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In today’s news: Paavo Järvi talks Brexit impact for musicians, Alexander Pushkin poetry transformed into opera by a direct descendent, Roxanna Panufnik to release new album, conductor Hartmut Haenchen receives prize from Leipzig Richard Wagner Foundation, conductors Thielemann and Sächsische Staatskapelle return Echo-Award, and Bamberger Symphoniker receive award for best concert program.

Classic FM

‘Brexit will isolate British musicians,’ warns Estonian conductor Paavo Järvi

“Brexit won’t make the lives of British musicians any easier. It will isolate a lot of them and create logistical and financial barriers,” the Estonian maestro told Classic FM.

Diana Adamyan has won the 2018 Menuhin Competition

17-year-old Diana Adamyan from Armenia managed to take the night’s big prize, followed by 10-year-old Christian Li and 11-year-old Chloe Chua for a joint Junior Award.

The Guardian

Pushkin descendant puts Russian poet’s turbulent life on stage for first time

Alexander Pushkin’s direct descendant, the London-based writer and lyricist Marita Phillips, has created the first stage version of his turbulent life story to be written in any language.

Classical Music 

Roxanna Panufnik celebrates her 50th birthday with two commissions and an album release

Celestial Bird is due to be released on Signum Records on 7 September and will feature two tracks commissioned by Ex Cathedra.

The Academy of Ancient Music appoints new leader

The Academy of Ancient Music (AAM) has appointed Bojan Čičić as leader of the orchestra.

Limelight

Details announced for 2018 Accompanists’ Guild of SA Festival

Pianists Lisa Moore and Sonya Lifschitz headline the festival, where they’ll be playing a two piano rendition of Bach’s Goldberg Variations.

Prospect Magazine

Leonard Bernstein invented how we do modern classical music

Whether he was conducting, composing or communicating, Bernstein was a stylish innovator.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Auch Dirigent Thielemann und Staatskapelle geben Echos zurück

Von einem „Symbol eines Zynismus“ spricht die Sächsische Staatskapelle, die nicht länger in derselben Siegerliste stehen mag wie Kollegah und Farid Bang.

BR Klassik

Von Richard-Wagner-Stiftung ausgezeichnet

Der Dirigent Hartmut Haenchen erhält den diesjährigen Preis der Leipziger Richard-Wagner-Siftung. Er ist mit 10.000 Euro dotiert. Der gebürtige Dresdner soll die Auszeichnung während der Wagner-Festtage im Mai in Leipzig entgegennehmen.

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Bamberger Symphoniker erhalten Auszeichnung für bestes Konzertprogramm

Der Preis für das beste Konzertprogramm, der vom Deutschen Musikverleger-Verband (DMV) verliehen wird, geht für die Spielzeit 2017/18 an die Bamberger Symphoniker.

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Rebell, Visionär, Bewahrer, Erneuerer – Jean Guillou in der Elbphilharmonie

Bezeichnend ist es allemal, dass das Geburtstagskonzert für Jean Guillou in Hamburg stattfindet – und nicht etwa in Paris.

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Bamberger Symphoniker © Andreas Herzau

 

 

 

 

(Written on April 23, 2018 )

In today’s news: BBC Proms 2018 season to celebrate music from 1918, singers from Royal Opera House travel to Dorset, NY Orchestras granted $1.8 million to battle lagging US orchestra diversity, Warner Classics signs deal with IDAGIO, Bundestag Committee of Culture and the Media discussed reactions to the Echo Awards and the Minister of State for Culture and Media, Monika Grütters’ plans for the next four years.

Classical Music

BBC announces 2018 Proms season

The season will pay tribute to a range of events that occurred 100 years ago, including the anniversary of women’s Suffrage and the end of World War I.

Hellensmusic Festival returns for ‘most ambitious year yet’

The Herefordshire festival will take place 16-20 May in and around Hellens, one of England’s oldest manor houses, with events spreading to St Bartholomew’s Church and The Walwyn Arms in Much Marcle.

