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In today’s classical news, violinist Herbert Light has retired from Philadelphia Orchestra, after 56 years with the ensemble. Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome and Associazione Nazionale Liuteria Artistica Italiana announced the results of the 2016 Santa Cecilia International Violin Making Competition. Also, the 17-year-old pianist, Henry Cash, has won the Pendle Young Musicians’ Bursary 2016, which took place at The Muni, Colne.

The Strad

Philadelphia Orchestra violinist retires after 56 years

Long-serving Philadelphia Orchestra violinist Herbert Light has retired after 56 years with the ensemble. A student of David Madison and Jani Szanto at the Philadelphia Musical Academy, he was a member of the Baltimore Symphony and served in the United States Army Band in Washington D.C. before joining The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1960.

Santa Cecilia International Violin Making Competition announces results

The Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome and Associazione Nazionale Liuteria Artistica Italiana (ANLAI) have announced the results of the 2016 Santa Cecilia International Violin Making Competition.

Classical Music Magazine

Scholl and Halperin win Hessischen Kulturpreis 2016

Countertenor Andreas Scholl and pianist Tamar Halperin have been named as the recipients of the Hessischen Kulturpreis 2016. The prize is endowed with €45,000 (£40,560), making it the most valuable award in the Federal Republic of Germany.

Henry Cash wins Pendle Young Musicians’ Bursary 2016

Pianist Henry Cash has won the Pendle Young Musicians’ Bursary 2016. The 17-year-old, who is currently studying with Graham Caskie at Chetham’s School, played Haydn’s D major sonata and the first movement of Chopin’s B-flat minor sonata in the final round of the bursary competition, which took place at The Muni, Colne.

Chicago Tribune

Ear Taxi Festival shows what collaboration can mean for new music in Chicago

From the Patricia Barber song cycle that launched the event Wednesday, to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s MusicNOW program that concluded it Monday night, Chicago’s largest-ever festival of contemporary classical music proved itself to be all that it aspired to be — a grand idea in a grand city at a grand time.

Broadwayworld

Las Vegas Philharmonic Renews Music Director Donato Cabrera’s Contract

This will extend Cabrera’s role as Music Director and Conductor of the Las Vegas Philharmonic through the 2019 – 2020 concert season, the orchestra’s 20th anniversary.

Le Parisien

Après le 13 novembre, le public a-t-il peur de revenir dans les salles de spectacle?

Les Français sont globalement “rassurés” par les dispositifs de sécurité adoptés dans les salles de spectacles depuis les attentats du 13 novembre 2015 mais une part importante juge encore “insuffisantes” les mesures à l’extérieur des salles et des festivals.

Spiegel Online

Der Nachschlag nach dem Festspiel-Sommer

Österreich ist Austragungsort eines der originellsten europäischen Jazzfestivals. Bei “Jazz & The City” verwandelt sich die Salzburger Altstadt in eine Bühne für Weltstars.

Neue Musikzeitung

Donaueschinger Musiktage planen 18 Uraufführungen

Das drei Tage dauernde Festival in Donaueschingen im Schwarzwald werde sich unter anderem der Schnittstelle zwischen Avantgarde und Popmusik widmen, sagte ein Sprecher der Organisatoren im Vorfeld.

Musik heute

Neuer Preis der Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern an Sopranistin Olena Tokar

Die 1987 in der Ukraine geborene Künstlerin habe beim “Sängerfest der Jungen Elite” im September überzeugt, teilten die Festspielveranstalter am Dienstag in Schwerin mit. Der mit 10.000 Euro dotierte Preis soll im Rahmen einer Operngala im Sommer 2017 überreicht werden.

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(Written on October 12, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Iestyn Davies discusses the challenges of being Farinelli, and the Royal Northern College of Music launches its first ever four-year BMus in popular music. Also, Coady Green reports on a unique concert in the Himalayas, and The Telegraph writes Alexander Faris’s obituary

The Guardian

The King and I: Iestyn Davies on being Farinelli

In a play about the healing power of song, who does the singing? Countertenor Iestyn Davies ponders the challenges of breathing life into the castrato singer Farinelli in Claire van Kampen’s play

Classical Music Magazine

RNCM launches UK’s first four-year degree in popular music

The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) is launching the UK’s first ever four-year BMus (Hons) degree in popular music on 1 October

