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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, Jo Dipple, current UK Music’s Chief Executive is to step down in June. The Barbican has announced its 2017/18 season. Royal Northern College of Music appoints Graham Vick CBE as its first international chair of opera. Jeremy Denk Named Milton Court Artist in Residence. Winners of Scottish Opera’s Opera Sparks 2018 competition have been announced. Also, find out the 16 most essential concertos that you should know about that Classic FM summed up!

Classical Music Magazine

UK chief executive to step down

Jo Dipple is to step down as chief executive of UK Music in June after five years in the role.

Barbican announces 2017/18 season

The Barbican’s 2017/18 season will include a composer focus on Esa-Pekka Salonen, the UK premiere of Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, and a ten-day celebration to mark Sir Simon Rattle’s inaugural season as London Symphony Orchestra music director and artist-in-association with the Barbican and Guildhall School.

Music Teacher Magazine

RNCM appoints first international chair of opera

The Royal Northern College of Music has appointed director Graham Vick CBE as its first international chair of opera. He will take up the position in September 2017, offering tuition, masterclasses and coaching each term.

Opera Now Magazine

Opera Sparks 2018 winners announced

The winners of Scottish Opera’s Opera Sparks 2018 competition have been announced.

Classic FM

These are the 16 most essential concertos in all of classical music

Find out 16 most essential concertos that Classic FM summed up!

Nonesuch Journal

Jeremy Denk Named Milton Court Artist in Residence in Barbican’s 2017–18 Classical Music Season

The Barbican Centre in London has announced its 2017–18 Classic Music concert season, in which pianist Jeremy Denk will be Artist in Residence at Milton Court Concert Hall.

BR Klassik

“Eine unheimliche attraktive Farbenwelt” – das Phänomen Synästhesie

Ein Akkord wird blau, ein Klavierton zum Quadrat: Wer beim Musikhören Farben oder Formen sieht, wird als Synästhetiker bezeichnet. Etwa einer von tausend Menschen hat diese besondere Form der Wahrnehmung. Aber wie entsteht Synästhesie? Und was läuft in den Gehirnen von Synästhetikern anders ab? BR-KLASSIK hat mit Synästhetikern und Wissenschaftlern gesprochen.

Die Presse

Bassbariton Grochowski nach “Walküre”-Premiere gestorben

Bei der Premiere der “Walküre” in Wiesbaden hatte Gerd Grochowski noch Ovationen erhalten, einen Tag später ist er im Alter von 60 Jahren unerwartet verstorben. Er hatte wegen starker Schmerzen im Herzbereich den Notarzt gerufen, der nur noch den Tod feststellen konnte.

Der Tagesspiegel

Eine feste Burg ist unser Lied

Das Bundesjugendorchester widmet sich in Berlin seinem zweiten Gemeinschaftsprojekt: der Reformation. Die Ergebnisse sind von durchwachsener Qualität.

France Musique

Simon Rattle défend le projet d’une nouvelle salle de concert à Londres

Lors de la présentation des grandes lignes de la prochaine saison de l’Orchestre symphonique de Londres, Simon Rattle a largement défendu le projet de construction d’une nouvelle salle de concert dans la capitale britannique.

Twitter

New York Times Arts @nytimesarts A 300-seat music hall in the South Bronx to honor the history of music that formed there https://t.co/F5OfYFJdoa

CMUSE.org @cmuseorg  items found inside 110-year-old in UK https://t.co/h4INyea43U

klassik.com @klassikcom Tomasz Skweres gewinnt Tonali Kompositionspreis

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Photo: Hugo Glendinning

(Written on January 18, 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.

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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 )

Classical News

In today’s news, The Telegraph announces its guide to the best classical recordings of 2015, and the Royal College of Music celebrates International Bassoon Day. Also, Pitchfork Media becomes part of Condé Nast Stable and Roy McEwan OBE will step down as Chief Executive of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra

The Telegraph

The best classical music albums of 2015

The Telegraph’s definitive guide to the best classical recordings of 2015, regularly updated with new reviews by Geoffrey Norris, Rupert Christiansen and Ivan Hewett

BBC Music Magazine

Low winds heard in London

Royal College of Music celebrates International Bassoon Day

Classical Source

After almost a quarter century, Roy McEwan OBE will step down as Chief Executive of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in Summer 2016

Roy McEwan has announced his retirement from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO) in Summer 2016 after a remarkable 23 years as Chief Executive.  