Opera Now

Singers from the Royal Opera House will perform ‘Covent Garden comes to Dorset’

The Dorset Opera Festival will host ‘Covent Garden comes to Dorset,’ a new concert at Milton Abbey Heritage Church.

BBC News

Disability-led ensemble to play BBC Proms

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s Resound ensemble will become the first disability-led group to play the BBC Proms this summer.

Broadway World

Greenwich Village Church Converted For Classical Music Concert Series

George Capsis hosts classical music concert series for over 300 hundred of his closest friends and neighbour, including Sara Jessica Parker, to raise money to save the 130 year old Catholic Archdiocese of New York.

The Washington Post

Groups partner to increase lagging US orchestra diversity

In attempts to increase diversity in American orchestras, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is granting $1.8 million over the course of four years to three organisations joining together for a new initiative.

Billboard

Warner Classics Signs Deal With IDAGIO Classical Streaming Service

The new partnership encompasses the entire Warner Classics and Erato catalog, as well as playlists curated by the labels and their artists.

nmz

Bundestagsausschuss für Kultur und Medien: Reaktionen auf Echo-Verleihung

Jetzt haben sind Wellen um die ECHO-Preisverleihung bis in den Ausschuss für Kultur und Medien des Deutschen Bundestags übergeschwappt. Dies wurde ebenso thematisert wie die Vorhaben der Kulturstaatsministerin Monika Grütters für die nächsten vier Jahre.

SWR

Regisseur Serebrennikow weiter unter Hausarrest

Ein Gericht in Moskau hat den Hausarrest des regierungskritischen Regisseurs Kirill Serebrennikow bis zum 19. Juli verlängert. Das berichtet die russische Nachrichtenagentur RIA.

BR Klassik

Erfolg für Clara Shen beim Menuhin-Wettbewerb – 12-jährige Münchner Geigerin im Finale

Die erst zwölfjährige Geigerin Clara Shen aus München hat es ins Finale des renommierten Menuhin-Geigenwettbewerbs geschafft. Beim Finale am Freitag tritt sie in der Genfer Victoria Hall gegen fünf weitere Talente an, wie die Veranstalter am Dienstag mitteilten.

klassik.com

Weimarer Musikhochschule freut sich über wertvolle Gesangbuch-Sammlung

Das Thüringische Landesmusikarchiv der Weimarer Musikhochschule erhält eine wertvolle, bis in die Mitte des 16. Jahrhunderts zurückreichende Gesangbuch-Sammlung.

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BBC Proms Launch-Classical Music Magazine © Sanjeet Riat

 

 

 

(Written on April 19, 2018 )

In today’s news: Researchers decipher songs in people’s minds based off AI algorithm, Sony/ATV  acquire Abiah’s classical-catalogue in global partnership deal, Staatsoper Suttgart announced its new programme under new intendant Viktor Schoner, Oboist Ekkehard Hering receives Mozart-Prize 2018, and saxophonist Sebastian Gille to receive SWR Jazz Price 2018.

Music Teacher

ACM and Metropolis Studios to launch new record label

The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) has partnered with London-based Metropolis Studios to launch Metropolis Blue, a record label initiative run by students.

Broadway World

The Vaults Present ‘Sounds And Sorcery’ in celebration of Disney Fantasia

A brand new immersive experience which will open in the Vaults at Waterloo this summer, the year Mickey Mouse celebrates his 90th anniversary.

Digital Trends

Mind-reading A.I. algorithm can work out what music is playing in your head

Research done at University of California, Berkeley used a deep-learning algorithm and brain activity, measured with electrodes, to turn a person’s thoughts into digitally synthesised speech.

Music Week

Sony/ATV signs global partnership with Abiah

The deal covers the London-based company’s entire catalogue, including songs by rising classical singing star and lyricist Carly Paoli and composer, arranger and conductor Romano Musumarra.

