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With great pleasure we introduce to you the fabulous Inbal Segev, an internationally renowned Israeli-American cellist whose playing has been described as “richly inspired,” and “very moving,” by Gramophone.

As a soloist, Inbal has performed with the world’s best orchestras and conductors, including the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Lorin Mazeel and Zubin Mehta. She brings interpretations that are both unreservedly natural and insightful to her vast repertoire.

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Inbal began playing the cello at the age of five and at sixteen was invited by Isaac Stern to travel to the U.S. to continue her studies. With degrees from Juilliard School and Yale University, she stayed in the States and now lives in New York City with her husband and three children.

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Inbal has already released several recordings which were critically acclaimed, and we are thrilled to be working with her on her next album release with Finnish pianist Juho Pohjonen. The disc features romantic sonatas and fantasies, as well as poetically-inspired cello masterpieces
 by Chopin, Schumann and Grieg.

The album will be available from 20th July under the AVIE label and its release will be accompanied by a concert at Berlin’s Piano Salon Christophori on 28th June 2018.

Inbal Segev’s repertoire includes all of the standard concerti and solo works for cello, as well as new pieces and rarely performed gems. In 2017, she gave the world premiere of Dan Visconti’s cello concerto, Tangle Eye, with the California Symphony led by Donato Cabrera. In April 2018, Inbal premiered a new piece by composer Timo Andres at The Metropolitan Museum in New York.

Inbal Segev is a founding member of The Amerigo Trio with former New York Philharmonic Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow and violist Karen Dreyfus, and has collaborated with internationally-renowned artists such as Emanuel Ax, Pamela Frank, Jeremy Denk, Anthony McGill, Jason Vieaux, Gilbert Kalish, Michael Tree, Anne Akiko Meyers, the American Chamber Players and the Vogler Quartet.

For her new album with Juho Pohjonen, finding a sympathetic playing partner was crucial given the essentially ‘pianistic’ inspiration of the programme. Juho was Inbal’s natural choice. She said: “I first heard Juho in New York a couple of years ago and was then introduced to him by my long-time producer, Da-Hong Seetoo. I was looking for an equal partner rather than an accompanist, and Juho is not onlya wonderful chamber musician but also a formidable soloist, so it was only natural that he played an important role in selecting the repertoire.”

(Written on June 4, 2018 )

In today’s news: The eight semi-finalists selected for the inaugural Charles Wadsworth Piano Competition (CWPC) have been announced and the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) has appointed Rebecca Tong as its new junior fellow in conducting, a role commencing in September. Also, San Diego Symphony taps Rafael Payare as Music Director and the Austrian music magazine (ÖMZ) will cease publication.

International Piano

Inaugural Wadsworth Piano Competition semi-finalists announced

The eight semi-finalists selected for the inaugural Charles Wadsworth Piano Competition (CWPC) have been announced.

Music Teacher

RNCM appoints Rebecca Tong as junior conducting fellow

The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) has appointed Rebecca Tong as its new junior fellow in conducting, a role commencing in September.

Classic FM

Why do orchestras have so many violins?

We’re so used to seeing a symphony orchestra packed with violinists that we don’t even think to question it anymore. But have orchestras always had so many violins? And why do they need them?

Music Business Worldwide

What the Grammys must learn from the Brits: when you make a mistake, don’t dawdle – fix it

It’s been just over two weeks since the US music business’s biggest night, The Grammys, took place in New York City. The subsequent period has been soundtracked by aggrieved voices making their annoyance felt over the event’s myriad failures.

NPR Music

Classical Music’s Greatest Love Stories, On And Offstage

“The thing about fictional love stories in music is that, especially in opera, most of them end very badly, you know, with the lovers singing heartrending arias just before they die,” says Miles Hoffman, The American Chamber Players founder and violinist and professor at the Schwob School of Music. “But in real life, there have been tons of musical couples who’ve fallen in love and lived happily ever after — or at least happily for a long while.”

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San Diego Symphony taps Rafael Payare as Music Director

The San Diego Symphony today announced that Rafael Payare will become the orchestra’s next an 13th Music Director. Payare will begin a four-year contract immediately, serving as Music Director Designate for the first year, and begin the role of Music Director on July 1, 2019.

