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Enjoy this video of six of the world’s leading cellists playing some of the world’s greatest Stradivari cellos at Brompton’s Auctioneers’ Simply Strad event, at the Royal Academy of Music, in October 2013

(Written on October 5, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Disability and the arts: the best of times, the worst of times

Introducing a new series on disability arts, producer Jo Verrent looks at some of the key issues affecting disabled artists and organisations in the sector

The Strad

Students practise performance skills on virtual audience

The Royal College of Music, London and Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano have developed a performance simulator

Classical Music Magazine

Rhinegold TV launches, featuring Yuja Wang, Julian Lloyd Webber and more

Rhinegold Publishing has launched Rhinegold TV, which will host content from events including the Rhinegold LIVE concert series and Music Education Expo, as well as content from partner producers, at

International Arts Manager

Five Avery Fisher Career Grants Awarded for 2015

Five new Avery Fisher Career Grants – the maximum number available in any one year – have been awarded to talented young and emerging musicians, all recognised by the Avery Fisher Artist Program board and committee as having ‘great potential for major careers in future’.

Classic FM

The new Star Wars soundtracks: everything we know so far

All the latest news about the new Star Wars soundtracks, as it happens: we’re expecting John Williams’ score for The Force Awakens in December 2015!

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Ah! und Oh! statt E und U

Beethoven, Blockbuster, Hip-Hop: Niemand kann Musik so gut erklären wie der Pianist Chilly Gonzales.



Der Grundstein für seine internationale Karriere wurde beim seinem Rezital-Debüt in der Londoner Wigmore Hall im Jahr 2013 gelegt, seither sorgt Joseph-Maurice Weder bei Kritikern und Publikum für reges Aufsehen.


Bach-Marathon in der Ukraine

Am vergangen Samstag, 21. März, feierte die ukrainische Stadt Lviv (Lemberg) Johann Sebastian Bachs 330. Geburtstag im Rahmen des weltweit veranstalteten Events ‘Bach in the Subways’.

Scala: 240.000 Euro jährlich für Alexander Pereira

Der Intendant der Mailänder Scala erhält gemäß seinem nun bis 2020 verlängerten Vertrag jährlich ein Gehalt von 240.000 Euro.

The New York Times

How David Geffen’s $100 Million Lincoln Center Gift Came Together

Barbara Walters never expected a role in the renaming of Avery Fisher Hall.

Le Monde

Une famille saisie par l’appel du zarb

Malgré les moustaches épaisses, le sourire se devine. Quant aux lunettes, elles ne cachent rien de la malice joueuse qui brille au fond des yeux.


RSNO ‏@RSNO : What happens when you cross Beethoven & @johnsuchet1? Hear them both this weekend w/ the @RSNO …

Spitalfields Music ‏@SpitsMusic : Our Yr 3s wanted to run special storytelling sessions for early years classes:  #SMTakeover

SM ‏@ISM_music : Don’t worry if you missed out on booking your ticket to #MakeMusicWork! We have an extra 20 tickets available: 

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The new performance simulator at the Royal College of Music.

(Written on March 24, 2015 )

Classical News

The Times

There’s no such thing as classical music any more — Lloyd Webber

The term “classical music” should be dropped according to Julian Lloyd Webber, the cellist, who said it was an “almost irrelevant” way to describe the work of modern composers.

The Telegraph

Sergei Diaghilev: ballet, beauty and the beast

For all his genius, Ballet Russes founder Sergei Diaghilev, born on March 19 1872, was forever on the brink of catastrophe, says biographer Sjeng Scheijen

The Strad

Violinist Hilary Hahn announces pregnancy, but will complete 2014-15 season

The artist will shortly release a new Mozart and Vieuxtemps album on DG

Classical Music Magazine

RSNO announces 125th anniversary season

The RSNO has earmarked its next two seasons to celebrate its 125th anniversary, with appearances from all of the conductors who form its core artistic team, lead by music director Peter Oundjian, and including Neeme Järvi, Walter Weller, Alexander Lazarev, Thomas Søndergård, Jean-Claude Picard and former music director Stéphane Denève.

Classic FM

Classical music slowed down 10x sounds absolutely magical

We’ve taken some famous bits of classical music and slowed them down to 10 times slower than their normal speed. They sound truly wonderful and epic

Die Zeit

Hauschka spielt „Ping Pong“

Seine Musik schwingt zwischen Techno, Pop und Avantgarde. In einer Rekorder-Session bringt Hauschka nun die Bälle zum Tanzen: eine Meditation am präparierten Flügel.