Opera Now

Garsington Opera to stage its first world premiere

This July, Garsington Opera is to stage the world premiere of an opera based on the award-winning novel, The Skating Rink, by Chilean author Roberto Bolaño.

The New York Times

Nathan Davis, Jazz Saxophonist and Educator passes away at 81

Nathan Davis, a jazz saxophonist, composer and educator who helped establish a place for African-American music in the academy, died on April 8 in Atlantis, Fla. He was 81.

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Saxofonist Sebastian Gille erhält SWR Jazzpreis 2018

Der Saxofonist Sebastian Gille erhält den mit 15 000 Euro dotierten SWR Jazzpreis 2018. Der 1983 in Quedlinburg (Harz) geborene Musiker füge dem Jazz eine neue richtungsweisende Saxofonsprache hinzu, begründete die Jury am Dienstag ihre Entscheidung. Ihm gelängen Improvisationen von großer melodischer Kraft und rhythmischer Dringlichkeit.

SWR

Staatsoper Stuttgart präsentiert ersten Spielplan der neuen Opernleitung – Schoner will Fragen statt Antworten

Mit Stille, einer Uraufführung, Stummfilmen und acht Opernpremieren startet die Staatsoper Stuttgart ins erste Jahr der Intendanz von Viktor Schoner. Traditionen und Kult-Inszenierungen werden aber bleiben.

klassik.com

Mozartpreis 2018 für Oboist Ekkehard Hering

Der Chemnitzer Oboist Ekkehard Hering erhält den Mozartpreis 2018 der Sächsischen Mozart-Gesellschaft. Damit soll sein vielfältiges Engagement für einen überregionalen kulturellen Anspruch in Chemnitz gewürdigt werden. Bach, die barocken Zeitgenossen und Mozart sind hierbei zentraler Inhalt seines Wirkens.

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ELBJAZZ-Festival veröffentlicht Spielplan

Das Hamburger ELBJAZZ-Festival hat auf einer Pressekonferenz sein diesjähriges Programm bekanntgegeben. Mit dabei sind Jazzgrößen wie Kamasi Washington, Nils Landgren und Michael Wollny

france musique

Un document interne dévoile le malaise des danseurs de l’Opéra de Paris

Problèmes de management, harcèlement, absence d’accompagnement : une enquête interne révèle les tensions qui pèsent sur le ballet de l’Opéra de Paris et les critiques adressées par les artistes à la directrice de la danse, Aurélie Dupont.

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Garsington Opera at Wormsley Park

 

(Written on April 18, 2018 )

“Why does the world need a Piano Day? For many reasons. But mostly, because it doesn’t hurt to celebrate the piano and everything around it: performers, composers, piano builders, tuners, movers and most important, the listener.” – Nils Frahm

As already assumed, the Piano Day is an annual worldwide event founded by a group of passionate people like Nils Frahm, which takes place on the 88th day of the year. The first World Piano Day was launched in 2005 and caused a buzz in the audience. Since then, music enthusiasts and piano lovers honour this event every year. In 2018 we celebrated the World Piano Day at the Blüthner Piano Centre with amazing artists like Andrew James Johnson, Alina K, Doug Thomas and Marta Cascales Alimbau.

Andrew James Johnson, Alina K, Doug Thomas and Marta Cascales Alimbau

In the first part of the evening, Andrew James Johnson presented some of his exceptional pieces from the album ‘Winter Heart’, which recently passed 1 million streams on Spotify. He was accompanied by cellist Klara Schumann giving Andrew’s piano performance a unique passionate touch.

Followed by his female colleagues Alina K and Marta Cascales Alimbau with their 25-minute sets of original, contemporary classical piano music, Andrew could take a break before his second set. We had the privilege to see two different performances by two different female artists, each of one of which created its own atmosphere of sound by playing self-composed authentic pieces. Alina K’s straight, clear and outspoken sound made a great contrast to Marta’s performance which was touching and beautifully emotional. Personal stories coupled with outstanding piano play impressed everyone who was lucky to be in the audience.

