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In today’s classical news: The Womadelaide festival makes efforts to become more environmentally conscious as the issue headlines as the festival’s theme this year. For their 2017-18 program the Arts Council of Korea and the Arts Council of England collaborate on a new series of artist partnerships. Seventeen year old cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason is quickly building an international reputation as an emerging young soloist, and Victoria Bond becomes the first woman conductor to be awarded a doctorate from Juilliard’s orchestral conducting program. A brief history of opera business, and German Musikwettbewerb announces winners in Leipzig.

The Guardian

Music to our ears: sustainability headlines Womadelaide festival

From encouraging bike riding and compostable plates to better recycling, organisers have diverted 98% of waste from landfill – and they want to do more.

Golden Plains: cult music festival brings dreamy wonder to a family farm

Neil Finn, Nicolas Jaar and Cash Savage are highlights as fans pay tribute to ‘a farmer of happiness’.

International Arts Manager

New partnerships for Korean and UK artists

Arts Councils from Korea (ARKO) and England (ACE) are funding a new series of artist partnerships, as part of the UK-Korea 2017-18 cultural season. In total 21 performing and visual arts projects will receive just over €1.6m in grants.

Classical Music Magazine

Nikita Mndoyants to make New York debut

Nikita Mndoyants, winner of the 2016 Cleveland International Piano Competition (CIPC), will make his New York debut at Carnegie Hall on 7 June.

Pizzicato 

Fedoseyev Named Principal Guest Conductor Of Moscow’s Helikon Theatre

Moscow’s Helikon Theatre announced the appointment of Vladimir Fedoseyev, 84, as Principal Guest conductor.

The Violin Channel

VC YOUNG ARTIST | Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason – 2016 BBC ‘Young Musician of the Year’

17 year old cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason is quickly building an international reputation as an emerging young soloist of outstanding potential.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

In der Dunkelloge wird soupiert

Sprechen wir nicht von berühmten Stimmen, sondern erst einmal über die gezahlten Gagen: Michael Walter legt eine gut geerdete und überaus detailreiche Geschichte des Opernbetriebs vor.

klassik-heute.de

Zum Tod von Karl Korinek

Die Wiener Staatsoper trauert um das ehemalige langjährige Aufsichtsratsmitglied und den ehemaligen Präsident der Freunde der Wiener Staatsoper Univ.-Prof. Dr. Karl Korinek, der am vergangenen Donnerstag, 9. März 2017, 76-jährig einem Herzleiden erlegen ist

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Wichtigster Preis für musikalische Nachwuchsprofis vergeben 

In Leipzig sind die Gewinner des deutschen Musikwettbewerbs gekürt worden: das sind der Berliner Hornist Tillmann Höfs, der Hannoveraner Oboist Juri Schmahl und der Regensburger Komponist Steven Heelein.

WXQR

Write Me a Concerto: Yo-Yo Ma and Esa-Pekka Salonen on Their New Work

CHICAGO — A few years ago, after they had shared more than a couple post-concert martinis, Yo-Yo Ma had a request for the composer and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen: Write me a concerto.

The New York Times

A Thousand More Will Rise: Victoria Bond Finds Inspiration in Women Past and Present 

As the very first woman conductor to be awarded a doctorate from Juilliard’s orchestral conducting program, Victoria Bond  knows what it means to take that first courageous step into uncharted territory.

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Classical Music News  English National Opera launches ENO Studio Live

Music History   in 1847 FP of ‘s opera Macbeth at the Teatro della Pergolain Florence.

Image: The Guardian

(Written on March 14, 2017 )

In today’s news: a work by Thomas Tallis that is performed by Alamire, and Techstars Music reveal its inaugural class of startups. Also, an obituary to conductor Stanlisław Skrowaczewski, a portrait of Chinese pianist Ran Jia, and will Cologne’s opera meet the deadline for its planned opening date? The 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, which takes place every four years, and The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine which performs at Mayo Performing Arts Center.

