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In today’s news: Oboist Nicholas Daniel performs Britten in the middle of a boating lake, the winners of the 2017 St Magnus Composers Competition are announced, composition for the victims of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, and how to cope with the pressures of life as a soloist.

The Guardian

Britten’s water music: recreating a world premiere with midges, vintage cars and an iPad

Oboist Nicholas Daniel loves Britten and his Six Metamorphoses after Ovid. But why is he performing them on a punt in the middle of a boating lake?

Classical Music Magazine

Winners of 2017 St Magnus Composers Competition announced

Andra Patterson and George Stevenson were jointly awarded the first prize for the over 18 category, and Gareth Flett and Joseph Rognvald Pickering won first prize for the under 18 category.

Classic FM

An incredibly poignant composition for the victims of the Grenfell tower tragedy – for 20 cellos and piano

As London mourns those lost in the Grenfell Tower fire, young composer Thomas Hewitt Jones has been moved to put pen to manuscript and compose a piece of music.

The Violin Channel

New Guinness World Record Set for Fastest Piano Playing Fingers

Portuguese-American pianist Domingos-Antonio Gomes has set a new Guinness World Record for the most piano keys hit in one minute

The Strad

How I cope with the pressures of life as a soloist – Jordi Savall

The viola da gamba player and conductor advocates concentrating on the little things rather than stressing about the whole

Pizzicato

Film composer wins Shostakovich Prize

Russian film composer Eduard Artemyev, as well as film director Nikita Mikhalkov were awarded the Shostakovich Prize on Saturday evening at Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Concert Hall.

Der Tagesspiegel

Berlin zahlt Sing-Akademie 11,37 Millionen

Viel Geld für die Sing-Akademie: Der Chor wird vom Land für sein ehemaliges Gebäude Unter den Linden entschädigt. Das Abgeordnetenhaus hat jetzt die Einigung gebilligt.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Der größte Komponist seiner Zeit

Der Todestag von Georg Philipp Telemann jährt sich zum zweihundertfünfzigsten Mal. Siegbert Rampes exzellente Biographie erzählt vom Ansehen eines Komponisten, das selbst über Eheskandale erhaben war.

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Lichtspielszenen zwischen Wald und Meer – Wim Wenders’ Operndebüt mit Bizets, Perlenfischern“ an der Staatsoper

Gerade diese Oper zu inszenieren, war Wenders’ expliziter Wunsch – da er ihre Musik so liebt.

El Mundo

La intimidad de los grandes del ‘jazz’

Un libro recoge las imágenes del francés Jean- Pierre Leloir, que fotografió a corta distancia a las grandes figuras del ‘swing’ de los años 50 y 60

Los Angeles Times

Evolution, revolution, smevolution: The future of classical music

Classical music may be the art of the sublime, liquid architecture and all the rest, but it has nonetheless always been a long-suffering kingdom of kvetching.

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in 1902 Birth of American and conductor Antonia

Classic FM: ‘In Memoriam: Grenfell’, by composer Thomas Hewitt Jones.

(Written on June 26, 2017 )

In Today’s Classical News, Mozart comes to Shoreditch and Orchestra dell’Arte launches musical exchange. Lidiya Yankovskaya is named Music Director of the Chicago Opera Theater, and The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington react to homophobic protests.

The Guardian

Eine kleine slam poetry: Mozart comes to Shoreditch

MC Mozart’s Classical Smackdown brings young audiences to classical music in a way never seen before

Classic FM

Watch Shostakovich playing his own Symphony No. 7

In this video from 1941, the legendary Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich talks about one of his most famous works, Symphony No. 7 (Leningrad), and plays a section on piano.

Classical Music Magazine

Orchestra dell’Arte launches musical exchange

The Orchestra dell’Arte has launched a musical exchange scheme in order to highlight the cultural offerings of its home city of Liverpool, which recently became a Unesco Creative City of Music.

The Times

Concert review: La Voix Humaine; CBSO/ Grazinyte-Tyla at Snape Maltings

In two contrasting one-woman shows, it was Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla’s borderline excessive callisthenics that brought stunningly punchy results.

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Hengelbrock verlässt das NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester

Nacht acht Jahren: Der Chefdirigent des NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchesters, Thomas Hengelbrock, wird seinen Vertrag über die Saison 2018/19 hinaus nicht verlängern.

