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In today’s news: Finnish National Opera and Ballet appoints Gita Kadambi as general director, and Violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja wins Swiss Music Prize. This year’s German classical music festivals, and Inkinen becomes new principal conductor of the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie. Herbert Blomstedt receives Brahms award, and Jörg-Peter Weigle is being considered new principal conductor in Frankfurt.

Classical Music Magazine

Rhinegold Publishing appoints managing editors

Rhinegold Publishing Ltd has extended its partnership with the editorial consultancy C Sharp LLP to encompass a wider range of its specialist music magazine portfolio.

Opera Now

Gita Kadambi appointed as general director of Finnish National Opera and Ballet

Finnish National Opera and Ballet has appointed Gita Kadambi as general director. She will assume the position in January 2018, replacing Päivi Kärkkäinen, taking on the management and leadership of the entire organisation.

The Strad

Violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja wins Swiss Music Prize

Moldovan-born violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja is one of 15 artists to be awarded this year’s Swiss Music Prize by the Swiss Federal Office of Culture.

Classic FM

Classic FM attracts a new generation of younger listeners

5.4 million people now tune in every week – with a big increase in listeners aged under 35.

Concerti

Sommerklänge quer durchs Land

Von Rostock bis nach Garmisch-Partenkirchen – in den nächsten Monaten prägen wieder zahlreiche Festivals die klassische Musikszene der Republik.

Pizzicato

Deutsche Radio Philharmonie: Mit Inkinen in die Saison 2017/18

Mit ihrem neuen finnischen Chefdirigenten Pietari Inkinen, 37, startet die Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Anfang September 2017 in die neue Saison.

Kulturradio vom RBB

Jörg-Peter Weigle soll Chefdirigent in Frankfurt/Oder werden

Ab der Spielzeit 2018/19 soll er die Nachfolge von Howard Griffiths antreten.

Amerika Woche

Brahms-Preis für Dirigenten Herbert Blomstedt

Der schwedische Dirigent Herbert Blomstedt wird in diesem Jahr mit dem Brahms-Preis ausgezeichnet.

NPR

Composer Angelo Badalamenti, Master Of Mood, Returns To ‘Twin Peaks’

Now, creator David Lynch has revived the show, which will return on Showtime on Sunday.

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All ready in Milan.

There will be a 2nd one!! gives an extra concert on 12.07.2017. Presale starts on 19.05. at 9:00.

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(Written on May 19, 2017 )

In today’s news: musical garden at the Chelsea Flower Show, a Suffolk music teacher spends million for Sub-Saharan africa. This summer the ‘Gig Theatre’ tours the UK, and the Berlin Piano Festival is begins. The German Orchestra Union sees a perspective for the cultural sector of Nordrhein-Westfalen, and Andrew Litton appoints guest conductor for Singapore Symphony Orchestra.

The Telegraph

Listen up! It’s Chelsea Flower Show’s first ever Musical Garden

Music and gardening – two arts that give innocent pleasure, but in every other respect seem poles apart.

Classic FM

Classic FM Attracts a new Generation of Younger Listeners

5.4 million people now tune in every week – with a big increase in listeners aged under 35

Classical Music Magazine

Classical:NEXT 2017 – Opening Ceremony

The Classical:NEXT congress’s opening ceremony on 17 May forsook its usual focus on one country for the theme diversity, posing the question: ‘What’s the point?’

‘Gig theatre’ Company to Tour UK this Summer

As part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017, a new piece of ‘gig theatre’ is this summer to be staged at Welly, a nightclub in the city.

EADT

True Scale of Incredible Generosity of Suffolk Music Teacher Revealed as £1.25million Left to Charity

The true scale of the incredible generosity of a kind-hearted Suffolk music teacher and farmer has been revealed, with £1.25million left to help children access clean water in sub-Saharan Africa.

FAZ

Ein Schloss für Brahms

Altenstein in Thüringen ist zum „Kulturdenkmal von nationaler Bedeutung“ erklärt worden. Ein neues Museum erinnert dort an die Musik von Johannes Brahms.

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Feuer und Herzflattern

Eherne Tremoli und feine Rubati: Yevgeny Sudbin eröffnet das Berliner Klavierfestival im Konzerthaus am Gendarmenmarkt.