Not to forget Doug Thomas who gave an amazing host of the evening, introducing every artist warmly and welcoming.

The whole event was supported by Blüthner UK, letting the musicians play the its finest instruments in an amazing location in central London at the Blüthner Piano Centre on Baker Street.

Andrew James Johnson at Blüthner UK

What’s more, Andrew James Johnson’s performance of ‘Taylor’s Theme’ was shared by Classic FM on Facebook, so everyone who couldn’t attend this event had a chance to enjoy the music and be apart of Piano Day at the Blüthner Piano Centre.

The next event from Blüthner will take place on 17th of April at St. John’s Smith Square, featuring the pianist Martin Sturfält.

Katja Latz-Voinich (editor) 

(Written on April 13, 2018 )

In today’s news: Orchestral music reaches new audiences through video games, BBC National Orchestra of Wales celebrates 90 years, Washington Performing Arts CEO is Pushing DC’s classical music scene forward, performance of “Edward W. Said Days” took place in Pierre Boulez Hall, and the 10th anniversary of Musikautorinnenpreis ignites criticism towards GEMA.

The Telegraph

Royal Philharmonic to perform for Playstation:“This concert is a signpost for where orchestral music is expanding,”

In front of 5,000 concertgoers at the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Philharmonic will be performing the music to the video games like Uncharted 2: Among Thieves and others. The orchestral music is expected to attract hundreds of people who have never been to a classical concert before.

‘Pitting opera against pop music is unhelpful, unfair and flawed”

Pop critic defends opera and the Arts Council.

The Times

Through Opera, Debussy Reaches a New Audience

The centennial of the composer’s death this year provides an occasion to revisit the less-known corners of his oeuvre.

BBC News

BBC National Orchestra of Wales marks 90th anniversary

The BBC National Orchestra of Wales has “evolved” in order to reach its 90th birthday, according to its director.

Isle of Wight County Press

Classical music stars, Blake and Mary-Jess to headline The Wight Proms on Isle of Wight

A classical chart-topping line up has been announced for the final evening of The Wight Proms, Last Wight of the Proms.

Washingtonian

How Washington Performing Arts CEO Jenny Bilfield Is Pushing DC’s Classical-Music Scene Forward

President and CEO of Washington Performing Arts is responsible for shaping Washington’s cultural life by including some of the most prominent shows at Kennedy Centre and Strathmore, as well as bringing lesser-known orchestra to the area for adventurous concerts.

The Oregonian

Imani Winds breaks the mold of the classical music ensemble in multiple ways

Portland’s Chamber Music Northwest replaced its longtime resident ensemble, the Emerson Quartet with Imani Winds, a younger, yet equally as talented ensemble to challenge the diversity problem in classical music.

Der Tagesspiegel

„Said Days“ im Boulez Saal – Konflikt und Kontrapunkt

Beethovens Streichquartett op.130, Bachs „Ricercar a 6“ und ein Vortrag von Raja Shehadeh. Die „Edward W. Said Days“ im Pierre Boulez Saal.

klassik.com

Generalmusikdirektor verlangt Austritt der Intendantin zur Vertragsverlängerung – Oper Köln: Künstlerische Leitung entzweit

Medienberichten zufolge hat Generalmusikdirektor François-Xavier Roth für seine Vertragsverlängerung an der Kölner Oper den Abschied von Opernintendantin Birgit Meyer gefordert. Roth halte Meyer für fachlich nicht kompetent, die Intendantin hingegen fühle sich bevormundet.

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Jubiläum im Shitstorm – 10 Jahre Musikautorinnenpreis der GEMA

Über viele Jahre gehörten die GEMA und die GEZ zu Reizworten in der öffentlichen Diskussion. Immer gab es viele Leute, die etwas gegen die Institutionen hatten. Man war im Dauerfeuer der Kritik. Die GEZ gibt es mittlerweile nicht mehr. Und die GEMA, die gibt es selbstverständlich noch. Aber sie ist längst nicht mehr so stark im Fokus von Angriffen von innen wie außen.