Classical Music Magazine

Tallis work to receive first performance in over 450 years

Alamire is to perform a work by Thomas Tallis which has not been heard for over 450 years as part of its concert at St John’s Smith Square on 14 April.

Manchester News

Should Manchester have a music museum? How to get tickets for the Manchester Music Legacies Centre debate

Industry experts want your ideas on how to celebrate Manchester’s music scene.

Der Tagesspiegel

Zum Tod von Stanlisław Skrowaczewski- Ein Leben mit Bruckner

Lange hat es gedauert, bis Stanlisław Skrowaczewski auch in Europa als großer Dirigent anerkannt war. Jetzt ist er mit 93 Jahren in den USA gestorben, die ihm zur Heimat geworden waren

klassik.com

Oper Köln: Weitere Verzögerung der Wiedereröffnung?

Die Wiedereröffnung der Kölner Oper nach der seit mehreren Jahren stattfindenden Sanierung könnte sich weiter verzögern

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Das Herz auf dem Tisch

Ihre große Liebe hat die Pianistin Ran Jia schon sehr früh entdeckt: Franz Schubert. Seinetwegen zog sie sogar nach Europa.

npr music

Among Pianists In Moscow, An Abiding Love For A Show-Stealing American

The 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, which takes place every four years, begins later this spring in Fort Worth, Texas

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National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine to Perform at Mayo Center This February

The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine performs at Mayo Performing Arts Center on Thursday, February 23, 2017

The New York Times

A Chelsea Manning-WikiLeaks Opera, Seen in a New Light

When you make art about current events, there’s a catch: Events change.

Forbes

Techstars Music Reveals Inaugural Class Of 11 Startups

Techstars Music revealed the inaugural class of startups for its brand-new program.

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Music History @today_classical in 1903 Death of German composer and Friedrich

Classic FM @ClassicFM Check out the for all the best classical music, as voted for by you! Join now

 

Conductor Stanislaw Skrowaczewski (picture alliance _ dpa _ Hermann-Josef Wöstmann)

Conductor Stanislaw Skrowaczewski (picture alliance _ dpa _ Hermann-Josef Wöstmann)

(Written on February 23, 2017 )

In today’s news, a free online music app, Classical 100 increases its popularity in over 3,000 UK primary schools. Royal Albert Hall conducts study on gender association with various instruments, and Classical:Next announces the 2017 live performances at their conference. The Music Institute of Chicago appoints Venezuelan cellist Horacio Contreras to their Academy programme for gifted pre-college students, and today John Williams celebrates his 85th birthday. Yasuhisa Toyota’s unique concert hall designs engage audiences on a higher level.

Rhinegold

Royal Albert Hall survey reveals instrument gender bias

A study conducted by the Royal Albert Hall has revealed that brass instruments are associated with men, and string instruments with women. Of the 2,000 adults who took the survey, only 2% linked the trumpet with women and 3% thought that women were likely to play the French horn and the tuba.

Two thousand schools in England signed up for Classical 100

Over 3,000 schools and 5,000 teachers have now signed up for Classical 100 – a free online music app for UK primary schools created by ABRSM, Classic FM and Decca, and supported by the Department for Education.

The New Yorker

THE ARDOR OF JANE LITTLE, A WORLD-RECORD-SETTING ORCHESTRA MUSICIAN

Jane Little died like a warrior on the field of valor, clutching her bow so tightly that it had to be pried from her cold fingers. Her field was the stage of the Atlanta Symphony, in which she had played the bass from the age of sixteen until she keeled over in the middle of a performance, last year, at eighty-seven, having won a title that she had long coveted: the American musician with the longest tenure in any orchestra.