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DOV sieht Chance für Kultur in Nordrhein-Westfalen

Die Deutsche Orchestervereinigung DOV begrüßt Forderungen aus der nordrhein-westfälischen CDU, der Kultur im bevölkerungsreichsten deutschen Bundesland endlich wieder mehr Bedeutung zu geben.

Broadway World

Andrew Litton appointed as principal guest conductor of Singapore Symphony Orchestra

For almost forty years the Singapore Symphony Orchestra has been a sure source of good news about classical music.

WQXR

12 ‘impressionist’ composers not named Debussy or Ravel

Artistic labels are tricky little things because they trap artists in a kind of musical amber with others that we deem just similar enough.

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1 Karriere-News: Cornelius Grube (Württembergische Philharmonie)

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(Written on May 18, 2017 )

In today’s news: Victoria Wood gets her own bronze statue, listen to the drunk version of the Wedding March, and is the Royal Albert Hall fit for modern times? Interview with Antonio Pappani, a call for Germany’s best music teachers, fees for the Met, and how to bring classical music to young kids.

The Telegraph

The Royal Albert Hall: A Victorian Institution Fit for the 21st Century

With the discussion of how to finance a (welcome) new Rattle Hall at the Barbican, arts funding is again in the news.

The Guardian

Victoria Wood Statue to be Built by Creator of Eric Morecambe Memorial

Graham Ibbeson, whose work the late comedian is said to have admired, will sculpt lifesize bronze for her home town of Bury.

BBC 

The Queen beats The Crown at the Bafta TV Awards

 Ant and Dec have dedicated their Bafta TV Award to the Queen after winning a prize for their presentation of her 90th birthday celebration event.

CMuse

Organist Rearranges Drunk Version of the Wedding March

A YouTuber, Jonathan Mui, created quite a stir as he reinvented the popular Wedding March by Felix Mendelssohn as performed by a drunk organist.

Die Welt

Sehen so etwa Operngala-Besucher aus?

Die Metropolitan Opera New York feiert mit viel Pomp 50. Geburtstag, aber die Besucherzahlen gehen zurück. Die Schuld daran trägt das stolze Opernhaus wohl selber. Es hat einen fatalen Fehler gemacht.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Ein Gespräch mit dem Dirigenten Antonio Pappani. 

Netrebko begleiten wir gern, doch wir können viel mehr

Musik Heute

Deutschlands beste Musiklehrer gesucht

Musiklehrer motivieren und begeistern junge Menschen für Musik. Die engagiertesten und beliebtesten Pädagogen sollen vom (heutigen) Montag an in einem bundesweiten Wettbewerb ermittelt werden.

El País

El mundo celebra la revolución musical que concibió Monteverdi

‘Il divino Claudio’, de cuyo nacimiento se cumplen 450 años, se mantiene como uno de los más geniales compositores de la historia. La ópera nació con su ‚L’Orfeo’

The New York Times

Would Fees at the Met Deter Visitors?

The Times asked people what kind of mandatory admission fee they would be willing to pay at the Met.

Pizzicato

Naxos organisiert wieder Münchner Musikmarkt

Rund 250 Teilnehmer werden zum ‘Music Market Munich’ erwartet, den die Naxos-Gruppe vom 15. bis 17. Mai in München organisiert.

Manawatu Standard

Making classical music cool for kids

A free classical music concert where it’s OK to dance on your seat, pretend to be a conductor and sing along is headed to Palmerston North.

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Paid vacancy: (Plymouth) is seeking a new Music Director. Apply by 22 May. Find out more at

Join for the first hour of the week – he’s live for the next four hours!

The Guardian
Photograph: Ian West/PA

(Written on May 15, 2017 )

In today’s news: Devon’s new music project brings free music for the people, Edinburgh receives new concert venue, and an expensive restoration for a world-renowned music statue. The music schools of Baden-Württemberg team face consequences of new tuition fee, and Bernard Labadie was announced as principal conductor of Orchestra St. Luke’s. The SWR Symphony Orchestra present their season programme 17/18.

Classical Music Magazine

Architects appointed for proposed Edinburgh concert hall 

David Chipperfield Architects have won the contract to design a new arts centre for Edinburgh.

