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In today’s classical news, Andrew Norman wins the Grawemeyer Award for Music, one of the most prestigious contemporary music prizes. Spanish National Orchestra (Orquesta Nacional de España) has appointed new concertmaster, violinist Gjorgi Dimchevski. An alleged Beethoven manuscript failed to sell at auction after its authenticity being questioned by an academic. Also, a French composer was arrested in Russia while he was attempting to settle a plagiarism claim against a Russian singer.

Gramophone

Andrew Norman wins the $100,000 Grawemeyer Award for Music

Norman’s 47-minute orchestral work ‘Play’ has won the 2017 award from the University of Louisville.

The Violin Channel

Madrid’s Spanish National Orchestra Announce New Concertmaster

The Spanish National Orchestra has today announced the appointment of 32 year old violinist Gjorgi Dimchevski as their new Concertmaster

DW

French musician ‘held’ after crying foul in Russia

A French composer aiming to settle a plagiarism claim against a Russian singer has run into trouble after the singer accused him of extortion. The Frenchman was met by police while trying to sign a settlement.

International Arts Manager

Royal Flemish Philharmonic opens new hall

Royal Flemish Philharmonic (RFP) has opened its brand-new Queen Elisabeth Concert Hall in Antwerp. The 2,000-seat hall will be home to RFP for both concerts (45 per year) and rehearsals (100 days per year).

Inquirer.net

Listening to Mozart can lower your blood pressure

Inquirer.net was invited to a series of talks on how to prevent and treat cardiovascular diseases like high blood pressure, heart failure and other types of heart diseases by drug and nondrug treatments and it seems as listening to Mozart can lower your blood pressure.

Music Business Worldwide

Lewis Carnie And Paul Rodgers Step Up To Head BBC Radio 2 And 6 Music

Lewis Carnie and Paul Rodgers have been promoted at the BBC to Head of Radio 2 and Head of Radio 6 respectively.

Klassik.com

Echtheit angezweifelt: Auktionshaus bleibt auf Beethoven-Manuskript sitzen

Ein vom Auktionshaus Sotheby’s in London zum Verkauf angebotenes Beethoven-Manuskript hat keinen Käufer gefunden. Grund dafür war ein öffentlich ausgetragener Dissens über die Authentizität des Autographs zwischen dem Auktionshaus und einem Beethoven-Spezialisten der Universität Manchester.

Musik Heute

Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern planen neue Konzertformate

Die Festspiele warten 2017 Jahr mit neuen Formaten auf. Das spektakulärste Konzert wird nach Ansicht des Intendanten Markus Fein in Rostock zu hören sein: Schlagzeug unter Kränen. In der Reihe “Unerhörte Orte” werde der Preisträger in Residence, der Schlagzeuger Alexej Gerassimez, mit seinem Percussion-Ensemble in der Produktionshalle des Kranbauers Liebherr auftreten.

Studie: Musikmachen bei Jugendlichen im Trend

Das Musikmachen hat im Leben von Jugendlichen einen hohen Stellenwert. Dieses Fazit zog der Musikinstrumentenverband SOMM am Dienstag aus einer aktuellen Studie zum Medienumgang von 12- bis 19-Jährigen in Deutschland. Danach musizieren 21 Prozent der Jugendlichen mindestens mehrmals pro Woche selbst.

Codex Flores

Festival Strings Lucerne in der Elbphilharmonie

Die Festival Strings Lucerne werden als erstes Schweizer Orchester die Akustik des neuen Konzertsaals in der Elbphilharmonie Hamburg testen zu können. Am 11. Januar 2017 beginnt nach beinahe zehnjähriger Bauzeit der Spielbetrieb. Die Festival Strings Lucerne absolvieren ihr Debütkonzert am 1. Juni 2017.