Klassik.com

Österreichische Musikzeitschrift wird eingestell

Die Österreichische Musikzeitschrift (ÖMZ) wird zum Ende des laufenden Monats eingestellt. Das Fachmagazin für Musik hatte sich über Jahrzehnte einen festen Platz in der Landschaft musikwissenschaftlicher und musikjournalistischer Periodika gesichert.

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Gewerkschaften: Theater und Orchester auf Dauer sichern

Zur Zukunftssicherung der Theater und Orchester in Schleswig-Holstein haben Arbeitnehmervertreter und Gewerkschaften eine stärkere politische und finanzielle Unterstützung angemahnt.

Musik Heute

Maifestspiele Wiesbaden mit “Traum voll Lust und Freude”

Die Internationalen Maifestspiele in Wiesbaden starten in diesem Jahr mit der Oper “Ein Maskenball” von Giuseppe Verdi ihr Programm. Das Festival läuft vom 30. April bis Ende Mai und steht unter dem Motto “Ein Traum voll Lust und Freude”, wie das Staatstheater am Dienstag mitteilte.

Platea Magazine

El Teatro Real de Madrid sube a escena “Street Scene” de Kurt Weill

Cinco primeras funciones, del 13 al 18 de febrero, darán lugar al estreno en el Teatro Real de Street Scene, ópera de Kurt Weill, para repetirse más tarde en otras cinco funciones desde el 26 de mayo al 1 de junio.

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NCEM @yorkearlymusic: Young composers, only 3 days left to register for the 2018 NCEM Young Composers Award with and . Performance Don’t miss it! Deadline Friday 16 February

Image: Rebecca Tong © Rhinegold Publishing

(Written on February 14, 2018 )

Wir freuen uns auf die Zusammenarbeit mit dem Designer Tassilo von Grolman.

Bild: Tassilo von Grolman © Michael Erhart

Er ist einer der gefragtesten deutschen Designer – und seine Produkte sind allgegenwärtig: Tassilo von Grolman ist eine wahrhaftige Ikone seines Fachs. Die Entwürfe für verschiedene Hersteller wie Alfi, Spring Schweiz und mono sind legendär und folgen stets seinem Motto: „Einfach ist am schwersten”. Seine Konzeptionen stehen für eine klare Formgebung, eine gute Handhabbarkeit und die Liebe zum schlichten Design. Er steht damit in Tradition großer Namen wie Dieter Rams und Wilhelm Wagenfeld.

Nach einer Lehre zum Maschinenschlosser bei AEG Oldenburg und einem Maschinenbau-Studium in Lage/Lippe, erwarb er schließlich 1972 in Kassel das Diplom in Industriedesign an der damaligen Hochschule für Bildende Künste. Bereits drei Jahre später gründete Tassilo von Grolman sein eigenes Design-Büro in Frankfurt und startete seine Karriere in der nationalen und internationalen Designszene.

In den über 40 Jahren seiner Berufspraxis hat Tassilo von Grolman ein beeindruckendes Oeuvre erschaffen. Die Bandbreite seiner Entwürfe zeigt einen interdisziplinären Ansatz: Das Design ist Teil der Technik, die Technik wiederum auch Teil des Designs. Bestes Beispiel ist sein Gaszähler – eine Ingenieurleistung, feuerfest bis zu 700° Celsius – auf den sich selbst heutige Entwürfe berufen. Auch die geriffelten Thermoskannen für Alfi – „Achat“ und „Big Mama“ – bestechen nicht nur optisch, sondern überzeugen durch eine einzigartige Isolierleistung und das „AromaSafe-Prinzip“. Den endgültigen Durchbruch erreichte er aber mit einer „Teevolution“, seiner Teekanne „Mono Tea 1“: Er traf den Nerv der Zeit, kombinierte Glas mit Metall und fügte all dies zu einem ästhetischen Gesamtkunstwerk zusammen. Tassilo von Grolmans Teekanne wurde in viele Museen in die stetige Sammlung aufgenommen, u.a. im Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, das Museum für Angewandte Kunst Köln oder das Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

„Die Funktion ist nach wie vor für mich das Wichtigste überhaupt im Design. Ich will eine Teekanne haben, die funktioniert, die nicht kleckert. Das ist erst einmal die Voraussetzung. Dann kann ich sie sinnlich machen.“

Für seine Produkte erhielt Tassilo von Grolman zahlreiche nationale und internationale Auszeichnungen, darunter den Red Dot Design Award, den Good Design Award, ADC und den Busse Longlife Design Award. Eine besondere Beziehung pflegt er auch mit dem Deutschen Designer Club: 1989 gehörte er zu den Gründungsmitgliedern und ist heute noch als Ehrenpräsident aktiv.