Devonlive.com

New Devon music project launches offering free music

A community based music project has been launched which is showcasing original music for people to enjoy

Bournemouth Daily Echo

Sea Music statue to be relaunched after £235k restoration

A statue donated to Poole by world-renowned sculptor Sir Anthony Caro has been restored to its former glory.

The Strad 

Violinists Ilya and Olga Kaler join Cleveland Institute of Music string faculty

The Russian husband and wife will join the US institution from the start of the 2018-19 academic year.

NMZ

Musikhochschulen fürchten wegen Studiengebühren um Nachwuchs

Musikhochschulen in Baden-Württemberg fürchten angesichts der Studiengebühren für Nicht-EU-Ausländer ein Ausbleiben internationaler Studenten.

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Bernard Labadie Announced As Principal Conductor Of Orchestra St. Luke’s

The New York based chamber ensemble Orchestra of St. Luke’s has announced the appointment of French Canadian conductor Bernard Labadie as its next Principal Conductor, beginning a four-year term in the 2018-19 season.

Klassik.com

SWR Symphonieorchester stellt Programm der Spielzeit 2017/18 vor

Das SWR Symphonieorchester hat gestern in Stuttgart im Rahmen einer Pressekonferenz das Programm der nächsten Spielzeit vorgestellt.

The Rest is Noise

Pelléas in Cleveland

A production of Pelléas et Mélisande is playing now at the Cleveland Orchestra, under the theatrical direction of Yuval Sharon, with Franz Welser-Möst conducting.

Le Figaro

Cannes Classics 2017 : le Festival s’intéresse à son histoire

Pour fêter dignement le 70e anniversaire du Festival, le programme de Cannes Classics 2017 sera dédié, en grande partie, à son histoire.

South China Morning Post

Heady days for hand lettering in Hong Kong and why it can pay to master the strokes

Not to be confused with typography or calligraphy, hand lettering is becoming more popular thanks to a growing interest in crafts, while social media is providing a platform for experts to show off their strokes

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3 SWR Symphonieorchester stellt Programm der Spielzeit 2017/18 vor

Seven exceptional young composers – the winners of our 25th Birthday Commissions competition!

Image: Bournemouth Daily Echo

(Written on May 4, 2017 )

In today’s news: a new music festival in Disneyland Paris, and DG welcomed their first female cellist. True Story in the Lineup of Cannes film festival, and Luther’s music had more power than his words. Arte presents new opera on video platform, and Justin Doyle becomes chief of the RIAS-Chamber choir. Tenor Endrik Wottrich died last wednesday, and classical pianist Dennis Matsuev goes jazz.

The Strad

Cellist Camille Thomas signs to Deutsche Grammophon

The 28-year-old Franco-Belgian musician is the first ever female cellist to join DG’s artist roster.

NME

Disneyland Paris is set to host new music festival

Disneyland Paris will be the setting of a new EDM festival this summer.

The Spectator

Luther’s music had an even greater impact than his words

Music was at the heart of the Lutheran reformation. Four hours of music, for example, was introduced into the Saxon school curriculum

The Guardian

Roman Polanski’s Based on a True Story added to Cannes film festival lineup

The director’s latest thriller will premiere at the festival as his lawyer continues to battle for the Oscar winner’s return to the US

BBC

Russell Tovey and his dream role in ‘gay fantasia’

Few stage productions attract the level of expectation which surrounds the National Theatre’s new revival in London of Tony Kushner’s 1990s play Angels in America.

The Violin Channel

Thomastik-Infeld Versum Solo Cello String Pack Winners Announced!

And the winners are in! The following 5 lucky VC members will each be receiving a Thomastik-Infeld cello soloist twin set string pack.

Concerti

Oper auf Abruf

ARTE-Plattformen und +7-Mediathek verbinden sich zu neuem Videoportal

NMZ

Brite Justin Doyle startet als Chef des RIAS-Kammerchors

Der Brite Justin Doyle tritt mit der kommenden Spielzeit als Chefdirigent des RIAS Kammerchors an.

Pizzicato

Tenor Endrik Wottrich verstorben

Der 1963 in Celle geborene deutsche Tenor Endrik Wottrich ist am gestrigen Mittwoch unerwartet verstorben. Das teilte die Oper Leipzig mit.