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Classical Music News @ClassicalMusic Berlin will publish the pay of its chief conductors http://dlvr.it/Mmpv4m #ClassicalMusic

BR_Klassik @BR_Klassik ier haben sich gestritten, ein Unbekannter hat zugeschlagen: 4,5 Mio Pfund für #Mahlers 2. Symphonie bei @Sothebyshttps://t.co/OGhPXZ9iay

The Royal Opera @TheRoyalOpera Scandalous! Why #ROHhoffmann hogged the headlines 36 years ago: https://t.co/3zd7870wkD

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Photo: Jessa Anderson

(Written on November 30, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Beethoven’s manuscript is to be auctioned at Sotheby’s, however the authenticity of the manuscript is being disputed between an academic based in University of Manchester and Sotheby’s Director of books and manuscripts. German ensemble, The Vision String Quartet, won the first prize of Geneva International String Quartet Competition 2016 in Switzerland. Also, pianist Menahem Pressler played Mozart’s Piano Concerto K. 595 with Boston Symphony Orchestra at the age of 92.

Belfast Telegraph

Classical music experts out of tune over Beethoven manuscript

A bad-tempered row erupted in the world of classical music after experts clashed over the authenticity of a Beethoven manuscript that is up for auction.

The Strad

Vision String Quartet wins Geneva Competition

The Vision String Quartet from Germany has won first prize, worth CHF 20,000 ($19,700), at the Geneva International String Quartet Competition in Switzerland.

Royal Academy of Music’s head of strings responds to criticism from violinist Nigel Kennedy

The British violinist accused music colleges of producing ‘factory lines’ of pianists and violinists

CMUSE

92-year-old pianist plays Mozart concerto with Boston Symphony Orchestra

92-year-old Menahem Pressler was guest soloist last week with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 27.

Choir and Organ Magazine

London Concord Singers mark 50th anniversary

The London Concord Singers are celebrating their 50th anniversary with a concert under new musical director Jessica Norton.

Classical Music Magazine

Julian Lloyd Webber presents cello highlights of BBC archive

Julian Lloyd Webber will highlight some the best cello performances in the BBC Archive in a new BBC Four programme.

nmz

Streit um Dresdner Kulturpalast – Intendant verärgert

Wenige Monate vor der Wiedereröffnung des Dresdner Kulturpalastes gibt es Streit über die Kosten der Bespielung. Nach Philharmonie-Chefdirigent Michael Sanderling reagierte am Montag auch Musikfestspiel-Intendant Jan Vogler verärgert auf die in der vergangenen Woche überraschend vom Stadtrat beschlossene Budgetkürzung für die beiden städtischen Institutionen.

Klassik.com

Dirigent Valery Gergiev muss Konzerte absagen

Der russische Dirigent muss wegen einer Knieoperation mehrere Konzerte absagen. Bereits bei einem Auftritt in Bern musste Gergiev aufgrund einer Meniskusverletzung Teile des Konzerts im Sitzen dirigieren. Im Anschluß wurden weitere Konzerte in Belgien und Luxemburg abgesagt. Gleiches gilt für Auftritte mit dem London Symphony Orchestra, bei denen nun Thomas Sondergard für Gergiev einspringt.

Musik Heute

Jana Baumeister gewinnt Bundeswettbewerb Gesang

Die Sopranistin Jana Baumeister hat den diesjährigen Bundeswettbewerb Gesang gewonnen. Die 28-Jährige erhielt den mit 10.000 Euro dotierten 1. Preis und den Sonderpreis der Leipziger Bach-Stiftung für Konzertengagements.

Klassik Heute

Hamburg kürt Deutschlands innovativste Gründung in der Musikwirtschaft

Sechs deutsche Gründerteams wetteifern beim Music WorX Day am 30. November 2016 um den Förderpreis der Freien und Hansestadt Hamburg für junge, innovative Unternehmen aus der Musikwirtschaft. Die Gründer und Gründerinnen präsentieren ihre Geschäftsideen vor einem Fachpublikum – das beste Team erhält den mit 5.000 Euro dotierten Jurypreis.

