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In today’s classical news, Paul Lewis and Adam Gatehouse, joint Artistic Directors of Leeds International Piano Competition, talk about the reinvention of the competition. David Teie, an US composer and cellist, released Music For Cats after years of research. Also, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra launched the “Classical Connections” program to study cognitive benefits of classical music.

The Guardian

Paul Lewis: how we’re transforming ‘the Leeds’ to nurture tomorrow’s pianists

The Leeds piano competition is being given a radical, creative reboot. Paul Lewis, one of its new directors – alongside Adam Gatehouse – explains the plan.

Today Online

Album for cats tops classical music charts

David Teie, an US composer and cellist, released Music For Cats after years of research.

Broadway World

Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra Launches Program to Study Cognitive Benefits of Classical Music

The Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra (SBCO) has launched “Classical Connections,” an innovative program to study the therapeutic benefits of classical music for individuals suffering cognitive or neurological impairment.

Classical Music Magazine

RSNO Composers’ Hub announces 2016/17 intake

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra has announced the second intake for its Composers’ Hub scheme.

Help Musicians UK announces latest career development grants

Help Musicians UK has announced the latest recipients of its career development bursaries.

Voice 2.0 – Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival 2017

The three-day festival, which will take place 24-26 February 2017 at Plymouth University, will showcase new technologies and novel approaches to composition, performance and participation in music under the theme VOICE 2.0.

Washington Post

Russian city cancels ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ after protest

A theater in Omsk, one of Russia’s largest cities has cancelled a planned performance of the musical “Jesus Christ Superstar” following protests by an organization of conservative Orthodox Christians. Local group “Family, Love, and Fatherland” filed a complaint that the musical mocked religious faith.

24-Year-Old Conductor Makes History at Broadway

Madeline Smith made her Broadway debut October 14 conducting the Broadway production of Waitress. At age 24 she is believed to be the youngest woman to conduct in a Broadway pit.

Der Tagesspiegel

Iván Fischer verlässt das Konzerthaus nach 2018

Iván Fischer, Chefdirigent des Konzerthausorchesters Berlin, wird seinen Vertrag nicht über 2018 hinaus verlängern – zum Bedauern seiner Musiker. Mit neuen Formaten und spannenden Ideen konnte Iván Fischer das Konzerthausorchester profilieren.

Codex Flores

Heidelberger Frühling zeichnet einen Hotelier aus

Klaus Lauer, Gründer und Leiter der Römerbad Musiktage und Intendant der Badenweiler Musiktage, erhält den mit 10.000 Euro dotierten Musikpreis des Heidelberger Frühling 2017. Das Musikfestival vergibt die Auszeichnung jährlich an Persönlichkeiten, die sich «substanziell und nachhaltig für die Vermittlung von klassischer Musik einsetzen».

Musik Heute

Yuja Wang wird Musical Americas “Künstlerin des Jahres”

Die chinesische Pianistin Yuja Wang ist von “Musical America” zur Künstlerin des Jahres 2017 ernannt worden. Die Karriere der 29-Jährigen übersteige die jedes anderen Pianisten in der heutigen Öffentlichkeit.

Twitter

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ .@PRSFoundation announces New Music Biennial 2017 composer residencies & Minute of Listening

The Royal Opera @TheRoyalOpera How the musical tide turned against Shostakovich: http://www.roh.org.uk/news/knocked-b… #ROHnose

Classic FM @ClassicFM This clip of a Liverpool NHS Emergency Medical Technician casually belting out some opera is going viral: https://t.co/xVhfKz9ubX

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Photo: Leeds International Piano Competition

(Written on October 19, 2016 )

The Telegraph

Bullies almost forced me to quit Royal College of Music, says soprano Laura Wright

Soprano Laura Wright said she was bullied by students at the Royal College of Music who accused her of dumbing down classical music and almost forced her to leave

Know

Listen Like a Pro: Secrets from Classical Music Judges

At the Menuhin Competition, the pre-eminent international competition for young violinists being held at UT this week, technical excellence is expected; it’s a given for the field of 42 contestants from around the world.