Broadway world

44th annual Bach week festival to feature artist debuts and more

The Chicago area’s 44th annual Bach Week Festival, opening April 28 in Evanston, Ill., will feature festival debuts of local and visiting artists of international stature in concerts devoted to the music of the festival’s namesake, German Baroque composer J. S. Bach.

WQXR

Classical Pianist Denis Matsuev Takes the A Train

Classical pianist Dennis Matsuev is no stranger to jazz — here he is in concert, performing the Billy Strayhorn classic “Take the ‘A’ Train.”

San Diego Reader

PONY rides a new vision for live classical music

Movies, lights, but where is the social media presence?

Twitter 

16Schwetzinger starten am 28. April unter dem “Leidenschaft”

Join today for the last Hour of the week, followed by another 3 hours of great classical music

 

NME

(Written on April 28, 2017 )

In today’s news: Barbican and Classic FM have announced Shine, an event showcasing music and music education from around the world. A view inside of the fortepiano of the Berlin Philharmonic, and Lisa Batiashvili talks about Europe and integration. Learn about electronic-visionaire Wolfgang Voigt’s new album, and meet the artist who sings with nightingales. Twitter goes wild with classical music jokes at #ClickBaitASymphony.

The Guardian

Karl Marx comedy to kick off first season at new London theatre

Rory Kinnear to star as ‘broke, horny’ philosopher at 900-seat Bridge theatre run by Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr

The Telegraph

Meet the man who sings with nightingales

No bird has a more potent mystique than the nightingale. Its mysterious habit of singing at night and its gorgeously liquid song have inspired awestruck speculation down the centuries.

Rhinegold

ABRSM announces free event to celebrate music education

ABRSM, Barbican and Classic FM have announced Shine, an event showcasing music and music education from around the world

Petrenko and RLPO win top prize at BBC Music Magazine Awards

Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (RLPO) have won the BBC Music Magazine recording of the year award for their recording of Tchaikovsky’s first, second and fifth symphonies on Onyx Classics.  Accentus Music won Best DVD for Berg’s Wozzeck.

The Strad

Violist Masumi Per Rostad joins Eastman School of Music string faculty

The Japanese-Norwegian musician has performed as a member of the Grammy-winning Pacifica Quartet since 2001

The Violin Channel

Kerr-Pool Karaoke with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra

Join Dallas Symphony Orchestra members, with Concertmaster Alex Kerr at the wheel, for their own very special Kerr-pool karaoke.

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Ein Blick ins Innere des Hammerflügels

Nirgendwo kann man den Berliner Philharmonikern so nahe kommen wie bei den Osterfestspielen in Baden-Baden. Eine Bilanz zum fünfjährigen Jubiläum.

Berliner Morgenpost

Regisseur Rolando Villazón erteilt Sängern keine Ratschläge

Startenor Rolando Villazón (45) will bei seiner Arbeit als Opernregisseur den Sängern keine Ratschläge geben. “Ich arbeite mit Kollegen, die wissen zu singen”, sagte Villazón am Mittwoch in Düsseldorf.

Spiegel Online

Es rauscht so schön

Ist das schon Klassik? Nach 17 Jahren Stille überwältigt Elektronik-Visionär Wolfgang Voigt mit einem neuen GAS-Album. Außerdem: Tom Schillings Gesangs-Debüt, Maximo Parks Comeback und Techno-Kunst von Actress.

Merkur

Batiashvili: „Ich habe Sorge um Europa“

Die Geigerin Lisa Batiashvili spricht im Interview über Integration, die Arbeit mit Putin-Freund Gergiev und die politische Wirkung von Musik.

The Washington Post

Russian pianist quarrels, attacks and fox trots in spectacular debut at the Phillips

Lukas Geniusas placed second at the Chopin International Competition in 2010, and again at the Tchaikovsky in 2015.

WXQR

Classical Comedy: Here are our 10 Fave #ClickBaitASymphony Tweets!

It’s just what it sounds like — denizens of Twitter turning your favorite classical tunes into headlines for delicious interweb content.

