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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.

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Leonidas Kavakos secures 1734 ‘Willemotte’ Stradivarius

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 )

Classical News

In our news today, Syrian soprano singer performs together with US refugee orchestra in New York, Dutch composer JacobTV creates multimedia opera & Decca DJs go classical. Also, South Africa will host the World Choir Games (WCG) 2018 for the first time & Judith Weir succeeds Sir Peter Maxwell Davies as president of the Royal Society of Musicians.

Daily Mail

Syrian opera singer performs with US refugee orchestra

Performing Puccini to a rapt New York audience, her soprano voice soaring to the rafters, Lubana al-Quntar may be the last person most Americans would think to be a Syrian refugee.

Classicalite

JacobTV, Dutch composer, creates multimedia opera of current events

Dutch experimental composer JacobTV, né Jacob ter Veldhuis, employed a unique collaging method to arrange his new multimedia piece, The News. The avant-pop orchestration uses clips of news footage to create a sensory-straining “reality opera.”

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Decca DJs go classical

A new album has paired up some of the world’s biggest DJs with some of the best-known pieces of classical music. Re:works makes use of the Decca Classical catalogue, and features remixes by Kate Simko, Mr Scruff, Henrik Schwarz, Starkey, Fort Romeau, Patrice Bamuel and Martin Buttrich.

World Choir Games set for South Africa

For the first time in its history the World Choir Games (WCG) will take place on the continent of Africa, with South Africa selected as the 2018 host. The event, which has run since 2000 for amateur choirs, is billed as ‘the Olympic games of choral music,’ and will feature thousands of participants from all over the world.

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The Barber of Seville: ‘The most beautiful comic opera in existence’

This is how Verdi described Rossini’s opera. Ahead of our live stream of Glyndebourne’s production of Barber, Richard Osborne, Rossini’s biographer, underlines what makes it great.

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Royal Society of Musicians appoints Judith Weir as new president

The Royal Society of Musicians has appointed Judith Weir as its new president following the death of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies earlier in 2016.

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Gateshead-born Jonathan Bloxham lands plum role with top orchestra

The former member of Gateshead Youth Orchestra is to join City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

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Only 14% of the UK pays to stream music

Only 14% of the British public pays for a music streaming subscription, according to new research. The report, for trade paper Music WeekAlban Berg , also showed that one in 10 people regularly borrowed someone else’s subscription.

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2016 Orchestra Compensation Reports: Executives

When it comes to executive compensation, the 2013/14 season was the first in a while where a number of the traditionally highest paying executive positions which went unfilled for a number of years were finally occupied.

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Denkmal für Alban Berg in Wien enthüllt

Der Komponist Alban Berg wird in Wien mit einem neuen, modernen Denkmal gewürdigt, das am Montag neben der Staatsoper auf dem Herbert-von-Karajan-Platz installiert worden ist.

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Proteste gegen kulturelle Sparpläne der Stadt Karlsruhe

In Karlsruhe haben Kulturschaffende gegen die Sparpläne der Stadt protestiert. Der Protest wurde von der “Aktion Kollektiv Theatral” (AKT) angeführt.

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Bilanz des Richard-Strauss-Festival 2016

In 20 Veranstaltungen an sieben Festivaltagen hat das Richard-Strauss-Festival 2016 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen rund 5500 Eintritte gezählt. Die Auslastung lag mit 70 Prozent höher als im Vorjahr.

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Klavier-Konzert in der Arktis: Greenpeace fordert Schutzgebiet

In Teneriffa startet am Montag eine OSPAR-Meeresschutz-Konferenz. Zu diesem Anlass veranstaltete Greenpeace mit dem italienischen Pianisten und Komponisten Ludovico Einaudi ein Klavierkonzert in der Arktis.

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Sony Music South @SonyMusicSouth Happy to all the music lovers around the world!

