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Last night in Fort Worth, Texas, six pianists were chosen to progress to the final round of the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. They are as follows:

Kenneth Broberg, United States, 23
Rachel Cheung, Hong Kong, 25
Yury Favorin, Russia, 30
Daniel Hsu, United States, 19
Yekwon Sunwoo, South Korea, 28
Georgy Tchaidze, Russia, 29

Before announcing the winners, Leonard Slatkin (Jury Chair), gave a though-provoking speech, reminding us all that music has the power to transport us to a better place, and that the competitors all have the responsibility to advance the cause of great art.  Cliburn CEO Jacques Marquis, and Chairman Carla Kemp Thompson offered their thanks to all the competitors and the fantastic Cliburn team working so hard to make the competition such a great success for both Fort Worth, and classical music.

Image: Leonard Slatkin

The final round will begin on Wednesday at 7.30pm.  Each competitor performs twice: on June 7–8, each finalist will join the Brentano String Quartet for a piano quintet.   Then, on June 9–10, each will perform a concerto with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leonard Slatkin.  Excitingly for the audience, no two competitors will play the same piano concerto, with repertoire consisting of: Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 2 and No. 3, Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1, Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4, and Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 and Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.

The winners of the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition will be announced in the Awards Ceremony, which begins  at 7.00pm on June 10. As always, the finals can be streamed live at cliburn2017.medici.tv.  Besides the performances, presenters Anderson and Roe give a fascinating insight into life backstage.  The finals will also be broadcast at a later date on Classic FM, who are the Cliburn’s Official UK Broadcast Partner.

Image: The six finalists of the Cliburn

Kat and James are currently in Fort Worth for the finals, and will be tweeting from @WildKatPR. Follow us for updates.

(Written on June 6, 2017 )

In today’s classical news: BBC has announced a season of opera programming, which will coincide with a new exhibition at the V&A in London titled Opera: Passion, Power And Politics, and Gemma Okell is appointed as the new director of Blackheath Halls. Chemnitz’s Opera is looking for a new director that will be selected by their audience, opera singer Kurt Moll died at the age of 78, and four soloists were selected for finals of 43, Deutschen Musikwettbewerb. Discover the long-lost 10-minute scene of unfinished Liszt opera, performed by the soprano Anush Hovhannisyan. Why are female composers not taken as seriously as their male counterparts?

BBC Music Magazine

Classical music scheme hopes to inspire children aged 7-14

The BBC has revealed the line-up of music for its latest Ten Pieces project. Works by composers from the Baroque to the modern eras – including Purcell, Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-George, Tchaikovsky, Sibelius and Copland – feature in the latest programme of the popular education scheme, now in its third year. The repertoire list also includes two contemporary works, one of which is a new choral commission by composer Kerry Andrew.

Classical Music Magazine

Blackheath Halls announces new director

Gemma Okell has been appointed as the new director of Blackheath Halls. Taking up the position in April, Okell will continue to broaden and develop the venue’s programme of concerts and events, as well as building on its community initiatives. She will also work closely with the faculty of music at Trinity Laban, which regularly uses Blackheath Halls for rehearsals and performance activities.

Telegraph

We must remember Prince Albert’s numerous contributions to British music

We underestimate the significance to our cultural life of Prince​​ Albert, whose legacy continues to flourish more than 150 years after his death in 1861. The Great Exhibition, held in Hyde Park in 1851, was Albert’s initiative – and it was his idea that the profits should be used to develop a centre for the arts and sciences in South Kensington. The land on which now stand the Natural History and Science museums, as well as the Albert Hall, was bought with that money. The area, known today as Albertopolis, also houses such formidable educational institutions as Imperial College and, of the highest cultural importance, the Royal College of Music.

Pizzicato

30 Candidates Announced For The Van Cliburn Competition

The Cliburn announced today the 30 competitors selected to participate in the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, taking place May 25-June 10, 2017, at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas, USA. The jury will comprise musicians like Leonard Slatkin, jury chairman, Marc-André Hamelin, Joseph Kalichstein and Mari Kodama.