South China Morning Post

Who is the new Mrs Aaron Kwok? All about Moka Fang, model and actress who’s the bride of Canto-pop star

29-year-old first came to attention on a matchmaking variety show in China, and soon afterwards a book full of revealing photos of her was published and she appeared in an online series that resembled Sex and the City

Twitter

 And the DVD Award goes to Berg’s Wozzeck from Zurich Opera, conducted by Fabio Luisi (Accentus label).

17 Maestro move: Speranza wins her first big job

3  Jeffrey zum Ritter geschlagen

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(Written on April 20, 2017 )

In today’s news: Classic FM is launching the UK’s first radio series dedicated to video game music, and former English National Opera artistic director John Berry launches non-profit opera company. James Blachly conducts his Experiential Orchestra at Dock 5 to expand the horizons of classical music performing spaces, and CTRL + ALT + CREATE leads new generation of young music producers. Arditti Quartett performs with Irish singer Jennifer Walshe. WildKat wishes a very Happy Birthday to Mister Bach!

Classical Music Magazine

Classic FM launches first video game music radio series

Classic FM is launching the UK’s first radio series dedicated to video game music. High Score will be presented by Jessica Curry and will run for 6 weeks from 22 April (9pm).

John Berry launches not-for-profit opera company

Former English National Opera artistic director John Berry has launched a new, not-for-profit company that will commission and produce opera as well as offering training opportunities, The Stage has reported.

MixMag

CTRL + ALT + CREATE: Moving Castle are Leading a New Generation of Music Makers

The internet collective is making a real life impact.

The Violin Channel

116 Young Musicians Selected for 2017 National Youth Orchestra of the USA

The 116 young musicians selected to take part in the 5th annual National Youth Orchestra of the United States have been announced.

The Strad

Malta International Violin Making Competition 2017 names winners

Run by the Central Academy of Arts, the contest received 61 separate instrument and bow entries this year, while makers hailed from nine different countries.
The Independent

Lakha Khan: Meet the Indian musician fighting to save Rajasthan’s traditional folk music

Lakha Khan strongly believes his duty as a musician is not simply to perform and entertain, but to act as an historian – a maintainer and teacher of traditions.

The Washington Post

Conductor plays ‘Rite of Spring’ at a club — and then berates the audience for acting like they’re at a club

James Blachly conducts his Experiential Orchestra, which played at the “Stravinsky Rave: Rite of Spring Dance Party” at the Dock 5 nightclub Saturday.

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Musikinstrumente in Krisengebiete spenden

Im Rahmen des Berliner Festivals “MärzMusik” werden derzeit Instrumente gesammelt.

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Bachs innere Welt

Herzlichen Glückwunsch, Herr Bach! Zum 332. Geburtstag gratuliert auch das Bachhaus Eisenach mit der Eröffnung der neuen Dauerausstellung „Bachs theologische Bibliothek“

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Raumdehnung

Das Arditti Quartett spielt mit der irischen Stimmakrobatin Jennifer Walshe beim Festival Maerzmusik. Eine virtuose oft komisch überdrehte Darbietung

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Classical Music News  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra launches 2017/18 season

Music History   in 1890 FP of “Ascanio” in Paris

Image: The Washington Post

(Written on March 21, 2017 )

In today’s classical news: Roman Totenberg’s stolen Stradivarius is reintroduced by Mira Wang, and PRS for Music celebrates the first birthday of its Member Anti-Piracy System. Duelling’ violin brothers Vladimir & Anton discuss the lost art of classical improvisation. Researchers have found that accelerometers in smart devices can be hacked using sound waves. Are non-profits a sustainable system for classical music?

The Times 

Conductor more minor than Barenboim

Daniel Barenboim first conducted an orchestra at the age of 12 while Sir Simon Rattle was 13.

Rhinegold

PRS for Music announces anti-piracy successes

PRS for Music is celebrating the first birthday of its Member Anti-Piracy System (MAPS), which allows music creators to remove their repertoire from unlicensed online services and platforms.

Robert Murray withdraws from ENO’s Partenope

Robert Murray has withdrawn from ENO’s production of Partenope following a fall. He is suffering from severe concussion and has been advised to rest as far as possible.

Cmuse

Harness the Power of Classical Music: Five Reasons Why Classical Music should be on your Playlist

Classical music is powerful, and that’s no secret. May it be playing the piano, a Cremona violin perhaps, or cello amongst others, there’s always a certain beauty in putting together a beautiful piece and making a whole music out of it.