Wir freuen uns, Tassilo von Grolmans neue und spektakuläre Designserie „TRIBUTE TO 100 YEARS OF BAUHAUS“ zu promoten. Diese ist eine regelrechte Hommage an die innovative Ära: Sein Professor, Herbert Oestreich, war Assistent vom Bauhaus-Schüler Wilhelm Wagenfeld. Von Grolman repräsentiert im Grunde die dritte Generation dieser Lehre.

Die neue Produktlinie wird im Rahmen der Messe Ambiente in Frankfurt am Main im Februar 2018 erstmals vorgestellt. Besonders raffiniert: Jedes Objekt der Serie trägt den Namen eines wichtigen Vertreters der Bauhaus-Bewegung, darunter der Original French Pull Kaffeebereiter „LÁSZLÓ“ oder die Zuckerdose „WALTER“ – Genuss im Stil der Klassischen Moderne. Zeitlos und geschmackvoll.

(Written on January 15, 2018 )

In today’s news, Carnegie Hall welcomes youngest ever concert series curator, new survey highlights public concern on secondary ticketing sites, UK music venues are still not being inclusive enough for less able performers, audience members and staff. Making music in urban spaces, and musicians envisage a borderless world post-Brexit.

The Guardian

UK music venues still exclude disabled performers, audience members and staff

Why are so many disabled staff, performers and guests having to fight for access to music venues? The sector and the government needs to do more.

Music Week

New survey ‘highlights public concern on secondary ticketing’

A new consumer survey has found that 80% of the British public consider secondary ticketing to be a “rip-off”.

Classic FM

Cecilia Bartoli becomes first woman to record with the Sistine Chapel Choir

“Being the first woman to sing with the choir, and to record in the Sistine Chapel, is an immense privilege, I am at a loss for words. I am in seventh heaven, may I say that?” said Cecilia.

Varsity

Car park concerts, balcony bands and subway singing 

Thea Sands charts the social implications of music making in urban spaces.

Broadway World

Daniil Trifonov to Offer Seven-Concert Perspectives Series at Carnegie Hall

At 26 years of age, Mr. Trifonov is the youngest artist ever to curate a Perspectives series at Carnegie Hall.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Je spektakulärer der Bau, desto höher die Aufmerksamkeit

Allein um die beste Kunst geht es beim Konzertsaalbau nicht. Oft zählen nur Aussehen und Aufmerksamkeit. Dieser Wettlauf wird weitergehen.

Berliner Zeitung

Konzerthaus München Keine kulturelle Sensation

Das also soll der lang ersehnte neue Münchner Konzertsaal werden: Eine von dem aus Vorarlberg stammenden Büro Cukrowicz Nachbaur entworfene, im Grundriss nach Vorgabe des Grundstücks streng rechteckige, steil, glatt und weich geschwungen ansteigende Glashaube, unter der die drei Säle, die Foyers und Probenräume, Restaurants und Tiefgaragen aufgestapelt sind.

Pizzicato

Eröffnung eines Gamelan-Ausbildungszentrums in der Schweiz

Zehn Jahre nach der Gründung einer aus jungen Studenten bestehenden Gruppe von javanesischen Gamelan-Musikern, wird die von Nicole Coppey gegründete und geleitete Pädagogische Schule für Musikalische Kunst ‘Un, Deux, Trois, Musiques …’ in Sion im November dieses Jahres ein Ausbildungs- und Leistungszentrum für Gamelan eröffnen.

Musicians against Brexit

With viola player Timothy Ridout and cellist Jacob Shaw, two excellent British musicians proudly took part in Alpenarte’s European Journey, representing their country in this exciting international ride through a border-less music world.

Le Figaro

Dans les pas de Stravinsky à l’Opéra Garnier

Soirée Royale. Le ballet de l’Opéra de Paris interprète Agon et Le sacre du Printemps, tandis que Teshigawara signe une création sur une partition de Salonen.

