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In today’s news: Protest violinist and former El Sistema student Wuilly Arteaga released from custody in Venezuela, and Joyce DiDonato performs with refugee children in Greece. Michael Haensel has died, Baltic Sea Philharmonic on tour, and “Bundesakkordeonorchester” receives partnership with “Deutscher Musikrat.”

Classical Music Magazine

Gramophone announces 2017 Awards shortlist

The Awards will mark their 40th anniversary in 2017 with a ceremony at 8 Northumberland Avenue, London WC2, which will be streamed live by medici.tv.

The Violin Channel

Candidates Announced for Germany’s 2017 ARD International Violin Competition

Open to violinists of any nationality born between 1988 and 2000, the 1st prize winner will receive €10,000 (US $11,500).

The Strad

Protest violinist Wuilly Arteaga released from custody in Venezuela

Wuilly Arteaga, a former El Sistema student who has become known worldwide for taking his violin on street demonstrations in the Venezuelan capital Caracas, was arrested and detained three weeks ago, attracting a number of petitions for his release.

Music Business Worldwide

Gustavo Lopez exits Universal after 21 years, launches talent uno for Latin music.

Long-serving Universal Music executive Gustavo Lopez has officially left the major after 21 years to launch his own services company in Los Angeles.

Classic FM

Joyce DiDonato performs with refugee children in Greece

The opera singer has been working with El Sistema Greece on workshops with refugee children from countries including Afghanistan and Syria: ‘El Sistema is building a cultural revolution here, through music education.’

Broadway World

Andrew Lloyd Webber Strikes Deal for Musical Theatre Advancement in China

Andrew Lloyd Webber will be expanding his musical theatre empire into China, starting with a Chinese makeover of his hit musical, Tell Me On A Sunday.

Limelight

Robot conductor to lead Italian orchestra in Bocelli concert

The humanoid robot YuMi will conduct the Lucca Philharmonic in an operatic highlights concert in Pisa. 

Klassik.com

Früherer Intendant des Ludwigshafener Pfalzbau-Theaters gestorben

Der Regisseur und Schauspieler Michael Haensel ist im Alter von 73 Jahren nach langer, schwerer Krankheit gestorben.

Klassik Heute

Baltic Sea Philharmonic und Kristjan Järvi auf Tournee

Das Baltic Sea Philharmonic und Kristjan Järvi touren ab dem 19. August durch Schweden, Deutschland und Italien mit Folkmusik-inspirierten Werken von Strawinsky, Rachmaninow und Arvo Pärt. 

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Bundesakkordeonorchester erhält Privilegierte Partnerschaft des Deutschen Musikrates

Auf einstimmigen Beschluss des Präsidiums hat der Deutsche Musikrat die Privilegierte Partnerschaft an das Bundesakkordeonorchester vergeben.

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The Strad: Wuilly Arteaga

(Written on August 17, 2017 )

In today’s news: Cloakroom girl earns acclaim after standing in for soprano at Wigmore Hall, and Guildhall School announces six new appointments. Rheingau Musik Festival announces collaboration with Google Arts & Culture, Christian Thielemann honours for 20 years at Bayreuther Festival, and music prizes for Meret Lüthi and Ernesto Molinari.

The Times

Cloakroom girl earns acclaim after standing in for soprano at Wigmore Hall

This part-time usher job could turn out to be her first step on the road to stardom after she entranced critics and concertgoers with an “exquisite” performance when asked to stand in at short notice for a soprano who had been taken ill.

International Piano

Casio Music launches four new keyboards

LK-135, LK-265, CTK-1500 and CTK-3500 are now available in stores across the UK, and feature a number of functions to enhance the playing experience, from App compatibility to Dance Music Mode.

Classical Music Magazine

Culture Mile consultation announced

City workers and residents are being invited to attend a consultation event at Smithfield Rotunda Garden on 24 August to share their views about plans to transform the north-west corner of the Square Mile into a cultural and creative destination.

Music Teacher

Guildhall School announces six new appointments

The Guildhall School has announced six new appointments, with the new members of staff all starting in September 2017.

Opera Now

Applications for Glyndebourne Opera Cup to open in October

Applications for a new international singing competition from Glyndebourne open on 2 October 2017. The Glyndebourne Opera Cup is an international competition designed to discover the best young singers from around the world.

Limelight

Queensland Symphony Orchestra announces 2018 season

Sergio Tiempo is Artist in Residence, with Stephen Hough, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet and Bernstein’s 100 among the season’s highlights.

