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In today’s news: Polly Graham to become the artistic director of Longborough Festival Opera, Details were announced for 2018 Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition and for the first time in the British trust’s 16-year history, 13 of the 15 awardees of the BBT Awards and Fellowships are string players. Also, Spotify accelerate plans to launch its own hardware, Hungarian conductor Adam Fischer was awarded with the Wolf Prize and Composer Alexandre Desplat won the prize for Best Film Music at the 71st Bafta Awards in London.

Classical Music

Polly Graham to become artistic director of Longborough Festival Opera

The 33-year-old opera director will take up the new role with immediate effect.

International Piano

Details announced for 2018 Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition

The competition will take place between 22 February and 3 March, and the winner will receive a cheque for £15,000 amongst other prizes.

The Strad

String players dominate Borletti-Buitoni Trust Awards

For the first time in the British trust’s 16-year history, 13 of the 15 awardees of the BBT Awards and Fellowships are string players.

M Magazine

ICE secures licensing agreement with Facebook

ICE is the first multi-territorial music license with an online licensing and processing hub.

Music Business Worldwide

Spotify accelerate plans to launch its own hardware

The digital music service will be creating a category-defining product akin to Amazon Echo and Pebble Watch.

pizzicato

L.A. Chamber Orchestra names Jaime Martin as music director

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra announced Jaime Martin as the Orchestra’s sixth music director. He takes the podium in the 2019-20 season as music director and serves as music director designate though the 2018-19 season.

Internationaler Franz Liszt Klavierwettbewerb erstmals mit Vorauswahl

Erstmals in der Geschichte des Internationalen Franz Liszt Klavierwettbewerbs Weimar-Bayreuth wird es eine Vorauswahl geben.

Klassik.Com

Wolf Preis für Dirigent Adam Fischer

Der ungarische Dirigent Adam Fischer erhält in diesem Jahr den von der israelischen Wolf Foundation vergebenen gleichnamigen Wolf Preis.

Musik Heute

Thielemann dirigiert Finalkonzert bei Klavierwettbewerb

Beim Internationalen Franz Liszt Klavierwettbewerb Weimar – Bayreuth dirigiert in diesem Jahr erstmals Christian Thielemann das Finalkonzert.

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Alexandre Desplat, lauréat des Bafta

Le compositeur Alexandre Desplat a reçu le prix de la meilleure musique de film lors de la 71e cérémonie des Bafta, à Londres.

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BR_KLASSIK @BR_KLASSIK: Chefdirigent bleibt bei den Münchner Philharmonikern. Heute wurde entschieden, den Vertrag um 5 Jahre (bis 2025) zu verlängern.

Image: Polly Graham © Rhinegold Publishing

(Written on February 21, 2018 )

In today’s news: More worrying news about bass-baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky’s health, the trials of travelling musicians, and Classic FM’s birthday celebrations! The Berlin Philharmonic to start last season with Rattle, Serebrennikow under house arrest, and Rheingau Music Prize for Enoch zu Guttenberg.

Classical Music Magazine

Psappha reveals 2017/18 season

Highlights include a tour of the Whitworth Art Gallery through music and art, a collaboration with guitarist Mike Walker, a performance of Boulez’s Le Marteau sans maître under Jamie Phillips, and a concert with the BBC Philharmonic.

The Strad

Trials of travelling musicians: violin not accepted as hand luggage on ferry

Scilly Steamship Company insists violin goes in the hold – yet maintains policy allowing two dogs per adult.

Pizzicato

More worrying news about Dmitri Hvorostovsky’s health

The bass-baritone has been fighting a brain tumour since 2015. He has cancelled a number of upcoming opera performances, yet two recitals are announced for September, in Bucharest and Moscow.

Classic FM

Classic FM’s 25th Birthday Celebrations from Dumfries House

As part of our 25th birthday celebrations, Classic FM will be celebrating with the Royal Family on Wednesday 6th September – the day before our birthday.

Pizzicato

Award-winning Finnish novel Ice is adapted into an opera

In January 2019 the Finnish National Opera will host the world premiere of a new opera from Finland based on Ulla-Lena Lundberg’s bestselling novel Ice.

Limelight

Hotel chain plans John Cage birthday marathon

Ace Hotels will be presenting a full day of the composer’s music in lobbies and public areas on September 5.

NMZ

Berliner Philharmoniker starten in letzte Rattle-Saison

Mit Haydns „Schöpfung“ starten die Berliner Philharmoniker in die letzte Spielzeit unter ihrem langjährigen Chefdirigenten Sir Simon Rattle.

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Serebrennikov unter Hausarrest, Stuttgart produziert ‘Hänsel und Gretel’ mit seinem Team

Trotz heftiger Proteste in Russland und im Ausland hat die russische Justiz hat den am Dienstag wegen Betrugsvorwürfen festgenommenen Regisseur Kirill Serebrennikov gestern unter Hausarrest gestellt.

