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In today’s news: Igor Levit wins the Gilmore Award. Robert Mann has died. Christoph von Dohnányi will take over a new Salome Production at the Berlin Staatsoper. A new electronic organ is being installed at the Vatican. The Bayrische Staatsoper is celebrating 100 years Staatsoper and 200 years National theatre. A piece on cultural heritage in europe and an article with Gustavo Dudamel on Venezuela and music.

The Spectator

Debussy, Tippett and Wagner: the musical treats of 2018

Events that are due to take place in the months to come, most notably the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s Debussy Festival.


Igor Levit receives 2018 Gilmore Artist Award

The prestigious award, worth $300,000, goes to 2016’s Gramophone Recording of the Year winner.

Bury Times

Talented young musicians fundraise for CAFOD at festive concert 

The group, compromising of 28 children played a special seasonal concert last December.

The Guardian

How Mongolia went wild for opera

Discover the reason why so many Mongolians are winning international singing awards.

Digital streaming behind biggest rise in UK music sales for 2 decades

Platforms such as Apple Music and Spotify plus renaissance in vinyl records help fuel fastest annual growth since 1998.

The Telegraph

Royal Opera House tenor rejects ‘in your face’ sexual violence against women on stage

Michael Fabiano resists demands to perform sexually violent scenes on stage and argues the treatment of women in productions should better reflect the modern world.


Robert Mann, A Founder Of The Juilliard String Quartet, Has Died

Robert Mann, a violinist and one of the founders of the Juilliard String Quartet, died on Monday at home in Manhattan. He was 97 years old.

Musik Heute

Dohnányi übernimmt für Mehta Berliner “Salome”

Bei der Neuproduktion von Richard Strauss’ “Salome” an der Berliner Staatsoper übernimmt Christoph von Dohnányi die musikalische Leitung.

Petersdom: Elektronische Orgel ersetzt bisherige Pfeifenorgel

Der Vatikan setzt im Petersdom auf Digitalisierung: bei großen Ereignissen erklingt statt der traditionellen Pfeifenorgel künftig ein digitales Instrument.


GMD Kirill Petrenko leitet zwei “Ring”-Zyklen an der Bayerischen Staatsoper

In diesem Jahr begeht die Bayerische Staatsoper zwei Jubiläen: 100 Jahre Bayerische Staatsoper und 200 Jahre Nationaltheater. 

Berliner Zeitung

Kulturerbejahr Europa, Kontinent der Möglichkeiten 

Vor drei Tagen begann das Europäische Kulturerbejahr unter dem Motto „Sharing Heritage“. Am 8. Januar wird in Hamburg die nationale Auftaktveranstaltung zu diesem internationalen Großprojekt stattfinden.

El Mundo

Gustavo Dudamel: “Me duele el conflicto entre hermanos en Venezuela”

Gustavo Dudamel (Barquisimeto, 1981) está en medio de muchos frentes. Por un lado, tiene que lidiar con la responsabilidad de ser el director de orquesta más candente del momento […]



Image: © Kate Molleson for the Guardian

(Written on January 4, 2018 )

In today’s news: Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason is one of the brightest young stars in classical music; Leeds International Piano announces 68 pianists for the first round of the competition, Virtual Reality and the future of music. Also, musicians, music therapists and neuroscientists uncover music’s healing power, Klassik Radio launches streaming service „Klassik Radio Select“ and Maria João Pires announces her retirement from public performance and touring.

The Telegraph

Sheku Kanneh-Mason performs The Swan from his debut album Inspiration

Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason is without a doubt one of the brightest young stars in classical music. And since making history by becoming the first black winner in the 38 years of the BBC Young Musician, in 2016, Kanneh-Mason has been on a whirlwind adventure.

Opera Now

Wexford Festival Opera confirms 2018 programme

Artistic director David Agler has confirmed the repertoire for the main evening operas for the 67th Wexford Festival Opera in 2018.

International Piano

Leeds Piano competitors announced

Sixty-eight pianists have been selected for the first round of the 2018 Leeds International Piano Competition – eight more than originally planned, due to the ‘extraordinarily high quality of applicants’.


Is Secretive Virtual Reality Startup Magic Leap Dreaming Up the Future of Music?