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Classical Music @ClassicalMusic8 The 50 greatest Schubert recordings – part 3 – Gramophone http://dlvr.it/MmGQkJ

The Royal Opera @TheRoyalOpera A Londoner through and through! Fancy a stroll around Handel’s home town? http://www.roh.org.uk/news/a-trip-ar…

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Photo: Belfast Telegrpah

(Written on November 29, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, sneaker-star and Metropolitan Opera tenor Francesco Anile got another chance in the spotlight, Romanian culture minister resigned amid a dispute at the Romanian National Opera and a missing manuscript by Malcolm Arnold has been rediscovered on eBay.

New York Post

Metropolitan Opera tenor takes the stage again — in costume

The Italian tenor who made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera on a moment’s notice last weekend — while still wearing a T-shirt, jeans and sneakers — got another chance in the spotlight Thursday night.

Classical Music Magazine

Romanian culture minister resigns amid opera row

Romania’s culture minister has resigned amid a dispute at the Romanian National Opera, Bucharest which has seen staff protests and three performances cancelled. Vlad Alexandrescu announced that he would be stepping down in a letter to the Prime Minister posted on his Facebook page on 27 April.

Classical-music.com

Missing manuscript by Malcolm Arnold discovered on eBay

A handwritten symphony manuscript by Malcolm Arnold has been rediscovered by his daughter on eBay, three decades after he is thought to have given it away while suffering from mental illness.

ABC News

Opera singer Nicole Car rising up the ranks of Australia’s opera scene

Nicole Car was hooked on opera from the opening chords of the overture of the first opera she ever saw.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Muttersprache Mozart

Er ist der eleganteste Dirigent der Welt, mit einer Vorliebe für die ganz großen symphonischen Brocken von Richard Wagner, Anton Bruckner und Gustav Mahler: Zubin Mehta wird an diesem Freitag 80 Jahre alt

neue musikzeitung

Podium-Festival Esslingen 2016: Klassik-Events im alten Kino und in der Autowerkstatt

In seinem achten Jahr schwimmt das Esslinger Podium Festival auf einer anhaltenden Erfolgswelle

klassik.com

Überreichung der Auszeichnung durch den bayerischen Ministerpräsidenten

Tenor Jonas Kaufmann mit Bundesverdienstkreuz ausgezeichnet

pizzicato

Verona: In der Arena herrscht ‘Normalität’

Carlo Fuortes, der die Abwicklung der Geschäfte im finanziell angeschlagenen Betrieb der Opernfestspiele in Verona überwachen soll, hat vor der Presse betont, die Festspiele würden wie geplant stattfinden

artsjournal

Chicago Symphony’s Pioneering “Beyond The Score” Project Is Canceled

The cost of all the extra elements far outweighed the revenue from ticket sales

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Top Classical News @topcmnews Music in the workplace, pros and cons

Bamberg Symphony @bambergsymphony  with of 2013 ©Peter Eberts

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Photograph: Ken Howard

(Written on April 29, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, the Guardian announces an old manuscript of Igor Stravinsky has been rediscovered and The Times reports of Jonas Kaufmann’s upcoming appearance at the Last Night of the Proms. Also interviews with viola star Maxim Rysanov and Tosca singer Elena Stikhina. As well as this, architect Christoph Nagel reveals his incredible project for a new concert hall in Munich.

The Guardian

Key Igor Stravinsky work found after 100 years

Stephen Walsh, a world expert on the composer, tells how lost score was found in piles of dusty manuscripts

Everyone’s talking about . . . Jonas Kaufmann at the Last Night of the Proms

Rule, Britannia! Or should that be, Herrsche, Gross Britannien!? Next weekend, the superstar tenor Jonas Kaufmann becomes the first German singer to perform the patriotic anthem at the Last Night of the Proms.

Gramophone

Exclusive video: The Tallis Scholars pay tribute to Arvo Pärt on his 80th birthday

Admirers of Part’s music were given a special opportunity to appear in this special filmed tribute to the composer.

