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We’re delighted to welcome to our roster Damian Iorio, conductor, who we will be working with over the coming months.  Damian’s reputation as a formidable conductor continues to grow thanks to highly-acclaimed performances with leading orchestras and opera companies around the world including London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Opéra National de Paris, Detroit Symphony, BBC Symphony, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, St Petersburg Philharmonic, and Oper Bonn.

Damian has been Music Director of the Milton Keynes City Orchestra since 2014, and has led the orchestra to new heights, whilst successfully attracting an ever-growing audience for classical music in the region.  This season he welcomes a raft of star soloists, including Stephen Hough and Chloe Hanslip.

In June and July 2018, he will be making a much-anticipated return to the Opéra National de Paris, where he will conduct performances of Mussorgsky’s “Boris Godunov”.  His pedigree as a fine conductor of opera has been established after performances of Smetana’s “The Bartered Bride” at Opéra National de Paris and Verdi’s “Macbeth” at Glyndebourne. He conducted the Russian premiere of Nyman’s “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat” in Moscow, which was subsequently nominated for Best Opera Production at the Golden Mask Festival.

His recent recording of Ghedini and Casella on Naxos was highly acclaimed, with “fine live performances scrupulously conducted by Damian Iorio” (The Guardian), and was awarded the prestigious “Choc” by Le Monde de la Musique.  Iorio is a champion of new music, and has worked closely with Tan Dun, Huw Watkins, Silvia Colasanti and Michael Nyman.

Iorio studied in the UK and USA, and began his musical career as a violinist with the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, before studying conducting in St Petersburg and embarking on a life on the podium.

You can keep up to date with Damian at his website, or on Facebook and Twitter.

(Written on November 15, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news round-up, British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor has been named as the recipient of the New York Philharmonic’s Ronnie and Lawrence Ackman Classical Piano Prize. Royal Northern College of Music announced a new professional partnership with Peking University Academy of Opera. Also, Bob Shennan has been promoted to Director Of Radio, and will take responsibility of all BBC Radios, as well as the BBC Performing Groups, the BBC Proms, BBC Music and radio production.

International Piano Magazine

Benjamin Grosvenor receives inaugural NY Phil piano prize

Benjamin Grosvenor has been named as the inaugural recipient of the New York Philharmonic’s Ronnie and Lawrence Ackman Classical Piano Prize.

Reuters UK

Former New Order musician, DJs mix classical and rave for new album

A classical orchestra playing club music alongside DJs may seem like an unlikely mix but former New Order bassist Peter Hook hopes to win over fans with a new album giving a somewhat different twist to rave tunes.

Early Music Today Magazine

OAE invites composers to write for the Night Shift

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment is inviting composers to write for 18th century instruments to mark the tenth anniversary of its Night Shift series.

Music Teacher Magazine

RNCM announces partnership with Peking University Academy of Opera

The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) has announced a new professional partnership with Peking University Academy of Opera (PKU).

Choir & Organ Magazine

Sing for Pleasure announces 2016/17 young conducting scholars

Sing for Pleasure has announced its young conducting scholars for 2016/17.

Music Business Worldwide

Bob Shennan Takes Responsibility For All BBC Radio With New Promotion

Bob Shennan, currently Controller of Radio 2, Asian Network and 6 Music and Director of BBC Music, has been promoted to Director Of Radio at the Beeb.

Broadwayworld

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra to Reunite with Pianist & Composer Fazil Say at Carnegie

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra reunites with Turkish pianist and composer Fazil Say on Saturday, December 3 at 7:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall, following a highly successful collaborative New York and European tour in 2015.

Klassik.com

Köln: Stadt will Straßenmusik verbieten

Straßenmusik und andere öffentliche Kleinkunst soll zukünftig rund um den Dom ganzjährig verboten sein. Das Verbot gilt zudem für den Einsatz von Lautsprechern und elektrischen Verstärkern bei Musikdarbietungen. Darüber hinaus sollen offensive Arten des Bettelns unterbunden werden.