Berliner Zeitung

Vinyl wird zum Wellnessobjekt

In Zeiten, in denen die Compact Disc ausstirbt, erlebt die Schallplatte eine Renaissance.

The New York Times

Artek celebrates the German Harpsichord

Bach’s music, played on a harpsichord representing his time and place: as natural as this may seem, it is an infrequent event, at least in New York.

El mundo

La orquesta como democracia

Los músicos de la Filarmónica de Berlín escogen estos días al sucesor de Simon rattle, un proceso único en las formaciones musicales.


Ed Vaizey ‏@edvaizey : The wonderful @Colston_Hall in #Bristol to receive £5m towards refurbishment … #Budget15

Philharmonic Society ‏@RoyalPhilSoc : UK Arts may be living on borrowed time. Salutary reading from @guardian …

Royal College Music ‏@RCMLatest : RCM composers @amybryce & @eandrademusic have contributed to this @ProstateUK charity concert @cadoganhall on 9 April 

JLW News 19th MarchJulian Lloyd Webber says ‘classical’ is an ‘almost irrelevant’ way to describe the work of modern composers



(Written on March 19, 2015 )

Classical News


Edinburgh 2015: Can this man save the Edinburgh International Festival?

The EIF has a new director, 45-year-old Fergus Linehan – but can he steer it back out from the increasingly huge shadow of the Fringe? Rupert Christiansen meets him


10 of the best: Essential Richter recordings

The legendary Russian pianist would have been 100 this week. Tom Service picks ten of his essential performances that introduce you to the genius of Sviatoslav Richter

Classic FM

Julian Lloyd Webber is new principal of Birmingham Conservatoire

World renowned former cellist Julian Lloyd Webber has been appointed Principal of Birmingham Conservatoire, part of Birmingham City University.

Classical Music Magazine

Norfolk and Norwich Festival’s county council grant slashed by 90%

The Norfolk and Norwich Festival’s grant from Norfolk County Council will be reduced by 90% for 2015/16, it has been confirmed, from £83,400 in the current year to £8,442 in the next. It follows the council’s decision to cut £150,000 from its overall arts budget.


Borealis Festival

Bergen is a small city with big ideas. Alive with culture of all kinds, it shows its most welcoming and adventurous face in the annual Borealis Festival, where a performance in a swimming pool and typewriter art set the tone, as Kate Molleson discovers.

Der Tagesspiegel

Haste Töne?

Eine Begegnung mit dem Komponisten Christian Jost, dessen „Berlin Symphonie“ am Freitag im Rahmen des Konzerthaus-Festivals „Mythos Berlin“ uraufgeführt wird.

Zusatzkosten von 1,5 Millionen Euro pro Jahr in bereits angespannter finanzieller Situation

Wiener Bundestheater beklagen Mehrwertsteuer-Erhöhung

El País

Stradivarius en Copacabana

La violinista clásica Viktoria Mullova se ha hecho célebre por interpretar música brasileña


€50,000 Karajan Music Prize to Period-Performance Start Thomas Hengelbrock

The annual award requires that the cash sum be used by the recipient to help further the careers of young musicians.


B’ham Conservatoire@BirmCons: We’re pleased to welcome @JLloydWebber as our new @BirmCons Principle

ABO@aborchestras:Looking forward to the second UK-Brazil MultiOrchestra Conference, taking place in Rio de Janeiro, 27-29 April. 

PRS Foundation ‏@PRSFoundation: Our Director @Vanessa_PRSF will be at the next @LDNmusicmasters #ClassRaceClassical event on 20 Apr. More info here: 

Fergus_Linehan_3235087bFergus Linehan: ‘I want to target the people who wake up in Edinburgh every morning not knowing what they want to do’. Photo: Telegraph

(Written on March 18, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

‘I hope our artistic leaders will heed Sachs’s advice. The survival of ENO may depend on it’

Wagner’s Hans Sachs could teach today’s politicians a thing or two about the value of art, writes Iain Paterson, who makes his debut in the role at ENO this weekend

The Independent

Bryn Terfel interview: Britain’s best-loved baritone looks back on his ‘wonderful journey’ through the world’s greatest operas

Gods. Murderers. Dictators. Ghosts. Bryn Terfel is used to playing them all, and more.

