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In today’s news: Leonidas Kavakos secures 1734 ‘Willemotte’ Stradivarius, and Microsoft created music teacher app. Teatro La Fenice honours Monteverdi with special evening, and new Masters degree ‘wind orchestra conducting’ at the music school Mannheim. Bavarian Staatsoper broadcasts Münchner Opernfestspiele 2017, and James Bond composer John Barry is being awarded.

Classical Music Magazine

Leonidas Kavakos secures 1734 ‘Willemotte’ Stradivarius

Leonidas Kavakos has secured the 1734 ‘Willemotte’ Stradivarius through Florian Leonhard Fine Violins

Classical Music Magazine

Elim Chan appointed as RSNO principal guest conductor

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) has appointed Elim Chan as its next principal guest conductor. She will succeed Thomas Søndergård from 2018, appearing in two or more weeks of each season.

Classic FM

You can now learn to play piano from a hologram piano techer

Microsoft has created an app, Teomirn, in line with its HoloLens technology which projects a hologram of a music teacher. You can play alongside your virtual teacher, watch them play over their shoulder and learn countless pieces of music.

Classical Source

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Assistant Conductor Jonathan Bloxham to continue in the position for 2017-18 Season

Jonathan Bloxham was selected as CBSO Assistant Conductor in June 2016, by a panel led by CBSO’s Osborn Music Director Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla. Bloxham made his mark on Birmingham early in the 2016-17 season, conducting the full CBSO orchestra in a surprise pop-up at New Street Station on a busy Saturday afternoon, as part of the Birmingham Weekender 2016.

Süddeutsche

Venedig hören und sterben

Zum 450. Geburtstag des Meisters: Alle drei Monteverdi-Opern auf einmal – im Teatro La Fenice klingen sie echter als irgendwo sonst.

NMZ

Blasorchesterleitung an der Musikhochschule Mannheim

Seit letztem Jahr beherbergt die Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Mannheim das “Landeszentrum für Dirigieren”. Mit der “Blasorchesterleitung”  hat sie nun eine ganz besondere Diziplin: Als einzige deutsche Musikhochschule bietet Mannheim hier einen Bachelor- und Masterstudiengang an.

Pizzicato

Bayerische Staatsoper überträgt live im Internet

Die Bayerische Staatsoper ist anlässlich der Münchner Opernfestspiele 2017 live im Internet zu erleben, mit Vorstellungen, aber auch beim Geschehen hinter und rund um die Bühne.

NY Times

Paul Zukofsky, Virtuoso Violinist and Literary Executor, Dies at 73

There was something unsettling about the 13-year-old violinist as he made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1956.

BBC.com

York plaque honour for John Barry, James Bond composer

A memorial plaque has been unveiled for composer John Barry, famous for his work on the James Bond films, Born Free and Out of Africa.

Twitter

Whoop whoop! @bbcmusics’ TV documentary about & will be broadcasted on July 7th !

Wie gewinnt man Kinder, miteinander zu muszieren? Die Education-Profis des RSB wissen wie’s geht! Details auf

Photo credit: Kwok Kei

(Written on June 21, 2017 )

In today’s classical music news, Radio 3 creates Free Thinking Festival to examine ‘The Speed of Life’, and the Philharmonis Chorus opens its doors to young vocalists. Conductor Elim Chan made her debut with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, along with two other Brazilian musicians who will make their Israeli debut with the Rishon Lezion Symphony Orchestra. An Iraq- born cellist was almost barred from performing with the Budapest Festival Orchestra in the United States. On this day in music history, violinist Fritz Kreisler was born in 1875, and the Roman Carnival Overture was performed by Berlioz at the Salle Herz in Paris in 1844.

The Strad

Iraq-born Budapest Festival Orchestra cellist almost barred from US tour

 A member of the Budapest Festival Orchestra (BFO) was almost prevented from taking part in a forthcoming tour of the US by confusion surrounding President Trump’s temporary travel ban, affecting citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries – Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

The Jerusalem Post

CLASSICAL MUSIC: BRAZIL IN ISRAEL

Next week, two Brazilian musicians will make their Israeli debut with the Rishon Lezion Symphony Orchestra – conductor Roberto Minczuk and pianist Jean- Louis Steuerman. The program features pieces by Sergiu Natra, Villa- Lobos and Rachmaninov.

The Violin Channel

Fritz Kreisler was Born On This Day in 1875

Austrian-born violinist and composer Fritz Kreisler was born on this day in 1875 – 142 years ago. He is widely regarded as one of the finest violinists of all time – remembered for his characteristic sweet tone, charm and expressive phrasing.

Rhinegold

Philharmonia Chorus expands Student Singer Scheme

Established four years ago, the scheme is open to those studying singing at music college and recent graduates, as well as those studying privately with a view to becoming professional singers. Richard Harding, chair of the Philharmonia Chorus, describes the Student Scheme as the ‘first rung on the professional ladder’.

