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In today’s news: Juillard School named Argus Quartet as Juilliard’s New Graduate Resident String Quartet, and look at the new Steinway piano. The Kulturpalast Dresden reopened last friday, and Douglas Bostock will leave Argovia Philharmonic in 2019. Antonello Manacorda fills in for Elbphilharmonics principal conductor Thomas Hengelbrock, and the Barber of Seville in the Hong Kong Opera.

The Violin Channel

Argus Quartet Announced as Juilliard’s New Graduate Resident String Quartet

The Juilliard School in New York has today announced the appointment of the Argus Quartet as their new graduate resident string quartet.

 Classic FM

This new Mussorgsky-themed Steinway piano is utterly stunning to look at

Designed by Steinway artist Paul Wyse and based on ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’, this Steinway Model D grand piano is completely crazy, in the best possible way.

The Strad

Ask the Experts: can beginner violin lessons be given by a cellist?

Strad readers submit their problems and queries about string playing, teaching or making to our experts.

The Guardian

Fight the Power: which songs define Trump’s first 100 days?

Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer has ridiculed the president by releasing a scathing Spotify playlist.

Berliner Zeitung

Dresden  – Der alte Kulturpalast ist nach fünf Jahren Umbauzeit fertig

Die Quälerei hat ein Ende, die Musiker können aufatmen. Sie können spielen, sie werden überall gehört.

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Douglas Bostock verlässt ‘Argovia Philharmonic’ 2019

Das Schweizer Orchester ‘Argovia Philharmonic’ in Aarau hat den in der Saison 2017/18 auslaufenden Vertrag mit seinem Chefdirigenten Douglas Bostock um ein weiteres Jahr verlängert. Der 1955 geborene Brite will aber 2019 nach 18 Jahren seine Tätigkeit in Aarau beenden.

Klassik-heute

Antonello Manacorda übernimmt Dirigate von Thomas Hengelbrock

Thomas Hengelbrock ist erkrankt und musste seine Auftritte mit dem NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester am 4., 5. und 7. Mai absagen. Für ihn übernimmt Antonello Manacorda die Leitung der Konzerte in der Elbphilharmonie.

Le Parisien

Strasbourg: le métal investit pour la première fois une scène d’opéra en France

Plusieurs centaines d’amateurs de heavy metal se trouvaient rassemblés samedi soir à l’Opéra national du Rhin (OnR) à Strasbourg pour assister à Metal Oper’Art, premier festival du genre en France, a constaté un journaliste de l’AFP.

South China Morning Post

Rossini as rom-com: Opera Hong Kong sets The Barber of Seville in Hollywood’s golden age

Director turns to the theatre of Hollywood musicals for production of Rossini comic opera, and mezzo-soprano Stephanie Lauricella, making her Asian debut, relishes the challenge of singing Rosina, gutsy girl in a man’s world.

The Irish Times

National Concert Hall needs to go beyond classical music

‘The building looks imposing, officious. Getting people in the door is a big thing’

Twitter

30 Death of a cutting-edge Finn composer

2 Klarinettist Eduard Brunner gestorben

 

Classic FM

 

(Written on May 2, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news, a tiny orchestra is created by state-of-the-art technology, the first public screening of BBC Ten Pieces Secondary film will be shown on Boxing Day, and Telegraph asks why traditional cathedral choirs are under threat. Also, Irish Times explores how orchestra members fulfil vital extracurricular functions

Telegraph

Why are traditional cathedral choirs under threat?

The BBC’s annual Christmas Eve broadcast of Carols from Kings marks for many of its two million regular viewers the start of the festive season

BBC Music Magazine

Miniature orchestra printed in 3D

Tiny ensemble created by state-of-the-art technology

Classic FM

Danny Elfman tells us how to compose scary-sounding music

We caught up with the legendary film composer at a rehearsal for a live-scored screening of Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland, where a brand-new Elfman piece was debuted

Irish Times

Classical music: Playing outside the pit can broaden your horizons

Orchestra members fulfil vital extracurricular functions such as providing music education and road-testing new music

BBC Music Magazine

Watch the BBC Ten Pieces film on Boxing Day!

