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We’re delighted to welcome to our roster Damian Iorio, conductor, who we will be working with over the coming months.  Damian’s reputation as a formidable conductor continues to grow thanks to highly-acclaimed performances with leading orchestras and opera companies around the world including London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Opéra National de Paris, Detroit Symphony, BBC Symphony, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, St Petersburg Philharmonic, and Oper Bonn.

Damian has been Music Director of the Milton Keynes City Orchestra since 2014, and has led the orchestra to new heights, whilst successfully attracting an ever-growing audience for classical music in the region.  This season he welcomes a raft of star soloists, including Stephen Hough and Chloe Hanslip.

In June and July 2018, he will be making a much-anticipated return to the Opéra National de Paris, where he will conduct performances of Mussorgsky’s “Boris Godunov”.  His pedigree as a fine conductor of opera has been established after performances of Smetana’s “The Bartered Bride” at Opéra National de Paris and Verdi’s “Macbeth” at Glyndebourne. He conducted the Russian premiere of Nyman’s “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat” in Moscow, which was subsequently nominated for Best Opera Production at the Golden Mask Festival.

His recent recording of Ghedini and Casella on Naxos was highly acclaimed, with “fine live performances scrupulously conducted by Damian Iorio” (The Guardian), and was awarded the prestigious “Choc” by Le Monde de la Musique.  Iorio is a champion of new music, and has worked closely with Tan Dun, Huw Watkins, Silvia Colasanti and Michael Nyman.

Iorio studied in the UK and USA, and began his musical career as a violinist with the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, before studying conducting in St Petersburg and embarking on a life on the podium.

You can keep up to date with Damian at his website, or on Facebook and Twitter.

(Written on November 15, 2017 )

In today’s news:  Detroit Symphony Competition began for female composers, Birmingham Conservatoire student beats world record, Thomas Brandis and Kishori Amonkar have died, new music director for England’s Yehudi Menuhin School, piano celebrations in the Tiroler Festspiele Erl starts in April, Philips Collection piano-violin duo brings mature eloquence, Dance Camera West Presents 16th Annual Dance Media Film Festival, and restriction for re-opened Berliner Staatsoper.

Pizzicato

Detroit Symphony opens competition For female composers

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) has launched the ninth annual Elaine Lebenbom Memorial Award for Female Composers.

Rhinegold

Birmingham Conservatoire student sets world record

Birmingham Conservatoire student Alistair Rutherford has broken the Guinness World Record for the fastest half marathon dressed as a musical instrument.

The Strad

Former Berlin Philharmonic concertmaster Thomas Brandis has died aged 81

Thomas Brandis, who served as a long-time first concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic, has died at the age of 81.

The Guardian

Rameau’s Les Fêtes d’Hébé: making a song and dance about it

This week the Royal College of Music is staging a UK premiere of an opera so successful that it had 80 performances in its first year in France and four revivals over the following three decades.

The Violin Channel

England’s Yehudi Menuhin School announce new Director of Music

The Yehudi Menuhin School has announced the appointment of conductor and composer Oscar Colomina i Bosch as their new Director of Music

The Times of India

Kishori Amonkar: Our music is fifth Veda

The singer who initiated the rasika into the journey of an in-depth swara and laya is no more-at Kamani Auditorium to come into the auditorium and wait for the melody called Gana Saraswati Kishori Amonkar was to be in the pathway of the rite of passage and taste the beauty of a raga as a living being.

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Spielbetrieb in Berliner Staatsoper nach Wiedereröffnung nur mit Einschränkungen?

Die sanierte Staatsoper Unter den Linden wird nach ihrer Wiedereröffnung, die derzeitigen Plänen zufolge Anfang Oktober erfolgen soll, nicht voll bespielbar sein.

klassik-heute

Erstmals Klaviertage der Tiroler Festspiele Erl 6.-9. April 2017

Von Donnerstag, 6. April 2017, bis Palmsonntag, 9. April 2017, finden erstmals die Klaviertage der Tiroler Festspiele Erl im Festspielhaus statt.

