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In today’s news, Turkish-Austrian tenor Ilker Arcayürek wins Wolf Lieder Prize, Grand Rapids Symphony brings classical music with modern twist to ArtPrize, and techno takes over as the Hamburg Baroque Orchestra, Elbipolis, teams up with DJ Brezel Göring. Also, ISPA has announced the theme of its New York 2017 ISPA Congress as Currents of Change, and schools’ launch classical music awards.

Classical Music Magazine

BBC New Generation Artist wins Wolf Lieder Prize

Turkish-Austrian tenor Ilker Arcayürek took first prize in the tenth International Art Song Competition of the Hugo Wolf Akademie. He wins €15,000 (£13,000) to be shared with his pianist, Fiona Pollak.

MLive.com

Grand Rapids Symphony brings classical music with modern twist to ArtPrize

For ArtPrize Eight, the Grand Rapids Symphony is getting involved. “We’re offering a series of free concerts, as a free opportunity for ArtPrize goers to see and hear what the Grand Rapids Symphony does year-round,” said Jeff Kaczmarczyk, senior manager for communications for the Grand Rapids Symphony.

Inquirer.net

Techno takes over as the Hamburg Baroque Orchestra, Elbipolis, teams up with DJ Brezel Göring

Techno takes over as the Hamburg Baroque Orchestra, Elbipolis, teams up with experimental musician/DJ Brezel Göring, to present an unexpected musical performance that can be dubbed as both classical and inventive.

International Arts Manager

Currents of Change: Arts, Power and Politics

Delegates from all over the world will come together at the start of 2017 to discuss whether cultural institutions should simply reflect society, or rather use their power as a force for positive transformation in the world.

Meath Chronicle

Schools’ classical music awards launched

Meath’s musical teens are tuning up for a potential €5,000 boost to their career as the Fr Frank Maher Classical Music Awards, sponsored by Top Security is seeking entries for 2016. It is Ireland’s largest classical music competition for secondary schools.

The Irish Times

Julius Eastman: Radical composer who ended up sleeping rough

Black, gay and working-class, he was forgotten after his death, but his music is being revived

NRK

Nationaltheateret ønsker 1,9 milliarder på nytt statsbudsjett

Flere kulturinstitusjoner har søkt om milliardbeløp til ulike oppgraderinger for kommende statsbudsjett. For Nationaltheateret haster det med oppussingspenger. – Situasjonen er veldig alvorlig, sier prosjektansvarlig.

Klassik heute

Saison-Eröffnungskonzert der “musica viva” als Hommage an Hans Zender

Das Eröffnungskonzert der neuen „musica viva“-Saison widmet sich dem Œuvre des Komponisten Hans Zender, der in diesem Jahr seinen 80. Geburtstag feiert.

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Deutsch-französisches Improvationswunder

Der deutsche Jazzpianist Michael Wollny, 7-facher ECHO Jazz-Preisträger, hat mit dem Akkordeonisten Vincent Peirani – “Frankreichs Jazzkünstler des Jahres” – ein Album aufgenommen: Auf “Tandem” verbinden die beiden ihre musikalische Verschiedenheit zu einem wundervollen großen Ganzen.

Berliner Zeitung

Haben Künstler mehr Freiheiten als der Normalbürger?

Das Grundgesetz garantiert jedem Bürger die Meinungsfreiheit. Warum erklärt es dann noch einmal ausdrücklich „Kunst und Wissenschaft, Forschung und Lehre sind frei“?

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BBC Music Magazine @MusicMagazine Morning all. As a special Wednesday treat, why not download our current free track – Liszt’s ‘Feux folllets’?

klassik.com @klassikcom Regisseur Frank erhält Nestroy-Preis

neue musikzeitung @musikzeitung nmz-news: Ist Kunst, kann trotzdem weg

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Elbipolis. Photo: Friedrun Reinhold

(Written on September 28, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news: Ed Conway discusses the power that the arts give Britain, Classical Music Magazine announces the winner of the 2015 Joachim Violin Competition & Gramophone reports that Antonio Pappano and Warner Classics have renewed their recording partnership

The Times

Why the arts put Britain on the world stage

Our creative industries may not generate the billions that banking does. But the ‘soft power’ they give us is immense

Classical Music Magazine

Maxwell Davies battles cancer once again

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies is undergoing chemotherapy once again after receiving the news that his leukaemia had returned

Classic FM

John Rutter launches hunt for lost carol composer with a little help from John Suchet

Choral composer launches search for woman who wrote prize-winning carol as a girl in 1975. Can you help find her?