Rossini Specialist Alberto Zedda Is Dead

Italian Conductor Alberto Zedda died in Pesaro, at the age of 89. Zedda, who was artistic director of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genova and the Rossini Opera Festival, was born in Milan in 1928. He studied with Antonino Votto and Carlo Maria Giulini. In 1957 he won the international RAI conductors competition, which enabled him to start a long career on the podium of the most prestigious Italian theatres.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Der Geizhals

Das Opernhaus in Chemnitz veranstaltet einen Casting-Wettbewerb für Regieteams und überlässt dem Publikum die Entscheidung, wer im Haus demnächst Gaetano Donizettis Oper “Don Pasquale” inszenieren wird. Kann das funktionieren?

ZEIT ONLINE

Opernsänger Kurt Moll ist tot

Eine tiefdunkle, samtige Stimme ist verstummt: Der Opernsänger Kurt Moll ist im Alter von 78 Jahren gestorben. 2006 sang er zuletzt an der Bayerischen Staatsoper.

DEUTSCHER MUSIKRAT

Vier Solisten stehen im Finale des 43. Deutschen Musikwettbewerbs

Orchesterfinale mit der Staatskapelle Halle unter der Leitung von Dominik Beykirch 
Fünf Werke im Finale, Komposition“

The Guardian

We need more women composers – and it’s not about tokenism, it’s about talent

Why are female composers not taken as seriously as their male counterparts? Sound and Music, the national development organisation for new music, are determined to do something about it

The New York Times

Listen to the First Glimpse of a Long-Lost Liszt Opera

The unfinished Liszt opera — written largely in shorthand, with only one act completed — languished in a Weimar archive for nearly 170 years. A 10-minute scene will be performed by the soprano Anush Hovhannisyan at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition this summer.

Twitter

Music History   in 1958 FP of Walter ‘s Viola Concerto, by the , Charles Munch conducting

BBC Music Magazine  Some of our favourite composer quotes. What’s the best musical saying you’ve heard?

Image: BBC Music Magazine

(Written on March 7, 2017 )

Classical News

In our news today, popstar Prince died at the age of 57, the world celebrates Menuhin’s centenary with #Menuhin100, Joshua Bell joins US cultural mission to Cuba and Anna Clyne wins the 2016 Hindemith Prize for her outstanding contemporary compositions.

The New York Times

Prince, an artist who defied genre, is dead at 57

Prince, the songwriter, singer, producer, one-man studio band and consummate showman, died on Thursday at his home, Paisley Park, in Chanhassen, Minn. He was 57.

The Big Issue

Bow down to Yehudi Menuhin’s genius

This Friday is the 100th birthday of one of the most remarkable musicians of modern times. The great violinist, conductor, pedagogue and humanist Yehudi Menuhin – or Baron Menuhin of Stoke d’Abernon – was born on April 22, 1916, and would have reached his century this week, were he alive.

The Strad

Violinist Joshua Bell joins US cultural mission to Cuba

The US government has this week sent a cultural mission to Cuba following President Barack Obama’s visit to the country last month, signifying a thaw in diplomatic relations.

Classical Music Magazine

Anna Clyne wins €20,000 Hindemith Prize

The 2016 Hindemith Prize has been awarded to Anna Clyne. Awarded annually by Germany’s Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the €20,000 (£15,750) award recognises outstanding contemporary composers.

Leonard Slatkin to assume new role in Lyon

Leonard Slatkin will become honorary musical director of the Orchestre national de Lyon on 1 September 2017. The specially created role ensures that Slatkin will continue to work with the orchestra until at least 2020; he will conduct for at least six weeks over the 2017/18 season and four weeks the following season.