Concerti

Ab aufs Sofa

Anlässlich des 275-jährigen Bestehens will das Gewandhausorchester Leipzig vier Privatkonzerte geben.

Klassik.com

Catriona Morison gewinnt BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition 2017

Die Mezzosopranistin Catriona Morison hat bei der BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition zweimal den ersten Platz belegt.

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Lidiya Yankovskaya Named Music Director of the Chicago Opera Theater

Chicago Opera Theater has named Lidiya Yankovskaya music director. Her appointment is effective immediately, yet she will start regular conducting duties only in the 2018-19 season.

Classic FM

This choir confronted anti-Pride protesters in the best possible way – with a live performance

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington were on their way back to the hotel after performing at the Pride Festival in Knoxville Tennessee this weekend when they spotted protestors holding homophobic signs. They decided to stand up to them using the power of music.

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Music History in 1922 Death of Italian Vittorio .
 
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(Written on June 20, 2017 )

Following a wonderful party at Fort Worth Zoo yesterday evening (including appearances from flamingos, baby racoons, and a skunk), first on the menu this morning was a fascinating symposium on Cultural Diplomacy.  After Stuart Isacoff’s introduction to arts diplomacy between America and Russia from the end of  World War Two up until the fall of the Berlin Wall, we heard from panellists Marc Thayer, Sarah Tanguy, and Patrick Castillo.

Images: Fort Worth Zoo

First we heard from Marc Thayer, former deputy director of American Voices, which takes musicians abroad to countries including Iraq and Afghanistan, to teach and perform music to locals.  Marc emphasised the good relations this forms with local musicians, leaving a favourable and lasting impression of American culture. Rather than just taking American music to these communities, they build on the practices already in place, using the music of the countries they visit together with American music.

Founded in 1953 and formalised by President Kennedy, Arts in Embassies takes American artists to participate abroad, engaging over 20,000 people to date in 189 countries.  Professional curators, such as Sarah Tanguy, create around 60 exhibitions per year, and since the turn of the century over 58 permanent collections have been installed in diplomatic facilities all over the world.

Patrick Castillo, a composer, performer, writer, and educator, has taken part at The Festival de Música Contemporánea de La Habana three times.  Having started as the only American participant, the most recent festival saw ten members of the American Composers Forum attend.  Patrick cited lack of equipment in Cuba as a major problem, and said that on subsequent visits, composers and musicians took across suitcases of reeds, strings, pencils, and manuscript paper.

Throughout the discussion it emerged that sadly these schemes are not something that the State Department likes to trumpet, fearing accusations of misspending of public money.  Thus reciprocal schemes giving opportunities for oversees artists to visit the States have not yet taken flight.  All three speakers were also nervous about funding cuts, with the future of their organisations not guaranteed.

Image: Cultural Exchange Symposium, The Cliburn

Concert 1 of the Final Round begins this evening at 7.30pm, and can be viewed on cliburn2017.medici.tv.

(Written on June 7, 2017 )

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

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

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

Image: Leonard Slatkin

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

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

Image: The six finalists of the Cliburn

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

(Written on June 6, 2017 )

In today’s Classical News, The Leeds announces a piano festival, Classic FM try out the Philharmonia Orchestra’s new VR toy, and a music teacher arranges Ariana Grande in the wake of the Manchester attack. Plus a round-up of summer festivals from around the world, and an obituary of Jiri Belohlavek, who died yesterday aged 71.

International Piano

The Leeds announces annual piano festival

The Leeds International Piano Competition has announced a major partnership with the Lang Lang International Music Foundation, and a new annual piano festival.

Music Teacher

Teacher offers free Ariana Grande arrangement in wake of Manchester attack

Music teacher James Himsworth has arranged Ariana Grande’s ‘One Last Time’ for school children as a gesture of support for those affected by the Manchester bombing attack.

Classic FM

We tried out the Philharmonia Orchestra’s new virtual reality experience

The Philharmonia Orchestra, Classic FM’s Orchestra on Tour, is one of the most digital-savvy music ensembles out there – and now, thanks to their new VR toy, you can experience life in the orchestra.

New York Times

A Summer of Opera, Theatre and Music

A roundup of performing-arts festivals around the world from June through August.