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Lorne Balfe and orchestra perform a the Video Game Awards © Vince Bucci/PictureGroup

(Written on April 12, 2018 )

In today’s news: Lenny Henry to narrate Peter and the Wolf, British Museum hosts music festival, violin duo mesh classical with hip-hop, German GEMA is generating more revenue than before, new Baroque Orchestra founded in Thuringia, a radio feature talks of a more female run industry, and the German Music Council is giving out 12 fellowships for conducting.

Classical Music

Lenny Henry to narrate Peter and the Wolf

Lenny Henry will narrate Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf on Friday 4 May with the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Pops Orchestra.

Opera Now

International Opera Awards reveals winners

The sixth instalment of the glitzy awards celebrated top operatic talent while raising funds for the Opera Awards Foundation.

The Telegraph

Arts education should be the entitlement of every child

“The government is determined that all children develop artistically because high-quality arts education should not be the preserve of the elite, but the entitlement of every child.”

Broadway World

The British Museum Hosts First Major Music Festival

Taking place from 16th – 29th April 2018, ‘Europe and the world: a symphony of cultures’ will explore Europe’s interactions with the world and will strive to allow a dialogue between works of classical and contemporary music.

SCNow

Beats and Strings: Black Violin meshes classical music with hip-hop sounds

Kevin Sylvester and Wilner Baptiste grew up on hip-hop, so in time, they combined that love with their classical training to produce their own eclectic sound.

NMZ

GEMA stabilisiert Gesamteinnahmen mit Ertragsplus im Geschäftsjahr 2017

Die GEMA verzeichnet im Geschäftsjahr 2017 erneut einen Einnahmenzuwachs für ihre Mitglieder.

Pizzicato

Neues Barockorchester: Thüringer Bach Collegium

Im Bachland Thüringen – Bach hat die ersten 30 Jahre seines Lebens dort verbracht – wurde ein neues Barockorchester gegründet: das Thüringer Bach Collegium.

Deutschlandfunk Kultur

Wie das Musikbusiness weiblicher werden könnte

Ob auf Festivals, in den Charts oder auf Preisverleihungen: Die Musikwelt wird von Männern dominiert.

Deutscher Musikrat

12 neue Talente im Dirigentenforum

Das Förderprogramm des Deutschen Musikrates für den dirigentischen Nachwuchs nimmt acht Stipendiaten in den Förderzweig Orchesterdirigieren und vier in den Förderzweig Chordirigieren auf.

El Mundo

Baleares exige el catalán para tocar en la Orquesta Sinfónica

Los violinistas, chelistas, flautistas, trompetistas y clarinetistas de Baleares que no sepan catalán ya pueden irse con la música a otra parte que no sea la Orquesta Sinfónica de las Islas Baleares.

Corriere de la Serra

Teatro Regio, per sostituire Vergnano la sindaca punta su un amico di Grillo

Giancarlo Del Monaco, 75 anni, regista e dirigente di teatri d’opera, figlio del grande tenore Mario, sarà il nuovo sovrintendente del Regio.

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(Written on April 11, 2018 )

We are happy to announce, that the winner of the 2017/18 Noted Fellowship is Ben Corrigan with his extraordinary podcast “excuse the mess”!

“We chose Ben Corrigan as this year’s winner because his podcast has an innovative and cogent approach to the realities and difficulties of the classical music market today. It is entertaining, intellectually demanding and whets the appetite for classical and contemporary music. I am very pleased to work alongside his project in the coming year.”
(Carolin Denz – Director, Noted Fellowship)

 

 

Ben Corrigan’s podcast is unique in the classical music market. Not only does he invite composers to talk about their new works and discuss their opinions on the classical music industry, but he joins them in composing a completely new piece of music “off the cuff” at the end of each episode.