Pizzicato

Milan’s Teatro Lirico will reopen in 2017

The renovation works at Teatro Lirico in Milan have been delayed, according to Italian media. The theatre is closed since 1998 and was scheduled to reopen by the end of 2016.

Epochtimes.de

Experte: Streaming ist zentraler Treiber im Musikmarkt

CD-Verkäufe bleiben in Deutschland aus Expertensicht trotz Musik-Downloads und Streaming-Diensten noch lange wichtig.

FAZ

Der Meister des musikalischen Alleingangs ist tot

Vor wenigen Tagen musste sich Prince wegen einer Grippe im Krankenhaus behandeln lassen. Jetzt wurde der Musiker tot in seinem Haus gefunden. Seine künstlerische Bedeutung für den modernen Pop, Funk und R&B lässt sich kaum ermessen.

Die Welt

Heilige Entjungferung auf offener Bühne

Warum faszinieren uns Rollendebüts klassischer Sänger nach wie vor? Die Opernfans fiebern dafür jahrelang und reisen ihren Lieblingen um den Globus nach. Eine aktuelle Spitzenumschau.

Klassik.com

Richard-Wagner-Preis der Stadt Leipzig für Waltraud Meier

Die Sängerin Waltraud Meier erhält den Richard-Wagner-Preis der Stadt Leipzig. Die Auszeichnung ist mit 10.000 Euro dotiert und wird von der Leipziger Richard-Wagner-Stiftung verliehen.

France musique

A Milan et Séville, l’amiante mine les opéras

Deux affaires judiciaires liées à la présence d’amiante placent le Teatro alla Scala de Milan (Italie) et le Théâtre Maestranza de Séville (Espagne) dans une situation délicate.

Twitter

Caterina Grewe @Caterina_Mai The CD is now available to purchase online:

Live Music Now @LiveMusicNowUK Details of our extraordinary 100 events to celebrate # Centenary today are here. We hope to see you there!

BBC Radio 3 @BBCRadio3 Yehudi Menuhin born today 100 years ago. A tribute to him coming up soon on Breakfast with

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Photograph: Kristian Dowling/Getty Images

(Written on April 22, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Tagesspiegel presents Barrie Kosky’s new season for Komische Oper Berlin, the construction of Barenboim-Said-Akademie to be finished by the end of 2016 & more safety precautions for Bayreuther Festspiele. Also, Menuhin Competition 2016 taking place in London & Opera Theatre of St. Louis receives grant from Opera America

Classic FM

Menuhin Competitition 2016: very good reasons why you have to get a ticket

Every two years, the world’s best young violinists gather for a competition that feels more like a music festival. Here’s why you should come to the 2016 edition in London

Classical Music Magazine

Goldsmiths charity fundraisers to play 12-hour Beethoven marathon

Professional players and singers will join forces music students from Goldsmiths, University of London to perform all nine Beethoven symphonies back-to-back on 23 April in order to raise funds for Médecins Sans Frontières

Music Week

Beatles Anthology collection now available to stream

The Beatles’ Anthology, Volumes 1-3 music collections are now available for streaming worldwide.

Classicalite

Opera Theatre of St. Louis Receives $40,000 Grant from Opera America

The Opera Theatre of St. Louis has received a major grant from the Opera America organization to continue its mission of involving the local community in the arts.

Washington Post

Want to see ‘The Ring’ in D.C.’s first-ever full cycle? Expect to pony up.

