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In today’s news: a Wagner production in the spotlight of RPS Awards, Johnny Depp’s likeness with an old Chinese legend and a Classical Music Award for a ‘raving’ orchestra. Nicolas Collon becomes first guest conductor of Cologne, and Nike Wagner won’t lead the Bayreuther Festspiele. Jonas Kaufmann sings Othello for the first time, and Jerry Goldsmith is being honoured with Hollywood Star.

The Guardian

Royal Philharmonic Society Awards: Wagner Production steals Show

Opera North wins for its acclaimed stagings of Wagner’s Ring Cycle on an encouraging night for companies based outside London

The Strad

Sphinx Organization awards over $180,000 in MPower Artist Grants

The Detroit-based body has awarded amounts ranging from $1,000 to over $38,000 to 15 alumni of Sphinx programmes.

The Violin Channel Annual Subscription Winners announced!

And the winners are in! The following 10 lucky VC members will each be receiving a annual subscription

BBC News

The Orchestra that won a Top Classical Music Award – for raving

An orchestra that has tripled its audience by playing less Beethoven and Mozart and more New Order and 808 State has won a major classical music award.

Classical Music Magazine

Winners of RPS Music Awards 2017 revealed

The winners of the Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS) Music Awards 2017 were announced in a ceremony at London’s Brewery on 9 May.


Nicholas Collon wird erster Gastdirigent in Köln

Ab der Saison 2017/18 ist der 1983 geborene Brite Nicholas Collon Erster Gastdirigent des von François-Xavier Roth geleiteten Gürzenich-Orchesters in Köln.


Nike Wagner verzichtet auf Festspielleitung

In einem Interview mit der “Rheinischen Post” sagte sie, auch Träume kämen irgendwann an ein Ende. Außerdem empfinde sie es als “grottenlangweilig”, immer nur Wagner zu machen.

Klassik Heute

Jonas Kaufmann gibt sein Rollendebüt als “Otello”

Der internationale Opern-Superstar Jonas Kaufmann übernimmt die Hauptrolle in der brandneuen Otello-Produktion der Royal Opera.


Jerry Goldsmith, ‘The Composer’s Composer,’ honored with Hollywood Star

Composer Jerry Goldsmith, shown in 2000, wrote the scores for more than 200 films over a 50-year career.

South China Morning Post

What Johnny Depp, Chow Yun-fat and a Hong Kong pirate legend have in common

Cheung Po Tsai, who inspired Chow Yun-fat’s character in Pirates of the Caribbean 3, was captured by a pirate couple, was lover to both, and took over their fleet before joining the imperial navy, as a Hong Kong exhibition recalls.

The Washington Post

A pathbreaking conductor at U-Md. charts a new course

James Ross is taking over as music director of the Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès in Spain.


Premiere Crumb’s Metamorphosis I by won a sustained standing ovation last night! Review

Congrats Julien Van Mellaerts 1stPrize

Nike Wagner © imago/Rüdiger Wölk

(Written on May 10, 2017 )

Sinfini Music

RPS Awards Winners Announced

Who were the big classical winners of last night’s 2014 Royal Philharmonic Society Awards?

Classical Music Magazine

Birtwistle makes it five as RPS awards are announced

Sir Harrison Birtwistle has become the most honoured musician in RPS Awards history, adding a fifth with this year’s win of the Chamber-Scale Composition award for The Moth Requiem (first performed in the UK by the BBC Singers at the 2013 Proms).

New York Times – Artsbeat

Met Orchestra Authorizes Strike Vote if Talks Fail

This weekend the musicians in the Metropolitan Opera orchestra wore buttons during performances to call attention to the fact that the opera house is seeking concessions from them in contract talks.

Classic FM Online

Michael Giacchino to compose Jurassic World soundtrack

Michael Giacchino will compose the soundtrack for Jurassic World, the forthcoming fourth instalment in the Jurassic Park movie franchise, due for release in 2015.

The Epoch Times

Mondomusica Brings Stringed-Instrument Making to New York

New York has become a new center for the prestigious Mondomusica show. It features 164 exhibitors from 14 countries and is also held yearly in Cremona, Italy—the birthplace of the Cremonese violin-making masters.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Festspielsommer 2014

Eine Übersicht über den Festspielsommer in Deutschland und Europa, zusammengestellt von der Reiseredaktion der F.A.Z.

Der Tagesspiegel

Essen und Trinken im Theater

Warum sitzt das Publikum auf dem Trockenen?


„Ich weiß nicht, wer ich bin!“

Der polnische Pianist Piotr Anderszewski spricht über sein Sabbatical, die Risiken der Rückkehr und Heimatgefühle

Sopranistin Nora Friedrichs gewinnt Stella Maris-Gesangswettbewerb

Die Sopranistin Nora Friedrichs hat den Publikumspreis im “Stella Maris”-Gesangswettbewerb an Bord der MS Europa gewonnen.