A first look at the billion-dollar company’s potentially game-changing collaboration with Sigur Rós.

ABC News

Scientists tune into brain to uncover music’s healing power

The National Institute of Health is bringing together musicians, music therapists and neuroscientists to tap into the brain’s circuitry and figure out how.

Klassik Heute

Klassik Radio startet neuen Musik-Streaming-Dienst „Klassik Radio Select“

Deutschlands meistverbreitetes Privatradio Klassik Radio gab gestern den Startschuss für seinen Musik-Streaming-Dienst „Klassik Radio Select“. 


Vorerst keine Theaterfusion in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

Die vorbereitete Theaterfusion, die planmäßig ab Anfang 2018 mehrere Bühnen im Nordosten Mecklenburg-Vorpommerns unter einem Dach vereinen sollte, ist vorerst vom Tisch.


Pianist Igor Levit erhält Beethoven-Ring

In einer Abstimmung haben die Mitglieder der Vereinigung ‘Bürger für Beethoven’ den Pianisten Igor Levit zum Träger des Beethoven-Rings 2017 gewählt.

france musique

Musique et handicap : “Donner accès à l’art pour tous, c’est permettre le développement d’un patrimoine culturel.”

Quelles aides techniques et humaines apporte-t’on aux personnes en situation de handicap souhaitant suivre une formation musicale, voir un spectacle, ou s’engager professionnellement dans la musique ? 

platea magazine

Maria Joao Pires confirma su retirada definitiva de los escenarios en 2018 

Lo que hasta la fecha era un rumor a voces es ya algo confirmado: su agencia de representación ha confirmado que la pianista portuguesa Maria Joao Pires abandona los escenarios de forma definitiva en 2018.


 Orpheus Chamber Music Competition kürt ihre Gewinner

Image: Sheku Kanneh-Mason © The Telegraph/Lars Borges

(Written on December 19, 2017 )


Courtney Love to make her opera debut in New York

Love ‘wanted to do something challenging’, so she has taken a role in a production at a ‘visionary opera-theatre’ festival


Blow your own trumpet

The pTrumpet is made of plastic, sounds just like a brazen trumpet and costs only £100

Classical Music Magazine

City Music Foundation announces classical artists for 2014

The City Music Foundation has announced the three soloists and three chamber ensembles which it will support through mentoring, professional development and performance opportunities as part of its 2014 classical artists programme.

Classic FM

Rachmaninoff: Inside Out

Are you Rach-man-enough (sorry) to indulge in a season-long celebration of the great Russian’s music? The London Philharmonic Orchestra are, in their Rachmaninoff: Inside Out concert series, running from October 2014 until April 2015.

Classical Source

Original manuscript of Dvořák’s New World Symphony comes to US for the first time

Five-day display of priceless manuscript is a highlight of week-long events in New York City celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution

The Strad

Violinists Anne-Sophie Mutter and Leonidas Kavakos to feature in free online broadcasts from Carnegie Hall

A series of four performances will be webcast through a partnership with

Violins allowed as carry-on baggage, but violas must be checked into the hold, says Air Canada

The airline has published detailed regulations for the transportation of musical instruments on its website


Podcast: Igor Levit records Bach Partitas

Igor Levit has followed his acclaimed debut recording of Beethoven’s late sonatas with an equally impressive survey of Bach’s Partitas, available now on Sony Classical. 

Slipped Disc

Star pianist quits competition jury over ‘dishonesty and fraud’

There is no finer living interpreter of Debussy and Ravel than the French pianist Pascal Rogé. He is not a man who seeks limelight or trouble, preferring to focus on the infinite impressionistic possibilities of his favourite composers.