Twitter

@StevenIsserlis: When as a boy I refused to practice, my parents used to insist, adding: “Some day you’ll thank us.’ And the annoying thing is – I do!

@STNMC1 This from @PrivateEyeNews, doesn’t look good for Diocese of London: ‘Staggering vacuity’

© Burkhard Bartsch (c): Governatorato SCV – Direzione dei Musei

(Written on October 30, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, BBC Proms announces Dubai dates, Lufthansa’s solution to musicians worried about checking their instruments into the hold is making them pay for an extra seat, and opera lover regrets fuelling terrorism fears in NYC. Also, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg is finally complete, and YouTube and Gema finally come to a licensing agreement.

Gulf Business

Classical music festival the BBC Proms announces Dubai dates

The festival will mark the first visit of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Singers to the UAE.

The Strad

Violinist Janine Jansen leaves Harrison Parrott for personal management

Janine Jansen has announced that she is to leave management agency Harrison Parrott for personal representation by Alexandra Schulz.

Musicians worried about the safety of their instrument can pay for an extra seat, says Lufthansa

The airline was responding to a violist’s complaint that she was forced to check her instrument into the hold last week.

Early Music Today Magazine

RCM to present first UK staging of Rameau opera

The Royal College of Music is to present the UK’s first staged production of Rameau’s Les Fêtes d’Hébé.

NCEM launches International Young Artists Competition

The National Centre for Early Music (NCEM) has launched its International Young Artists Competition, which will take place 13-15 July as part of the York Early Music Festival.

Dallas News

Dallas opera lover regrets creating ‘such a mess’ by sprinkling ashes, fueling terrorism fears in NYC

Kaiser, 52, a self-described jewelry maker, parachuted into the 24-hour news cycle over the weekend by inadvertently igniting a terrorism scare during a performance of Guillaume Tell at the New York Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center in New York.

Spiegel Online

Elbphilharmonie ist “FERTIG”

Happy End in Hamburg: Die Elbphilharmonie ist nach fast zehn Jahren Bauzeit endlich fertig. Die Stadt hat offiziell die Schlüssel erhalten – mit sechs Jahren Verspätung.

Der Tagesspiegel

Youtube und Gema legen jahrelangen Streit bei

Sieben Jahre lang hieß es auf Youtube bei vielen populären Musikvideos “Dieses Video ist in Deutschland nicht verfügbar”. Jetzt haben sich die Google-Tochter und die Gema überraschend geeinigt. Über die Details wird geschwiegen.

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«Ich und Kaminski» mit bester Filmmusik

Für die nach Jurymeinung entrückt-verspielte Musik zu dem Film «Ich und Kaminski» hat Lorenz Dangel am Freitagabend in Halle den Deutschen Filmmusikpreis bekommen.

Klassik.com

Musikforum Ruhr in Bochum feierlich eröffnet

Die Türen des neuen Konzerthauses wurden mit einem Bürgerfest, an dem mehr als 37.000 Interessierte teilnahmen, feierlich geöffnet. Neben den Bochumer Symphonikern, denen damit erstmals eine eigene Spielstätte zur Verfügung steht, traten mehrere Chöre auf.

Twitter

Top Classical News @topcmnews Kuwait’s opera is opened by Bocelli

Royal Albert Hall @RoyalAlbertHall Happy New Month! Take a look at the unmissable shows we’ve got coming up in November:

ZAPP Medienmagazin @ZappMM  Erst wird die Elbphilharmonie fertig, jetzt einigen sich die GEMA und YouTube – was kommt als nächstes? 😉

Elbphilharmonie. Credits: DPA.

Elbphilharmonie. Credits: DPA.

(Written on November 1, 2016 )

Classical News

In our classical news today: Classical music “excludes” composers from minorities, Donatella Flick Conducting Competition takes place at Barbican Centre, and Las Vegas Philharmonic forms American German Cultural Exchange Fellowship. Also, director of Rostock People’s Theatre wants to reduce the orchestra and Daniel Hope becomes Artistic Partner of New Century Chamber Orchestra.

