years ahead.’

Terence Sinclair, Chairman of the Academy of Ancient Music, said: ‘The Academy is entering a very exciting phase. We recently announced the appointment of our first Hogwood Fellow, Robert Levin, and our collaboration with The Grange Festival, whose inaugural season opens this summer. We are thrilled that Alex will bring to the AAM his ideas, musicianship, and commitment to new audiences.’

Alexander was previously a client with WildKat, and so we are especially delighted with this news, and look forward to working with Alexander in the coming months.

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Image: Alexander Van Ingen

(Written on February 28, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Veriko Tchumburidze receives the top prize of €30,000 following her performance of Wieniawski’s Second Violin Concerto and Shostakovich’s First Violin Concerto in the finals of 15th International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition in Poland. Royal Albert Hall has appointed current CEO of Opera Australia, Craig Hassall, as its new chief executive. Also, the shortlist for the British Composer Awards 2016 has been revealed.

The Strad

Veriko Tchumburidze wins International Wieniawski Violin Competition 2016

Veriko Tchumburidze has been named the winner of the 15th International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition in Poznań, Poland. The 20-year-old musician from Georgia/Turkey – a former winner of the Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians – receives the top prize of €30,000 following her performance of Wieniawski’s Second Violin Concerto and Shostakovich’s First Violin Concerto in the competition final.

Classical Music Magazine

RAH appoints Craig Hassall as new chief executive

The Royal Albert Hall (RAH) has appointed Craig Hassall, currently CEO of Opera Australia (OA), as its new chief executive.

British Composer Awards 2016 shortlist revealed

The shortlist for the British Composer Awards 2016 has been revealed. Thirty-four composers have been shortlisted, spanning 33 works across 11 categories.

Music Teacher Magazine

Pascal Nemirovski joins Birmingham Conservatoire

Birmingham Conservatoire has appointed Pascal Nemirovski as international chair in piano.

Choir and Organ Magazine

Stile Antico announces Young Singer Bursaries 2016/17

Mezzo-soprano Sacha Fullerton and soprano Caroline Halls are the recipients of Stile Antico’s 2016/17 Young Singer Bursaries.

International Arts Manager

From the Supreme Court to the stage

American Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg is swapping the stand for the stage as she prepares to star in Washington National Opera’s (WNO) production of La Fille du Regiment. Donizetti’s comic opera tells the tale of a young woman torn between her family and the love of her life. It runs from 12-20 November, and is directed by Robert Longbottom.

Le Parisien

Pierre Boulez donne son nom à la grande salle de la Philharmonie de Paris

La grande salle de la Philharmonie de Paris, ouverte en janvier 2015 dans le nord-est parisien, doit être baptisée mercredi officiellement du nom du compositeur Pierre Boulez, père spirituel du projet.

nmz

Dresdner Sinfoniker laden Erdogan zu Armenier-Stück ein

Die Türkei läuft seit langem Sturm gegen das Konzertprojekt «Aghet» zum «Völkermord an den Armeniern». Die Dresdner Sinfoniker wollen ihr Stück im November im deutschen Generalkonsulat in Istanbul aufführen – wozu sie nun Präsident Erdogan persönlich eingeladen haben.

klassik.com

Radiosender zeichnen Pianistin Nathalia Milstein aus

Die französische Pianistin Nathalia Milstein erhält den “Prix du jeune soliste des medias francophones publics”. Der Preis wird von vier Radiosendern vergeben: Radio France, dem schweizerischen Sender RTS, der belgischen Rundfunkstation RTBF sowie Radio Canada.

Codex Flores

Engstroem distanziert sich von Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

Martin Engstroem, der Leiter des Verbier Festivals, ist laut einer Meldung des Fachmagazins «Pizzicato» aus Unzufriedenheit über die Führung des Ensembles aus dem Kuratorium des Orchestre de la Suisse Romande(OSR)  ausgetreten.