Pizzicato

Malko Competition now open for application

Applications are now open for the 18th Malko Competition for Young Conductors, hosted by the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi at DR Koncerthuset, Copenhagen on 20th-27th April 2018.

Klassik.heute

Stiftung Rheingau Musik Festival: erste Ausstellung auf Google Arts&Culture-App

Die Stiftung Rheingau Musik Festival hat am vergangenen Samstag im Rahmen des Schlossfestes auf Schloss Vollrads die Zusammenarbeit mit Google Arts & Culture bekannt gegeben.

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Thielemann für 20 Jahr Bayreuth geehrt

Der Musikdirektor der Richard-Wagner-Festspiele, Christian Thielemann, hat in zwanzig Jahren  151 Vorstellungen bei den Wagner-Festspielen in Bayreuth dirigiert.

Klassik.com

Musikpreise des Kantons Bern für Meret Lüthi und Ernesto Molinari

Die Musikpreise des Kantons Bern gehen in diesem Jahr an die Violinistin und Gründerin des Alte-Musik-Ensembles “Les Passions de l’âme” Meret Lüthi sowie an den Klarinettisten Ernesto Molinari.

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(Written on August 15, 2017 )

In today’s news: The government is stifling the creativity we desperately need, and Music Theatre Wales appoints consultant music director. Eight organs to be restored in Germany, Kimiko Ishizaka launches Kickstarter campaign and summer academy in Ettal launches festival programme.

Opera Now

Music Theatre Wales appoints consultant music director

Music Theatre Wales has appointed Richard Baker as its consultant music director, with immediate effect

Music Teacher

RWCMD announces autumn 2017 season

The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama’s (RWCMD) autumn 2017 season will launch with Valery Gergiev conducting the Mariinsky Stradivarius Ensemble in the Dora Stoutzker Hall, and will conclude with Carlo Rizzi conducting musicians from the conservatoire and Welsh Opera in an opera gala.

The Times

The government is stifling the creativity we desperately need

The Ebacc removes arts subjects from the core school curriculum and its focus on a severely restricted, unimaginative programme means that the creativity of our children is being stifled at exactly the point Britain needs it most.

Pizzicato

5% more visitors at Verbier Festival

The Verbier Festival ended on 6 August after 17 days, 57 concerts and more than 200 events.

The Irish Times

The new director of New Music Dublin has his work cut out for him

The capital’s biggest new music bash, the New Music Dublin festival, has a new festival director in John Harris.

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Israel’s siege on Palestinian music

If you love music as much as I do, your heart stopped when you read the Israeli Supreme Court’s decision to keep young musicians from leaving Gaza for the West Bank.

NMZ

Restaurierung von acht Orgeln: Land und Sparkassen geben 100.000 Euro

Der Freistaat und die Sparkassen-Kulturstiftung Hessen-Thüringen fördern die Restaurierung von acht Orgeln in diesem Jahr mit je 50 000 Euro.

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Kimiko Ishizaka: Kickstarter für Bach

Die deutsch-japanische Pianistin Kimiko Ishizaka hat eine neue Ergänzung zu der finalen B-A-C-H Tripelfuge komponiert.

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In der Ruhe liegt der Klang

Zum vierzigsten Jubiläum veranstaltet die Internationale Sommerakademie in Ettal dieses Jahr ein Festival mit abwechslungsreichem Konzertprogramm.

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(Written on August 9, 2017 )

Today marks the first day of Kimiko Ishizaka’s one-month Kickstarter campaign Libre Art of the Fugue. Kimiko is known for her beautiful interpretations of Bach, and through Kickstarter and the support of her fans, she has been able to raise enough money to record two of J.S. Bach’s finest works: The Open Goldberg Variations and The Open Well-Tempered Clavier projects. She has published them under public domain so that her recordings are available for anyone to listen to.

In her new project, Libre Art of the Fugue, we will see a new and exciting interpretation with Kimiko composing her own end to Bach’s unfinished Art of the Fugue. Kimiko’s own composition will be published as part of the Open Score project, making it the very first piece by a living composer to join the project.

Unlike other artists, Kimiko Ishizaka doesn’t use traditional record labels, preferring to have direct contact with her fans. The money that Kimiko has raised through Kickstarter enables her to record her new album at the famous Teldex Studio in Berlin, playing on the brand new Bösendorfer Vienna Concert 280. The venue will give her full opportunity to unfold her musical creativity, and maintain an artistic level of the highest standard.

If you would like to find out more about Kimiko Ishizaka’s project, and support her, here is the Kickstarter campaign for more information.