The first public screening of BBC Ten Pieces Secondary film will be shown on Boxing Day. We go behind the scenes with Jennifer Redmond

Classicalite

Carnegie Hall 2016: Opera Singer Joyce DiDonato Master Classes; Mitsuko Uchida Piano Workshop

Are you a lover of arias? Looking for some first-class singing instruction? Look no further than the Carnegie Hall 2016 schedule, which offers a rare opportunity to see opera singer Joyce DiDonato’s master classes

San Francisco Classical Voice

Opera Parallèle Commissions Work About O’Keeffe

Founder and Artistic Director Nicole Paiement is collaborating with American Opera Projects and Seattle’s Cornish College of the Arts, also securing a $35,000 grant from Opera America, to produce a major work, to be performed by all three participants

Zeit Online

Menschen müssen träumen dürfen

Selbst die Saisoneröffnung der Mailänder Scala steht unter dem Zeichen des Terrors. Eine Begegnung mit Riccardo Chailly, dem neuen Musikdirektor von Italiens wichtigstem Opernhaus 

Klassik.com

Dresdner Kreuzchor singt Weihnachtslieder vor 15.000 Zuschauern

Der Dresdner Kreuzchor hat zur Einstimmung auf sein 800-jähriges Jubiläum im kommenden Jahr ein besonderes Weihnachtskonzert im Stadion von Dynamo Dresden vor 15.000 Zuschauern gegeben

Musik Heute

Semperoper: Offener Brief gegen Pegida vor ihrem Haus

Die Semperoper will die Kundgebungen der islam- und fremdenfeindlichen Pegida-Bewegung vor ihrem Haus nicht länger hinnehmen. Deshalb hat sie einen eindringlichen Hilferuf an die Stadt Dresden und das Land Sachsen gerichtet

Le Figaro

Il s’enferme dans une radio et diffuse en boucle Last Christmas

En Autriche, un DJ forcené s’est barricadé dans un studio et a retransmis à l’antenne durant deux heures sans interruption le célèbre chant de Noël du duo britannique Wham!.

Twitter

BBC SingersOur very own reindeer bringing Christmas cheer to BBC Broadcasting House!

LondonistBet you can’t get 10/10 on this quiz about A Christmas Carol:

Sinfini Music : Christmas Eve Eve. Have a lovely . Go on, treat yourself

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Choristers at St Paul’s Cathedral Credit: AFP/Getty/Telegraph

 

(Written on December 23, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, The Arts Council Ireland is suffering from ‘unnecessarily damaging’ cuts, Classic FM is to mark the centenary of Yehudi Menuhin with a 20-part series, and opera stars warn that cuts ‘threaten to destroy’ the English National Opera

The Guardian

Opera stars warn that cuts ‘threaten to destroy’ the English National Opera

In an open letter to the Times, Sir Antonio Pappano has called for the reinstatement of full seasons at the ENO, in the face of drastic cuts

Classical Music Magazine

Classic FM to mark Menuhin centenary with 20-part series

Classic FM is to mark the centenary of Yehudi Menuhin with a 20-part series presented by the conductor and violinist’s official biographer Humphrey Burton

Irish Times

Classical music: The Arts Council allows a crisis to go to waste

Times have been hard, but the decision to cut funding to three musical organisations is unnecessarily damaging

Classical Music Magazine

Liverpool Phil announces inaugural Christopher Brooks prize recipient

Bethan Morgan-Williams has been named as the winner of the inaugural Christopher Brooks Composition Prize

The Strad

Hadelich, Tetzlaff, Takács, Eighth Blackbird receive classical Grammy nominations

The nominations for the 58th annual Grammy Awards were announced on 7 December

FAZ

Knödelfabrik wird Konzertsaal

Bayern hat entschieden: Der neue Münchner Konzertsaal entsteht nun doch nicht im Stadtzentrum, sondern auf einem Industriegelände an der Peripherie. Damit setzt das Kabinett einen Schlussstrich unter eine fast 15 Jahre währende Debatte

Klassik Akzente

Musikalisches Schlüsselerlebnis – die Max-Planck-Gesellschaft forscht in Sachen Klassik

Die Max-Planck-Gesellschaft ist für ihre exzellenten Forschungseinrichtungen überall auf der Welt bekannt. Eine neue Studie widmet sich nun intensiv der klassischen Musik und den Hörgewohnheiten ihrer Fans