Sueddeutsche Zeitung

Volk grölt, Schweine tanzen, Solisten jammern

Eindrucksvolle Musik, aber das Libretto lässt sich nicht retten: Mussorgskys “Der Jahrmarkt von Sorotschinzi” in Berlin.

The Washington Post 

Piano-violin duo brings mature eloquence to Phillips Collection

When chamber music comes together, there’s really nothing like it: expert individuals working as one to achieve something greater than could be achieved alone.

Broadwayworld

Dance Camera West presents 16th Annual Dance Media Film Festival

Committed to fostering and promoting the vibrant art of dance and dance on film from around the globe, Dance Camera West presents the 16th Annual Dance Media Film Festival, a public event incorporating dance explored through film and live performance.

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Ziemlich fidel für 65: Herzlichen Glückwunsch, Münchner Rundfunkorchester!
Coming up in John Suchet, a moment of musical sanctuary – Karl Jenkins’ beautiful “Gloria -…

 

image: Rhinegold

(Written on April 4, 2017 )

Classical News

In our classical news today, Sonya Yoncheva replaces Anna Netrebko at the Royal Opera House’s “Norma”, Amalia Hall wins Tunbridge Wells International Young Concert Artists Competition and “Boléro’s” heirs ask for copyright extension. Also, the fifth annual Doris Duke Artist Award’s recipients are announced and Moritz Eggert is nominated for Deutscher Musikautorenpreis 2016.

Classical Music Magazine

Sonya Yoncheva to sing Norma at ROH

Sonya Yoncheva will sing the title role in the Royal Opera House’s production of Bellini’s Norma.The Bulgarian soprano will replace Anna Netrebko, who announced her withdrawal from the role last week.

Yehudi Menuhin School raising funds for the violinist’s centenary

Artist Geraldine van Heemstra will exhibit work created during her artist residency at the Yehudi Menuhin School in June and July, with all proceeds going to the School’s centenary fundraising appeal.

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Boléro: Heirs Ask For Copyright Extension

After seventy years of protection, Ravel’s Boléro is a work of public domain since 1 May 2016, and performers do not have to pay rights anymore. Yesterday however, the heirs asked for an extension of the copyright for 20 years.

The Strad

Violinist Amalia Hall wins Tunbridge Wells International Young Concert Artists Competition

The New Zealand musician has won both the String section and the overall award.

The Telegraph

Opera doesn’t need sex, drugs or blood to win new audiences, Glyndebourne says

Sex, drugs and rock’n’roll may not be the way to a young audience’s heart after all, according to Glyndebourne, as its new director launches a bid to reinstate ‘conservative’ as a “positive thing”.

New music box

2016 Doris Duke Artist Awards Announced

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has named the recipients of the fifth annual Doris Duke Artist Awards.

Classical-music.com

Menuhin the Miracle Boy

In the April issue of BBC Music Magazine, we celebrated the centenary of Yehudi Menuhin’s birth. As part of an in-depth examination of Menuhin’s life, we explored the importance of the relationship between the teenage Menuhin and his teacher, George Enescu. Menuhin’s biographer Humphrey Burton tells us more…

klassik.com

Mainzer Kammerorchester vor dem Aus?

Dem Mainzer Kammerorchester droht wegen finanzieller Schwierigkeiten das Aus. Aufgrund mangelnder finanzieller Ausstattung hat der Deutsche Kulturrrat das Orchester nun auf die rote Liste bedrohter Kultureinrichtungen gesetzt.

Klassik heute

Moritz Eggert für den Deutschen Musikautorenpreis nominiert

Am 12. Mai 2016 verleiht die GEMA in Berlin zum achten Mal den Deutschen Musikautorenpreis. Eine siebenköpfige Fachjury um Max Herre, Charlotte Seither und Wolfgang Niedecken wählte aus rund 80 Einreichungen Komponisten und Textdichter aus, die für ihr musikalisches Schaffen geehrt werden sollen.

Musik heute

Festival Mitte Europa fällt 2016 aus – Zukunft unklar

Plauen – Das Festival Mitte Europa im Dreiländereck von Bayern, Böhmen und Sachsen steht vor dem Aus. Wie Insolvenzverwalter Christian Heintze am Dienstag mitteilte, fällt es in diesem Jahr definitiv aus.