The Strad

Julian Lloyd Webber to sell his Stradivarius cello

The cellist was forced to retire from performing last year due to a neck injury

BBC Music Magazine

Aldo Ciccolini (1925-2015)

The great pianist has died at the age of 89

BBC Radio 3 to celebrate International Women’s Day

Two weeks of programming will champion the work of female composers and performers

Classical Music Magazine

Barry Ife: ‘Let’s lift the lid on the myths and mysteries of the professional music world’

‘As principal of Guildhall School of Music & Drama, I have the good fortune to work with some of the most outstanding young musicians, actors and theatre technicians in the world.’


Klang allein ist nicht alles

München ist entrüstet, weil es keinen neuen Konzertsaal bekommt. Verständlich. Aber es gibt noch viele weitere Gründe, warum die Musiklandschaft im Vergleich zu anderen Städten wie Freiburg so blass wirkt.

Berliner Zeitung

Der Karneval der Kulturen findet statt

Der bisher auf der Kippe stehende Karneval der Kulturen in Berlin wird laut dem RBB auch in diesem Jahr stattfinden. Integrationssenatorin Dilek Kolat (SPD) habe sich mit den beteiligten Gruppen geeinigt, zitierte der Sender am Mittwochabend Kolats Sprecher.

Die Welt

“Der Tod hat sich immer für mich interessiert”

Luc Bondy ist einer der bedeutendsten Regisseuren. Gerade läuft seine Version von Tschechows “Iwanow” in Paris. Ein Gespräch über Antisemitismus in Frankreich und seine Ideen fürs Berliner Ensemble.

The New York Times

‘Tristan’ to Open Met Season in 2016

The inventive Polish director Mariusz Trelinski, whose eerie, film noir-influenced double bill of Tchaikovsky’s “Iolanta” and Bartok’s “Bluebeard’s Castle” at the Metropolitan Opera is winning praise, has received an even bigger assignment form the company: a new production of Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde” that will open the Met’s season in 2016.


Ten Seconds Of A Naked Salome Create Protest In Northern Ireland

A new production of Richard Strauss’s Salome has raised a storm of protest in Belfast.


Simon Rattle Talks Sibelius

The Berlin Philharmonic’s chief conductor and Finnish music journalist/Sibelius expert Vesa Sirén spend an hour talking about the composer’s music – and what the Philharmoniker find easy and difficult about it.


Sinfini Music ‏@SinfiniMusic : NEWS: @MancCamerata principal cellist to play Elgar on loaned 17th-c Strad:  @RNCMvoice

Royal Opera House ‏@RoyalOperaHouse:Just over a week to go for young composers (aged 11-16) to enter our Fanfare competition! … ^P

Culture Republic ‏@culture_public :Interesting new app being piloted allows users to rate arts experiences  & #marketers can get anonymous data on users.


Bryn Terfel in ‘Der Fliegende Holländer.’ Photo” The Independent


(Written on February 5, 2015 )

The Strad

British cellist Julian Lloyd Webber joins charity Live Music Now as spokesman

The artist announced his retirement from performing in April due to injury

Classical source

Guildhall School announces Stephen Plaice as Writer in Residence for new MA in Opera Making and Writing programme offered in association with The Royal Opera House

The programme begins this month in association with the Royal Opera House (September 2014).

The Guardian

Acclaimed violinist gives Washington second chance to appreciate culture

Violinist Joshua Bell will return to perform in capital city’s metro after 2007 experiment failed to win subway audience’s attention

Die Presse

Staatsoper: Direktor Meyer will Muti nach Wien holen

Der Stardirigent könnte nach seinem Abschied aus der “Opera di Roma” bald wieder in Wien auftreten.


Carl Bechstein Stiftung bietet Schulen kostenlos Klaviere

Die vor einem Jahr gegründete Carl Bechstein Stiftung hat bisher 40 Berliner Schulen kostenlos ein Klavier zur Verfügung gestellt.

Merkur online

Tenor Daniel Behle freut sich auf “Dreierpack”

Im Interview spricht Tenor Daniel Behle über sein vielseitiges Tenor-Repertoire und neue Pläne.