BBC News

Classical music ‘excludes’ composers from minorities

Composers from minority groups are “effectively silenced” because they do not fit into classical music’s “inner club”, a composer has said. BBC Radio 3 now makes diversity pledges, to feature more unjustly neglected composers.

Classical Music Magazine

Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition 2017

The final round of the 14th Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition will take place at the Barbican Centre on 17 November.

The Strad

2016 International Wieniawski Violin Competition names 7 finalists

The contest is currently taking place in Poland, and has named the seven candidates chosen to progress to the finals.

The Irish Times

Jim Carroll: Closing the gap between clubland and the classical world

Classical musicians are joining forces with DJs and electronica producers – and are fast becoming the hottest ticket in town.

Broadway World

New York City’s Azure Ensemble Presents A Classical Music Program Inspired by the French Impressionist Period At the Morris Museum’s Bickford Theatre

The Morris Museum is pleased to announce that the Azure Ensemble, a chamber music group based out of New York City, will perform a classical music program inspired by the French Impressionist period at the Bickford Theatre on Sunday, October 30 at 2:00PM.

Las Vegas Philharmonic Forms American German Cultural Exchange Fellowship

This new and unique fellowship partners the Las Vegas Philharmonic with the Cottbus State Theater Orchestra in Cottbus, Germany and will give both organizations the opportunity to exchange guest artists with their respective orchestras.

Klassik.com

Volkstheater Rostock: Intendant plädiert für Orchesterverkleinerung

Durch die Verkleinerung des Orchesters könnte Joachim Kümmritz zufolge die Schauspielsparte gerettet werden, die nach den Vorstellungen des früheren Intendanten grundlegend umstrukturiert werden sollte. Weitgehend gleich soll die Ensemblegröße des Balletts bleiben.

Kulturradio Rbb

Sasha Waltz will weiter Ko-Intendantin des Staatsballetts werden

Die Gerüchte darüber, dass Sasha Waltz doch nicht Ko-Intendantin des Staatsballetts Berlin werden möchte, sind falsch. Sasha Waltz freue sich auf ihre neue Aufgabe und arbeite derzeit intensiv mit dem Ko-Intendanten Johannes Öhmann an ihrem Konzept für das Staatsballett.

Codex Flores

Hope Partner des New Century Chamber Orchestra

Daniel Hope, der britische Geiger und Musikalische Leiter des Zürcher Kammerorchesters, amtet ab der Saison 17/18 für drei Jahre als künstlerischer Partner des in San Francisco beheimateten New Century Chamber Orchestra.

Twitter

Music History @today_classical in 1973 opening of after Utzon’s won an international design competition

klassik.com @klassikcom Festspielhaus Füssen: Staatsanwalt ermittelt wegen Insolvenzverschleppung

UK Delegation OSCE @UKOSCE Inspiring address by on and quoting Goethe and Martin Buber

Eleanor Alberga. Photo Credit: Guy Levy.

Eleanor Alberga. Photo Credit: Guy Levy.

(Written on October 20, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today, a silent orchestra will perform at Times Square in New York City, orchestras embrace virtual reality & the Arts Council England is awarding a total of £5.3m to 40 organisations in a bid to improve diversity in the arts and culture sector. Also, Paul MacAlindin’s new book tells the story about the creation of the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq.

Time Out

A silent orchestra will perform in the middle of Times Square

If news of the silent dance party happening in Coney Island at the end of August whet your appetite for more live music delivered via headphones, you’re in luck. On August 21 and 22 at 11pm, composer Jherek Bischoff and his Silent Orchestra ensemble, playing electronic orchestral instruments, will deliver his piece Cistern to an audience wearing wireless headphones.

The Guardian

Symphonies in space: orchestras embrace virtual reality

On Saturday in New York, the Hubble Cantata saw audience members explore the Orion Nebula while a new piece of music played – the latest in a series of experiments between VR technology and classical music.

Classical Music Magazine

Arts Council announces Elevate grants

Arts Council England is awarding a total of £5.3m to 40 organisations in a bid to improve diversity in the arts and culture sector. Launched in 2014 in response to an equality analysis led by the Arts Council in 2014, Elevate funding aims to strengthen the resilience of organisations already contributing to enhancing diversity within the sector.