Neue Musikzeitung

Insolventes Festspielhaus in Füssen beschäftigt Staatsanwaltschaft

Wie ein Sprecher der Behörde in Augsburg am Donnerstag mitteilte, ist dort ein Ermittlungsverfahren wegen des Verdachts auf Insolvenzverschleppung anhängig.

Kulturradio Rbb

Unbekanntes Kirchner-Bild entdeckt

Im Städel Museum Frankfurt ist ein bislang völlig unbekanntes Werk des Malers Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880-1938) aufgetaucht. Das expressionistische Gemälde zeigt eine Szene in einem Café und war auf denselben Rahmen gespannt wie das Bild “Schlittenfahrt im Schnee” – wurde von diesem aber verdeckt.

Twitter

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ Happy birthday to the @RoundhouseLDN! Find out more about its history as a performing arts centre here: https://t.co/FTeBeMxZx4

Royal Philharmonic @rpoonline In 1969 @ElvisPresley released his No.1 hit song Suspicious Minds, listen now to our version: https://youtu.be/mZpcvaky0-E

The Royal Ballet @TheRoyalBallet An introduction to the music of Steve Reich: http://www.roh.org.uk/news/watch-ins … #ROHmcgregor

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Photo: Decca/Sophie Wright

(Written on October 21, 2016 )

Classical News

 

In today’s news, Classical Music Magazine announces the winner of this year’s Sonning Music Prize, The Strad reports the death of a young violinist who was killed in a car crash & The Huffington Post discuses the importance of classical music in the up-bringing of children

Classical Music Magazine

Thomas Adès wins the 2015 Sonning Music Prize

The prize, which is given annually to a musician, was first awarded in 1959. Laureates are selected by the directors of the Léonie Sonning Music Foundation

The Strad

Young violinist and her sister killed in Florida car crash

A young violinist and her sister have been killed in a head-on collision while driving to their mother’s home in Pompano Beach, Florida

The Huffington Post

In the digital age, young kids need classical music more than ever

Parents have heard about the specific benefits of classical music for developing minds and calming babies for decades — imagine a mother playing Mozart through headphones stretched over her pregnant belly — but the scientific debate has continued to rage

Die Zeit

Dänen lügen nicht

Sie nennen sich Girls In Airports, obwohl kein Mädchen mitspielt. Ansonsten ist ihre Musik durch und durch wahr. Über eine Kopenhagener Band der Stunde

klassik.com

Das Konzert Theater Bern will sich erstmals im Rahmen eines Musiktheaterwerkes dem Thema Demenz widmen. Das Stück mit dem Titel “Alzheim” soll in der Saison 2017/18 uraufgeführt werden und Schauspiel- und Opernelemente vereinen

Classissima

Der Chefdirigent der Nürnberger Symphoniker, Alexander Shelley, gibt seinen Posten zum Ende der Spielzeit 2016/17 ab. Der 35-Jährige werde seinen Vertrag nicht verlängern

El Pais

Antes de revolucionar las redes sociales con un videoclip sobre el papa Francisco, el boliviano Américo Estévez, Saxoman, solía instalarse en las avenidas más concurridas de la ciudad de La Paz con un saxofón o una guitarra

La Monde

Angélique Kidjo ne demande pas de grâce, pas de faveurs. L’Américain Philip Glass a composé pour elle trois longues pièces chantées, sur des poèmes qu’elle a écrits pour l’occasion

Tweets

BBC Radio 3: @BBCRadio3 Learn about Schubert’s ambitious, inspiring, beautiful Symphony No. 9, the ‘Great’

Arts Council England: @ace_national Missed this? Tell us what makes your heart beat faster!

Philharmonic Society: @RoyalPhilSoc Professional musicians or advanced students aged 28 & under can apply to join next year’s Lucerne Festival Academy.