The Strad

Hong Kong’s MTR reviews ban on large musical instruments following criticism from orchestras

The railway company had threatened to issue fines and refused entry to students for carrying cellos

The Telegraph

Alexander Faris, composer – obituary

Composer who wrote the theme tune for Upstairs, Downstairs and orchestrated music for Pavarotti

BBC Music Magazine

Scriabin in the Himalayas

Pianist Coady Green reports on a unique concert in the mountains

Artsjournal

Nonesuch Records Chief Robert Hurwitz To Retire After 32 Years

When executives at big record companies leave their jobs, there is usually a quick announcement and a scramble behind the scenes to install a new regime.

NPR classical

‘We Need To Be Human’: Zuhal Sultan On Starting The Iraqi Youth Orchestra

It’s difficult enough to start an orchestra, but Zuhal Sultan founded the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq (NYOI) as a teenager in the middle of a war. She brought together 40 young musicians from different Iraqi cities and sectarian backgrounds in an effort to unify a divided nation. Now, six years later, the Euphrates Institute has named her Visionary of the Year.

Berliner Zeitung

Schön Rumstehen mit Blick auf die Elbe

In Hamburg traf sich die Musikindustrie zum Reeperbahn Festival. Während in Berlin Musikindustrie-Events nie geklappt haben, sind die Hamburger ehrlich und auf Zack: Auf dem Reeperbahn Festival werden Hände geschüttelt, nicht viel mehr. Völlig ausreichend, findet unser Autor

Die Welt

Nun ward der Herbst unseres Tenorvergnügens

Der Klangritter von hohen B: Der Tenor Jonas Kaufmann räumt mit Giuseppe Verdi und Giacomo Puccini bis in die Popcharts ab. Ob CD, Kino oder Oper, er ist überall. Und er ist immer exzellent.

Musik Heute

“Opernhaus des Jahres” in Frankfurt und Mannheim

“Opernhaus des Jahres” 2015 sind die Oper Frankfurt und das Nationaltheater Mannheim. Das ergab eine Umfrage unter 50 Musikkritikern in Europa und den USA, die die Zeitschrift “Opernwelt” am Mittwoch veröffentlichte.

France Musique

Démission du chef d’orchestre Jean-Yves Ossonce, directeur de l’Opéra de Tours

Jean-Yves Ossonce, directeur du Grand Théâtre lyrique de Tours et chef de l’Orchestre symphonique Région Centre – Val de Loire – Tours a annoncé sa démission via un communiqué.

Le Parisien

La filière musicale française s’accorde sur les revenus du streaming

La filière musicale française a annoncé mardi avoir conclu un “accord” pour une “juste répartition” des revenus issus du numérique, pomme de discorde dans une industrie en crise depuis 15 ans qui voit son salut dans le développement du streaming.

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The Royal OperaMozart’s Magic Flute had its premiere in 1791

Classic FMStars so far in our radio play for Davids Tennant & Suchet More on bfast tomorrow

BBC Radio 3Fascinating. Mark-Anthony Turnage and Peter Erskine, composer and drummer, on working together
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Coady Green and Christopher Wayne Smith performing in Ladakh (Picture courtesy of Scriabin in the Himalayas)/BBC Music Magazine

 

(Written on September 30, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Facing the music: Philippe Jaroussky

From Shostakovich and Perlman to Bernstein and Lady Gaga – the countertenor shares his musical passions on and off the stage

The Telegraph

Salisbury International Arts Festival: Elvis Costello, Omid Djalili and Shappi Khorsandi among the highlights

Matthew Stadlen looks ahead to this year’s arts festival, which runs from May 22 – June 6

The Strad

2-string 3D printed violin to be revealed in New York

The instrument is one of five pieces created using the cutting edge technology

In Mo Yang wins 2015 Paganini International Violin Competition

The 19-year-old artist receives €20,000 and concert opportunities

Classical Music Magazine

ENO appoints McKinsey’s Cressida Pollock as interim chief executive

English National Opera has appointed Cressida Pollock as interim chief executive. Pollock will join from management consultant McKinsey, which has been working with ENO in recent months, on 24 March.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Feuilleton

Jesus im Reich der Liebesgöttin 

Der Bischof von Nowosibirsk verklagt das dortige Opernhaus samt Regisseur. Der Grund: eine angeblich blasphemische Inszenierung von Wagners „Tannhäuser“. Andere Geistliche stehen auf Seiten der Oper.

klassik.com

Hermann Rauhe mit Medaille für Kunst und Wissenschaft geehrt

Der Musikwissenschaftler und Hochschuldozent Prof. Dr. Hermann Rauhe ist mit der Medaille für Kunst und Wissenschaft der Stadt Hamburg ausgezeichnet worden.