Pizzicato

Plagiatsvorwurf gegen designierten Wiener Staatsopernchef

Bogdan Roscic, dem designierten Intendant der Wiener Staatsoper wird vorgeworfen, sich in einer Arbeit über Theodor Adorno, mit der er 1988 in Wien promovierte, des Plagiats schuldig gemacht zu haben.

Music Business Worldwide

Deezer strikes major partnership with french retailer FNAC

Interesting news out of France: The market’s No.1 physical music retailer, FNAC, is getting into bed with its No.1 streaming music provider, Deezer.

Classic FM

How do you memorise music?

The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra first played a piece of music from memory in 2010. It was Grieg’s five-part Holberg Suite. And while it was normal to see soloists performing from memory, it was something else to see a whole orchestra without music.

Musicalchairs

Is nonprofit the best way to do classical music?

Is non-profit status a good thing for classical music? It’s the standard model in the United States, but does that mean it’s the best model?

The Guardian 

The Damnation of Faust review – Liverpool Phil moves from loftiest speculation to the lowliest taverns

Berlioz’s “dramatic legend” eludes any single genre – is it a philosophical oratorio? An opera of the imagination? A macabre, metaphysical satire featuring lowbrow songs about fleas and a eulogy to a dead rat?

The Strad

Whatever happened to improvisation in classical music?

‘Duelling’ violin brothers Vladimir & Anton grew up surrounded by Romani music and use a variety of Romani techniques in their performances – including writing their own variations and cadenzas. Here they discuss the lost art of classical improvisation.

The New York Times

Misha Mengelberg, Bold and Spirited Jazz Pianist, Dies at 81

Misha Mengelberg, a Dutch pianist and composer who approached the jazz tradition with an adventurous spirit and an antic sense of humor, died on March 3 in Amsterdam. He was 81.

The Washington Post 

Roman Totenberg’s stolen Stradivarius was once lost forever. Now, it plays again.

No two Strads are alike, they say, but the violin that Mira Wang reintroduced to the world Monday night is truly special. It was gone for decades, stolen after a concert in 1980, and its owner, Roman Totenberg, died in 2012 thinking it would never be seen again.

Pitchfork

Music Can Be Used to Hack Phones, Computers, and Cars, New Research Shows

“It’s like the opera singer who hits the note to break a wine glass, only in our case, we can spell out words.”

Twitter 

Sound and Music Watch “The Iris Murder” an award winning new chamber opera by Alasdair Nicolson and librettist John Gallas. https://t.co/DsIvOw2Iu0

Classical Music News CD Spotlight. Brilliantly Performed
Image: The Times

(Written on March 15, 2017 )

In today’s news, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) receives a generous grant of $600,000 from the Dresner Foundation, and Spotify has surpassed 50 million subscribers, extending its lead over rivals Apple Music, SoundCloud and Google as the world’s largest paid music streaming service. The New School’s College of Performing Arts in New York will adopt the tiny but influential experimental music hub, The Stone, and Boston Symphony Orchestra musicians will get the chance to spend three to six months in Leipzig, Germany.

The New York Times

Boston-Leipzig Exchange: Andris Nelsons’ Orchestras Collaborate

Boston Symphony Orchestra musicians will get the chance to spend three to six months in Leipzig, Germany, performing with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and the Leipzig Opera, and playing Sunday cantatas at St. Thomas’s Church, where Bach was the cantor.

The Stone, an Influential Music Space, to Move to the New School

The Stone, a tiny but influential performance space that has been a fixture of the New York experimental music scene since it opened in 2005, has a new home. Its founder and artistic director, the composer John Zorn, announced on Wednesday that it will move from the East Village to Greenwich Village and take up residence at the New School’s College of Performing Arts.

Neil Ferris appointed as new BBC Symphony Chorus director

He will join the ensemble in May 2017 and will be responsible for steering its vocal and artistic development as well as leading its relationships with Radio 3, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and chief conductor Sakari Oramo, and the BBC Proms. His first project will be to prepare the ensemble for its annual appearance at the First Night of the BBC Proms.