Twitter

The Economist @TheEconomist With his album “Sleep”, Max Richter has redefined classical music in the digital age http://econ.st/2eh33l0

BBC Music Magazine @MusicMagazine How can we increase diversity in classical music? http://buff.ly/2exL7nT

The Royal Opera @TheRoyalOpera Georges Bizet was born #otd in 1838 A classic clip of #ROHcarmen to celebrate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJ_HHRJf0xg …

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Photo: International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition

(Written on October 25, 2016 )

London Evening Standard

Stradivarius violin which thieves tried to flog for £100 set to fetch £2m at auction

A Stradivarius violin stolen by thieves who tried to sell it for £100 could make more than £2 million when it is sold at auction next month

The Guardian

How can musicians afford to buy such expensive violins?

The price of a really good violin such as a Stradivarius can reach millions of pounds. Which is where wealthy benefactors and charitable trusts step in

Charleston City Paper

Classical music isn’t just for white people anymore

With the Colour of Music festival, director Lee Pringle aims to show how black contributions go beyond gospel

Reuters

Famed Hungarian music academy gets new lease on life

The Liszt Academy music school founded by Franz Liszt, the first piano superstar, reopens its main concert hall on Tuesday

LA Times

Critic’s notebook: Nearly 10 years old, Disney Hall needs upgrades

Frank Gehry’s Disney Hall design and Yasuhisa Toyota’s acoustics have made the hall a destination but the hall needs new elements

The Economist

Who will sing Aida?

Are we ruining young opera singers? Today lots of young singers take roles that are far too big for their voices

PR Week

Metro Bank’s CEO on why PR matters more than advertising

You would expect the first new bank on the British high street for more than a century to burst on to the scene with a multi-million-pound advertising blitz

Der Tagesspiegel

Berliner Singakademie wird 50

1961 verlor die historische Sing-Academie zu Berlin die Hälfte ihrer Mitglieder – jene Sängerinnen und Sänger, die in Ostberlin wohnten. 1963 aber gelang es dem Staatsopern-Intendanten Hans Pischner, die Neugründung einer Singakademie durchzusetzen. Schnell erwarb sich der ambitionierte Laienchor einen guten Ruf. Jetzt feiert er Jubiläum

The Guardian

The Guardian

 

 

(Written on October 23, 2013 )

Classic FM Online

Pavarotti to win Lifetime Achievement Award at Classic BRIT Awards 2013

Fifty years after his first recording and TV broadcast, the legendary tenor will be honoured with a posthumous award at the ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall

Alison Balsom wins Gramophone Awards Artist of the Year 2013

The public have voted, and crowned Alison Balsom the Gramophone Awards Artist of the Year 2013

The Telegraph

Bells and whistles celebrate the River Thames’s rich maritime history

On Saturday the River Thames provided the dramatic backdrop for one of the most ambitious and spectacular works of music to be staged outdoors in London – an opera using an orchestra of ships

RCM London

Felicity Smith

New Zealand mezzo soprano and RCM alumna Felicity Smith tragically died on Monday 9 September

Bach Track

The LSO opens the season with a thrilling performance of Verdi’s Rigoletto

Capitalising on their success with Verdi’s opera Rigoletto during the Aix-en-Provence Festival in the summer, the London Symphony Orchestra and conductor Gianandrea Noseda chose to open the 2013/14 season last night with the same work

Music Week

New Radio Academy CEO appointed

With more than 30 years’ experience in broadcasting and having held senior management positions at various major radio stations, Paul Robinson has been appointed CEO at the Radio Academy

Der Tagesspiegel

Matthias Lilienthal wird neuer Intendant

Eine schlechte Nachricht für Berlin, eine gute für München: Matthias Lilienthal, der zehn Jahre mit großem Erfolg das Hebbel am Ufer leitete, löst Johann Simons als Chef der Münchner Kammerspiele ab

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on September 17, 2013 )