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In today’s classical news, applications are now open for the 9th Sound and Music’s Summer School, which will take place from 30th July to 5th August this year. Violinist Ray Chen, former 1st prize winner at the Yehudi Menuhin and Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competitions, signs with Decca Classics. Renowned violinist and conductor Pinchas Zukerman will open New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s three-concert Winter Festival 2017, with a program of works by Tchaikovsky and Mendelssohn from January 13th to 15th. Also, more reactions on the new Elbphilharmonie concert hall.

Classical Music Magazine

Sound and Music opens Summer School applications

Sound and Music is now inviting applications for its Summer School, which will take place 30 July – 5 August 2017.

City of London Corporation announces support for Centre for Music

The City of London Corporation has pledged up to £2.5m in funding towards the production of a detailed business case for a Centre for Music in London’s Square Mile.

The Strad

Violinist Ray Chen signs new recording deal with Decca Classics

The violinist, who is a former winner of the Menuhin and Queen Elisabeth competitions, will make his first recording for the label later this year.

The New York Times

Juliet and Jackie Evancho, Bonding as Targets in a Trump Media Frenzy

Jackie, 16, who will sing the national anthem at the presidential inauguration, and her transgender sister, Juliet, 18, lend each other support.

The Washington Post

At a moment of transition, NSO offers the old-new: 20th-century classical works

Teetering on the edge of a new era, the National Symphony Orchestra this week offers a program poised midway, even uncertainly, between old and new.

Broadwayworld

2017 NJSO Winter Festival to Launch with Pinchas Zukerman Performing Tchaikovsky

Celebrated violinist and conductor Pinchas Zukerman opens the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s three-concert 2017 Winter Festival with a program of works by Tchaikovsky and Mendelssohn, January 13-15 in Newark, Red Bank and New Brunswick.

Music Business Worldwide

Soundcloud Co-founder Eric Wahlforss Switches Job As Firm Hires CTO

Yahoo! exec Artem Fishman has been appointed Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of Engineering at SoundCloud – as co-founder Eric Wahlforss takes on a newly-created role.

ZEIT Online

Hamburg, deine Perle

Der teuerste Konzertsaal der Welt ist eröffnet, beklatscht von Angela Merkel, Joachim Gauck, Reichen und Prominenten. Erfüllt die Elbphilharmonie die hohen Erwartungen?

FAZ

Dieser Konzertsaal kennt keine Gnade

Die Hamburger Elbphilharmonie ist eine Augenweide. Doch wir sehen nicht mit den Ohren: Das Hördesign von Yasuhisa Toyota ist gemacht für Überwältigungsmusik.

Der Tagesspiegel

Elemente des Lebens

Elementargewalten, inszeniert vor historischer Kulisse. Die Musikfestspiele Potsdam Sanssouci 2017 haben die vier Elemente Feuer, Wasser, Erde und Luft zum Thema.

France Musique

Découvrez l’impressionnante Philharmonie de l’Elbe à Hambourg

Pour faire oublier des années de retard et d’explosions budgétaires, l’Elbphilharmonie de Hambourg devait sortir le grand jeu lors de son inauguration. Pari réussi pour la ville hanséatique qui vient de se doter d’une des plus belles salles de concert au monde.

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Photo: Sound and Music

(Written on January 13, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Deutsche Phono-Akademie announced its 2016 ECHO Klassik awards. Pentatone, a Dutch music label, appoints new vice president, Renaud Loranger. Also, Marriott Classical Music Festival returns for its third year.

The Strad

Cellist Sol Gabetta and violinist Pinchas Zukerman win 2016 ECHO Klassik awards

The Deutsche Phono-Akademie (German record industry) has named the 57 winners of its 2016 ECHO Klassik awards, honouring ‘the most successful and outstanding achievements’ of German and international classical musicians over the last 12 months. Among the string players recognised by the industry are Sol Gabetta, who wins the Instrumentalist Cello title for her Vasks ‘Presence’ recording on Sony Classical, and Pinchas Zukerman, who takes home the Instrumentalist Violin prize for his recording of Vaughan Williams and Elgar on Decca.

Opera Now Magazine

4.48 Psychosis wins UK Theatre award

Philip Venables’ 4.48 Psychosis has won the UK Theatre award for achievement in opera.

Classical Music Magazine

Pentatone appoints new vice president

Renaud Loranger will join Pentatone as vice president for artists and repertoire on 1 November. He will be tasked with developing the label’s roster and expanding its activities internationally.