Pizzicato

Grant Of $600,000 Boasts Detroit Symphony’s Education Program

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) announced that it has received a generous grant of $600,000 from the Dresner Foundation to provide comprehensive music education for underserved youth in Detroit. The grant will enable the DSO’s Wu Family Academy to launch a new, free entry-level program to be named the Dresner Foundation Allegro Ensemble in addition to expanding the reach of its Educational Concert Series and Classroom Edition webcasts.

International Arts Manager

Young Chinese pianist speaks out after sexist online tirade

A 25-year Chinese pianist has spoken out following a stream of sexist comments after she caught public attention by playing Rachmaninov’s arrangement of Flight of the Bumblebee on two pianos simultaneously in a video that was shared by British radio station Classic FM.

Bloomberg Technology

Spotify Hits 50 Million Paid Subscribers, Lifting Music Industry

Spotify has surpassed 50 million subscribers, extending its lead over rivals Apple Music, SoundCloud and Google as the world’s largest paid music streaming service.

Berliner Morgenpost

Janine Jansen überrascht mit ihrem Mozart-Spiel

NHK Symphony Orchestra gastiert in der Philharmonie

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Hals über Kopf

Voller Emotion und mit stupender Technik: Die russische Sopranistin Julia Lezhneva singt im Konzerthaus Arien von Vivaldi und Rossini

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„Geht das so weiter oder hängt die CD?“

Klarinettist Andreas Ottensamer hört und kommentiert CDs von Kollegen, ohne dass er erfährt, wer spielt

I CARE IF YOU LISTEN

Virtuosic Listening: Vicky Chow’s Aorta on New Amsterdam

Pianist and chamber musician Vicky Chow has been taking careful steps in not only performing contemporary works for piano and electronics but by establishing herself and her practice

WXQR

20 Classical Music Recordings to Help You Study

We’ve decided to put together a list of classical pieces that will keep you calm when studying, but also keep your gears moving

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Classical Music News  Scottish festival funding announced

Music History   in 1875 FP of ‘s opera Carmen, at the Opera Comique, in Paris.


Image: The New York Times. John Zorn, left, with Richard Kessler, the executive dean for performing arts at the New School.

(Written on March 3, 2017 )

The Academy of Ancient Music have today announced that Robert Levin will inaugurate the Hogwood Fellowship. Established in honour of the Academy of Ancient Music’s founder Christopher Hogwood, the Fellowship is designed to further the ensemble’s commitment to providing historical insight and cultural context to the music they perform.

Christopher Hogwood was once asked if he spent half his time as a musician, and the other half as a musicologist; his response was that he spent 100% of his time as both.  Setting the AAM apart from other ensembles is the creativity and spontaneity of their performances that are grounded in scholarship, with a constant exploration of music in its broadest cultural context.

Robert Levin is a consummate musician, much loved by audiences around the world as a soloist and conductor.  He is also a renowned scholar, holding positions at institutions including Harvard and Cambridge University.  He enjoyed a long and close association with Christopher Hogwood and the AAM, which continues now with Richard Egarr as Music Director. Robert’s tenure as the first Hogwood Fellow for the remainder of this season, and the 2017-18 concert season, will include performances with the orchestra. Robert will provide insights into the music the AAM perform through interviews, talks, articles and concert programme notes.

WildKat had the great privilege of attending an interview with Robert Levin in Salzburg, where he was recording Mozart’s Piano Sonatas, on the composer’s own fortepiano.

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Music Director Richard Egarr commented: ‘I’m so pleased that Robert Levin will be our very first Hogwood Fellow.  I’ve worked with him for many years, and what he stands for really represents all that Christopher Hogwood stood for as well.  Robert Levin is a most incredible mind, has an encyclopedic knowledge of Mozart and Bach, and total recall over information. But not only that, he has the ability to transform this information into extraordinary live performance.’

Beyond 2017-18, Richard Egarr will be leading the process to seek out the next Hogwood Fellow. They may be a musician and musicologist like Robert, or perhaps an academic, or an artist – anyone from any discipline who can provide greater insight into the AAM’s music and music-making.

Robert Levin will next perform with the Academy of Ancient Music at the Barbican Centre’s ‘Sound Unbound’ weekend, taking place 29-30 April 2017.

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 Image: Robert Levin, Ascherman

(Written on February 13, 2017 )