The New York Times

Music Director Laments Lockout

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Music Director Backs Performers


Polish Experts Prove Frédéric Chopin Died of Tuberculosis

Heart Corroborates 1849 Death Certificate



The Opera Awards: @TheOperaAwards: Congratulations to our new 2014 Opera Awards Foundation bursary winners. A full list can be found here:

The Royal Opera: @TheRoyalOpera What is it with composers and storms?! How composers use musical maelstroms as a device: … ^C

ISM: @ISM_music 70 young Londoners are to be awarded 4-year music scholarships as @TrinityC_L to sponsor the @Mayorsmusic Fund Awards


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musik – heute

(Written on September 24, 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 )

Classical News

Classic FM

Max Hole confirms third Bristol Proms for 2015

The Bristol Proms will return to the Bristol Old Vic for a third year running in 2015, Universal boss Max Hole has confirmed.

BBC News

Gabriel Prokofiev launches new violin concerto at Proms

Gabriel Prokofiev, the grandson of the 20th Century composer Sergei Prokofiev, is presenting the world premiere of his new violin concerto at the BBC Proms. He tells the BBC his forebear’s fame just adds to the pressure of giving a new work its first outing.

The Telegraph

Oxford students’ acapella version of Shakira’s Hips Don’t Lie

A group of Oxford University students perform en acapella cover of a Shakira hit song, Hips Don’t Lie, which has been tweeted by the pop star herself.

Classic FM

Tom Williams on performing Bach in the Dark

Erebus Ensemble director Tom Williams and choir member Ed Danon spoke to Jane Jones backstage at the Bristol Proms.

Classic FM

Laura Wright releases racy new music video

Soprano Laura Wright’s new music video is raising eyebrows in the classical music world, showing her stripping off and doing gymnastics while performing ‘Barber’s Agnus Dei/The Sound Of Strength’.

The Courier Mail

Oboist Tania Frazer suing Queensland Symphony Orchestra for unfair treatment during a 12-month trial

An oboist who has performed internationally is suing Queensland Symphony Orchestra for $620,000, claiming she was put under stress that ended her orchestral career.

Spiegel Online

Legendäre Pianisten: Roll over Beethoven

Der Pianist Swjatoslaw Richter konnte so ziemlich alles. Welche Nuancen er beherrschte, zeigen bisher unveröffentlichte Schubert-Aufnahmen aus Moskau.

Blitz Quotidiano

Teatro dell’Opera di Roma: c’è accordo, si allontana rischio liquidazione

Si allontana lo spettro della liquidazione del Teatro dell’Opera di Roma.

La Stampa

Accordo fatto a Roma L’Opera è (quasi) salva

Previsto un referendum. Ma gli autonomi non firmano.

Le Miroir

L’Orchestre Dijon Bourgogne veut au “dialogue social” pour trouver une solution

L’Orchestre Dijon Bourgogne répond à la mairie de Dijon suite à son communiqué du 23 juillet.

El Mundo

Las óperas que nunca escuchó

Un festival desempolva partituras del XVI y XVII que no pudieron estrenarse.


BBC Proms Team: @bbcproms Tonight at #BBCProms @BIFO_ Proms debut with @saschavienna plus world premiere of @gprokofiev concerto by @HopeViolin 

Classical Music: @ClassicalMusic_ The last ever filmed performance of @JLloydWebber before his sad retirement through injury: … @RhinegoldLIVE

Guardian Classical: @GdnClassical Why it’s do-or-die for classical music at the Bristol Proms 


 Max Hole
Photo: The Guardian



(Written on July 29, 2014 )

The Telegraph

Julian Lloyd Webber: ‘I cried on stage. I’m not sure I will play again’

The cellist Julian Lloyd Webber talks for the first time about the injury that has ended his stellar career.

Business Standard

New app allows classical musicians to perform solo with virtual orchestra

A new computer system allows musicians to perform as solo with a full philharmonic orchestra from the comfort of their own living rooms.

Classic FM Online

Austria tops ‘classical Eurovision’ survey

As Europe gears up for a weekend of Eurovision, UK audiences have chosen their top five classical countries – with Britain coming a respectable fourth.

Eric Whitacre announces Virtual Youth Choir

The composer and conductor is calling on singers aged 18 and under to join him in his latest online choral project, which launches officially next week.