Top Classical News @topcmnews Insights: In Conversation with Janet Baker and Joyce DiDonato

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ Take a bow: eller previews the best music festivals with strings at their heart

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Photograph: Don Emmert (AFP)

(Written on June 21, 2016 )

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In today’s news, 15-year-old violinist Daniel Lozakovich signs to Deutsche Grammophon, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra announces new assistant conductor Jonathan Bloxham and the Canadian Orchestre Métropolitain is to present a video game symphony. Also, the National Opera Studio announces its young artists for 2016/17 and Artemis Quartet musician’s Carl Becker violin was stolen on german train.

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15-year-old violinist Daniel Lozakovich signs to Deutsche Grammophon

The multi prize-winning young musician will record Beethoven’s Violin Concerto as his first DG release

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CBSO appoints new assistant conductor

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra announced today that Jonathan Bloxham will be its new assistant conductor. The british conductor will take up the post in 2017.

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National Opera Studio announces 2016/17 young artists

The National Opera Studio has announced its young artists for 2016/17. The young artists will undertake nine months of professional training, commencing in September.

Singers embark on SongCycle challenge for Help Musicians UK

A group of opera singers are planning to cycle 500 miles from Glasgow to London in order to raise money for Help Musicians UK and raise awareness of the charity’s work.

San Francisco Opera to present John Adams premiere

San Francisco Opera will give the premiere of John Adams’ Girls of the Golden West in November 2017. A co-commission with Teatro La Fenice, Dutch National Opera and Dallas Opera, the opera focuses on three women living in a small mining community in the Sierra Nevada mountains during the 1850s California gold rush.

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Orchestra To Perform Video Game Symphony for Montreal’s 375th anniversary

Canadian Orchestre Métropolitain will present in November 2017 the Montreal Video Game Symphony as part of Montreal’s 375th anniversary celebrations. The work will take the form of a multimedia show in which the orchestra’s musicians will play music from landmark video games developed in Montreal.

Classic FM

This visualisation of a Bach prelude lets you see just how clever the piece really is

J.S. Bach’s Prelude in C major from the first Well Tempered Clavier volume is a gem of mathematical beauty. And now you can see exactly how beautiful it really is.

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Petaluma’s Opera House Is Well Worth a Visit

The Cinnabar in Petaluma is one of the theater gemstones within one hour of San Francisco. It was built in 1908 as a school house and converted into an opera house in 1972 by a baritone named Marvin Klebe.

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Artemis-Quartett bittet um Hinweise

Gestern Mittag wurde der Geigerin Anthea Kreston im ICE ihre wertvolle Violine gestohlen. Die Musikerin und ihre Kollegen des Artemis-Quartetts waren auf dem Weg zu einem Konzert in Freiburg. Das Quartett bittet nun auf Facebook um Mithilfe bei der Suche nach dem Instrument.

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Thüringen will Subventionen für Theater und Orchester bis 2021 erhöhen

Das Land Thüringen plant, die Förderung der Theater und Orchester bis 2021 auf 77 Millionen pro Jahr zu erhöhen. Es sei vorgesehen, die Unterstützung bis zum Jahr 2025 in gleicher Weise fortzuführen, 2021 müsse jedoch die Machbarkeit überprüft werden.

Musik heute

Oper Stuttgart: Cornelius Meister wird neuer GMD

Die Staatsoper Stuttgart und ihr Orchester bekommen einen neuen Generalmusikdirektor: Cornelius Meister (36) übernimmt den Posten zur Saison 2018/19, teilte das baden-württembergische Kunstministerium am Mittwoch mit. Der Vertrag werde zunächst für sechs Spielzeiten bis 2024 vereinbart.

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klassik.com @klassikcom Einigung im Streit zwischen Berliner Sing-Akademie und Senat

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Artemis Quartet musician’s Carl Becker violin stolen on German train: Anthea Kreston’s 1928 instrument was taken from the overhead rack. The group is asking for help to find the instrument. Photo credit: Ian Perkins

Artemis Quartet musician’s Carl Becker violin stolen on German train: Anthea Kreston’s 1928 instrument was taken from the overhead rack. The group is asking for help to find the instrument. Photo credit: Ian Perkins

(Written on June 16, 2016 )