Händel-Festspiele Halle bis 2017 finanziell gesichert

Die Händel-Festspiele Halle sind durch die Zusage des Landes über Subventionen bis zum Jahr 2017 finanziell gesichert. Sachsen-Anhalts Ministerpräsident Reiner Haseloff und Kultusminister Stephan Dorgerloh versprachen der Stiftung Händel-Haus jährlich bis zu 511.300 Euro an Zuwendungen.

Classical Music on Twitter

Benjamin Britten@BrittenOfficial Thrilled: Britten 100 wins the @RoyalPhilSoc audiences & engagement award. For all who helped celebrate the centenary

Help Musicians UK@HelpMusiciansUK It’s Mental Health Awareness Week! @ukbapam Counselling Psychologist Dr Carol Chapman shares her tips for musicians

Barbican Centre@BarbicanCentre Do you have a question for Harrison Birtwistle? Tweet #AskBirtwistle as @Boosey_London host a Twitter Q&A this Friday 1.30pm #Birtwistleat80

Arts Professional @ArtsPro #APNews: Artists’ Union England launches to challenge “economic inequalities in the art world”

Jessica Duchen@jessicaduchen My piece for Indy about BBC Young Musicians 2014 frustrations: why won’t they let us hear the music properly?

Classical Today@ClassicalToday Apple’s $3.2 billion wake up call to classical music + MORE

Classical Music Magazine

Classical Music Magazine



(Written on May 14, 2014 )

The Telegraph

Petrenko: I don’t believe women conductors are a distraction

Vasily Petrenko’s interview in which he appeared anti-women caused outrage. He defends himself in an interview with Adam Sweeting.

Classic FM Online

Studying music increases blood flow to the brain

30 minutes of musical training can increase blood flow to the left hemisphere of the brain, so says a new study carried out by the University of Liverpool.

Classical Music Magazine

Sir John Tomlinson to receive RPS Gold Medal

Bass Sir John Tomlinson has been named as the latest recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Gold Medal, the society’s highest honour.

The Daily Telegraph – Sydney

Adelaide philanthropist Diana Ramsay gives $510,000 towards Australian String Quartet’s Guadagnini cello

Adelaide arts benefactor Diana Ramsay has given $510,000 to the fundraising drive for the Guadagnini cello on loan to the Australian String Quartet.


Interview Anne-Sophie Mutter: „Im August breche ich endlich nach Botswana auf“ 

Seit 25 Jahren kann Anne-Sophie Mutter und Lambert Orkis nichts trennen. Nun gehen die beiden auf „Silber-Tournee“ und erfüllen einen Kindheitstraum der Geigerin

Klassik Akzente

Max Richters “Vivaldi Recomposed” im Finale von Germany’s Next Top Model

Der Top 20 Walk ist ein Höhepunkt im Finale von Heidi Klums Germany’s Next Top Model. Die Modells werden dabei von den angesagtesten Stars und ihrer Musik begleitet. Diesmal tritt der britische Erfolgskomponist Max Richter mit “Vivaldi Recomposed” auf.


Semperoper mit neuem Leitungs-Team

Die traditionsreiche Semperoper in Dresden hat zwei leitende Positionen in ihrem Haus neu besetzt. Am Dienstag wurden Ronald Adler als Künstlerischer Berater und Anna Melcher als Chefdramaturgin vorgestellt.

Le Figaro

Les bons tuyaux de Cameron Carpenter

À 32 ans, le musicien bouscule le milieu de l’orgue avec un tout nouvel instrument, créé spécialement pour lui par le facteur du Massachusetts Marshall & Ogletree.

Classical Music on Twitter

TED Talks ‏@TEDTalks  “Classical music is for everybody.” A truly delightful music lesson:

Philharmonic Society@RoyalPhilSoc We have shortlisted @Opera_North for their fantastic festival of Britten last year. Best of luck, only 4 days left to wait! #RPSMusicAwards

The Art Fund ‏@artfund What was Handel’s relationship with the British monarchy? Music for Royal occassions @FoundlingMuseum – closes 18

Michel van der Aa@vanderaanet Interestingly only 1 out of these 7 UK artistic directors picks a new opera as “best for first-timer” #insideopera

Artsfundraising@artsfundraising Arts orgs in London, North & the South West: 1 week to go to apply to host a Fundraising Fellow! Deadline 16 May

The Telegraph

The Telegraph

(Written on May 9, 2014 )


John Luther Adams wins Pulitzer Prize for Music

Alaskan-based composer John Luther Adams has won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Music for his recent commission from the Seattle Symphony Orchestra.

 BBC Music Magazine

Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards shortlist announced

Nominations for this year’s Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards, which celebrate outstanding achievement in classical music, have been announced. Musicians have been shortlisted in 13 categories ranging from chamber music to creative communication

News and Views from Norway

Costs threaten Bergen orchestra

The Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (Bergen Filharmoniske Orkester, BFO) revealed on Tuesday its pension costs are NOK 60 million (USD 10 million) higher than estimated, and it needs to dramatically reduce its activities. The unexpected costs threaten the BFO‘s 250th anniversary celebrations planned for next year.