Arts Journal

Gergiev’s Trafalgar Square concert is marred by anti-Putin protests

The London Symphony Orchestra’s free concert in Trafalgar Square was marred yesterday by demonstrations against its outgoing conductor, Valery Gergiev, an outspoken supporter of the Russian president, Vladimir Putin.

The Violin Channel 

Prized Russian Cellist Dmitry Volkov Has Died

Russian cello virtuoso Dmitry Volkov has passed away aged just 26. A graduate of the Moscow Conservatory and Peabody Institute, Dmitry was a former 1st prize winner at the Carlos Prieto International Cello Competition. The cause of death at this stage is not known.

New York Times

Factory Conversion Moves Forward 

The effort to turn a century-old sawdust factory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, into an acoustically sound concert hall, recording studio, nightclub and center for composers is moving ahead. 

Fédor Roudine gewinnt Violinwettbewerb Henri Marteau

Russischer Geiger erhält Preisgeld in Höhe von 10.000 Euro

Le Figaro

Philharmonie de Paris: « Un vrai signe de changement »

La nouvelle salle symphonique présente sa toute première saison le 15 mai. Laurent Bayle, son président nous en livre les grandes lignes en exclusivité.

Le Monde

Capuçon, Bowie, Boulez… : la Philharmonie de Paris dévoile son programme

Terre ! Terre ! Cette fois, la Philharmonie de Paris, dont l’ouverture était initialement prévue en 2013, puis en 2014, annonce enfin sa première saison, qui devrait débuter en janvier 2015.

Classical Music on Twitter

Royal Academy of Music@RoyalAcadMusic Academy is again ranked top conservatoire for music by @compuniguide – and best overall for Graduate Prospects,

italiancopyright ‏@italiacopyright Musicraiser: fate pagare la produzione del disco ai vostri fans.

David Ashworth@DavidAshworth16 “A year of change for musical progression?” from @BSandbrook I’ve just added my thoughts
Pliable ‏@overgrownpath On An Overgrown Path: Apple’s wake up call to classical music –
ACE National@ace_national It’s Voluntary Arts Week (@volartsweek) ! Get involved yourself, from choral singing to guerilla knitting: RT
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

(Written on May 12, 2014 )

Classic FM Online

Children today ‘more musical’ than previous generation, says study

Young people today are more likely to learn a musical instrument than their parents, according to a new YouGov research study commissioned by Philharmonia.

Julian Lloyd Webber to stop playing cello

Legendary cellist Julian Lloyd Webber has been forced to stop playing the cello due to a slipped disc in his neck, it has been announced.

Evening Standard

Conductor Sir Simon Rattle hits out at London’s lack of world-class music venues

Britain’s most celebrated conductor, Sir Simon Rattle, has hit out at London’s lack of world-class music venues by claiming they lag behind concert halls in cities such as Birmingham and Manchester.

Classical Music Magazine

Vänskä returns to Minnesota

Conductor Osmo Vänskä has announced he is to return to the Minnesota Orchestra as its musical director just six months after resigning from the post.


Mike Leigh on board for The Pirates of Penzance opera

Filmmaker to direct English National Opera production of Gilbert and Sullivan classic at Coliseum next year.

The Washington Post

A happy marriage between Smithsonian’s American Art Museum, 21st Century Consort 

The museum gets a concert series, and the Consort gets a fine hall and subjects to build programs around.


Symphonic Synchrony

Three New Devices That Allow Any Simple Object to Become a Beloved Musical Instrument

Joyce DiDonato Offers Masterclasses for Aspiring Opera Singers 

Calling all opera singers between the ages of 18 and 24: Classicalite’s mezzo of choice, Joyce DiDonato, is available for some serious vocal refinery with her upcoming masterclasses at Carnegie Hall.


Classical Music on Twitter

Seattle Philharmonic:@seattlephil A site just launched for us Seattle folk–one that helps you find live classical music events in the area!

Stephen P Brown:@Stephen_P_Brown Why the next 20 years of classical music will smash the last 20

EnglishNationalOpera: @E_N_O A major world premiere @BarbicanCentre – Between Worlds, by Tansy Davies, based on events of 9/11 #ENO1415 #ENOWorlds

Richard Pinkstone: ‏@RAPinkstone 1 more day until #ON1415 season announcement! SO EXCITED. @Opera_North

Classic FM

Classic FM



(Written on April 29, 2014 )