Pizzicato 

Dirigent Heinz Fricke gestorben

Der langjährige Generalmusikdirektor der Deutschen Staatsoper in Berlin, Heinz Fricke, ist tot. Fricke, der an der Musikhochschule in Weimar u.a. bei Hermann Abendroth studierte hatte, starb bereits am Montag im Alter von 88 Jahren in Berlin-Buch

El Pais

El embajador del tango

El pianista argentino Juan Esteban Cuacci, considerado desde niño como un músico prodigio, cuenta su experiencia durante siete años como director musical de Raphael

Hoy es arte

La locura musical de Nietzsche en cinco piezas

Detrás del gran bigotón de la filosofía moderna, del más arrebatado y original de los pensadores, había un melómano incurable que afirmó que “sin música la vida sería un error” y que quiso ser compositor y lo fue aunque con escaso éxito

Twitter

James MacMillanAwarded Knighthood in person this morning by HRH Prince William at Windsor Castle

Classic FMWe’ve teamed up with to find the Nation’s Favourite Christmas Carol – vote and win some gorgeous prizes:

BBC Music Magazine: Have a very Victorian Christmas.

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Sir Antonio Pappano has petitioned the ENO board to engage in a public examination of ways to protect the company. Photograph: David Rose/Rex/The Guardian

(Written on December 9, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, The Telegraph tells the history of classical music in 50 short pieces, BBC Music Magazine talks to the composer of their 2015 carol and Gramophone reports that the Finish composer Jouni Kaipainen has died. Also, The Irish Times announces the winner of the 2015 Fr Frank Maher Classical Music Award

The Telegraph

A history of classical music in 50 short pieces

50 masterpieces of classical music, each the length of a pop song

The Irish Times

Cog Notes: Young pianist wins Fr Frank Maher Classical Music Award

Eoin Fleming (17) a sixth- year student at St MacDara’s Community College, Templeogue, has won the 2015 Fr Frank Maher Classical Music Award, Ireland’s largest classical competition for secondary schools

BBC Music Magazine

We talk to the composer of the 2015 BBC Music Magazine carol

Cheryl Frances-Hoad is one of the UK’s leading contemporary composers. This year, we asked her to compose a Christmas carol especially for the readers of BBC Music Magazine

Gramophone

The composer Jouni Kaipainen has died

The Finnish composerJouni Kaipainen has died at the age of 58 following a long illness

The Guardian

Middle class people dominate arts, survey finds

The UK’s creative industries are dominated by middle class people, according to a survey that reveals the extent to which gender and ethnicity continue to influence careers in the arts

Klassik Akzente

Das Label ist ein Wunschkonzert – “Manufacture on Demand” geht in die fünfte Runde

Das Konzept der Deutschen Grammophon ist so einfach wie genial: Vom Markt verschwundene hochwertige Aufnahmen erscheinen seit einiger Zeit in neuem Glanz und sind nun auf Wunsch in handverlesener Auflage wieder verfügbar

Pizzicato

Tonhalle Zürich führt Rush-Hour-Konzerte ein

Das Orchester der Tonhalle Zürich erweitert ihr bisheriges Konzertangebot um ein neues Format: An drei Donnerstagen in dieser Saison veranstaltet es Rush-Hour-Konzerte um 18.30 Uhr

NMZ

Universität Dortmund prüft Bach-Porträt mit Röntgen-Strahlen

Ein Bach-Porträt aus der Zeit des Musikers? Das wäre eine Sensation. Die Kunstszene rätselt, seitdem der Dortmunder Unternehmer und Bachliebhaber Wolf-Dietrich Köster das Kunstwerk 2014 bei einer Versteigerung gekauft hat

Classicalite

Professor Frankie Flood Develops New Hand for Disabled Viola Player Shea Stollenwerk

Taking a step forward for the biomedical community, a professor at the University of Wisconsin is applying technology to classical music. Frankie Flood, an art teacher, has used a 3-D printer to help develop new “hands” for a 10-year-old seeking to be a professional musician

The Washington Post

Anonymous 4 calls it quits

After this season, the glorious female vocal quartet Anonymous 4 is closing up shop as an ensemble, the singers going their separate ways

Twitter

Agence France-Presse: @AFP #BREAKING French entertainment industry demands 50 million euros in government aid over Paris attacks

Royal Academy:@royalacademy 1 week left to apply to the #RASchools postgrad art course – no fees, & bursaries available http://bit.ly/1otNJPi