Why Salzburg Is a Must-Visit for Classical Music

It has long been said that Austrians in general and Salzburgers specifically simply do not understand the obsession with the Oscar-winning film and Broadway musical “The Sound of Music,” which is set in Salzburg around the time of the Anschluss in 1938.

El Mundo

La Asamblea de Madrid insta al Gobierno a recuperar la financiación de las escuelas de música y danza

El Pleno de la Asamblea de Madrid aprobó hoy una proposición no de ley, en la que se insta al Gobierno regional a recuperar la financiación autonómica de las Escuelas Municipales de Música y Danza de la Comunidad de Madrid, en los niveles que tuvo en el año 2007, que garantice, por un lado, un marco estable de financiación para todos los municipios de la región, y que permita, por otro, el acceso universal a estas enseñanzas.

The Hindu Times

‘Classical music has to change’

A creative mind with a scholarly approach to music, Dr Prabha Atre says just because it’s classical, it doesn’t mean you cannot change things in it.

Musik Heute

Tschechischer Dirigent Jirí Belohlávek (71) gestorben

Der langjährige Chefdirigent der Tschechischen Philharmonie, Jirí Belohlávek, ist im Alter von 71 Jahren gestorben. Er habe in der Nacht zu Donnerstag den Kampf mit seiner schweren Krankheit verloren

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Placido Domingo feiert 50 Jahre Berlin-Debüt

Gala für das neue Ehrenmitglied: Placido Domingo wird von Daniel Barenboim und der Staatskapelle zu seinem 50. Berlin-Jubiläum gefeiert. 

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Genialer Glöckner

Der Pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard liebt das Zeitgenössische und bekommt nun den Siemens-Musikpreis

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Music History  in 1909 Birth of British Robin
Classical Music News  NYCGB Auditions 2017: advance notice
Music History  in 1857 Birth of English and conductor Sir Edward William .
Image: The Leeds

(Written on June 2, 2017 )

In today’s Classical News, Brindley Sherratt gives advice to a younger generation of singers, Birmingham Conservatoire appoints international chair in cello, and YCAT announces two new artists. Czech conductor Jiri Belohlavek has died aged 71, and Paris will open the doors of its monuments for classical music performances this June.

Guardian

Singing? I’m still trying to get the hang of it

Singing was never his first choice, but three decades into an internationally acclaimed career, British bass Brindley Sherratt puts pen to paper to risk a few words of advice for a younger generation.

Music Teacher

Birmingham Conservatoire appoints international chair in cello

Jian Wang has been appointed as Birmingham Conservatoire’s international chair in cello. He will visit Birmingham Conservatoire on a regular basic, teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Classical Music Magazine

YCAT announces two new artists

YCAT (Young Classical Artists Trust) has selected pianist Jean-Sélim Abdelmoula and cellist Jamal Aliyev for representation following the Public Final Auditions at Wigmore Hall on 25 May.

Chicago Tribune

Don’t call It Brexit radio

Had it launched at any other time, Union JACK might not have attracted quite so much attention. 

LA Weekly

Superstar Pianist Yuja Wang Is Embracing the Darker Side of Classical Music, and It’s Thrilling

Yuja Wang brought the requisite star power and overt glamour that nearly filled Disney Hall on Friday night, as the astonishing Chinese pianist reunited with simpatico conductor Gustavo Dudamel and the L.A. Philharmonic and continued her recent obsession with the morbidly engrossing Hungarian composer Béla Bartók.

Le Figaro

Les monuments de Paris ouvrent leurs portes à la musique classique

Le Festival de Paris proposera pour sa première édition, du 9 au 29 juin, cinq concerts dont le premier se déroulera à la Tour Eiffel avec la soprano Patricia Petibon.

Quebec Huffington Post

Gregory Charles lance une école de musique virtuelle

Ça allait de soi, pour un aussi grand amoureux de musique, qui prend tant de plaisir à transmettre ses connaissances : Gregory Charles annonçait mercredi matin la mise sur pied de l’Académie Gregory, une école de musique virtuelle dont le premier tutoriel, Je suis pianiste, enseignera les rudiments du piano, à compter du 1erseptembre prochain.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Ein Pianist ohne Nostalgie

Der französische Pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard denkt an die Zukunft der Klaviermusik. Dafür wird er in München mit dem Siemens-Musikpreis ausgezeichnet.