Rhinegold

Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival to examine ‘The Speed of Life’

Amongst other things, the festival will consider whether we need more calm in today’s fast-paced world and if digital technology is creating a world of workaholics.

San Fransisco Classical Voices

Hot Air Festival Sends Up Trial Balloons

The Hot Air Music Festival in San Francisco has become a launch pad for a number of new music groups over the years. The festival is largely an expression of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and was founded by three SFCM students in 2010.

Broadway World

SBCO Releases Music Study Results on Cognitive Benefits of Classical Music

Live classical music performances offer greater therapeutic value for individuals suffering cognitive or neurological impairment than do classical music recordings, according to the results of an innovative study recently undertaken by the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra (SBCO).

TVO

Bamberger Symphoniker: 100 Musiker gehen auf große USA-Tournee

Neun Städte, von der Ost- an die Westküste. Die wichtigsten Stops dabei: New York, Miami und Los Angeles.

Der Tagesspiegle

Chorgesang in all seinen Facetten

Von altchristlicher georgischer Polyphonie bis zu poppigen Songs mit lockerer Choreographie: Der Auftakt zum Berliner „Fest der Chorkulturen“ in der Philharmonie.

Berliner Zeitung

Grand Scores Award Berlin Bezaubernde Momente mit Musik

Lalo Schifrin hat Filmmusiken komponiert, die sich in den Gehörgängen der Kinobesucher festgesetzt haben und noch lange nach dem Ende der Vorstellung da nicht herauszubekommen sind.

Klassik

Dirigent Marc Minkowski mit Goldener Mozart-Medaille ausgezeichnet

Der französische Dirigent Marc Minkowski ist mit der Goldenen Mozart-Medaille ausgezeichnet worden. Es handelt sich hierbei um die höchste Auszeichnung, die von der Stiftung Mozarteum vergeben wird.

Le Figaro

Victoires de la musique classique : Thierry Escaich compositeur star

L’artiste a obtenu pour la quatrième fois le titre de meilleur compositeur de l’année. Son oratorio autour de la bataille de Verdun a séduit le jury grâce à un parti pris contemporain.

Le Monde

Il faut sauver le précieux instrument de la Sorbonne

Sauvegarder l’orgue de la Sorbonne, ou SOS, tel est le nom en forme de cri d’alarme de l’association consacrée au sauvetage du précieux instrument de la chapelle de la Sorbonne, classé monument historique et dans un état de délabrement critique.

El Mundo

Auditorio Nacional: un ‘sketch’ de Miguel Rellán para que los móviles no saboteen más la música

Los móviles y la música clásica, nuevo capítulo: después del drama (el día que William Christie expulsó a un espectador al que le sonó el teléfono en pleno Mesías), llega la comedia. Ayer, en el mismo escenario, en el Auditorio Nacional, el actor Miguel Rellán se hizo pasar por el director de orquesta Jonathan Nott y se dirigió al público.

Twitter

Music History  @today_classical #Today in 1844 FP of #Berlioz‘ Roman Carnival Overture at the Salle Herz with Berlioz conducting in Paris. #MusicHistory #classicalmusic

Classical Music News @ClassicalMusic Young conductor makes Scottish debut. Two weeks later, she’s back. http://dlvr.it/NGrYhT  #ClassicalMusic

 

 

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Image: BBC Radio 3

(Written on February 3, 2017 )

Classical News

In our news today, Sir Jonathan Mills speaks about the “domination of London” in culture and politics, Dudamel Fellows announces 2016/17 partcipating conductors, and a live symphony orchestra will perform the entire Harry Potter film score in a new series of concerts. Also, Britain’s church bell ringers don’t limit themselves to sunday services, and John Williams confirms he will score eighth Star Wars film.

The Times

London’s ‘domination of culture’ must now end, says ex-director

Sir Jonathan Mills, who curated his final international festival programme in 2014, said the “domination of London” in culture and politics could no longer be sustained.

Classical Music Magazine

Dudamel Fellows 2016/17 announced

Paulo Bortolameolli, Elim Chan and Kachun Wong have been announced as Dudamel Fellows for 2016/17. They will participate in the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s orchestral, education and community programmes, and will also receive personal mentoring.

The Guardian

Daniel Barenboim on ageing, mistakes and why Israel and Iran are twin brothers

At 73, the conductor is still lobbying presidents and bellowing at the violins in five languages. But has his passion project – an orchestra of players from across the Middle East – achieved any real change?

Evening Standard

A live symphony orchestra will perform the entire Harry Potter film score in a new series of concerts

Fans will get the chance to hear music from the films performed in their entirety by a live symphony orchestra, with music from the first film Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone kicking off proceedings.

The New York Times

Britain’s Church Bell Ringers Don’t Limit Themselves to Sunday Services

There are about 5,000 churches in Britain, and almost everyone lives within hearing range of one of them. Bell-ringing enthusiasts are called campanologists, and the country has about 40,000 of them.