Classical Music Magazine

Sergei Dogadin wins 2015 Joachim Violin Competition

The 27-year-old Russian violinist received a €50,000 (£37,077) cash prize, a CD recording with Naxos, and a number of international concert engagements following his performance of Shostakovich’s first violin concerto with Hendrick Vestmann and the NDR Radiophilharmonie

Gramophone

Pappano and Warner Classics renew recording

Antonio Pappano and Warner Classics are to continue their long-standing recording relationship

Der Tagesspiegel 

Die Kunst des Zuhörens

Aus einer Sparidee von Klaus Wowereit erwuchs ein utopisches Projekt: die Barenboim-Said-Akademie. Im Sommer 2016 soll sie fertig sein

KlassikAkzente

Hochdekoriert! Die Verleihung des ECHO Klassik im ZDF

Der ECHO Klassik ist einer der wichtigsten Musikpreise der Welt. Am 18. Oktober werden auch zahlreiche Deutsche Grammophon-Künstler mit der begehrten Trophäe ausgezeichnet. Das ZDF überträgt den festlichen Abend

Pizzicato

Nina Tichman wird neue künstlerische Leiterin der Andernacher Musiktage

Die Pianistin Nina Tichman, die als Solistin, erfolgreiche Kammermusikerin und auch als Lehrende an der Musikhochschule Köln tätig ist, übernimmt erstmalig die künstlerische Leitung des Festivals ‘Andernacher Musiktage’ 2016 auf Burg Namedy

La Vanguardia

Nace el ‘MUV!’ para impulsar la música en directo en Valencia

Además de actuaciones, habrá un debate sobre la importancia social y económica de la música y su papel en la construcción de ‘marca-ciudad’

San Francisco Classical Voice

MacKellan to Leave 42nd Street Moon

Few performing arts organizations are identified so closely with their founder/director as 42nd Street Moon is with Greg MacKellan, so it’s surprising news that he is leaving the positions/organization/town at the end of the 2015-2016 season

Twitter

Jazz UK: @JazzUK Which #4JazzFestival artists should we focus on this week? @JulArgTetra @ImagineerUK @mishamamusic @CTobinSinger… Tweet your favourites!

Barbican Centre @BarbicanCentre ‘Conducting is a gift of nature… how you feel the movement of the music’: Riccardo Chailly talks to @GuardianMusic http://bit.ly/1WWXbwa 

Aldeburgh Music ‏@aldeburghmusic .@BBCSuffolk big conversation this morning is: what’s the right age to start taking children to classical concerts? What do you think?

Sergei Dogadin Classical Music Magazine

Sergei Dogadin
Classical Music Magazine

 

(Written on October 13, 2015 )

In today’s news, Tom Service explores the dark side of classical music, the Royal Ballet live streams rehearsals and classes, Classic FM records a 22-year-old’s emotions after listening to classical music for the first time and Norman Lebrecht reports on Covent Garden’s new sound system

The Guardian

Music as a torture weapon: exploring the dark side

A composer’s highest joys have long been used to violate prisoners’ minds, destroying their inner beings. And not just at Guantanamo, either

Gramophone 

Enjoy 23 hours of live footage on World Ballet day live

The Royal Ballet and four other leading ballet companies will live stream classes and rehearsals on Thursday 1 October

Classic FM

We got a 22-year-old to listen to classical music for the first time- and it blew his mind

At Classic FM we’re always keen to spread the classical music word – so we took one pop-mad 22 year old and played him Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Verdi’s Requiem, Stravinsky’s ‘The Rite of Spring’ and Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto. Cue: all the emotions

Slipped disc

Voice alert: Covent Garden instals discreet amplification 

Installation magazine reports that the Royal Opera House has ‘upgraded its sound system’ with ‘eight KP102s mounted each side of the proscenium arch.’