International Arts Manager

Classical:NEXT’s new adventure

Classical:NEXT has announced that its 2017 conference will include a new mini-festival. Titled ‘Seriously? – Adventures in Music’, it will see six showcase artists from Classical:NEXT’s programme perform for a public audience, along with groups such as Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. The selected artists are collectif9 (Canada), Jerez Le Cam Quartet (Argentina/France/Belgium), Park Jiha (South Korea), Sven Helbig (Germany), Trip Trip Trip (Columbia) and Zwerm (Belgium).

The Strad

Venezuelan cellist Horacio Contreras joins Music Institute of Chicago faculty

The Music Institute of Chicago has appointed Venezuelan cellist Horacio Contreras to the faculty of its Community Music School and Academy programme for gifted pre-college students.

The Guardian

Study challenges view of arts subjects being pushed out of education

Arts subjects remain as popular as ever among pupils taking GCSEs in England, research has found, challenging the view that the government’s policies are forcing subjects such as drama and music out of classrooms in favour of subjects considered more academic.

Merkur

Klage gegen Konzertsaal-Wettbewerb

Kommentar: Kulturkrampf um Braunfels

Neue Musikzeitung

Dresden rechnet mit «sportlichem Finale» bei Umbau des Kulturpalastes

Dresden will den Umbau seines Kulturpalastes pünktlich abschließen, rechnet aber mit einem «sportlichen» Finale.

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Grand Prix of Nations in Berlin

Seit 1988 trägt Interkultur internationale Chorwettbewerbe aus. In der vergangenen Woche fand der Grand Prix of Nations erstmals in Berlin statt: Dreißig Chöre aus 15 Ländern präsentierten in der Philharmonie ihr Können und ihre jeweilige Gesangskultur.

The Washington Post

Concert halls call on this Japanese engineer to shape sound

Behind some of the world’s most reputed concert halls is a Japanese engineer whose finesse in shaping sound is so perfectly unobtrusive that all listeners hear is the music — in all its subtlety, texture and fullness.

Pizzicato

Moscow’s Subway Organizes Competition For Musicians

A professional jury has been set up to select musicians who will be allowed to play in the subway stations in Moscow.

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Music History  in 1908 FP of ‘s Symphony No. 2 in St. Petersburg. Composer conducting.

Classic FM  Happy 85th birthday to the great John Williams! Tune on now for an hour of his epic music!

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Image: Yasuhisa Toyota

 

(Written on February 8, 2017 )

The 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition will be taking place at the Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas, from 25th May to 10th June 2017.

We had the chance to catch up with Jacques Marquis, CEO of The Cliburn, to find out what makes The Cliburn so special, as well as how it aims to attract a wider global audience.

Have a look at the interview here!

Screening auditions are underway, having already visited London and Hannover. So far we’ve seen and heard many talented young pianists.

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Photo from London screening auditions

Besides the screening auditions, The Cliburn also held a launch event in London, with The Cliburn 2013’s semi-finalist Jayson Gillham showcasing his beautiful playing in Bach arr. Rachmaninoff and Chopin.

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Photo: Pianist Jayson Gillham rehearsing at The Cliburn 2017 launch event in London

 

In addition, The Cliburn’s new partnership with medici.tv, who will be live-streaming the competition this year, will help realise the competition’s goal of reaching new international audiences.

WildKat PR sends its best wishes to this year’s participants! We can’t wait to see the 30 pianists that will make it to the Preliminary Round in Fort Worth, Texas, later this year.

Remember to follow WildKat PR on Twitter, and The Cliburn on Twitter and Facebook, for the latest news on The 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition!

(Written on January 13, 2017 )

Classical News

In our news today, St John’s Smith Square opens registration for Music Marathon, BBC launches iWonder guide on tinnitus and British composer and conductor Harry Rabinowitz has died aged 100. Also, the latest figures about the salaries of music directors in the United States have been published and the safety precautions at the Bayreuther Festspiele are severely criticised by stage director of “Parsifal”, Uwe Eric Laufenberg.