Cape Times

‘Marriott Classic Music Festival’ returns

The hills of Franschhoek will once again be alive with the sound of music as the Marriott Classic Music Festival returns to the scenic village for the 14th time from October 21 to 23 October with an inspiring programme of classical music from South Africa’s foremost musicians, plus acclaimed international artists.

Evening Standard

Orchestras should hold blind auditions to increase diversity

Orchestras should hold blind auditions to increase the number of ethnic minority players in major ensembles, according to a leading figure in the music world, Chi-chi Nwanoku.

Naperville Sun

Black Violin blends hip-hop, classical music

Black Violin is changing stereotypes about who plays the violin and what gets played on it. Black Violin consists of Wil Baptiste and Kev Marcus — two young, hip, black guys who are just as comfortable busting out some Bach or Vivaldi as they are playing Kanye West.

klassik.com

Hessischer Kulturpreis für Countertenor Andreas Scholl

Die Auszeichnung, die der Countertenor zusammen mit seiner Frau, der israelischen Pianistin Tamar Halperin, erhält, ist mit 45.000 Euro der höchstdotierte Kulturpreis in Deutschland. Beiden gelinge es, musikalische Brücken zu bauen.

Musikerbe-Stätten in Leipzig sollen Europäisches Kulturerbe werden

Die Bewerbung Leipzigs ist damit die einzige einer deutschen Stadt, die für den Bewerbungsdurchgang 2017 ausgewählt und an die Europäisch Kommission weitergeleitet wurde.

Musik heute

Elisabeth Brauß gewinnt Kissinger KlavierOlymp

Die 21-jährige hat den diesjährigen Kissinger KlavierOlymp gewonnen. Die Hannoveranerin setzte sich unter sechs Wettbewerbsteilnehmern im Alter zwischen 13 und 26 Jahren durch. Brauß habe die Jury “aufgrund ihres eigenständigen Zugriffs und ihrer Direktheit in der musikalischen Gestaltung” überzeugt.

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Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ Reich at 80: we celebrate the master of minimalism in CM October! http://ow.ly/ts5r304EvG6 

Mental Health Fdn @mentalhealthnz Raising awareness of mental health issues through classical music #MHAWNZ https://t.co/1v7Vw0rLQl

Opera Magazine @operamagazine Opera’s November 2016 preview

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Cellist Sol Gabetta, who just won the Instrumentalist Cello title for her Vasks ‘Presence’ recording on Sony Classical. Photo taken by: Uwe Arens

(Written on October 11, 2016 )

WildKat PR are pleased to be working with the young and talented violinist Asi Matathias. Asi did his first ever performance with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra at the age 14 under the baton of Zubin Mehta, who was so impressed by Matathias’ musical maturity at such a young age that he invited Asi back to play for the next season. Concert-goers can hear this sophistication beyond years at another debut of his this month: at the Berlin Philharmonic and Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall in New York.

His recital programme will take the audience through the history of the key repertoire for violin and piano: Brahms and Beethoven via Strauss and Takemitsu. We will hear all the experience he has accumulated over the past ten years, during which he has performed concerts throughout Europe, the USA and Asia and played in some of the most prestigious concert halls and with some of the best conductors of our time.

Also a keen chamber musician, Asi has collaborated with the likes of Yefim Bronfman and Kirill Gerstein at festivals such as Vienna’s FestWochen Festspiele, and the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival.

Having begun playing the violin when he was only 6 years old, he has studied with Chaim Taub, Aaron Rosand and David Nadien. He currently is a student of Pinchas Zukerman in New York. Prior to this, he was enrolled at Vienna’s Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst where he was the youngest student ever to have been accepted.

Asi’s debuts promise to be exciting milestones in his career which is already developing well and flourishing.

Book tickets to the concert here.

Pinchas Zukermans Protegé, Asi Matathias, debütiert in Berlin und New York

Das Team von WildKat PR freut sich über die Zusammenarbeit mit dem jungen und talentierten Geiger Asi Matathias. Seinen ersten Auftritt hatte der Künstler bereits im Alter von 14 Jahren mit dem Israel Philharmonic Orchestra unter der Leitung von Zubin Mehta, der so begeistert von der musikalischen Reife bei einem so jungen Alter war, dass er Asi bereits für die folgende Saison wieder einlud. Konzertbesucher können nun eine über Jahre gereifte Verfeinerung seines Violinenspiels bei einem weiteren Debüt in diesem Monat in der Berliner Philharmonie und der Zankel Hall der Carnegie Hall in New York erleben.