We wish Kimiko a very successful campaign, and are very much looking forward to the release of her new album!

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(Written on August 8, 2017 )

In today’s news: Police officers to play classical music to reduce violence and Salzburg donates €50,000 towards music education for Syrian refugees. Violinist Walter Levin has died, composer Balz Bachmann receives soundtrack prize, and Berlin celebrates a month of contemporary music.

The Times

Testing music’s power to soothe a savage breast

Police officers are about to start piping classical music into the notoriously troubled Broadwater Farm estate in north London in an attempt to calm the atmosphere and disperse troublemakers.

Classical Music Magazine

LPO expands Junior Artists programme

The London Philharmonic Orchestra has expanded its LPO Junior Artists programme, adding a new strand for younger students from communities under-represented in professional UK orchestras.

Choir and Organ

London Youth Choir auditions

The ensemble is recruiting young singers from Year 3 up to age 21 who live, work or study in Greater London, show musical potential and can sing in tune. It is particularly in need of boys of all ages. 

Classical Music Magazine

Salzburg donates €50,000 towards music education for Syrian refugees

The Salzburg Festival is donating €50,000 to facilitate musical education for Syrian refugee children in Jordan over the next two years.

The Violin Channel

Finalists announced at Australian Kendall National Violin Competition

Regarded as one of Australia’s most important domestic development prizes for violinists 23 years and younger, the 1st prize winner will receive AUD $4,000, a violin crafted by Polish-Australian luthier Michal Prokop – and a number of debut concert engagements.

France Musique

Mort du violoniste Walter Levin, fondateur du Quatuor LaSalle

Le violoniste américain Walter Levin est mort à Chicago à l’âge de 92 ans.

Limelight

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s 2018 season announced

Stuart Skelton, Berlioz’s L’Enfance du Christ and Anne-Sophie Mutter are just some of the highlights among next year’s offerings.

Klassik.com

Filmmusikpreis der Fondation Suisa für Balz Bachmann

Der Schweizer Komponist Balz Bachmann hat den diesjährigen Filmmusikpreis der Fondation Suisa erhalten.

Klassik Heute

Monat der zeitgenössischen Musik

Vom 1. bis 30. September 2017 präsentiert field notes den ersten Monat der zeitgenössischen Musik in Berlin.

Musik Heute

Europäische Wochen Passau locken mehr Besucher

Weniger Konzerte, aber mehr Publikum: Die 65. Festspiele Europäische Wochen Passau haben 17.500 Besucher angelockt.

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(Written on August 8, 2017 )

In today’s news: Orchestras Live calls for a more inclusive industry, Semi-Finalists announced at Australian Kendall National violin competition, and Spotify storms past 60m subscribers. Adela Zaharia wins Operalia-singing contest, Case Scaglione becomes chief conductor of Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn, and Philippe Jordan becomes new musical director of Wiener Staatsoper.

Classical Music Magazine

Orchestras Live calls for a more inclusive industry

The charity explored how inclusive orchestral performances can help to develop new audiences in the long term at a round table discussion held on 11 July.

The Violin Channel

Semi-Finalists Announced at Australian Kendall National Violin Competition

Regarded as one of Australia’s most important domestic development prizes for violinists 23 years and younger, the 1st prize winner will receive a violin crafted by Polish-Australian luthier, Michal Prokop – and a number of domestic concert engagements.

The Strad

Milan Škampa presented with International Viola Society award

Long-serving violist of the Smetana Quartet honoured for career encompassing playing, teaching and research.

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New York Phil and Bravo! Vail extend residency through summer 2022

The Festival Bravo! Vail and the New York Philharmonic have announced a five-year extension of the Orchestra’s annual summer residency through the summer of 2022.

Music Business Worldwide

Spotify storms past 60m subscribers, now adding more than 2m a month

Spotify has confirmed that it has surpassed 60m paying subscribers worldwide – and is growing faster than ever.

Limelight

Slava Grigoryan wins Best Independent Classical Album

His Bach Cello Suites has been recognised at the AIR Awards, as was James Morrison and Don Burrows’ In Good Company.

KulturRadio

Adela Zaharia gewinnt Operalia-Gesangswettbewerb

Die Sopranistin aus dem Ensemble der Düsseldorfer Oper am Rhein erhielt auch den Zarzuela-Sonderpreis “Pepita Embil”.

Klassik Heute

Case Scaglione Chefdirigent des Württembergischen Kammerorchesters Heilbronn

Das Württembergische Kammerorchester Heilbronn hat in einer Pressekonferenz am vergangenen Freitag 28. Juli mitgeteilt, dass die Wahl des neuen Chefdirigenten des Orchesters ab der Saison 2018/2019 auf Case Scaglione gefallen ist.