Classical Music Magazine

BBC launches iWonder guide on tinnitus

The BBC has joined forces with the British Tinnitus Association (BTA) to release an iWonder guide to tinnitus. Titled ‘How can I stop gigs and festivals ruining my hearing?’, the launch of the guide has been organised to coincide with the Glastonbury Festival.

St John’s Smith Square opens registration for Music Marathon

St John’s Smith Square has opened registration for its 24-hour Music Marathon, which will begin at 10am on 17 September.

Classic FM

Harry Rabinowitz, TV and film composer and conductor, dies aged 100

Prolific musician was in demand for radio, films and TV, from Eurovision to Reilly, Ace of Spies. Rabinowitz’s family reported that he passed away at his house in France, just three months after his 100th birthday.

The Telegraph

Cows, rocket cars and 5,000 toilets: meet the people behind the scenes at Glastonbury

Glastonbury, the mother of all festivals is upon us again. On TV and out front it may be all about Adele, Coldplay and the rest, but behind the scenes there are hosts of characters who work hard, some of them for most of the year, to ensure these few days of controlled mayhem go as smoothly and as pleasurably as possible.

The Strad

Cellist arrested in Moscow for ‘preventing pedestrian movement’

Cellist Semyon Lashkin was arrested in Moscow for performing in the street, he has reported on hisFacebook page. The Moscow Conservatory-trained musician was questioned by police and had his cello confiscated for ‘deliberately creating a crowd and preventing pedestrian movement’ in Nikolskaya Street, adjacent to Red Square.

The Times

Opera: Idomeneo at Garsington, Buckinghamshire

The orchestral thunderstorms raged in this powerful production of the young Mozart’s mythological opera seria.

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Jaap van Zweden, Best Paid Music Director In The States

Drew McManus’ website Adaptistration has published the latest figures about the salaries of music directors in the United States

Adaptistration

2016 Orchestra Compensation Reports: Concertmasters

Since the economic downturn, concertmaster compensation has failed to keep pace with executive and music director stakeholders and for the 2013/14 season, they were the only group to experience a decline in average compensation (-0.19 percent).

BR KLASSIK

Parsifal-Regisseur Laufenberg kritisiert Sicherheitskonzept

Die angespannte Weltpolitik wirft ihren Schatten auf den Grünen Hügel: Die Sicherheitsvorkehrungen für die Bayreuther Festspiele werden verschärft. Die meisten Mitwirkenden nehmen es gelassen, doch von prominenter Seite kommt Kritik.

klassik.com

Staatstheater Wiesbaden freut sich über höhere Zuschüsse

Das Staatstheater Wiesbaden erhält Berichten der Frankfurter Rundschau zufolge bis zum Jahr 2019 höhere Zuschüsse als bislang. Darauf einigten sich die Landeshauptstadt Wiesbaden, das Land Hessen sowie der Kulturfonds Rhein-Main.

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1. Internationaler Dirigentenwettbewerb in Augsburg

Zum 15-jährigen Jubiläum des Studiengangs ‘Blasorchesterleitung’ des Leopold-Mozart-Zentrums (LMZ) der Universität Augsburg findet vom 2.-7.Juli  der 1. Internationalen Dirigierwettbewerb Augsburg statt.

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Cows, rocket cars and 5,000 toilets: the sun sets over Glastonbury festival. Photo credit: The Telegraph

Cows, rocket cars and 5,000 toilets: the sun sets over Glastonbury festival. Photo credit: The Telegraph

(Written on June 23, 2016 )

Guardian

Glad to be gay: Russia embraces Benjamin Britten’s centenary

Russia may be cracking down on homosexuality, but Moscow can’t get enough of Benjamin Britten. The Guardian reports on a major celebration in the country’s capital.