Classic FM ‏@ClassicFM: Exciting news – next week we begin these incredible auctions & raffles for our new charity, Global’s #MakeSomeNoise:

YCAT ‏@YCATrust: Travel to ‘Small Nations Big Sounds’ with @sinfoniacymru, led by YCAT violinist Bartosz Woroch –

Jessica Duchen ‏@jessicaduchen: October: sounds from another world. Lev Oborin plays Tchaikovsky…

Telegraph Music ‏@TeleMusicNews: Well of course @Pharrell is in the top happy songs of all time . . . #pharellwilliams #happysongs

d93d5497-d2e7-42b9-b818-4f5dda2e920e-460x276Courtney Love … Putting rock’n’roll behind her. Photograph: Samir Hussein/Redferns via Getty Images


(Written on October 3, 2014 )

Classical News

The Telegraph

Harry Partch: the magic of a California hobo

Ahead of two Edinburgh Festival performances, Ivan Hewett salutes the late composer, Harry Partch, last in a great line of American mavericks.

The Guardian

Classical music students – the future’s bright, just use your imagination

Earlier this month, Julian Lloyd Webber gave a speech to music students at the Birmingham Conservatoire. Here, we reprint it in full.

Classic FM

Gramophone Awards 2014 winners announced

See the 12 recordings that have been crowned category winners at this year’s Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2014, ahead of the ceremony on 17 September.

Classical Music 

As a new survey reveals the stresses and strains of a musical career, are we doing enough to support musicians?

Being a musician can be one of the best jobs in the world. Musicians have the opportunity to do something they love, play with like-minded people and connect with audiences who share their passion.

Epoch Times

In Appreciation of a Master Fiddler

Buddy MacMaster’s music ‘a wonderful gift’.

San Francisco Classical Voice

Schroeder Hall Opens in Sonoma

Schroeder — the Peanuts‘ piano-playing, Beethoven-worshipper, pursued by Lucy van Pelt — now has his name on a new building in Sonoma’s Green Music Center.


EXCLUSIVE: Watch Igor Levit Play J.S. Bach; Partita No. 1 in B-Flat Major (BWV 825) – I. Praeludium

Just like we promised we would, Classicalite’s A.V. Club is pleased to present the premiere of Russian-German pianist Igor Levit’s “music video” for Bach’s first partita.

Die Welt

“Abbado hat mir viel genommen und gegeben”

Stargeigerin Viktoria Mullova spricht erstmals über das schwierige Verhältnis zum Vater ihres Sohnes. Dabei hat auch sie sich als gedrilltes Violinbiest ihrer Mutter gegenüber grausam verhalten.

Der Tagesspiegel

Klaus Wowereit hinterlässt eine blühende Kulturlandschaft

Als Kultursenator hat Klaus Wowereit dafür gesorgt, dass endlich wieder über Kunst geredet wurde statt immer nur über Geld zu streiten. Das ermöglichte der Berliner Kulturszene einen neuen Höhenflug. Wie geht es nun weiter?

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Nike Wagner beklagt Uniformität von Kunstfestivals

Wagner: “Ohne Promi-Name geht nichts”.

La Croix

Radio France se remanie pour toucher tous les publics

Mathieu Gallet et ses sept directeurs ont présenté mercredi 27 août les nouvelles grilles de programmes, intégrant la dimension numérique et la prochaine ouverture au public de la Maison de la Radio.


Classical Music Agen: @AClassicalMusic Birthdays and Commemoration at the Proms–Birtwistle, Davies, Rands, and others  #classicalmusic

BBC Proms Team: @bbcproms Tonight at the #bbcproms, join @LPOrchestra and pianist Alexander Toradze for Holst, Schoenberg and Scriabin: 

Royal Philharmonic: @rpoonline Tickets for RPO concerts @TheBathsHall @FairfieldHalls & @wycombeswan are available on #RPORewards – the RPO’s #app!

Royal College Music: @RCMLatest RCM harpist @Ceciliasdm entertains guests @NHM_London latest sleepover #dinosnores event!


Photo: The Guardian


(Written on August 28, 2014 )

USA Today

Saxophone industry is music to Taiwan’s ears

Taiwan is becoming a leading saxophone manufacturer

Los Angeles Times

Cellphone disrupts performance of Haydn’s Piano Concerto in D

Sweden’s Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra posted a video this week showing a performance of Haydn’s Piano Concerto in D. A persistently ringing cellphone brings the concert to a halt, with conductor and soloist Christian Zacharias looking up in aggravation from the keyboard.

Classic FM Online

Children who have music lessons more likely to become great inventors

A new study at Michigan State University has revealed that children who are given music lessons are more likely to succeed in areas of science and problem-solving.