The Telegraph

War, broken lives and the bravest youth orchestra in the world

How does one create a national youth orchestra in the middle of a war zone? It’s a question that still puzzles Scottish conductor Paul MacAlindin, who gave five years of his life to what some would call a utopian dream, others sheer folly.

Penarth Times

Cape Town Opera bring Nelson Mandela’s life to the stage

Wales Millennium Centre and Cape Town Opera will welcome the return of Mandela Trilogy, opening at Wales Millennium Centre from August 24 to 27.

The Strad

US Library of Congress to buy David Bromberg’s collection of over 250 American violins

The US Library of Congress plans to acquire a collection of 263 American violins owned by guitar virtuoso and violin dealer David Bromberg for $1.5m, according to NPR Music.

Broadwayworld

San Diego Women’s Chorus Extends Search for Assistant to Artistic Director

The San Diego Women’s Chorus (SDWC) is seeking an Assistant to the Artistic Director to support the artistic mission of the growing musical organization.

The Vancouver Sun

Auction giant Poly brings renowned Chinese orchestra for Vancouver opening

Poly Culture Group, which operates the world’s third-largest auction house as well as China’s largest theatre operations and management network, will bring the China Philharmonic Orchestra to Vancouver for a performance at UBC’s Chan Centre on Nov. 30.

Musik heute

Noch kein Termin für Wiedereröffnung der Kölner Oper

Für die Wiedereröffnung der Kölner Oper und des Schauspielhauses gibt es noch keinen Termin. Zur Zeit sei nicht abzusehen, wie viele Jahre der Umbau noch in Anspruch nehmen werde.

Klassik heute

Rund 2,65 Millionen Euro für Musikschulen in Hessen

Das Hessische Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst unterstützt in diesem Jahr die öffentlichen Musikschulen im Land mit rund 2,65 Millionen Euro. Damit stehen 650.000 Euro mehr für die musikalische Bildung zur Verfügung als noch im Jahr 2014.

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Brasiliens wahres Volksinstrument

In Deutschland ist die Viola Caipira nahezu unbekannt – anders ist das in Brasilien: Hier ist die “Gitarre des Bauern” besonders populär. Was unterscheidet das Instrument von einer klassischen Gitarre und wie kommt es zu seinem ungewöhnlichen Namen?

Twitter

Steinway & Sons @SteinwayAndSons  redefine the lines of classical music with their performances

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ Paul Robertson, leader and founder of the Medici String Quartet, has died aged 63

edintfest @edintfest Another wonderful day of music, opera, dance, & cabaret at . ^F

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Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Anthony Quintano

(Written on August 9, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, The Telegraph discusses the “unmissable style” of self taught pianist Lucas Debargues and opera star Plácido Domingo expresses his sadness towards the adaptation of William Tell in The Guardian. Also, the Huffington Post reports on virtuoso cellist Jérôme Pernoo taking action off stage to make classical music more accessible.

The Times

Gerald Finley’s six of the best: rebels in opera

One sometimes hears of opera as being a very conventional art form but it has always had the power to shock and — as Guillaume Tell at  this week shows — it still can do so.

The Telegraph

Tchaikovsky piano competition sees self-taught Frenchman take Russia by storm

The story shifted from a political one to a musical one in unmissable style, as Ismene Brown reports

Why the best music belongs in a shoebox

Experts in acoustics advocate the “shoebox” design for a concert hall – and London should have one, says Simon Heffer

The Independent

Ambrogio Maestri: The charismatic Italian baritone on food and Falstaff

Ambrogio Maestri is one of the most in- demand opera singers in the world, but if it all ended tomorrow he could probably forge a new career as a television chef.

The Guardian

‘Show some respect’, Plácido Domingo urges directors after opera rape row

The great singer, whose Operalia competition comes to London next week, says stage productions need to stay close to composer’s intention

Die Welt

Nenn es Opernfestival, aber mach es zum Picknick

Ein Besuch in Glyndebourne, beim idyllischsten Opernfestival der Welt, zeigt, was die Briten uns voraushaben. Sie können sich beim “Poliuto” von Donizetti entspannen. Der Rest ist Picknick.

Spiegel Online Kultur

Oper trifft auf Pop-Performance: Elektroschock für Mozart

Afrikanische Beats gegen klassische Melodien: In Bremen nimmt die Performancegruppe Gintersdorfer/Klaßen “Die Entführung aus dem Serail” auseinander – und hinterfragt so intelligent den ganzen Opernbetrieb.