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@klassik.com Karriere-News: Marc Grandmontagne (Deutscher Bühnenverein) http://klassik.com/?VzO68 #Kulturmanagement

@DetroitSymphony @MichelleMerrill receives the 2016 #SoltiFoundation Career Assistance Award for young American conductors

@wdr3 Kölner Zentralmoschee öffnet für @achtbruecken ihre Pforten. Das Konzert mit @Musikfabrik in #Konzertplayer http://ow.ly/4nmq9I

Sonya Yoncheva to sing Norma at ROH. Photo credit: Gregor Hohenberg / Sony Classical

Sonya Yoncheva to sing Norma at ROH. Photo credit: Gregor Hohenberg / Sony Classical

(Written on May 4, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, the great American composer you’ve never heard of, Gramophone award winners are announced and how videogame soundtracks have come to be released on vinyl.

Guardian

George Walker: the great American composer you’ve never heard of

The first African American to win the Pulitzer for music is celebrated for overcoming cultural prejudice, but his work is so good this should only be a sideshow to the main event of his compositions

The Megadrive megamix – how classic videogame soundtracks went from background noise to cratedigger gold

Digital composers of the 1990s pushed the console tech far beyond its natural limits to produce warped symphonies that are buried deep in the minds of millions. Now specialist labels are reissuing them on vinyl

Classical Music Magazine

Lise Davidsen wins Queen Sonja competition

Lise Davidsen took first place in this year’s Queen Sonja International Music Competition.

Gramophone award winners announced

The recordings which have won Gramophone Awards in each of the 12 main categories have been announced.

The Strad

Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra appoints new violist Hyobi Sim

The Curtis Institute and Juilliard School graduate is an active chamber musician

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Jenseits aller Grenzen

Daniel Barenboim will mit seiner Staatskapelle Berlin nach Teheran reisen, um dort zur Unterzeichnung des von Israel heftig kritisierten Atomabkommens mit Iran ein Konzert zu geben. In Israel ist man darüber empört.             

Klassik.com

Kulturstaatsministerin Monika Grütters kritisiert geplante Theaterreform in Thüringen

Die Kulturstaatsministerin Monika Grütters hat im öffentlich-rechtlichen Rundfunk Stellung zu der von der Landesregierung geplanten Theaterreform in Thüringen Stellung genommen. Grütters zufolge werden in den Ländern Thüringen und auch Mecklenburg-Vorpommern die Bühnen zu stark für Sparmaßnahmen im Kulturbereich herangezogen.

Musik heute

Weltweit erfolgreich ohne Skandale – Zum Tod von Opernregisseur Nikolaus Lehnhoff

Noch im Mai hatte seine “Turandot”-Produktion zur Weltausstellung in Mailand an der Scala Premiere. Ob in Frankreich oder an der Metropolitan Opera in New York, in Zürich oder Amsterdam – Nikolaus Lehnhoff war einer der gefragtesten Regisseure.

San Francisco Classical Voice

Bernàcer Named S.F. Opera Resident Conductor

The role of resident conductor at the San Francisco Opera is to be assistant and second-in-command to Music Director Nicola Luisotti, helping with planning, rehearsals, and production and conducting both special events and several mainstage performances.

Christoph Lieben-Seutter on Building a Concert Hall for the Future 

Germany is well known for its brass-knuckles approach to austerity programs, especially for its less well-heeled, profligate neighbors. But in the last several years the country has suffered an embarrassing series of infrastructure debacles that suggest the need to look in the mirror.

Twitter

The Amati Magazine : Together with a Gramophone Award, some devastating news from a distinguished cellist

I CARE IF YOU LISTEN : Alright, female composers: step up this fall to @DetroitSymphony competition! Application details available soon!

Classic FM : A @realaled selfie to kick off the Ultimate Classic FM ! What will be number one?

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American composer George Walker
Credit: Mike Derer/Associated Press/ Guardian

(Written on August 28, 2015 )