Amati Magazine

EDITOR’S LUNCH: Maxim Rysanov

The Ukrainian viola star Maxim Rysanov, celebrated for his sweet, powerful tone and his passion for commissioning new works, enjoys a Turkish feast with Jessica Duchen during the 2015 Istanbul Festival

Classical Music Magazine

Representation of women on Edexcel music syllabus: update

Student Jessy McCabe, who started a petition to ensure that women are represented on Edexcel’s next A-level music syllabus, has posted an update on the change.org page.

Klassik.com

Münchener Architekt schlägt unterirdischen Konzertsaal vor

Neuesten Medienberichten zufolge hat der Münchener Architekt Christoph Nagel den Bau eines unterirdischen Konzertsaals unter dem Königsplatz vorgeschlagen. Sein Entwurf sieht ein unterirdisches Musik- und Kulturzentrum vor, das “Kunst, Musik und Geschichte vereint und zugleich spektakuläre Architektur schafft”.

Codex Flores

Verloren geglaubte Strawsinky-Partitur aufgefunden

In einem Stapel alter Manuskripte ist im Konservatorium von St. Petersburg eine Partitur entdeckt worden, von der man glaubte, sie sei unwiederbringlich verloren. Es handelt sich um Strawinskys Grablied (Pogrebal’naya Pesnya) im Andenken an seinen Lehrer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakow.

Opernnetz.de

Vermittlerin der Gefühle

Die junge Elena Stikhina hatte nicht geplant, als Opernsängerin ihren Lebensunterhalt zu bestreiten, aber nun singt sie Rollen wie Tosca und Micaela. Auf diesem Weg versucht sie, das Publikum mit großen Gefühlen zu überwältigen – so wie es ihr selbst auch passiert ist.

The Washington Post

The piano: Keys of the future

A piano, it’s said, can emulate an entire orchestra: Its range extends from thunderous fortes to streams of liquid notes. Yet the majority of people who talk about piano sound today are talking about the sound of a single manufacturer: Steinway.

npr

An Unnoticed ‘Happy Birthday’ Draft Gives Singers A Simpler Tune

It may be the most famous song in the world — but you probably don’t know it by the name it was originally called. “Happy Birthday to You,” that little ditty that floats above cakes and candles the world over, was written by Mildred and Patty Hill, two sisters from Louisville, Ky.

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ClassicalToday : Violinist Arnaud Sussmann Awarded Paris Orchestra Play/Direct Prize

Radio Classique: Les étranges photos de à voir au jusqu’au 14 septembre

NYConcert Artists : 2016 NYCA Worldwide Debut Audition – For Pianists & Violinists
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For several generations of musicians and music lovers, Steinway has come to represent the acme of piano sound. Photo credit: Scott Suchman for the WP.

 

(Written on September 7, 2015 )

Classical News

Guardian

Dame Fanny Waterman retires from Leeds Piano competition

The co-founder, chair and artistic director of the prestigious competition steps down from her position, aged 95.

Telegraph

Manuscript showing ‘birth’ of 1,000 years of choral music discovered

The earliest practical example of polyphonic music has been discovered on the bottom of a manuscript at the British Library

The Times

Alexandre Desplat: ‘Angelina knows very quickly what she wants’

Alexandre Desplat, Hollywood’s go-to composer, is picky about directors, but when Angelina Jolie called he had to say oui.

Classical Music Magazine

Classic FM’s Darren Henley appointed Arts Council England chief executive

Classic FM managing director Darren Henley is to succeed Alan Davey as chief executive of Arts Council England. Davey starts as controller of Radio 3 in January, replacing Roger Wright.