Maybe attending 17 hours of opera about the adventures of a phalanx of German gods and goddesses — featuring a cast of hundreds, not to mention splashy pyrotechnics — should cost a fortune

Der Tagesspiegel

Berliner Mischung

Seine fünfte Saison soll die beste werden: Intendant Barrie Kosky stellt die Spielzeit 2016/17 an der Komischen Oper vor

Pizzicato

Barenboim-Said Akademie perfekt im Zeitplan

Im ehemaligen Magazin der Staatsoper Berlin entsteht die Barenboim-Said Akademie. Die Bauarbeiten haben im Mai 2014 begonnen und werden im Laufe dieses Jahres abgeschlossen

Musik-heute

Zeitung: Schärferes Sicherheitskonzept für Bayreuther Festspiele

Wegen einer vermeintlich islamkritischen Inszenierung wird nach Informationen des “Nordbayerischen Kuriers” in Bayreuth an schärferen Sicherheitsvorkehrungen für die Wagner-Festspiele gefeilt

Le Parisien

Leonard Slatkin va quitter en douceur ses fonctions à la tête de l’ONL

Le chef d’orchestre américain Leonard Slatkin va quitter progressivement ses fonctions à la tête de l’Orchestre national de Lyon

Twitter

neue musikzeitung Pina-Bausch-Zentrum soll 2022 fertig sein: – Das Pina-Bausch-Zentrum im einstigen…

BR KLASSIK Entscheiden nun die Bürger über die des ?

klassik.com Karriere-News: Sylvain Cambreling (Staatsoper Stuttgart)

Cory Weaver /for the San Francisco Opera/ Washington Post

Cory Weaver /for the San Francisco Opera/ Washington Post

(Written on April 6, 2016 )

Classic FM Online

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa to retire from opera stage?

New Zealand opera singer Dame Kiri Te Kanawa has suggested that she will retire from the opera stage, on the eve of her 70th birthday.

Leonard Slatkin encourages concert audience to use mobile phone cameras

Conductor Leonard Slatkin surprised attendees at a Detroit Symphony Orchestra concert by encouraging them to take photos and videos of the performance with their phones, and to post them on the internet via social media.

Gramophone

Founder of Lyrita Richard Itter has died

Richard Itter was the founder of Lyrita Recorded Edition as a mail-order subscription label in 1959 (with the first LPs issued the following year) and over the next 32 years created a superb catalogue of largely orchestral British music.

Daily Mail

CHRIS DEERIN: I adore classical music. How can I pass the baton to a new generation?

Chris Deerin on Classical Music

Rafael Bonachela: From Madonna to JS Bach

Sydney Dance Co’s AD used to chose Madonna over flamenco, but nowadays it’s classical that sets his toes tapping.

The Telegraph

iTunes Festival may force imminent iOS 7.1 update

A well-connected Apple blogger claims that iOS 7.1 will be released within days as it is needed to support new features to allow the upcoming iTunes Festival in Texas to be live-streamed to devices around the world

Die Welt

Wanderhuren aus dem finsteren Zeitalter der Oper

Lange waren Barockopern etwas für Nerds. Heute gibt es eine ganze Industrie, die sie als gefühlige Events vermarktet. Wie die Alte Musik die Klassikbranche und die Seelen retten soll.
Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on March 5, 2014 )

Broadway World

Pacific Symphony Receives $2 Million Gift From James and Catherine Emmi

Pacific Symphony recently received a generous gift of $2 million from long-time board member James Emmi and his wife, Catherine, providing continued support for orchestral operations and endowment.

Guardian

Mozart Undone: ‘Everything has to be hosed down afterwards’

Condoms, mud, bluegrass – Imogen Tilden finds out how the Danish craze for the ‘theatre concert’ has shaken up Mozart

Classic FM

Leonard Slatkin encourages concert audience to use mobile phone cameras

Conductor Leonard Slatkin surprised attendees at a Detroit Symphony Orchestra concert by encouraging them to take photos and videos of the performance with their phones, and to post them on the internet via social media.

Telegraph

Regime change in Bayreuth – and Dresden

The departure of Eva Wagner-Pasquier from the festival that bears her family name is of less importance than a sacking in Dresden, says Rupert Christiansen

WWLP

Violinist for a cause: Vasculitis awareness

Violin for Vasculitis: Allison Lint plans to play her violin in all 50 states, to raise awareness for vasculitis, a disease she’s been living with since she was a teenager.