Der Tagesspiegel

Jiri Belohlavek ist tot

Er führte die tschechische Philharmonie zu internationaler Anerkennung. Jiri Belohlavek ist nach schwerer Krankheit im Alter von 71 Jahren gestorben.

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Evangelische Kirche sieht Elbphilharmonie als G20-Ort kritisch

Die Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland (EKD) sieht die Elbphilharmonie als Veranstaltungsort für den G20-Gipfel in Hamburg kritisch.

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BBC Music Magazine  Whose tune is it anyway? We take a look at works of classical music which are often misattributed
Music History  in 1776 Birth of John George .

Image: Jiri Belohlavek

(Written on June 1, 2017 )

In today’s news: a new music festival in Disneyland Paris, and DG welcomed their first female cellist. True Story in the Lineup of Cannes film festival, and Luther’s music had more power than his words. Arte presents new opera on video platform, and Justin Doyle becomes chief of the RIAS-Chamber choir. Tenor Endrik Wottrich died last wednesday, and classical pianist Dennis Matsuev goes jazz.

The Strad

Cellist Camille Thomas signs to Deutsche Grammophon

The 28-year-old Franco-Belgian musician is the first ever female cellist to join DG’s artist roster.

NME

Disneyland Paris is set to host new music festival

Disneyland Paris will be the setting of a new EDM festival this summer.

The Spectator

Luther’s music had an even greater impact than his words

Music was at the heart of the Lutheran reformation. Four hours of music, for example, was introduced into the Saxon school curriculum

The Guardian

Roman Polanski’s Based on a True Story added to Cannes film festival lineup

The director’s latest thriller will premiere at the festival as his lawyer continues to battle for the Oscar winner’s return to the US

BBC

Russell Tovey and his dream role in ‘gay fantasia’

Few stage productions attract the level of expectation which surrounds the National Theatre’s new revival in London of Tony Kushner’s 1990s play Angels in America.

The Violin Channel

Thomastik-Infeld Versum Solo Cello String Pack Winners Announced!

And the winners are in! The following 5 lucky VC members will each be receiving a Thomastik-Infeld cello soloist twin set string pack.

Concerti

Oper auf Abruf

ARTE-Plattformen und +7-Mediathek verbinden sich zu neuem Videoportal

NMZ

Brite Justin Doyle startet als Chef des RIAS-Kammerchors

Der Brite Justin Doyle tritt mit der kommenden Spielzeit als Chefdirigent des RIAS Kammerchors an.

Pizzicato

Tenor Endrik Wottrich verstorben

Der 1963 in Celle geborene deutsche Tenor Endrik Wottrich ist am gestrigen Mittwoch unerwartet verstorben. Das teilte die Oper Leipzig mit.

Broadway world

44th annual Bach week festival to feature artist debuts and more

The Chicago area’s 44th annual Bach Week Festival, opening April 28 in Evanston, Ill., will feature festival debuts of local and visiting artists of international stature in concerts devoted to the music of the festival’s namesake, German Baroque composer J. S. Bach.

WQXR

Classical Pianist Denis Matsuev Takes the A Train

Classical pianist Dennis Matsuev is no stranger to jazz — here he is in concert, performing the Billy Strayhorn classic “Take the ‘A’ Train.”

San Diego Reader

PONY rides a new vision for live classical music

Movies, lights, but where is the social media presence?

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16Schwetzinger starten am 28. April unter dem “Leidenschaft”

Join today for the last Hour of the week, followed by another 3 hours of great classical music

 

NME

(Written on April 28, 2017 )

In today’s news:  Detroit Symphony Competition began for female composers, Birmingham Conservatoire student beats world record, Thomas Brandis and Kishori Amonkar have died, new music director for England’s Yehudi Menuhin School, piano celebrations in the Tiroler Festspiele Erl starts in April, Philips Collection piano-violin duo brings mature eloquence, Dance Camera West Presents 16th Annual Dance Media Film Festival, and restriction for re-opened Berliner Staatsoper.

Pizzicato

Detroit Symphony opens competition For female composers

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) has launched the ninth annual Elaine Lebenbom Memorial Award for Female Composers.

Rhinegold

Birmingham Conservatoire student sets world record

Birmingham Conservatoire student Alistair Rutherford has broken the Guinness World Record for the fastest half marathon dressed as a musical instrument.