BBC

Birmingham Royal Ballet celebrates 25th anniversary

The Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet company packed up their ballet shoes and tutus and moved to Birmingham in 1990.

Classical Source

Kirill Petrenko begins his tenure as chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker in the 2019/2020 season

Kirill Petrenko will take up office as chief conductor and artistic director of the Berliner Philharmoniker in the 2019/2020 season

Classic FM

The Science Museum is an EPIC concert venue: and we heard a piece inspired by Charles Babbage’s computer there

In ‘Objects at an Exhibition’, six pieces of music were performed by Aurora Orchestra next to the exhibits at the Science Museum by which they were inspired

New York Times

Pitchfork Media Becomes Part of Condé Nast Stable

Condé Nast, the publisher that owns magazines like Vogue and Vanity Fair, said on Tuesday that it had acquired Pitchfork Media, the company behind the independent music website and quarterly magazine, for an undisclosed sum

Der Tagesspiegel 

Kirill Petrenko tritt sein Amt in Berlin 2019 an

2018 sollte Kirill Petrenko Nachfolger von Sir Simon Rattle werden. Doch er kommt erst ein Jahr später als Chefdirigent nach Berlin. Und der Bayerischen Staatsoper bleibt Petrenko bis 2021 erhalten 

Berliner Zeitung

Jamaikaner Marlon James gewinnt britischen Booker-Preis

Als erster jamaikanischer Schriftsteller hat Marlon James den Man Booker Preis gewonnen. Sein Roman handelt von einem versuchten Attentat auf Bob Marley

Pizzicato

Christian Gerhaher erhält Musikpreis des ‘Heidelberger Frühling’

Der deutsche Bariton Christian Gerhaher erhält den Musikpreis des ‘Heidelberger Frühling’ 2016. Das gleichnamige Musikfestival vergibt die Auszeichnung jährlich im Wechsel an Persönlichkeiten, die sich substanziell und nachhaltig für die Vermittlung von klassischer Musik einsetzen

Classicalite

Steve Mackay, The Stooges Saxophonist,Dies at 66 From Sepsis Complications

Steve Mackay, the distinctive saxophonist best known for his work with the seminal punk outfit The Stooges, has died. It’s been reported that the musician was in critical condition with sepsis. He was 66 years old

Twitter

Sinfini Music A new addition to our piece on weird classical jobs? (++ weird jobs here: )

Classic FM: How posh are you? This music quiz will reveal all:

The Strad: Isabelle Faust on performing and interpreting Bach’s music

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The Telegraph

 

(Written on October 14, 2015 )

Gramophone

Jonathan Manners named chief executive of Academy of Ancient Music

Jonathan Manners replaces Michael Garvey, who leaves to become director of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in December

Classic FM Online

Runners encouraged to ‘Beat Beethoven’ in charity race

Classical music-loving runners are being encouraged to run 5k or walk 2.75k in the time of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5.

Ocarina-playing world record attempt under threat

A choir of schoolchildren hoping to break the record for the greatest number of ocarina players gathered together at one time are desperately seeking volunteers to help their attempt take place

The Telegraph

The Battle of Ideas: are we still able to listen to music properly?

The noise all around us is robbing us of our ability to hear, says Ivan Hewett

Let’s be upstanding for our hymns of praise

‘Worship songs’, feebly crooned to the sound of strummed guitars, are no substitute for the inspiring paeans of the past

CRI English

Experts Urge Classic Music Traditions Back in China

Scholars specializing in Chinese music traditions recently gathered in Beijing to discuss how the decline of classical music education, which also emphasizes ethical education, may cause many problems in contemporary Chinese society

The New York Times

As Downloads Dip, Music Executives Cast a Wary Eye on Streaming Services

As sales of CDs have plunged over the last decade, the music industry clings to one comfort: downloads continue to sell briskly as people fill their computers and iPods with songs by the billions

The Washington Post

Valentina Lisitsa: The pianist who won the Internet

Ukrainian pianist Valentina Lisitsa, 43, has dared to tamper with traditional formula, using YouTube as her empty stage

Klassik.com

Spannungen zwischen Stadtführung und Festspielleitung?

Diskussion um Einfluss der Stadt Bayreuth auf Richard Wagner-Festspiele

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on October 21, 2013 )