Corrigan does everything himself – from the conceptual design of the individual podcasts to the recording and technical implementation. His goal is to complete the first podcast series excuse the mess by the end of 2018 and to publish an album with the newly created compositions.

The podcast is currently in development and within the next year, with the support, help and input of selected mentors from Noted Fellowship, Corrigan will further develop his podcast and music album in terms of content and structure. Furthermore, he will receive a financial support from Noted of 5,000€.

Get more information here, or better yet – listen directly to his podcast here!

(Written on April 10, 2018 )

In today’s news: Opera receives large sums from Arts Council, Mark-Anthony Turnage quits opera, streaming services considered going public, Sir Andrew Davis to step down from Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, winners of  “Deutscher Pianistenpreis” are announced and Saudi Arabia inks deal with France to set up opera and orchestra.

The Times

Opera beats pop to Arts Council handouts

The Arts Council has been branded “too posh for pop” after figures emerged showing that pop music gets a fraction of the cash handed to opera.

The Guardian

Concrete Dreams: new show celebrates Southbank’s history of performance

An innovative new exhibition at London’s Southbank Centre gives visitors a performer’s perspective of its newly renovated brutalist venues, the Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Purcell Room.

No more operas from Turnage, as Twitter row with critics turns toxic

Composer Mark-Anthony Turnage became embroiled in a spat with opera critics over his newest work, Coraline, before declaring: ‘I’m done with the genre’

Music Week

Qobuz contemplates going public after successful Spotify IPO

French-owned Qobuz who has carved itself out a niche amongst fans of classical music, jazz and hi-res audio, is considering going public.

Broadway World

Eric Whitacre Signs Worldwide Publishing Agreement With Boosey & Hawkes

Grammy winning composer, Eric Whitacre with Boosey & Hawkes covering future compositions and a collection of works for chorus, orchestra and wind ensemble.

Limelight

Sir Andrew Davis to step down from Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

The British maestro, who has led the MSO since 2013, will end his tenure as Chief Conductor at the end of 2019.Sir Andrew Davis will step down from his role as Chief Conductor with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at the end of his contract in December 2019, the Orchestra announced today. The British maestro, who has led the MSO since 2013, will continue his artistic relationship with the orchestra as Conductor Laureate.

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Das Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra als Vorreiter – Komponistinnen im Fokus

Ein Drittel aller Werke, die das Orchester in der Konzertsaison 2018/2019 spielen wird, stammt von Komponistinnen – ein starkes Signal für die Gleichstellung der Geschlechter, auch im Konzerthaus.

klassik.com

Deutscher Pianistenpreis kürt Gewinner

Der südkoreanische Pianist Hans Suh hat den 8. Deutschen Pianistenpreis gewonnen. Suh nahm den mit 20.000 Euro dotieren Preis von Maryam Maleki, der Präsidentin des International Piano Forum, und dem Vorjahresgewinner  Eric Lu entgegen. Der Publikumspreis, welcher mit 3.000 Euro dotiert ist, ging an Tomoki Sakata aus Japan.

Musik Heute

International Opera Awards nach München und Frankfurt

Die Bayerische Staatsoper hat bei den International Opera Awards den Preis als bestes Opernhaus gewonnen. Das teilten die Veranstalter am Montagabend in London mit. Die Oper Frankfurt wurde für die Wiederentdeckung von Ernst Kreneks “Drei Opern” ausgezeichnet. Ihr Intendant Bernd Loebe erhielt den Preis in der Kategorie “Leadership in Opera”.

france musique

Arabie Saoudite : la France et l’Opéra de Paris vont aider à la création d’un orchestre

Lors de la visite officielle du prince héritier saoudien Mohammed ben Salmane à Paris, Françoise Nyssen, ministre de la Culture, a annoncé que la France allait aider l’Arabie Saoudite à se doter d’un orchestre symphonique et lyrique.