National Public Radio (US)

Energetic, Intimate ‘Letters’ Reveal Private Leonard Bernstein

Letters to and from Bernstein have been compiled into The Leonard Bernstein Letters, a new book edited by Nigel Simeone.

Chicago Tribune

CSO reports small deficit, record ticket sales and fundraising

The orchestra’s parent body, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association, reported record-breaking fundraising for a third consecutive year, along with record ticket sales. This financial year incurred an operating deficit of $169,000, compared to $1.3 million deficit in 2012  and $927,000 in 2011.


What will recorded music sound like in 2050?

John La Grou, founder and CEO at Millennia Music & Media Systems, has forecast how recorded sound will evolve over the coming decades. Scientists predict we’ll be recording music with gestures and music will be mixed to create full 3D immersion over headphones long before 2050.

Gramophone blogs

Which is worse – Bryn Terfel singing pop songs or Stokowski covering Bach?

Should classical and popular music respect one another by never combining at all? Andrew Mellor on crossovers.

Die Zeit

Geborstene Glöckchen

Igor Levit wagt sich an Beethovens späte Sonaten.

USA Today

USA Today


(Written on October 28, 2013 )

The Telegraph

Ivan Hewett’s Classic 50 No 16: Steve Reich – Electric Counterpoint, third movement

The latest in Ivan Hewett’s 50-part series on short works by the world’s greatest composers.


The Times

Opera glasses get a makeover as Sunken Garden blends in 3-D film

Real singers combine with two dimensions of film to make Sunken Garden. Its makers explain it all to Emma Pomfret.


The Independent

Igor Levit, Wigmore Hall, London

Born in Russia, but rigorously trained in Germany from early childhood: a surprisingly large number of piano stars have emerged via this route, with 26-year-old Igor Levit prominent among them.


Evening Standard

iPad city… how the Apple tablet is powering London

From barmen to doctors, Apple’s tablet is being used as a working tool rather than just another tech vice. Andrew Liddle and Susannah Butter look at how London has become powered by the pad.


Classic FM

Classical pianist covers Michael Jackson’s ‘Billie Jean’

Michael Jackson’s pop classic ‘Billie Jean’ has been given a classical piano makeover by pianist AyseDeniz Gokcin.



Share your memories of the Royal Festival Hall organ

Southbank Centre launches appeal for recollections of historic instrument in honour of its reinstallation next year.


Arts Journal

Ailing Cleveland Orchestra music director Franz Welser-Most withdraws from next week’s program at Severance Hall

Whether Welser-Most will be able to conduct in Cleveland the last two weeks of April, as scheduled, remains uncertain.
















(Written on April 4, 2013 )

The Independent

Jessica Duchen: How I put the tale of music in a Nazi camp on the stage

The Independent’s writer on her play about the Messiaen Quartet

Opera cancelled after baritone Robert Poulton killed in car crash

Robert Poulton, a baritone with Glyndebourne opera, was tragically killed in a car accident in Sussex late last night.

Classic FM

Ghetto Classics bring music to Kenyan slum

Classical music is being played in the Nairobi slum town of Korigocho by a new youth orchestra called Ghetto Classics.

RPO double bassist wins Salomon Prize

Retired co-principal of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra double bass section, Roy Benson, was awarded a trophy and £1000 in recognition of his contribution to UK musical life.

Conductor’s scores and studio damaged by storm Sandy

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra conductor Marin Alsop’s studio has been damaged by a falling tree as a result of storm Sandy.


Sound and Music seeks views of composers in consultation

Contemporary music organisation Sound and Music has launched a public consultation and is seeking ‘the input of composers and creative artists’ to inform what will be ‘a renewed vision’.

Davey: ‘We’ll do less and we’ll do it differently – but we’ll do it well’

Arts Council England’s new stripped-down structure, in which 117.5 posts – 21% – have been lost, will mean the organisation will ‘do less and we’ll do it differently – but we’ll do it well’, according to chief executive Alan Davey.


Pianist Igor Levit signs to Sony Classical

First album of Beethoven solo works due for release in 2013

Classic FM

(Written on November 1, 2012 )