BBC Music Magazine

Radio 3 Christmas carol competition finalists announced

Hear all six shortlisted carols performed by the BBC Singers

The Strad

Germany’s ‘orchestral landscape’ recognised by UNESCO as ‘intangible cultural heritage’

The move follows years of orchestral mergers and closures throughout the country

Zeit Online

Deutschlands Puls in BPM

Von VW-Ingenieuren zu Techno-DJs: Wie elektronische Musik das Selbstverständnis der Berliner Republik geprägt und Deutschlands Bild in der Welt verändert hat

Pizzicato

Karel Mark Chichon erwägt Gerichtsverfahren wegen Anomalien bei Postenbesetzung in Sevilla

Nachdem die Leitung der Oper in Sevilla dem spanischen Dirigenten Pedro Halffter und das Symphonieorchester dem Amerikaner John Axelrod anvertraut wurden, erwägt nun ein leer ausgegangener Kandidat gerichtliche Schritte.

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Wie Rot klingt

Der junge Schweizer Baritonsaxophonist Matthias Tschopp durchwandert auf musikalischem Wege die Werke Joan Mirós.

Codex Flores

Bilanz 13/14 von Konzert Theater Bern

Konzert Theater Bern hat in der Saison 2013/14 die Gesamtzuschauerzahl im Vergleich zur Vorjahressaison um mehr als sechs Prozent gesteigert.

Le Monde

L’Hôtel de Ville met la Philharmonie au régime

Contesté par la Mairie de Paris depuis l’élection d’Anne Hidalgo, le 30 mars, le budget de fonctionnement annuel de la Philharmonie de Paris, qui doit ouvrir ses portes le 14 janvier 2015, vient de subir un sérieux coup de rabot.

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MusicSalesClassical ‏@MSClassical: Loving @GramophoneMag cartoon summary of major events of 2014. Judith Weir + corgi! http://www.gramophone.co.uk/sites/default/files/september.jpg …

Royal College Music ‏@RCMLatest: In this @Telegraph article RCM Composition for Screen prof @vascohexel explains why #Frozen‘s Let It Go is so popular http://bit.ly/1AajsMS 

Boosey & Hawkes ‏@Boosey_NewYork: Looking ahead—celebrations planned worldwide for Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday http://www.boosey.com/cr/news/Leonard-Bernstein-at-100-Looking-Ahead-to-2018/100536 …

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The yard of the Philharmonic, Paris, 19 March 2014 Photo: Thomas Samson/AFP

(Written on December 17, 2014 )

Telegraph

Mozart manuscript smuggled out of Nazi Germany expected to fetch £500,000

The family of a Jewish musician who smuggled a Mozart manuscript out of Nazi Germany are selling it at auction.

Guardian

Inside Opera: Live stream hopes to widen access to UK’s opera houses

Online linkup between all seven public-funded opera companies will be streamed on YouTube and aims to find younger audience

Daily Mail

Michael Buble accused of underpaying Australian orchestra during his tour

Canadian crooner Michael Buble has reportedly underpaid his entourage of musicians at his recent Rod Laver Arena shows in Melbourne. Buble’s eight-piece string section orchestra were reportedly paid $550 for 12 hours of work, which is almost 40 per cent below the award wage for live performers.

New York Times

Met Opera Contract Talks Stumble to a Start

A Metropolitan Opera union and management almost did not begin their contract talks on Monday after labor invited reporters to attend.

A Composer Attuned to the Earth’s Swirling Motion

A New York Premiere for John Luther Adams’s ‘Become Ocean’

Concerti

Blind gehört Yaara Tal & Andreas Groethuysen: „Da fehlt ein bisschen die Erotik“

Das Klavierduo Yaara Tal & Andreas Groethuysen hört und kommentiert CDs von Kollegen, ohne dass es erfährt, wer spielt

Klassik Akzente

Endlich: Elina Garanca zurück auf den Bühnen der Welt

Ihre Fans haben lange darauf warten müssen, aber nun ist es endlich soweit: Am 11. Mai meldet sich die lettische Mezzosopranistin Elina Garanca aus ihrer zweiten Babypause zurück.