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Der Gewinner des 8. Deutschen Pianistenpreis, Hans Suh, © International Piano Forum

(Written on April 10, 2018 )

In today’s news: UK’s Ivory ban will exempt musical instruments, Buxton’s Stephen Barlow steps down, Cecil Taylor dies at age 89, Rafael Karlen to be the new Peggy Glanville-Hicks Composer-in-Residence and Christa Ludwig is honoured by Ehrenpreis der Österreich Deutschland Gesellschaft.

International Piano

Paloma O’ Shea Santander competition shortlist announced

Madrid-based Paloma O’ Shea Santander International Piano Competition has named the 20 pianists who have been selected to participate in the first stage of the competition.

Classical Music 

Ivory ban will make exemptions for musical instruments

The UK ban on ivory sales, which is to be introduced after proposals were backed following public consultation, will make exemptions for musical instruments that contain a small percentage of the material.

Buxton’s Stephen Barlow steps down

Stephen Barlow has announced that he will step down as artistic director of Buxton International Festival, after a seven-year tenure. The 2018 edition will be the last under his leadership.

 The Guardian

Revolutionary musical Hamilton takes home seven Olivier awards

Hamilton, arguably the most popular and influential musical for a generation, has won big at the UK’s most prestigious theatre awards, taking seven Oliviers.

The Blade

Opera honoring MLK previewed at museum

A preview of ‘I Dream’, an opera by composer Douglas Tappin, was held at the Toledo Museum of Art during a luncheon hosted by the Toledo Opera Guild and The Links Inc.

The New York Times

Cecil Taylor, Pianist Who Defied Jazz Orthodoxy, Is Dead at 89

Cecil Taylor, a pianist who challenged the jazz tradition that produced him and became one of the most bracing, rhapsodic, abstract and original improvisers of his time, died on Thursday at his home in Brooklyn. He was 89. His death was confirmed by his legal guardian, Adam C. Wilner. No cause was given, but friends said he had been in failing health for some time.

Limelight

2018 Peggy Glanville-Hicks Composer-in-Residence announced

Rafael Karlen is to take up residence in the Sydney terrace house bequeathed by the renowned Australian composer. The winner is selected from a competitive annual application process. Previous winners include Barney McAll, Cat Hope and Jon Rose.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Deutsche Theaterlandschaft: Ein Preisschild für Sozialarbeit

Wie sieht die Zukunft des deutschen Stadttheaters aus? Darüber streitet sich die Szene. Aber eins sollte bei der Debatte nicht vergessen werden. Während die einen so stolz auf die deutsche Theaterlandschaft sind, dass sie um eine höchstrichterliche Anerkennung der hiesigen Bühnen durch die Unesco buhlen und sich eine Eintragung in die internationale Liste des immateriellen Weltkulturerbes wünschen, sehen die anderen das deutsche Stadttheatersystem als so rückschrittlich an, dass sie nicht nur grundlegende Reformen fordern, sondern auch jedes Abweichen von ihrer Vorstellung eines progressiven Stadttheaters als „ästhetisches wie politisches Verbrechen“ bezeichnen.

Der Tagesspiegel

Piano-Legende Menahem Pressler- Das Wunder der singenden Pausen

Die 94-jährige Piano-Legende Menahem Pressler tritt im Kammermusiksaal mit dem Schumann Quartett auf. Das Schumann Quartett gehört vielleicht zu den besten Streichquartett-Ensembles der Gegenwart. Das beweisen die vier Musiker schon gleich am Anfang im Kammermusiksaal der Philharmonie.

klassik.com

Ehrenpreis für Sopranistin Christa Ludwig

Die Mezzosopranistin Christa Ludwig wird mit dem Ehrenpreis der Österreich Deutschland Gesellschaft ausgezeichnet. Ludwig wird die Auszeichnung in der Residenz des deutschen Botschafters in Hietzing entgegennehmen. Der Preis ist mit 10.000 Euro dotiert.