Klassik Heute

Rheingau Musik Preis 2017 für Enoch zu Guttenberg und seinen Chor

Morgen werden Enoch zu Guttenberg und die Chorgemeinschaft Neubeuern zu Beginn ihres Konzertes in der Basilika von Kloster Eberbach mit dem Rheingau Musik Preis 2017 ausgezeichnet.

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Very exciting news, announced today, about ‘s 25th birthday celebrations:

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(Written on August 24, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news, French government increases cultural spending, York Minster fires all of its bell ringers, and violinist plays Habanera one-handed. Also, Philadelphia hosts major classical competition, and Novi Sad becomes European Capital of Culture 2021.

International Arts Manager

French government to increase cultural spending

The French government have announced a huge increase in the country’s cultural budget. €3.6bn has been set aside for the Department of Culture and Communication, a 5.5 per cent increase on the previous year. It equates to just over one per cent of the France’s entire budget.

Opera Now Magazine

Independent Opera announces 2016/17 vocal scholars and postgraduate fellows

Soprano Katie Lowe will join bass baritone Milan Siljanov as an Independent Opera postgraduate voice fellow for 2016/17.

Classic Fm

York Minster sacks all of its bell ringers, no peal to welcome in Christmas morning

Every year since the Middle Ages the 56 bells of York Minster have marked Remembrance Sunday and Christmas – but this year the historic bells won’t ring out because all of the Minster’s bell ringing volunteers have been sacked.

Violinist can play Habanera one-handed while bouncing a ping pong ball in time to the music

This violinist from Polish musical cabaret act MozART Group demonstrates an impressive skill-set in his memorable performance of Habanera from Bizet’s opera Carmen.

Classical Music Magazine

Philadelphia to host major classical competition

Astral will present the winners of its 2016 National Auditions at its inaugural winners’ concert on 26 October. The event will feature performances from pianist Congcong Chai, violinist Timothy Chooi, pianist Natalia Kazaryan, violinist Katie Hyun, harpist Emily Levin, pianist Zhenni Li, and the Rolston String Quartet.

The New York Times

ICE’s Founder, Claire Chase, Will Relinquish Leadership Role

Ms. Chase is stepping down from her leadership position to become, in her words, a member of the band, and to be able to devote more time to her blossoming career as a soloist.

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Novi Sad wird Europäische Kulturhauptstadt 2021

Mit der serbischen Stadt wird zum ersten Mal die Stadt eines Landes ausgewählt, das zu den EU-Beitrittskandidaten gehört.

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Musiker erstellen Anti-Trump-Playlist mit 30 Tracks

Der Schriftsteller Dave Eggers hat für sein Projekt “30 Days, 30 Songs” ziemlich bekannte Musiker versammelt. Bis zur US-Wahl am 8. November soll täglich ein Track erscheinen, zu hören in einer Spotify-Playlist.

Klassik heute

9. Impuls-Festival für Neue Musik Sachsen-Anhalt

Das Eröffnungskonzert findet am Donnerstag, 20. Oktober, 20 Uhr, unter dem Sternenhimmel des Steintor-Varietés in Halle statt und lädt zu einem fulminanten Festivalauftakt ein. Das MDR Sinfonieorchester unter Kristjan Järvi präsentiert ein Programm mit Beschleunigungscharakter.

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neue musikzeitung @musikzeitung JazzZeitung: Julia Hülsmann bekommt SWR Jazzpreis am 25.10.: Der gemeinsam vom SWR und dem Land Rheinland-Pfa…

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York Minster. Photo Credits @ Classic Fm.

York Minster. Photo Credits @ Classic Fm.

(Written on October 17, 2016 )

The Washington Post

Opera singer Renee Fleming chosen to sing anthem at Super Bowl

Renée Fleming has hit some important pop-culture markers in the past few months. In September, she went on David Letterman’s show to sing the Top Ten list. Now, she’s going to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl

CNN

i(ce)-Tunes: Sweden’s incredible ice orchestra

They’re among the rarest instruments in the world, but they’ll be discarded come spring. They’re so fragile even the players’ breath risks nudging them out of tune.

The Guardian

English National Opera’s Edward Gardner to leave

Highly regarded conductor to take up new role at Bergen Philharmonic from 2015, and be replaced by Mark Wigglesworth

BBC News

Iran: Rule banning musical instruments on TV is broken

Iran’s Channel One television has caused a sensation by showing musical instruments on screen for the first time in 30 years, it’s reported.

West End stars downplay theatre safety issue

Theatre audiences are “a hardy lot” who will not be put off by recent incidents at London venues where patrons have been injured, according to the stars of a newly opened West End show.

Marie Claire

The Women Who Are Ruling The Music Industry, Right Now

The ladies who’ve bagged the best jobs backstage, from inside music magazines and record labels, to studio techs and bloggers

Daily Herald

Teen entrepeneur takes on music industry

Breje Whitt was only 15 years old when he began performing onstage with a nationally renowned Christian rock band. Two years later, the Elgin teen is running his own DJ, sound and lighting company.

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(Written on January 23, 2014 )