Le Figaro

Kronos Quartet, le titan du quatuor à cordes

Pour ses 40 ans, l’ensemble californien se produit encore mardi soir à Arras et publie un nouveau coffret chez Nonesuch.

Classical Music on Twitter

Philharmonic Society@RoyalPhilSoc Showing the immense personal impact of Chopin’s music, Channel 4’s ‘Chopin Saved My Life’ @OxfordFilmTV has been shortlisted #RPSMusicAwards

The Royal Opera@TheRoyalOpera ‘Tell me about your mother…’ To celebrate Freud’s birthday, how changing attitudes to his work have shaped opera http://www.roh.org.uk/news/how-to-stage-an-opera-freud-and-die-frau-ohne-schatten

YCAT @YCATrust Superstar @PianistJiLiu heads North to @sage_gateshead for an afternoon of Rzweski, Schubert, Chopin, Liszt – 11 May http://www.sagegateshead.com/event/ji-liu/

ACE National@ace_national We’re giving away 20 FREE places to cultural organisations at the 2014 @INFOTCCE Culture Capital Exchange Conference http://bit.ly/R7IPfN

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(Written on May 6, 2014 )

The Guardian

Sergei Rachmaninov symphony manuscript to go under the hammer

Sotheby’s estimates 320-page document detailing composer’s second symphony will fetch up to £1.5m at auction in May

The Telegraph

James Levine: ‘I doubted I’d ever make it back’

America’s greatest conductor, the Metropolitan’s James Levine, tells John Allison how he beat paralysis to return to the podium – in a wheelchair

The Messiah: Handel’s gift to the poor of London

One of the world’s greatest choral works has its roots in the composer’s compassion for the shamed and destitute

Classic FM

Julian Lloyd Webber awarded ISM’s Distinguished Musician Award

The British cello star picked up the award from the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) in partnership with Classic FM at the ISM conference in Birmingham Conservatoire this afternoon.

BBC Music Magazine

Royal Opera House’s Les Vepres siciliennes named Best New Opera Production at the Olivier awards

 The Royal Opera House and English Touring Opera are both awarded prizes

Die Welt

Klassik-Borschtsch mit regimetreuen Künstlern

Mit kräftiger Putin-Unterstützung: In Novosibirsk möchte der dort geborene Geiger Vadim Repin ein großes Kunstfestival etablieren. Doch man erfährt dort mehr über russisches Dasein als über Musik.

Concerti

ONLINE-INTERVIEW: In der Welt von… Martin Stadtfeld 

In unserer Reihe „In der Welt von…“ begleiten wir, vernetzt durch Smartphone und Social Media, Künstler auf Reisen, zu spannenden Projekten und besonderen Ereignissen.

 

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Gramophone: @GramophoneMag Richard Egarr, AAMorchestra music director, tells us about recording Bach’s St John Passion in our new podcast: http://www.gramophone.co.uk/news/exploring-bachs-st-john-passion-the-new-gramophone-podcast

Classic FM: @ClassicFM  Great story from Neville Marriner – the perfect recording that never was. Coming up my Album of the Week johnsuchet1 pic.twitter.com/wxl36W8T0o

Classical:NEXT: ‏@ClassicalNEXT social action through music – listen to the El Sistema session at Classical:NEXT 2013 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9-E_Ld_dsU …

BAFA: @BritArtsFests New BBC initative Ten Pieces: introducing a generation of children to classical music as a stimulus for creativity http://bbc.in/1irXpbV 

Neue Musikzeitung: @musikzeitung Lammert nennt SWR-Orchesterfusion “unsensible Fehlentscheidung… http://goo.gl/fb/mHBfb 

The Guardian

The Guardian

(Written on April 17, 2014 )

New York Times

A Page of Beethoven May Fetch More Than $200,000

A rare Beethoven manuscript — actually, a leaf from a late-period sketchbook that the composer apparently tore out and carried in his pocket while composing the “Missa Solemnis” — will be auctioned on Jan 15th at RR Auctions in Amherst