Hamburger Abendblatt

Dirigent Robert Stehli starb mit 88 Jahren

In den vergangenen Jahrzehnten gehörte der in Zürich geborene Musiker zu den Konstanten des Hamburger Musiklebens. Seine Maxime als Musiker war einfach formuliert und als Ziel eine lebenslange Aufgabe: Robert Stehli wollte das Publikum “auf hohem Niveau unterhalten”. Auf die Frage, wie man ein guter Dirigent werde, gab er die selbstkritische Antwort: “Ich weiß es nicht.”

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Dress rehearsal of the opera ‘I Dream’ at the Valentine Theatre © GRAND LUBELL PHOTOGRAPHY

(Written on April 9, 2018 )

In today’s news: First Nation composer releases debut album, mysteries behind the Sydney Opera House revealed, Sony to share net profits with artists from Spotify sale, the Radio France Choir celebrates it’s 70th anniversary, Zubin Mehta has to cancel more concerts, and Spanish protests circle around a fusion of two theatres.

Classic FM

Anna Netrebko: ‘nobody will ever force you to do anything if you don’t want’

The leading soprano has expressed doubts about reports of sexual assault in the classical music industry.

Broadway World

First Nation Composer Jeremy Dutcher Shares New Album on Billboard

Jeremy Dutcher is a composer, classically trained operatic tenor, and member of indigenous community, Tobique First Nation, who just released his debut album, Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa (Our Maliseet Songs).

The Sydney Morning Herald 

Inspirations behind the design for the Sydney Opera House to be revealed  

Denmark’s Crown Prince Frederik officially opens the centenary celebrations of Utzon including an exhibition, which will explain his inspirations, and help sort out much of the mythology and misunderstanding over Sydney’s most famous building.

Music Business Worldwide

How much will artists get paid from the major labels’ Spotify profits?

A spokesperson for Sony claimed the firm would ‘share with their artists and distributed labels any net gain they may realize from a sale of Sony Music’s equity stake in Spotify’

mixmag

Orchestra performs iconic tracks from the Ed Banger Catalogue

Rather than commemorate their 15-year anniversary with a line-up of electronic music superstars, the imprint commissioned a 70-piece concert orchestra to play beloved tracks from the Ed Banger catalogue.

Limelight

ABC Classic FM appoints new Content Manager

Toby Chadd has been appointed as the new Content Manager for ABC Classic FM and ABC Jazz, ABC’s Head of Music Chris Scaddan announced in an email to staff today.

nmz

Vielfältige Lernprozesse in Gang gesetzt

„Kultur macht stark. Bündnisse für Bildung“: Unter diesem Titel startete das Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) im Jahr 2013 ein großangelegtes kulturpolitisches Programm.

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Zubin Mehta sagt weitere Konzerte ab

Zubin Mehta kann « aus gesundheitlichen Gründen » mehrere geplante Konzerte mit den Wiener Philharmonikern nicht wahrnehmen.

Klassik.com

Wirbel um tschechische Nationalhymne

Das tschechische Olympia-Komitee hat sich für die Überarbeitung der Landeshymne ausgesprochen.

Codex Flores

Landesjazzpreis Baden-Württemberg für Bernd Konrad

Der zum vierten Mal in der Kategorie Sonderpreis für das Lebenswerk vergebene und mit 10’000 Euro dotierte Landesjazzpreis Baden-Württemberg geht an den Saxofonisten, Klarinettisten und Komponisten Professor Bernd Konrad.

Le Figaro

Tous en chœur à Radio France

Radio France célèbre les 70 ans de son chœur symphonique par un grand week-end.

El Mundo

Los partidos de la oposición, frente a la fusión del Teatro Real con la Zarzuela: o “más información” o “parar el proyecto”

Los trabajadores del Instituto Nacional de las Artes Escénicas y de la Música (INAEM) iniciaron este jueves los paros en protesta contra el proyecto de fusión entre el Teatro Real y el Teatro de la Zarzuela.

 

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(Written on April 6, 2018 )