Sein Konzertprogramm führt das Publikum durch die Geschichte der berühmtesten Werke für Violine und Piano: Von Brahms und Beethoven über Strauss und Takemitsu. Das Publikum wird die Erfahrungen, die Matathias in den letzten Jahren bei Aufführungen in Europa, USA und Asien gesammelt hat, hören können. Er spielte in den besten Konzertsälen der Welt und mit den bedeutendsten Dirigenten unserer Zeit. Darüberhinaus hat Asi als begeisteter Kammermusiker bereits mit Größen wie Yefim Bronfman und Kirill Gerstein bei international bekannten Festivals wie den Wiener Festwochen und dem Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival zusammengearbeitet.

Seit er mit sechs Jahren angefangen hat Geige zu spielen, wurde er von Chaim Taub, Aaaron Rosand und David Nadien auf seinem Weg begleitet. Aktuell studiert er bei Pinchas Zukerman in New York. Davor war er an der Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Wien immatrikuliert, wo er als jüngster Student seit der Gründung der Universität aufgenommen wurde.

Asis Debüts versprechen spannende Meilensteine in seiner bereits aufstrebenden Karriere zu werden.

Buchen Sie hier Tickets für das Konzert.

Asi

(Written on February 12, 2015 )

Classical Music Magazine

English National Opera to branch out into musical theatre

English National Opera ENO has announced it will be opening its doors to the world of musical theatre as part of company plans to create a ‘sustainable future’

Classic FM 

Colorado Symphony Orchestra announce ‘bring your own cannabis’ concerts

The Colorado Symphony Orchestra will be appearing at a new series of concerts entitled ‘Classically Cannabis: The High Note Series’, where attendees are encouraged to bring their own marijuana.

Ed Balls on passing Grade 3 piano: “It’s pretty stressful”

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls has revealed what it was like to pass his Grade 3 piano exam last week, describing the experience as “stressful”.

Guardian

Opera North announce first Poppea and departure of music director Farnes

Opera company reveals plans for new Mozart, Verdi and Monteverdi, while Richard Farnes’s tenure is to culminate in summer 2016 with a series of complete Ring cycles in concert stagings

What has science got in common with opera? Oil

As a new graphic from Platform London demonstrates, oil money flows through science in culture. Alice Bell asks if we should be concerned.

El Pais

Opera singer Montserrat Caballé under scrutiny for tax evasion

Spain’s most famous soprano allegedly failed to pay €500,000 in income tax in 2010.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung 

Britten in Lyon: Wie uns die Oper in den Wahnsinn treiben kann

Mit drei Musikthrillern von Benjamin Britten verführt Serge Dorny das Publikum in Lyon. Das Oper-für-alle-Konzept macht Paris zur Musikprovinz.

Die Welt

Montserrat Caballé hat 500.000 Euro Steuerschulden

In Spanien ist der 81-jährige Opernstar Montserrat Caballé eine Institution. Ihren Wohnsitz hat sie aber im Steuerparadies Andorra. Da war sie zu selten. Ihre Steuerschuld: einer halbe Million Euro.

Concerti

Cellist in progress

Es gibt kaum ein Thema, über das man mit Daniel Müller-Schott nicht reden kann. Hier spricht er über …

KlassikAkzente

Ungebrochener Elan – Karl Jenkins hat für “Motetten” seine schönsten Werke umarrangiert

Karl Jenkins hat anlässlich seines 70. Geburtstags seine schönsten Werke für den Chor Polyphony umarrangiert. Sein neues Album “Motetten” ist von erhabener und zeitloser Schönheit.

Classicalite

Classical Music in Mad Men

AMC’s Mad Men’ is More Than Just Brilliant Television, Chopin and Beethoven Are Important Musical Devices for the Show’s Demographic

Classical Music on Twitter

Royal Philharmonic @rpoonline #Classical season 2014/15 @southbankcentre: Pinchas Zukerman conducts Beethoven’s ‘Choral’ Symphony on Mon 27 Oct http://www.rpo.co.uk/event.php?pid=1597

Making Music UK@MakingMusic_UK Contemporary classical composers producing pieces for mobile phone alerts: http://ow.ly/whxko

Corinne Morris@corinnemorris The Raphael Sommer Foundation (he was my cello teacher) awards scholarships for undergrad. students. Find out more: http://www.raphaelsommer.com

The Royal Opera@TheRoyalOpera What do you think is #ROHfigaro’s musical highlight? So many moments to choose from, but if we had to choose… http://www.roh.org.uk/news/le-nozze-di-figaro-musical-highlight-the-sextet-riconosci-in-questo-amplesso

 

The Guardian

The Guardian

(Written on May 1, 2014 )

New York Times

Performing Global Warming

Two students of global warming with a love of music explore the role of the arts in engaging the public on subtle environmental changes.