Berliner Zeitung

Vladimir Jurowski wird RSB-Chefdirigent

Das Rundfunksinfonieorchester Berlin bekommt einen neuen Chefdirigenten. Auf Marek Janowski folgt Wladimir Jurowski. Während bei Janowski das orchestererzieherische im Vordergrund stand, könnte es unter dem 33 Jahre jüngeren Jurowski wieder mehr um Inhalte gehen

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Ausgezeichnete Opern

Die “Opernhäuser des Jahres” stehen in Frankfurt und in Mannheim. In einer Umfrage der Fachzeitschrift Opernwelt nannte eine Mehrheit der 50 befragten Kritiker aus Europa und den USA die beiden Opernhäuser am häufigsten. Dabei lobten die Kritiker die innovativen Spielpläne sowie die konsequente Entwicklung der Ensembles

klassik.com 

Sergey Simakov gewinnt Dirigierwettbewerb in Bukarest

Sergey Simakov aus Russland hat das Finale des Jeunesses Musicales Bucharest Dirigierwettbwerbs in Bukarest gewonnen. Simakov überzeugte die Jury mit seiner Interpretation von Auszügen aus Dvořáks 7. Sinfonie und Schumanns Klavierkonzert op. 54

El Mundo 

‘Siempre/Todavía’: una ópera sin voces

Esta auditorio, dirigido por José Ramón Garrido, decidió apostar por las nuevas tendencias y producir, junto al Centro Nacional de Difusión Musical, esta extraña ópera para piano, dibujos y texto, nominada ‘Siempre/Todavía’

El Pais

La Capilla Sixtina se abre para grabar en su acústica única

La Capilla Sixtina, obra renacentista de Miguel Ángel y uno de los espacios artísticos más importantes de la historia, ha sido el privilegiado escenario para la grabación de un álbum de música litúrgica. Es la primera vez en que abre sus puertas para la grabación de un CD, realizado en este caso por el coro de la propia capilla y titulado Cantante Domino

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Strange Boy @strangeboy We’re looking forward to showing you our new stuff @ Toi Toi on Oct 29th 😀

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic Well-meaning attempts to make classical music more accessible miss the point, says John Evans:

Record Label A and R @recordlabel_ar Grow your fanbase by connecting with hundreds of music industry professionals

 

World Ballet Day 2015, photo by Royal Opera House

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(Written on October 1, 2015 )

The Huffington Post

Can Women Save Classical Music?

Changing statistics on classical music listeners

NPR

Classical Couples: Sweethearts Sharing The Stage

Happily, the arrows are still flying and the roster of musical matchups keeps growing. For this Valentine’s Day, NPR offer a few contemporary couples making beautiful music.

Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel

For violinist Frank Almond, ‘disorienting’ experience brings gratitude

Frank Almond reunited with his 1715 Lipinski Stradivarius, performs with pianist William Wolfram at Wilson Center for the Arts. Monday’s performance was Almond’s first with the violin since it was recovered.

Classic FM Online

HRH the Prince of Wales guests on Classic FM

His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales tells of his love of classical music and, specifically, Hubert Parry.

The Guardian

We need to move beyond the cliches about ‘elitist’ opera

Why is opera routinely styled as the antithesis of everyday life? Let’s change the conversation and focus on the real thing, says Alexandra Wilson

‘Japanese Beethoven’ faces the music after admitting he is no longer deaf

Mamoru Samuragochi, who admitted paying professor to write symphonies, says he has regained some of his hearing

How video saved the opera star

Opera is waking up to the power of video. For his new production of Don Giovanni, the Royal Opera House’s Kasper Holten collaborated with a designer who turned U2 tours and the 2012 Olympics into visual spectaculars. Stuart Jeffries goes behind the screens

Limelight Magazine

Bryce Dessner: An American in Perth

All-round musician Bryce Dessner shares insight ahead of his Perth Festival classical gig.

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on February 12, 2014 )