The Strad

Former Berlin Philharmonic concertmaster Thomas Brandis has died aged 81

Thomas Brandis, who served as a long-time first concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic, has died at the age of 81.

The Guardian

Rameau’s Les Fêtes d’Hébé: making a song and dance about it

This week the Royal College of Music is staging a UK premiere of an opera so successful that it had 80 performances in its first year in France and four revivals over the following three decades.

The Violin Channel

England’s Yehudi Menuhin School announce new Director of Music

The Yehudi Menuhin School has announced the appointment of conductor and composer Oscar Colomina i Bosch as their new Director of Music

The Times of India

Kishori Amonkar: Our music is fifth Veda

The singer who initiated the rasika into the journey of an in-depth swara and laya is no more-at Kamani Auditorium to come into the auditorium and wait for the melody called Gana Saraswati Kishori Amonkar was to be in the pathway of the rite of passage and taste the beauty of a raga as a living being.

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Spielbetrieb in Berliner Staatsoper nach Wiedereröffnung nur mit Einschränkungen?

Die sanierte Staatsoper Unter den Linden wird nach ihrer Wiedereröffnung, die derzeitigen Plänen zufolge Anfang Oktober erfolgen soll, nicht voll bespielbar sein.

klassik-heute

Erstmals Klaviertage der Tiroler Festspiele Erl 6.-9. April 2017

Von Donnerstag, 6. April 2017, bis Palmsonntag, 9. April 2017, finden erstmals die Klaviertage der Tiroler Festspiele Erl im Festspielhaus statt.

Sueddeutsche Zeitung

Volk grölt, Schweine tanzen, Solisten jammern

Eindrucksvolle Musik, aber das Libretto lässt sich nicht retten: Mussorgskys “Der Jahrmarkt von Sorotschinzi” in Berlin.

The Washington Post 

Piano-violin duo brings mature eloquence to Phillips Collection

When chamber music comes together, there’s really nothing like it: expert individuals working as one to achieve something greater than could be achieved alone.

Broadwayworld

Dance Camera West presents 16th Annual Dance Media Film Festival

Committed to fostering and promoting the vibrant art of dance and dance on film from around the globe, Dance Camera West presents the 16th Annual Dance Media Film Festival, a public event incorporating dance explored through film and live performance.

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Ziemlich fidel für 65: Herzlichen Glückwunsch, Münchner Rundfunkorchester!
Coming up in John Suchet, a moment of musical sanctuary – Karl Jenkins’ beautiful “Gloria -…

 

image: Rhinegold

(Written on April 4, 2017 )

Classical News

In our classical news today, Sound and Music announces latest Pathways intake, EMCY pays an homage to Heifetz, and Fort Worth Opera fires general director. Also, Manfred Honeck will return to the New York Philharmonic, and Dresden Kulturpalast renovation turns out more expensive than planned.

Classical Music Magazine

Sound and Music announces latest Pathways intake

Georgie Buchanan, Gemma Nash, Blasio Kavuma, Jason Yarde and Samantha Fernando are the latest five composers selected for Sound and Music’s Pathways programme.

Pizzicato

EMCY Pays Homage To Heifetz

‘Give Music a Future’, a cooperation project of the European Union of Music Competitions for Youth (EMCY), co-funded by the culture programme Creative Europe of the European Union, pays an ‘Homage a Heifetz’. On 2 February, they started ‘Homage a Heifetz’, with celebrations for the birthday of the famous Vilnius born virtuoso Jascha Heifetz.

Fort Worth Opera Fires General Director

In a press release, Fort Worth Opera is profusely thanking their General Director « for his 16 years of dedicated service » and at the same time the board fires him over different views for the future.

Dezeen

Allied Works Architecture creates massive music centre for downtown Calgary

Covering two city blocks, Canada’s National Music Centre comprises towering volumes clad in bronze-hued tiles and a refurbished historic brick building.

The New York Times

9 Artists Honor the Man Who Put Brooklyn on the Map

When he announced his retirement as the president and executive producer of the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 1998, I argued in The Times that Harvey Lichtenstein had been the most innovative, influential performing arts administrator in New York history.