Work by Britten Resurfaces at American Ballet Theatre

A Benjamin Britten orchestration of Chopin piano music that was believed to be lost will re-enter the repertory on Friday night when American Ballet Theater uses it for its performance of Michel Fokine’s “Les Sylphides” at the David H. Koch Theater.

Guardian

Radio 3 breakfast show to be presented by Clemency Burton-Hill

Presenter Sara Mohr-Pietsch is moving to host other classical and choral programmes. Clemency Burton-Hill, will takeover the weekday breakfast show on 2 December, alternating the morning shifts with Petroc Trelawny.

Amira Willighagen, nine, sings opera and stuns Holland’s Got Talent judges

Girl who performed O Mio Babbino Caro says she taught herself to sing with YouTube tutorials.

Gramophone

Alexander Shelley named music director designate of Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra

The thirty four year old UK conductor succeeds Pinchas Zukerman as music director in September 2015.

Universal Music USA launches revitalised Universal Music Classics

Universal Music Group is embarking on a ‘revitalised commitment’ to its classical department by launching Universal Music Classics. Formerly the Decca Label Group, the new Universal Music Classics encompasses Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Mercury Classics and Panorama imprints.

BBC News

How did ancient greek music sound? 

The music of ancient Greece, unheard for thousands of years, is being brought back to life by Armand D’Angour, a musician and tutor in classics at Oxford University.

The Star (Canada)

Boys breaking ballet stereotypes

Canada’s National Ballet School has the highest percentage of boys enrolling in its history.

MaCleans

Too many orchestras in North America?

The lack of funding for orchestras and opera companies may be raising the question of whether North America has too many of them – or whether, as with other institutions, there should be more streamlining and consolidations.

Der Tagesspiegel

Schön ist’s im Schillertheater

Die Sanierung der Staatsoper wird zur Endlos-Saga. Aber Intendant Jürgen Flimm findet immer einen Grund zur Freude. Wir haben ihn in seiner Räuberhöhle im Schillertheater besucht.

 

Guardian

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(Written on November 1, 2013 )

Fiddler’s Tale is the title that violinist Daniel Hope gave his programme for Saturday Classics. In these programmes he presents a selection of recordings that reflect his life in music so far and also which follow the story of his priceless violin – the wonderful 1742 Guarneri del Gesu, known as the “Ex-Lipinski”.

The programme includes recordings by Pinchas Zukerman whom Daniel heard perform in London at the age of five and who inspired him to take up the violin (Antonin Dvorak’s Romance in F minor op. 11). You will also hear pieces by another key inspiration in Daniel’s life, Yehudi Menuhin (Franz Schubert;s Symphony no. 2 in B flat major D.125 – 3rd movement) and music from his adopted home city Vienna (Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony no. 7 in A major op. 92 – 2nd movement with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra under Christian Thielemann). His choice of music also includes the original 1950s line up of the celebrated Beaux Arts Trio, with whom Daniel has also performed; and a recording from his violin hero David Oistrakh.

Fiddler’s Tale is being broadcast again on Saturday, 20th April on Radio 3.

(Written on April 18, 2013 )

The Telegraph

Theatre director Michael Attenborough is no fan of modern opera

Michael Attenborough, the son of Lord Attenborough, says modern opera ‘studiously avoids anything so old-fashioned as melody or emotion’

Arts Journal– Slipped Disc 

Mihaela: the final rites, the first obituary

Funeral arrangements have been published for Mihaela Ursuleasa who died last week in Vienna, at the age of 33.

Gergiev is victim of Pussy Riot hoax 

A Russian news site reports that Valery Gergiev last night publicly threatened to quit as head of the Maryinsky Theatre unless the girl-band Pussy Riot trial defendants were released.

Legendary Bow Maker has died 

Giovanni Lucchi, the favoured bow-maker for Mstislav Rostropovich, Pinchas Zukerman and many more, has died in Cremona, aged 69.

Classic FM  

Pavarotti lookalike refused bankcard 

A professional Pavarotti lookalike has been refused a personalized bank card because he looks too much like the star.

$50K Violin stolen from Vancouver car park 

The Joseph Nadotti Fecit violin from 1772 was taken from student’s minivan while she shopped.

Gautier Capuçon talks Saint-Saëns and holidays

Cellist talks to Classic FM from the Verbier Festival in Switzerland.

(Written on August 6, 2012 )