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Lebendige Musikgeschichte auf verstaubten Tonbändern

Die Musikgeschichte als Teil der kulturellen Identität – daran glaubt der Musik-Ethnologe Raimund Vogels ganz fest. Der Leiter des “Center for World Music” an der Uni Hildesheim begleitet und unterstützt afrikanische Forscher, die Musikgeschichte ihres Kontinents aufzuarbeiten.

The New York Times

Multi-Story Orchestra Turns a Parking Garage Into a Concert Hall

Walk by some depressing shops, pass the cinema, and go down a dubious alleyway teeming with revelers. Turn into the innocuous back entrance of a parking garage and climb the stairs. Head up a ramp or two, and there it is — between mottled concrete pillars and capped by a low roof lies an impromptu semicircle of benches, surrounding an orchestra’s seats.

Huffington Post

Les 6 leviers du violoncelliste virtuose Jérôme Pernoo pour ouvrir la musique classique à tout le monde

Jérôme Pernoo est un violoncelliste français au parcours exceptionnel. Il a joué dans les salles les plus prestigieuses du monde, du Carnegie Hall à New York à la Philarmonie de Berlin. Mais après 20 ans de carrière, il convient que pour toucher les étoiles, mieux vaut s’éloigner de la lumière.

Twitter:

Classical Diary @Classical Diary : Tchaikovsky piano competition sees self-taught Frenchman Lucas Debargue from take Russia by storm  

Klassik.com @Klassikcom: Karriere-News: Kirill Karabits (Deutsches Nationaltheater)

klassik.com @Klassikcom: Thomas wird neues Mitglied der Akademie der Künste

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Photo Credit : Sarah Lee

(Written on July 6, 2015 )

Classical News

The Times

Sir Simon Rattle finally confirmed for London Symphony Orchestra

After one of the most extended courtship rituals in the history of music Sir Simon Rattle was confirmed today as the next music director of the London Symphony Orchestra.

The Guardian

Simon Rattle is the seismic, creative shock UK classical music needs

Conductor’s appointment as LSO music director could be catalyst for genre’s revitalisation, from schools to (new) concert halls

Why the male domination of classical music might be coming to an end

For decades – no, make that centuries – the classical music world has sidelined women, if not ignored them completely. But the balance may be finally shifting

The Independent

Classical music needs to address lack of female composers, Radio 3 presenter claims

Sara Mohr-Pietsch was speaking ahead of International Women’s Day on Sunday

The Strad

Study finds classical music has a calming effect on dogs

Research was undertaken by the Scottish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the University of Glasgow

BBC Music Magazine

World Health Organisation recommends reducing music listening to ‘an hour a day’

Report suggests we are listening to ‘too much, too loudly’

New fine dining concert series devised

Jennifer Pike, Miloš Karadaglić and Charlie Siem all to feature in ‘Boisdale Classics’ series

 concerti

Unerhörte Orte, klingende Landschaften

Musik von allen Seiten begreifen: Die Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern verblüffen mit innovativen Konzertideen und Brückenschlägen zu anderen Künsten

Klassik.com

Telemann-Preis 2015 für Amadeus-Verlag Winterthur

Auszeichnung der Landeshauptstadt Magdeburg ist mit 2.500 Euro dotiert

Dirk Kaftan erhält Karl-Böhm-Interpretationspreis 2015

Auszeichnung des Landes Steiermark ist mit 10.000 Euro dotiert

Musik Heute

Hamburger Musikfest “Lux aeterna” zieht positive Bilanz

Das Musikfest “Lux aeterna” in Hamburg hat nach seiner zweiten Ausgabe eine positive Bilanz gezogen.

pizzicato

Giordano Bellincampi Named Music Director In Auckland

Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra announced the appointment of its new Music Director from 2016, Italian-Danish conductor Giordano Bellincampi.

Le Monde

Orrin Keepnews, producteur de jazz, est mort

Producteur de jazz, cofondateur ou fondateur des compagnies phonographiques Riverside, Milestone et Landmark, auteur de notes de pochettes de disques réputées pour leur écriture, dédicataire d’une composition du pianiste Bill Evans (1929-1980) Re: Person I Knew, anagramme de son nom, Orrin Keepnews est mort, dimanche 1er mars, à son domicile d’El Cerrito (Californie), près de San Francisco.