Thomas Adès Photo: Brian Voce

Thomas Adès
Photo: Brian Voce

 

 

 

(Written on October 6, 2015 )

Classical News

Telegraph

Peter Oundjian: from injury to triumph

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra chief tells John Allison how, out of his failing skills as a violinist, he became one of the world’s top conductors

A shock resignation shows the chaos of Italian opera

Riccardo Muti’s departure from Rome Opera reveals opera is in deep trouble in the land of its birth, says Rupert Christiansen

Classic FM

André Rieu interviewed in his Maastricht castle

Classic FM were granted unprecedented access to André Rieu’s castle home in Maastricht, where he gave us a frank and intimate interview about his life, career and new album, Love In Venice.

Classical Music Magazine

CBSO Centre reopens after £1.8m refurbishment

The redeveloped CBSO Centre was officially reopened today by the CBSO’s patron, Prince Edward the Earl of Wessex, who had originally opened the building in 1998.

The Strad

Video: violinist Joshua Bell’s second Washington DC Metro performance draws large crowds

Unlike 2007’s anonymous busking experiment, the virtuoso this time announced his appearance in advance

Classical Source

Get Involved launches BBC Proms Inspire Scheme 2014-2015

Get Involved, the new home for family and learning events with the BBC London Performing Groups and BBC Proms, has launched the BBC Proms Inspire Scheme 2014 – 2015.

Musik – heute

Bundesjugendorchester nimmt neue Mitglieder auf

Das Bundesjugendorchester (BJO) hat 36 neue Mitglieder aufgenommen.

Klassik.com

Frankreich in der Krise: Keine Fördergelder mehr für Les Arts Florissants

Ausgleich mit Spendengeldern geplant

NMZ

Opern-Sanierung muss noch warten

Gutachten in der Prüfung

The New York Times

Metropolitan Opera’s Credit Rating Is Under Review for Possible Downgrade

The gravity of the Metropolitan Opera’s financial challenges was underscored on Wednesday when Moody’s Investors Service said it was putting the opera company under review for a possible downgrade of its credit rating.

Examiner

Interview with pianist Leon Fleisher

Born in San Francisco in 1928, Leon Fleisher’s influence and achievements have few comparables in the world of pianism and music.

Le Figaro

Les orchestres de Radio France ne sont plus sur la même longueur d’onde

Grève des musiciens, retrait du chef Mikko Franck. L’éviction du directeur artistique du

Philarmonique a mis le feu aux poudres à la maison ronde.

Twitter:

Royal Philharmonic: @rpoonline An Interview with Amanda Forsyth http://wp.me/p180cu-db

Variety: @Variety #StarWars Darth Vader, Storm Troopers Crash Stage as @LAPhil Honors John Williams http://on.variety.com/1uBXnWd 

Klassik.com: @klassikcom Renovierung der Deutschen Oper Berlin im Zeitplan http://klassik.com/?3rWle  #Oper #Kulturmanagement #Kulturpolitik

Classic FM: @ClassicFM The times great composers did their thing for charity: http://classfm.co/YUKOtU  #MakeSomeNoise

Mathew Imaging

Mathew Imaging

(Written on October 2, 2014 )

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 )

Classic FM Online

Playing violin for an hour sheds two glasses of wine

Great news for dieting musicians: a new estimates that one hour of violin playing will burn around 170 calories, which is equivalent to two glasses of wine (3.5 fluid ounces).

The Washington Times

Classical music vs. guitar hero fashion statements

There is a growing eccentricity in what performers wear on stage: today’s generation of classical soloists are tired of taking a back seat to pop stars in terms of attire.

Telegraph

Members of the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra swapped their usual instruments to play hundreds of glasses of water

Commuters in London were treated to a one-off performance from the WaterAid H2Orchestra who aimed to make the first working week of 2014 a little more bearable bringing water to life through music.

Times

The man in tune with the Queen’s musical tastes

The Master of the Queen’s Music, Peter Maxwell Davies, reveals the Queen doesn’t like dissonance.

NPR Music (United States)

Cachet And Cash For Rafał Blechacz, Named 2014 Gilmore Artist

Polish pianist named 2014 Gilmore Artist and receives a generous $300,000 cash award.

Der Tagesspiegel

Sanierung der Berliner Staatsoper

Später, teurer – die Wiedereröffnung der Staatsoper gerät zur Posse.

The Times

The Times

 

(Written on January 8, 2014 )