Classic FM

Classic FM

(Written on February 28, 2014 )

Classical Music Magazine

Ulster Orchestra appoints Rafael Payare as next chief conductor

Venezuelan conductor Rafael Payare has been announced as the next chief conductor of the Ulster Orchestra. He will take over from JoAnn Falletta from the 2014-15 season, initially on a three-year contract.

Commons committee to investigate ACE’s remit, funding criteria and regional balance

The Culture, Media and Sport select committee of the House of Commons is to conduct an inquiry into the work of Arts Council England. The inquiry will look over the organisation’s scale, scope and remit, as well as the current weighting of its funding towards arts organisations in London.

Guardian

Scented scarves, scampering fingers and ice: concerts the immersive way

What does Debussy smell like? BitterSuite is an immersive concert project inspired by synaesthesia.

Telegraph

Master of the Queen’s Music – who next for a royal appointment?

As Peter Maxwell Davies prepares to step down as Master of the Queen’s Music, John Allison weighs up the various contenders to replace him.

CBC News

Violinist Yosuke Kawasaki fights $120K fine for antique violin

One of Canada’s most prestigious violinists is battling the Canada Border Services Agency in Federal Court after he was fined $120,000 for failing to declare nearly half a million dollars in musical instruments.

 South China Morning Post

US conductor Leonard Slatkin says future of orchestras is secure

He’s optimistic about the role of orchestras in our society, positive about young players and doesn’t worry about the classics disappearing. As long as society exists, there will be orchestras to reflect it, he says.

Die Zeit

“Für Machos ist Mariachi wichtiger als Mozart”

Auf seinem neuen Album singt der Tenor Rolando Villazón selten gehörte Arien von Mozart. Mit der “Welt” spricht er darüber, warum es zarte Wiener Klassik in der Latinogesellschaft so schwer hat.

Guardian

Guardian

 

(Written on January 14, 2014 )

New York Times

A New Operatic Harmony in Berlin

Berlin’s two main opera houses, the Deutsche Oper and the Staatsoper, have a rivalry dating back to the cold war but recent changes suggest a new era of cooperation.

Guardian

Funding cuts force merger of Germany’s SWR Symphony and Stuttgart Radio Orchestras

As of 2016, “the SWR Symphony Orchestra, based in Freiburg and Baden-Baden, is merging with the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, thanks to a combination of budgetary cuts at the radio organisation that pays for both of them and what musicians in Germany call the ‘cultural barbarity’ of the radio bosses.”

BT to add music service to TV offerings

BT is to launch a music streaming and karaoke service backed by the world’s largest music company, Universal Music. The service will initially offer the equivalent of about 150 albums of music tracks, which subscribers can listen to through their BT TV service.

Huffington Post

Orchestra Moving to the Internet

Leonard Slatkin, conductor of the Detroit Symphony orchestra, writes about how internet broadcasting of concerts has helped them bounce back after their six month strike and financial troubles.

Telegraph

Dressing up, dressing down: does it affect how many come to concerts?

Stephen Hough discusses concert dress, accessibility and the theatre of the concert hall.

Gramophone

Linn offers festive gift of 24 days of free high-resolution music downloads

The hi-fi manufacturer, whose Linn Records label won Gramophone’s Label of the Year in 2010, is celebrating the festive season with free Studio Master high-resolution music downloads from the beginning of December until Christmas.

Der Tagesspiegel

Das ist mein Lebenswerk hier

Staatsopern-Maestro Daniel Barenboim spricht im Interview über die „Trovatore“-Premiere mit Placido Domingo und Anna Netrebko, über Berlin und seinen baldigen Abschied von Mailand. Und er bricht eine Lanze für Sasha Waltz und ihre Tanzcompagnie, die Berlin unbedingt halten sollte.

New York Times

New York Times

 

(Written on November 29, 2013 )