Classic FM Online

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine on classical music: “It’s made me a better player”

Dave Mustaine of Megadeth explains his love of classical music ahead of his concert with the San Diego Symphony, where he’ll be performing works by Vivaldi and Bach on his very own specially modified electric guitar.

Guardian Liberty Voice

Blind Boone: African American Pianist of Classical Music and Ragtime

The inability to see did not prevent “Blind” Boone from becoming a nationally known concert pianist whose performances combined classical music and ragtime.

Gulf News

Classical music greats to gather in Dubai again

Season three of the monthly Emirates NBD Classics concert series is back this week

Limelight Magazine

Slava Grigoryan pays tribute to Paco de Lucía

Adelaide’s Guitar Festival chief writes on the passing of an inspiration

Guardian Liberty Voice

Guardian Liberty Voice

(Written on February 27, 2014 )

The Huffington Post

Can Women Save Classical Music?

Changing statistics on classical music listeners

NPR

Classical Couples: Sweethearts Sharing The Stage

Happily, the arrows are still flying and the roster of musical matchups keeps growing. For this Valentine’s Day, NPR offer a few contemporary couples making beautiful music.

Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel

For violinist Frank Almond, ‘disorienting’ experience brings gratitude

Frank Almond reunited with his 1715 Lipinski Stradivarius, performs with pianist William Wolfram at Wilson Center for the Arts. Monday’s performance was Almond’s first with the violin since it was recovered.

Classic FM Online

HRH the Prince of Wales guests on Classic FM

His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales tells of his love of classical music and, specifically, Hubert Parry.

The Guardian

We need to move beyond the cliches about ‘elitist’ opera

Why is opera routinely styled as the antithesis of everyday life? Let’s change the conversation and focus on the real thing, says Alexandra Wilson

‘Japanese Beethoven’ faces the music after admitting he is no longer deaf

Mamoru Samuragochi, who admitted paying professor to write symphonies, says he has regained some of his hearing

How video saved the opera star

Opera is waking up to the power of video. For his new production of Don Giovanni, the Royal Opera House’s Kasper Holten collaborated with a designer who turned U2 tours and the 2012 Olympics into visual spectaculars. Stuart Jeffries goes behind the screens

Limelight Magazine

Bryce Dessner: An American in Perth

All-round musician Bryce Dessner shares insight ahead of his Perth Festival classical gig.

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on February 12, 2014 )

New York Times

Detroit Symphony Agrees to New Contract With Musicians

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, which endured a bitter six-month strike a few years ago, settled its latest contract eight months early, orchestra officials announced Wednesday

BBC Music Magazine

HMV closes flagship Oxford Street store

HMV’s flagship store in Oxford Street has been shut down this week. Covering over 60,000 square-feet and set over three floors, the iconic HMV store at 150 Oxford Street has been at the forefront of the company’s UK presence since it was opened in 1986

NPR Music

A Gramophone And Mozart, Or How I Fell For Opera

British conductor Nicholas McGegan celebrates his ‘Beatle’ birthday today (64, that is). To mark the occasion, he recalls how he first fell in love with opera.

The ‘Ode To Joy’ As A Call To Action

Candaele has turned his obsession with Beethoven’s Ninth into a documentary film called Following the Ninth: In the Footsteps of Beethoven’s Final Symphony. He follows the Ninth around the world, to Chile and China, where it became an empowering anthem of solidarity, and to Japan, where performances of daiku — the Great Nine — are a cherished annual tradition.