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London Symphony Orch @londonsymphony :We are delighted to announce the appointment of Sir Simon Rattle as Music Director of the LSO, taking up his post in Sep 2017 #lsorattle

Barbican Centre ‏@BarbicanCentre :’We share a dream in which performing, teaching & learning are indivisible’ Rattle shares his LSO vision http://lso.co.uk/simonrattle  #lsorattle

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Sara Mohr Pietsch. Photo: The Independent

 

(Written on March 3, 2015 )

Since the 1980s, Williams’ monumental site-specific artworks have rolled over sweeping expanses of ranch land in California, and have floated on the moats of picturesque chateaux in France. From the Alps to Central Park, and from Los Angeles to Seattle, his head-turning, mesmerising works have captivated thousands.

Stuart Williams in Central Park, New York City. Photo © Steven Haas

Stuart Williams in Central Park, New York City.
Photo © Steven Haas

Williams, who lives and works in New York City, holds a degree in architecture from the University of Michigan. Soon after graduation, his interests gravitated decidedly to fine art, and more definitively to site-specific, environmental art. His education, with its blend of architecture, art, engineering and urban planning, provided him with an intimate understanding of historical context, scale, and three dimensional space. It also gave him a firm grasp on the importance of relating to the unique aspects of a specific site and locale. All of these factors helped to propel him into the realm of large-scale environmental art, with a focus on both urban and rural locations. Williams has been an invited lecturer at numerous venues including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Art Institute, and the University of California, Davis.

"Breath of Life/Dresden" as seen from the Marienbrücke on the River Elbe. Artist’s sketch © Stuart Williams 2012

“Breath of Life/Dresden” as seen from the Marienbrücke on the River Elbe.
Artist’s sketch © Stuart Williams 2012

A new project, sponsored by the New York Foundation for the Arts, is now in planning for the City of Dresden, Germany. 2015 will mark the 70th anniversary of the firebombing of Dresden. In homage to Dresden’s survival and renewal, and to honour this important anniversary of an iconic moment in world history, Williams will install “Lebensatem/Dresden” (“Breath of Life/Dresden”) at the historic Dresden Cathedral in 2015. The artist will transform the facade with light… making the Cathedral appear to “breathe.” Waves of light, rising and falling at the pace of human breath, will create the visual impression of respiration. The Dresden Cathedral (Kathedrale Ss. Trinitatis) was completed in 1738, and is one of Dresden’s foremost historic landmarks. Along with the historic center of Dresden, it was destroyed in WWII, and meticulously rebuilt — stone by stone — in the 1980s. With its prominent setting on the River Elbe, it is a key component of Dresden’s historic “silhouette”, and with its soaring Baroque tower reflecting in the river, a light installation here becomes an artwork on the scale of the cityscape.

"The Kindness", one out of 16 stone figurines on top of the Dresden townhall, looking down on the destroyed city after the bombing in February 1945

“The Kindness”, one out of 16 stone figurines on top of the Dresden townhall, looking down on the destroyed city after the bombing in February 1945

“Given Dresden’s nearly total destruction in February 1945, I think the vision of one of its greatest historic landmarks appearing to breathe will be extremely moving. As an artist, I see the project as a way of honouring the survival and renewal of one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. In the end, it becomes an affirmation of life itself.” — Stuart Williams

"Breath of Life/Dresden" as seen from the Carolabrücke on the Elbe. Photo simulation © Stuart Williams 2012

“Breath of Life/Dresden” as seen from the Carolabrücke on the Elbe.
Photo simulation © Stuart Williams 2012

A documentary film is being made of “Breath of Life/Dresden.” Stuart Williams is working with New York filmmaker, Christopher Burke and French cinematographer, Martial Barrault. The film will become the enduring record of this public art event.

Visit Williams’ website for more information and follow him on Twitter and Facebook for news and updates about the project.

THE NEW YORK FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS (NYFA) is the fiscal sponsor of the “Breath of LIfe / Dresden”, which allows all contributions to be tax deductible to the full extent of the law, donate now.

(Written on December 17, 2014 )