The Guardian

Guardian to raise cover price

Weekday and Saturday editions of newspaper to cost 20p more as the Times also increases price by same amount

Classic FM Online

Gergiev and San Francisco Symphony top busiest conductor and orchestra list

The annual stats for classical concerts across the world have been released by classical events finder website Bachtrack, with Valery Gergiev coming out on top as the world’s busiest conductor

Sir Thomas Allen to receive Queen’s Medal for Music

Operatic baritone and director Sir Thomas Allen CBE has been announced as the recipient of the 2013 Queen’s Medal for Music

‘H2Orchestra’ play charity concert

Performers from Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra gave up their instruments to perform in concert – using only glasses of water

South China Morning Post

Pros and cons: the Hong Kong Philharmonic turns 40

As the Hong Kong Philharmonic marks its 40th anniversary, Oliver Chou looks back at the trials and triumphs involved in creating an orchestra to be proud of

Die Welt

Tanzkrisen reflektieren das Klima des Landes

Ihr Name bedeutet “Sauerkirsche”, sie selbst strahlt zuckersüß und ist stahlhart: Die Russin Diana Vishnewa, eine der besten Ballerinen weltweit, über die Zustände am Mariinksy und Bolschoi Theater

The Guardian

The Guardian

(Written on January 7, 2014 )

Gramophone

Leila Josefowicz puts her violin up for sale

The 1750 instrument by Michele Angelo Bergonzi will be auctioned through Ingles and Hayday

Classic FM Online

Jack Topping to enter race for Christmas No. 1

Jack’s hoping he’ll be ‘Topping’ the charts come Christmas Day, fending off competition from this year’s X factor winner

The Globe and Mail

Once banned, classical music finds an unlikely future in China

Having been banned during the time of Mao, classical music has had a boom since it was allowed back into China. Shi Shuai is the face of classical music’s most promising new frontier

New York Times

Columbia to House a Trove of Prokofiev’s Items

A foundation dedicated to Sergei Prokofiev will give a priceless trove of musical manuscripts, letters and other items belonging to the composer — including a suitcase — to the Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Columbia in an effort to make them more accessible to scholars

Muscle and Speed Win a Crowd’s Adulation

Mariinsky Orchestra Closes Carnegie Run With Rachmaninoff

Arts Professional

Festivals in the frame

Why do we need festivals? Do we simply enjoy coming together to celebrate culture − or is it more than that? Debate today at 5pm for discussing this topic

FONO FORUM

„Ehrliche Virtuosität macht Spaß“

Seit Jahren gehört Hélène Grimaud zu den erfolgreichsten und beliebtesten Pianistinnen der Klassik-Szene. Anders als viele ihrer französischen Klavierkollegen hat sie auch ein besonderes Faible für die Werke von Johannes Brahms. Nun hat sie beide Klavierkonzerte eingespielt

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on October 17, 2013 )

The Guardian

How Dorset’s 1000-year-old Viking bones inspired my new oratorio

As the BSO’s composer, I was tasked with writing a piece for the London 2012 festival. And it was the skeletons in Dorset’s cupboard that inspired the Chalk Legend.

BBC Music Magazine

Computer creates piece of orchestral music in just 8 minutes

London Symphony Orchestra to perform computer-generated piece.

Schoenberg manuscript to be auctioned

Autograph manuscript of String Quartet No. 10 goes under the hammer.

Arts Journal – Slipped Disc

Top South African pianist ‘blacklisted’ by the Johannesburg Philharmonic

Professor Nina Schumann is one of the most active pianist in South Africa. She told the press today that she and her husband have been put on a blackist by the national orchestra’s aggressive management.

Gramophone

A double-edged sword

Performing the dual role of opera singer and director – from Carmen to this year’s Le nozze di Figaro at Stowe Opera.

Wells Cathedral invites boys and girls to ‘Be a Chorister for a Day’

Programme celebrates 10th anniversary this October.

 

(Written on July 12, 2012 )