The New York Times

The Echoes of War, From One Century to the Next

‘Shostakovich for the Children of Syria,’ a Benefit Concert “to promote the awareness of significant international humanitarian crises and other public interest issues”

The Metro

A real-life fairytale: Peter Pan performer proposes to his Wendy on stage

A Peter Pan performer surprised his very own Wendy when he got down on one knee near the end of a packed show in Glasgow

The Metro

The Metro

 

(Written on January 17, 2014 )

Classic FM Online

Cricket ‘choir’ sounds like human voices

A ‘choir of crickets’ that sounds like humans singing has divided the critics after a Soundcloud clip has surfaced online

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain announces 2014 players

Following two rounds of auditions over eight weeks in Edinburgh, Manchester, Bristol and London, 165 new players have been admitted to the National Youth Orchestra 2014

Gramilano

Riccardo Muti’s Ernani cancelled amid chaos at Rome Opera

Massive job losses are expec­ted at Rome Opera after it was announced that the theatre would go into receiv­er­ship after debts of 29 mil­lion euros ($39m) at the end of 2011. As the recent Bray Law states that if a theatre goes into receiv­er­ship, 50% of admin­is­trat­ive and tech­nical posts must be axed, the uni­ons are on the side of theatre dir­ector Catello De Mar­tino for maybe the first time

The Guardian

Antony Gormley: sculpting a new South Bank

Built in 1951, the Southbank Centre is an architectural landmark that attracts 25m visitors a year. But will it survive another 50 years? Sculptor Antony Gormley on why bulldozing the site would be better than the planned revamp

WQXR

Top Five Expressions of Thanks in Classical Music

There are compositional conventions for strong emotions and passions, such as love, anger, glee, and sorrow. Giving thanks, though, requires a bit more nuance—a challenge for any skilled composer. Luckily, as we prepare for Thanksgiving, there have been plenty of composers up to the task, especially in the five pieces that follow

Arts Journal

A respected Italian maestro has died

Angelo Campori, an associate of Leonard Bernstein who conducted at the Met and the Vienna Opera, has died aged 79

Winter woes: Conductor tosses lozenges at coughing Chicago audience

On Saturday night, Michael Tilson Thomas … went offstage and emerged with two large handfuls of loose cough lozenges, which he tossed underhanded into the main floor audience seats

Alberto Vilar is being held in a cell with no heating, books or music

The convicted fraudster and former opera philanthropist is being held while a judge hears his appeal against having his bail revoked, suddenly and without good reason

Die Welt

Klavier und Kitsch sind ziemlich beste Freunde

Früher hatte der Komponist Ludovico Einaudi den Respekt der Avantgarde. Bis er anfing, sentimentale Stücke und Soundtracks zu schreiben. Nun lieben ihn nur noch die Massen. Ein Besuch in Mailand

The Guardian

The Guardian

(Written on November 26, 2013 )

Stroud News & Journal

Start your career in the music industry through the Josh Edmonds Memorial Scheme

The parents of former Cirencester student Josh Edmonds are inviting youngsters in Gloucestershire to apply for a scheme in his honour which will help start their career in the music industry

Classic FM Online

National Music Council honours UK music education

Celebrating imaginative music provision in the UK, this year’s National Music Council Honours have awarded the major trophy to SoundStorm (Bournemouth & Poole) and East Ayrshire

Lang Lang receives honorary Oxford fellowship

Pianist Lang Lang has been given an honorary fellowship at St Peter’s College Oxford, presented to him by Mark Damazer CBE at a special ceremony

BBC News

Music industry hope for deaf Grange Hill actress

A former Grange Hill actress who became deaf says it has become her ambition to break into the music industry

Huffington Post

Live In the Vineyard, a Music Industry LoveFest

Bobbi Hach-Jacobs and Clare Parr should be fierce competitors in the cutthroat world of music promotion and marketing. But as leaders in their industry, they found a friendship through their love of music and musicians and bonded as dear colleagues and close friends.

Die Zeit

Endlich daheim

Was heißt hier Macht, was Kunst? Ein Spaziergang mit Markus Hinterhäuser, dem Pianisten, Programmerfinder und designierten Intendanten der Salzburger Festspiele

Classical Music News

Classical Music News

(Written on November 20, 2013 )