BroadwayWorld.com

Music Director Louis Langrée Extends Contract With Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra announced that it has extended its contract with music director, Louis Langrée, through its 125th anniversary season in 2019­-20.

Le Figaro.fr

New York : marche funèbre pour le dernier magasin de partitions

Face à la concurrence des sites de vente par Internet, l’enseigne Frank Music Company a fermé définitivement ses portes vendredi, au grand désespoir de ses clients musiciens.

El Mundo

El 60% del consumo de contenidos digitales en España es pirata

Las industrias culturales y los cuerpos policiales que luchan contra la piratería denuncian la ineficacia y la falta de voluntad del Gobierno en la defensa de la propiedad intelectual cuando se presenta el demoledor informe del Observatorio de la piratería y hábitos de consumo digital.

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NY Review of Books ‏@nybooks : Have pianists been performing the wrong version of Tchaikovsky’s famous First Piano Concerto? A musical investigation http://j.mp/1HnR3ot 

 

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 Philippe Jaroussky Photograph: Marc Ribes/Warner Classics

 

 

 

(Written on March 10, 2015 )

The Telegraph

Hay Festival 2012: Sir Simon Rattle’s ‘ideal state’

Conductor Simon Rattle gives advise to amateurs and defines his “ideal state”.

Royal College of Music Chamber Choir: ‘Grit and determination kept us singing’

Sodden but unbowed, the Royal College of Music Chamber Choir encapsulated Sunday’s jubilant spirit.

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Gary Barlow: in perfect harmony for Queen and country

Andrew Lloyd Webber, doyen of musical theatre, reveals how he joined pop star Gary Barlow and TV choirmaster Gareth Malone to honour ‘an extraordinary monarch’.

LA Times

Valley and Soka performing arts centers set for second season

Valley Performing Arts Center at Cal State Northridge and Soka Performing Arts Center at Soka University in Aliso Viejo have ambitions for sophomore year.

Leif Ove Andsnes warms up for Ojai Music Festival

The pianist, music director for the 66th edition, will perform with Marc-Andre Hamelin.

Classical Music Magazine

Clandeboye’s former young musicians to return to celebrate tenth festival

Booking has opened for the tenth Clandeboye Festival, taking place 13 – 18 August at the Marchioness of Dufferin and Ava’s Clandeboye estate near Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland.

Camerate Ireland launches Derry-Londonderry as UK City of Culture 2013

Camerata Ireland and its artistic director Barry Douglas launched the musical programme for Derry-Londonderry’s year as the first UK City of Culture with a concert on 30 May in one of the city’s historic churches, Christ Church.

The Guardian

A guide to Oliver Knussen’s music

Oliver Knussen’s music packs as much incident and expression into mere minutes than some composers manage in a lifetime.

Mystery of the maestros: what are conductors for?

How do conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Simon Rattle and Valery Gregiev work?

Alfred Deller: a voice from the past

On the centenary of the great countertenor’s birth his grandson recalls how he came to know and love his music.

Tel Aviv Wagner concert cancelled after wave of protest

University cancels booking, saying performance of works by Hitler’s favourite composer would offend Holocaust survivors.

The Independent

Moved by the tragedy behind Berlioz’s Troy story

David McVicar talks about the huge challenge of staging Les Troyens.

Opening ceremony orchestra is silenced

Musicians in the London Symphony Orchestra will have to mime their performance in the opening ceremony of the London Olympics because a live performance is deemed too risky.

Gramophone

Linn Records teams with Universal Music to distribute Studio Master downloads

Back catalogue masterpieces and current titles made available in high-quality digital format.

Australian string quartet acquire rare set of Guadagnini instruments

Matching instruments worth millions on permanent loan to the ensemble.

Financial Times

Making a noise, in its quiet way

As Scottish Opera turns 50, what does the future hold for the company?

 

(Written on June 6, 2012 )