Policy Mic

12 Black and Latino Musicians Changing the Face of Classical Music

Only 4% of American orchestras are African American or Latino but the Sphinx Organization and its annual competition is looking to change all that. Here are 12 musical portraits of Sphinx kids who will grow up to change the face of the art.

Der Tagesspiegel

Die Saison 2014/15 des DSO

Tugan Sokhiev, der Chefdirigent des Deutschen Symphonie-Orchesters, redet nicht gern über Politik, schon gar nicht über Putin. Lieber schwärmt er von seinen musikalischen Plänen für die kommende Spielzeit

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Musikpreis des “Heidelberger Frühlings”: Man muss einfach das Feuer weitergeben

Wie kann man so etwas wie Musik in Worte Flüchtiges fassen? Eleonore Büning kann es. In ihren Kritiken werden beim Lesen ganze Akkorde förmlich fühlbar in ihrer Stofflichkeit. Eine Laudatio.

Classical music on twitter

Guildhall School of Music: @guildhallschool On 23 April catch alum Damian Lewis reading #Shakespeare sonnets for free at @cityoflondon Library!

Britten Sinfonia: @BrittenSinfonia We’re celebrating Harrison Birtwistle’s 80th birthday in May – find out what we’re up to –

ACE North: @ace_thenorth We’ll be @sage_gateshead this evening live tweeting the Journal @culturemag #cultureawards! Watch live, 7.30pm, here:

Sound and Music: @soundandmusic Day 2 of #composerwkshops with @nmcrecordings & supported by @prsfoundation – find out more about the programme here

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment: @theoae Announcing the OAE Hall of Shame 2014. Your chance to nominate your most disliked piece of classical music…

Royal Philharmonic Society

Royal Philharmonic Society

(Written on April 16, 2014 )

Global Post

EU customs changes rule after seizure of Japanese musicians’ violins

The European Union will exempt musicians entering its territory from declaring instruments intended for professional use after at least two Japanese violinists had their high-priced violins seized at a German airport last year.

French luxury piano maker Pleyel plays its final notes

Top-end French piano maker Pleyel, whose instruments were used by the likes of Frederic Chopin, Claude Debussy and Franz Liszt, announced on Wednesday it will end production by the end of the year.

Classic FM Online

Mozart’s violin donated to Salzburg Foundation

A private benefactor has gifted a violin played by Mozart when he was in Vienna to the Salzburg Mozart Foundation.

Slipped Disc

A medical emergency at the opera

A ENO performance of the magic flute was interrupted yesterday by a medical emergency in the audience.

An Overgrown Path

Why was Marin Alsop’s London concert half empty?

Should reports of a half-empty Marin Alsop concert at the Royal Festival Hall despite the mass media exposure she has received raise alarm bells about classical music audiences?

New York Times 

U.S. Dancer Quits the Bolshoi, Complaining of Bribery

A young dancer from Texas who last year became the first American to join the Bolshoi Ballet after graduating from its training academy here has quit the storied company after alleging that she was denied opportunities to perform and ultimately told she would have to pay a bribe of $10,000 to get a solo role.

BBC Music Magazine

György Kurtág and András Schiff to receive Royal Philharmonic Society Gold Medals

Composer György Kurtág and pianist András Schiff will each be awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society’s highest honour, the Gold Medal. The medal, which is awarded in recognition of outstanding musicianship,  was created in 1870 to commemorate the centenary of Beethoven’s birth.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Am Ende misstraute er allen Religionen

Sir John Tavener hielt Abstand zur Avantgarde. Seine Musik umspielt das Thema der Sakralität. Nun ist der englische Komponist im Alter von neunundsechzig Jahren gestorben.

Classical Music Magazine

Classical Music Magazine





(Written on November 15, 2013 )

The Independent

La Scala chief’s anger lack of state funding for the arts

The artistic director of La Scala has warned that the celebrated opera house is “dangerously close” to privatisation.

BBC Music Magazine

Royal Philharmonic Society Awards shortlist announced

Nominees include conductor Claudio Abbado, composer Harrison Birtwistle & soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek.

Meet the artist: David Briggs

David Briggs is one of the world’s finest organists, but has recently been making his name with transcriptions of Mahler and Elgar Symphonies.

Meet the artist: Iain Burnside

The pianist on the unjustly neglected songs of Martin Shaw and a project at the Barbican.


Francesco Piemontesi sings to Naïve Classics

Pianist will rcord at least three albums for the label.

Norman Lebrecht

Have they heard yet in St Louis?

This year, American composers and the music of Arnold Schoenberg form the focus of Musikfest Berlin 2012 of the Berliner Festspiele, organized in cooperation with the Berliner Philharmoniker foundation and taking place from 31 August to 18 September 2012.

The Times

Plácido Domingo to conduct biggest ever UK opera at Wembley

Wembley Stadium is to host a grandiose prodcution of Turandot conducted by Plácido Domingo.

Placido Domingo at the O2 Arena, London



(Written on April 18, 2012 )