CMUSE

John Williams confirms he will score eighth Star Wars film

John Williams, Hollywood’s most decorated film composer, has relieved Star Wars fans by confirming that he will be scoring the soundtrack for the upcoming eighth film in the series.

nmz

Zeitung: Bund erwägt Übernahme der Berliner Philharmoniker

Der Bund hat einem Zeitungsbericht zufolge Interesse an einer Übernahme der Berliner Philharmoniker. Kulturstaatsministerin Monika Grütters (CDU) schwebe im Rahmen der Verhandlungen für den neuen Hauptstadtkulturvertrag ein finanzielles Engagement für das weltberühmte Ensemble vor.

Klassik heute

Musikfest Bremen 2016 vor dem Start

Am Samstag, 20. August, beginnt mit der Großen Nachtmusik das 27. Musikfest Bremen. Beim Eröffnungsabend „Große Nachtmusik“ stehen 27 Konzerte in drei Zeitschienen rund um den illuminierten Bremer Marktplatz auf dem Programm.

Musik heute

Instrumentalwettbewerb Markneukirchen für Streicher ausgeschrieben

Der Internationale Instrumentalwettbewerb Markneukirchen wendet sich im kommenden Jahr an junge Musiker der Fächer Viola und Kontrabass. Bewerbungen aus aller Welt würden bis zum 31. Januar 2017 angenommen.

Twitter

BBC Proms Team @bbcproms Our Virtual Orchestra is nearly complete, but you can still take part! UK kazoo players: your time has come. http://bbc.in/2bG0wmu

Tido Music @tidomusic Slow practice… did it! Excellent article by on how to enjoy ultra-slow practice

BR Klassik @BR_Klassik In voller Länge nachhören: die Oper “Thaïs” von Jules Massenet beim mit u http://bit.ly/2aYtmbx

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A live symphony orchestra will perform the entire Harry Potter film score in a new series of concerts. Credit: Warner Bros

(Written on August 17, 2016 )

Classical News

Guardian

Elim Chan wins 2014 Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition

The 28-year-old UK conductor is competition’s first female winner

Telegraph

Are theatre audiences too white?

The British performing arts – and theatre in particular – are under fire for attracting predominantly white, middle-class audiences. Is this criticism fair?

BBC Music Magazine

Voce Chamber Choir performs our exclusive carol

Suzi Digby conducts the London-based choir in Thomas Hewitt Jones’s Lullay, my liking

The Strad

Violin professor Maya Glezarova turns 90: former students pay tribute

Mikhail Kopelman, Dmitry Sitkovetsky and Liana Gourdjia recall their studies with the denizen of the Russian School of violin playing

International Arts Manager

Rei Hotoda named associate conductor of Utah Symphony

Rei Hotoda has been named associate conductor of the Utah Symphony, making the American maestra the first woman to hold the position.

Gramophone

Warner Classics appoints new UK head

Lemanski moves from indie to major

Klassik Akzente

APPlaus, APPlaus! – iTunes prämiert die Vivaldi-App der DG!

Mit der App „Vivaldis Vier Jahreszeiten“ hat die Deutsche Grammophon einen originellen Weg gefunden, die beiden Komponisten Antonio Vivaldi und Max Richter und ihre Beziehung tu den „Vier Jahreszeiten“ aus allen Blickwinkeln zu beleuchten.

klassik.com

Kritik und Distanzierungen nach Scheckübergabe an Separatistenführer

Geldstrafe für Sopranistin Anna Netrebko?

El País

Al Ateneu Musical de Cullera gana el histórico certamen Villa de Altea

El concurso internacional ha coincidido con el 125 aniversario de la Sociedad Filarmónica Alteanense

Codex Flores

Vorwürfe gegenüber Morton Feldman

Die amerikanische Komponistin Bunita Marcus, die jahrelang end mit dem 1987 verstorbenen Morton Feldman gearbeitet hat, erhebt diesem gegenüber schwere Vorwürfe des sexuellen Missbrauchs und der professionellen Ausbeutung.

Twitter

BBC Music Magazine ‏@MusicMagazine: Daniil Trifonov’s fantastic recent performance at Carnegie Hall is now available to watch, for free, on our website: http://bit.ly/1IyXpmP

Sinfini Music ‏@SinfiniMusic: Messiah time again! @CJGillett can’t get a Handel on the number of times he’s had to sing it http://bit.ly/1Aeqiii 

Bachtrack ‏@bachtrack: It’s Messiaen’s birthday! Here is his piece for flute and piano, Le merle noir: http://ow.ly/FEv2e 

623x445xVoce625.jpg.pagespeed.ic.LutGDVnPdeVoce Chamber Choir. Photo: BBC Music Magazine

(Written on December 10, 2014 )