LauraWright:@thelaurawright  If you’re in the music industry like me, start your day by reading this: big up @laurenlaverne http://bit.ly/1N5B4vZ

Cheryl Frances-Hoad BBC Music Magazine

Cheryl Frances-Hoad
BBC Music Magazine

(Written on November 24, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Gramophone explores how streaming has changed the way people listen to classical music, and The National Student describes how The Student Pulse App is your key to classical music in London. Also, Tortelier is appointed chief conductor of Iceland Symphony Orchestra

Gramophone

Making waves: classical music and the rise of streaming

Streaming has changed the way an increasing number of people now listen to music, yet many record labels say that the numbers just don’t add up. Charlotte Gardner looks at how the classical music industry is facing up to this fresh challenge

Classical Music Magazine

Iceland Symphony Orchestra appoints Tortelier as chief conductor

The Iceland Symphony Orchestra has announced Yan Pascal Tortelier as its next chief conductor

The Strad

Van Kuijk Quartet named BBC New Generation Artists

The French group is one of seven musicians and ensembles taking part in the development programme

The National Student

London’s best classical music, from £4, at your fingertips

The Student Pulse App is your key to classical music in London, featuring concerts from 11 of London’s best orchestras and venues

Irish Times

The show goes on for Nicola Benedetti despite flight cancellation

And, in another NCH show, Basel Symphony Orchestra and conductor Dennis Russell Davies memorably take on a major flop

NYCA

2016 NYCA Worldwide Debut Audition for Pianists and Violinists of any nationality

The Worldwide Debut Audition is to discover young musicians of great talents, and give them the opportunities to expose themselves to the world through their debut stage

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Menahem Pressler

Der Pianist Menahem Pressler wird für sein Lebenswerk mit dem ECHO Klassik ausgezeichnet

Pizzicato

Stiftung Mozarteum unter neuer Leitung

Innerhalb kurzer Zeit hat das Präsidium der Stiftung Mozarteum zwei wichtige personelle Entscheidungen in Nachfolge von Matthias Schulz getroffen

KulturPort.de

Jahreskonferenz Musikland Niedersachsen 2015

Einmal im Jahr treffen sich die niedersächsischen Musikschaffenden szenenübergreifend zur Jahreskonferenz der Musikland Niedersachsen gGmbH

El Mundo

Donny Hathaway: cuerpo al vacío

Se cumple el aniversario del extraño suicidio del músico negro más admirado por toda una generación de la música soul

Twitter

Classic FMIt’s in a piece of music Happy Birthday with and Edgar Meyer First Impressions

JazzUK To celebrate our 30th anniversary, we’ve launched our campaign, aiming to raise £30k to keep alive:

TNT Magazine: The best places to experience classical music:

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Image: Gramophone

(Written on October 7, 2015 )

The Telegraph

Nobuyuki Tsujii: ‘The piano is an extension of my own body’

This year’s Proms feature a blind pianist who is mobbed by groupies in his native Japan. Nobuyuki Tsujii talks to Ivan Hewett.

Tom Russell and a case of restless curiosity

Tom Russell has a new album out with the Norwegian Wind Ensemble. Here he talks about songwriting, literature, art and why he chose music instead of academia.

The New York Times

A Conductor Puts Himself Out There, Beyond the Parks

Alan Gilbert Shapes a Legacy of Change at the Philharmonic

The Irish Times

‘Horrid’ music: The dark side of the concert hall

The idea that classical music ought to be ‘nice’ has gained an alarming currency. Thank goodness, then, for ‘uneasy listening’ numbers performed at the Summer Baroque Festival

Limelight Magazine

Proms 2013 (or how to enjoy 75 concerts for absolutely nothing)

The Festival that reaches well beyond “the sea itself” launches in style.

Classic FM

‘Human hair quartet’ promote shampoo with performance

Never mind Air on a G string; this is HAIR on a G string – and it’s sounding pretty good…

Sad music makes us happy

Minor music is sad, and major music is happy, right? It’s never been that simple – and a new study sheds more light on the link between music and emotions.

Der Tagesspiegel

Die ABC-Schützen

Premieren sind wichtig – die meisten Abende aber bestreiten die Berliner Opernhäuser aus dem Repertoire. Was 2013/14 immer noch gut ist.

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The New York Times

(Written on July 17, 2013 )