The Washington Post

Kennedy Center hosts a brilliantly HIP performance of Vivaldi

The HIP approach breaks away from the reliance on purity of sound and the masterworks of the canon that emerged as the twin pillars of so-called classical music in the late 20th century.

klassik.com

Münchner Konzertsaal: Baubeginn verzögert sich um mehrere Monate

Der Baubeginn des neuen Münchner Konzertsaals wird sich nach Angaben des Chefs der Bayerischen Staatskanzlei, Marcel Huber (CSU), um mehrere Monate verzögern. Grund dafür ist die gerichtlich angeordnete Neubewertung eines zum Architekturwettbewerb eingereichten Entwurfs

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“Stars & Rising Stars” präsentiert Klassikgrößen und Nachwuchstalente

Das neue Festival in München startet im Mai mit drei Uraufführungen der zeitgenössischen Komponisten Wolfgang Rihm, Bernd Redmann und Antoni Parera Fons

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3,3 Millionen Euro Mehrbedarf – Dresdner Kulturpalast wird teurer

Der Aufsichtsrat der städtische Immobiliengesellschaft KID sei über noch ungeprüfte Nachträge für das Bauprojekt informiert worden, teilte die Stadt am Montag mit. Diese ergeben einen kurzfristigen Finanzierungsbedarf von 3,3 Millionen Euro.

Broadwayworld

Manfred Honeck Returns To New York Philharmonic Featuring Inon Barnatan as Soloist, 2/15-18

Manfred Honeck will return to the New York Philharmonic to conduct Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1, with Artist-in-Association Inon Barnatan as soloist in his final Philharmonic appearance in that role

IndieWire

‘La La Land’ Composer Justin Hurwitz Created 1,900 Piano Demos To Find Just the Right Melodies: Awards Spotlight

The Oscar-nominated musician breaks down his exhaustive collaboration with director Damien Chazelle.

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Bachtrack @bachtrack Istanbul announces their line up for the 45th edition of their classical music festival using a host of great venues

BR_KLASSIK @BR_KLASSIK Valery und die : Neue Saison – alte Sorgen

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Samantha Fernando is one of the latest five composers selected for Sound and Music’s Pathways programme. Credit: Marianne Chua

(Written on February 15, 2017 )

The Academy of Ancient Music have today announced that Robert Levin will inaugurate the Hogwood Fellowship. Established in honour of the Academy of Ancient Music’s founder Christopher Hogwood, the Fellowship is designed to further the ensemble’s commitment to providing historical insight and cultural context to the music they perform.

Christopher Hogwood was once asked if he spent half his time as a musician, and the other half as a musicologist; his response was that he spent 100% of his time as both.  Setting the AAM apart from other ensembles is the creativity and spontaneity of their performances that are grounded in scholarship, with a constant exploration of music in its broadest cultural context.

Robert Levin is a consummate musician, much loved by audiences around the world as a soloist and conductor.  He is also a renowned scholar, holding positions at institutions including Harvard and Cambridge University.  He enjoyed a long and close association with Christopher Hogwood and the AAM, which continues now with Richard Egarr as Music Director. Robert’s tenure as the first Hogwood Fellow for the remainder of this season, and the 2017-18 concert season, will include performances with the orchestra. Robert will provide insights into the music the AAM perform through interviews, talks, articles and concert programme notes.

WildKat had the great privilege of attending an interview with Robert Levin in Salzburg, where he was recording Mozart’s Piano Sonatas, on the composer’s own fortepiano.

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Music Director Richard Egarr commented: ‘I’m so pleased that Robert Levin will be our very first Hogwood Fellow.  I’ve worked with him for many years, and what he stands for really represents all that Christopher Hogwood stood for as well.  Robert Levin is a most incredible mind, has an encyclopedic knowledge of Mozart and Bach, and total recall over information. But not only that, he has the ability to transform this information into extraordinary live performance.’

Beyond 2017-18, Richard Egarr will be leading the process to seek out the next Hogwood Fellow. They may be a musician and musicologist like Robert, or perhaps an academic, or an artist – anyone from any discipline who can provide greater insight into the AAM’s music and music-making.

Robert Levin will next perform with the Academy of Ancient Music at the Barbican Centre’s ‘Sound Unbound’ weekend, taking place 29-30 April 2017.

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 Image: Robert Levin, Ascherman

(Written on February 13, 2017 )