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Philippe Jordan wird neuer Musikdirektor

Heute wurde bekannt gegeben, dass der Schweizer Dirigent Philippe Jordan ab 2020 der neue Musikdirektor der Wiener Staatsoper wird.

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(Written on August 1, 2017 )

WildKat PR welcomes new music collective, Corre.

We are very happy to be working with Corre on their upcoming singles and album releases. ‘A Spark, A Beginning’ and ‘Proceed’ will be released on streaming sites on Wednesday 2nd August 2017.

Corre formed earlier in 2017 and aims to bridge the gap between electronica and classical music with a contemporary synthesis of light, movement and sound. The unnamed collaborators behind Corre wanted to create a multi-media, cross-genre alliance, inspired by the likes of Nils Frahm and Max Richter. With a background in electronic music, Corre’s composer was inspired by the possibility that the two seemingly contrasting elements of electronic and contemporary classical music could coalesce.

To create the fusion of natural and synthetic sounds, Corre uses Korg-created synthesiser loops paired with traditional, acoustic instruments such as violin, piano and classical guitar. The visual element takes naturalistic photography and melds it with digital manipulation and overlays to create modern and visually stunning films.

The two singles will be released on 2nd August, with a video premiere of ‘A Spark, A Beginning’ to follow.

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(Written on July 31, 2017 )

In today’s Classical News, The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation has awarded grants worth over £1 million pounds, Roderick Williams has been appointed as visiting consultant in vocal performance at Birmingham Conservatoire, and BBC Proms has committed to making classical concerts welcoming to all, with a new disability-inclusive event at the Royal Albert Hall.

Classical Music

Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation announces latest grants

The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation has awarded grants worth over £1 million pounds to 28 projects across the UK.

Classic FM

‘Simon Rattle is not afraid to say what he thinks about the state of music education – he’s great for music in the UK’

Gareth Davies is Chairman and Principal Flautist of the LSO and he spoke exclusively to our presenter Anne-Marie Minhall about the orchestra’s new music director, Sir Simon Rattle.

Music Teacher

Roderick Williams takes Birmingham Conservatoire post

Roderick Williams has been appointed as visiting consultant in vocal performance at Birmingham Conservatoire. The baritone, who was awarded an OBE earlier this year, will visit the institution on a regular basis to give recitals, individual coaching and masterclasses.

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BBC Proms Launches First Disability-Inclusive Concert To Make Classical Music Accessible To All

With their silent audiences, formal attire and clapping etiquette, classical music concerts don’t scream accessibility. But BBC Proms has committed to making classical concerts welcoming to all, with a new disability-inclusive event at the Royal Albert Hall.

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Bei Berlins Kulturstätten herrscht Sanierungsstau

435 Millionen Euro werden benötigt, um alle Theater und Konzertsäle der Stadt instand zu setzen. „Es muss dringend etwas getan werden.“

Fono Forum

Kulturinstitut der Musikindustrie

Joyce DiDonato, Matthias Goerne, Daniel Hope (!), Kent Nagano, Maurizio Pollini, Fazıl Say, Christian Tetzlaff, das Wiener Klaviertrio, Thomas Fritzsch, Sebastian Knauer, Linus Roth und der Nachwuchskünstler Lucas Debargue gehören zu den Preisträgern des ECHO KLASSIK 2017.

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Experimentierlust lässt Besucher staunen

Das Festival vielsaitig gibt klangvolle Einblicke nicht nur in die Geigenbau-Historie

El Mundo

Cartas de amor de grandes compositores

“Es una última y dura prueba, pero mi amor es mi fe, y estoy sedienta por el martirio”, escribe Marie d’Agoult cuando deja a su marido para amar a Franz Liszt. Es uno de los fragmentos de una de las misivas que recoge el libro ‘Cartas de amor de músicos’ (Turner), de Kurt Pahlen.

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Genova organizes Paganini festival

Genova, the city of the Premio Paganini, is planning a festival with nine concerts, all with free entrance, with the participation of three winners of the Paganini Award.

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(Written on July 28, 2017 )

In today’s news: Yamaha launches Silent Piano concert season, Caledonian Sleeper train hosts opera performance, and Greg Morris to perform complete Bach organ works. Russian violinist sentences to 20 hour of community service, Domingo to conduct in Bayreuth in 2018, and “Klassik am See” has been rescheduled.