English National Opera to broadcast productions live to cinema

Company to follow Met, Royal Opera House and Glyndebourne in beaming shows from stage to screens, starting with Peter Grimes in February

Classic FM Online

LSO for Legend of Zelda video games concert

Tickets go on sale tomorrow morning at 10am for another London Symphony Orchestra video games concert on July 13th 2014. Titled Symphonic Legends London, the concert will focus on the music from gaming giant Nintendo’s Legend of Zelda series.

New York Times

Detroit Symphony Hails Its Healthier Finances

The city of Detroit may be in bankruptcy, but the Detroit Symphony Orchestrais back in the black. The symphony planned to disclose on Thursday that it had balanced its budget for the first time since 2007.

Indianapolis Business Journal

Symphony reports first budget surplus in 6 years

A big boost in donations and hefty cutbacks pushed the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s annual budget into the black for the first time since 2007.

Classical Music Magazine

El Sistema moves to Aberdeen with new Big Noise project

Scotland looks set to get its third El Sistema-style children’s orchestra project, thanks to backing from Aberdeen City Council. Big Noise Torry, based in the Torry area of the city, will be a partnership between the local authority and charity Sistema Scotland, and according to the council could be up and running as early as 2015.

Der Tagesspiegel

Sasha Waltz und der Kulturhaushalt

In Berlin wird um den Haushalt gepokert. Eine Verliererin steht schon fest: Sasha Waltz. Sie geht leer aus – weil sie für Berlin zu groß geworden ist.

Classical Music Magazine

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(Written on December 13, 2013 )

Slipped Disc

Nelson Mandela’s classical pianist

One of Mandela’s closest friends was pianist Harold Ruben who refused to play in front of segregated audiences in South Africa before moving to London to teach at the Royal College of music until his death in 2010

Telegraph

Nelson Mandela in British culture

Nelson Mandela cast a deep influence over British culture, from the concerts he inspired to flats that Del Boy and Rodney lived in for the TV show Only Fools and Horses

The Wall Street Journal

Strassel: Piano Sonata in FTC Minor

Music teachers, beware. The feds are onto you. Better not try to raise the price of your lessons

BBC News

Bolshoi acid attack: Soloist Pavel Dmitrichenko jailed

A Moscow court has jailed Bolshoi Ballet soloist Pavel Dmitrichenko for six years for organising an acid attack on the company’s artistic director

Musician falls in Llangollen Canal trying to rescue saxophone

A musician suffered hypothermia and had to be rescued from a canal after he fell in while trying to retrieve his saxophone in Denbighshire

Arts Beat

Serbian-Born Composer Wins $100,000 Prize

Djuro Zivkovic, a 38-year-old composer who was born in Serbia and lives in Stockholm, has won the 2014 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition for his work “On the Guarding of the Heart.” The prize, awarded annually by the University of Louisville, is among the most prestigious international prizes for classical composition carries a cash award of $100,000

Die Zeit

So echt! So intensiv!

Am Freitag debütierten sie beide an der Berliner Staatsoper in Verdis “Trovatore”: Anna Netrebko und Placido Domingo. Ein ziemlich dramatisches Gespräch über perfektes Singen, böse Mädchen und die Knochenarbeit im Haifischbecken

BBC News

BBC News

(Written on December 6, 2013 )

rt.com

Opera Group Helps Blind Musicians Into The Limelight.

Professional musicians from all over Russia have gathered in Moscow for the opening night of “Gomer” – a new opera project with blind musicians as the stars of the show.

Telegraph

Opera 2011: Hits And Misses.

The rumbustious ‘Anna Nicole’ stood out, but most opera companies played it worryingly safe.

BBC Music Magazine

Deborah Bull To Leave Royal Opera House In 2012.

Creative director of Covent Garden venue moves on to King’s College, London.

Gramophone

BP Extends Royal Opera House Sponsorship For Five Years.

Funding to continue for Big Screen.

http://www.gramophone.co.uk/classical-music-news/bp-extends-royal-opera-house-sponsorship-for-five-years


(Written on December 20, 2011 )