International Piano

Yamaha launches Silent Piano concert season

Yamaha Music London has announced its inaugural Silent Piano concert season.

The four-concert series will see Thomasz Zyrmont, Eren Önsoy, Andrew Zolinsky and Varvara Tarasova perform on Yamaha’s Silent Pianos, with the audience experiencing the music through headphones, remotely and wirelessly.

Music Teacher

Sound and Music announce composers selected for HCMF schools project

Three composers have been selected to take part in a new education project designed by Sound and Music in partnership with Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and Heritage Quay.

Early Music Today

English Concert announces 2017/18 season

The English Concert’s 2017/18 season will see the ensemble celebrate ten years with Harry Bicket as music director.

Classical Music Magazine

Caledonian Sleeper hosts opera performance

An opera has been performed on the Caledonian Sleeper for the first time as part of the Tête à Tête Opera Festival 2017. Belongings, inspired by items of luggage carried by railway passengers, received its premiere on the service from Aberdeen to London on 24 July. The opera’s music was written by Samuel Bordoli and its libretto by Bill Bankes-Jones.

Choir and Organ

Greg Morris to perform complete Bach organ works

Greg Morris, associate organist of the Temple Church in London, is to perform Bach’s complete organ works over a ten month period, beginning in October 2017.

France Musique

Un violoniste russe arrêté en pleine répétition

La BBC a diffusé un reportage sur Andrey Osipov, violoniste russe engagé contre la corruption dans son pays.

The Irish Times

Frank McNamara gives a masterclass in how to handle mistakes

The pianist shows students how to handle the pressure of improvisation

Der Tagesspiegel

Zeit, Schweiß und Gold

Am 1. August werden Bühne und Besucherraum an Technik und Künstler der Staatsoper übergeben. Besuch bei den letzten Arbeiten.

Pizzicato

Domingo dirigiert in Bayreuth, Netrebko sagte ab

Der Tenor, Bariton und Dirigent Placido Domingo (76) wird im  Jahr 2018 in Bayreuth Wagners ‘Walküre’ dirigieren.

Klassik Heute

Programmänderung und Verschiebung von “Klassik am See” in Erlangen

Andreas Ottensamer hat seinen Auftritt bei Klassik am See« in Erlangen nach dem plötzlichen Tod seines Vaters abgesagt.

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(Written on July 26, 2017 )

In today’s news, The Brighton Early Music Festival co-artistic director Clare Norburn to step down, cellist Yo-Yo Ma steps in to save floating concert hall, and Radio 3 and Wellcome Collection announce weekend of why music is the key to memory. Conductor Michael Gielen celebrates his 9oth birthday, the reconstruction of Bayreuther Festpielhaus was more expensive than thought, and new international composer’s competition.

Classical Music Magazine

BREMF co-artistic director Clare Norburn to step down

The Brighton Early Music Festival (BREMF) has announced that Clare Norburn will be stepping down from her position as co-artistic director after the 2017 Festival in order to concentrate on her career as a writer.

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Cellist Yo-Yo Ma steps in to save floating concert hall

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma has written a letter to the New York Review of Books appealing for the concert boat designed by ‘America’s master builder’ Louis Kahn to be saved.

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Salaries of Louisville Orchestra musicians to increase

Before starting its 80th season, the Louisville Orchestra (Kentucky) announced a three-year contract agreement with the musicians, which is set to run through May 31, 2020.

Classical Music Magazine

Radio 3 and Wellcome Collection announce Why Music? The Key to Memory

Radio 3 is to return to the Wellcome Collection this autumn for a free weekend of events and broadcasts exploring the relationship between music, memory and the mind.

LimeLight

Boyd Owen wins Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship

Limelight speaks to the tenor and to runner up Jessica Harper about what the competition means for their careers.

NMZ

„Für die Musik darf man ruhig das Gehirn bemühen“ – Dirigent Michael Gielen feiert seinen 90.Geburtstag

Welcher Dirigent kann schon von sich sagen, mitten in einem Premieren-Dirigat mit Hühnerbeinen beworfen worden zu sein?

Klassik.com

Sanierung des Bayreuther Festspielhauses wird voraussichtlich teurer

Die Sanierung des Bayreuther Festspielhauses wird voraussichtlich teurer als bislang angenommen.

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Internationaler Kompositionswettbewerb “Neue Szenen” ausgeschrieben

Bis zum 15. September 2017 können sich junge Komponistinnen und Komponisten im Alter bis 35 Jahre mit ihrer Arbeitsprobe für ein musiktheatrales Werk bewerben.

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(Written on July 20, 2017 )