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We are delighted to welcome celebrated classical guitarist Artyom Dervoed.

Image: © Kirill Karetin

Having won 16 prestigious awards in various international competitions, Artyom Dervoed is in a class of his own – or in the words of Universe Guitare, he truly is the “Tsar of the guitar”.

Born in Russia, Artyom learnt to play the guitar at the age of six with Sergey Annikov, then studied with Elena Svetozarova and Leonid Reznik. He later studied at several high-profile music schools, such as the Schnittke Music College and Gnesin Academy (Moscow), Koblenz Guitar Academy (Germany) with Aniello Desiderio, and Accademia Chigiana (Italy) with Oscar Ghiglia.

A milestone of his career was the release of his album in 2008, featuring Russian guitar music. Released by Naxos, it became one of the top ten bestselling chamber music records worldwide. Artyom Dervoed is a regular guest on the world’s most prestigious stages, including the Berliner Philharmonie, Carnegie Hall and Bunka Kaikan.

Among Artyom’s many awards is the first prize at the 39th Michele Pittaluga International Classical Guitar Competition in 2006, as well as the H.R.H. Princess Cristina 18th International Guitar Competition in 2009, making him the first Russian to win both competitions.

Image: © Kirill Karetin

His efforts in the classical music scene are not only limited to performing and recording amazing interpretations of works – one of his main ambitions is stepping into the footsteps of cellist Rostropovich and violinist Bashmet to present the classical guitar as a first-class solo instrument.
 He also regularly commissions new works and transcriptions to expand repertoires for the classical guitar, leading to world premieres.

Artyom is the founder of the Moscow Guitar Chamber Music Festival in the Bashmet Center and co-founder of one of the most important classical music festivals in the world – the annual Guitar Virtuosi Moscow International Festival, presented by the Moscow Philharmonic Society at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall. As Artistic Director, Dervoed puts together an exciting program of national and international soloists, chamber and orchestral performances. For this year’s 13th edition, which will take place from 20th – 24th March, he will perform the world premiere of a new concerto for guitar and orchestra by contemporary Russian composer Alexander Tchaikovsky.

We are delighted to promote his upcoming performances at the Constella Festival in Cincinnati on February 23rd, 2018 and at the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Berlin on March 28th.

Moreover, Artyom Dervoed is the head of the classical guitar department at the Bashmet Center in Moscow and he teaches at the well-known Gnesin Academy.

“An outstanding figure.” La Provence — Dimanche (France)

(Written on February 23, 2018 )

In today’s’ news: Aled Jones and the harassment claim, Cecilia Bartoli becomes the first female singer to record with the Sistine Chapel Choir, Spotify’s UK operation is about to get bigger. A 9-year old is conducting in France for a good cause, there is a strike at the Basque orchestra. Women dominate the TG4 Gradam Ceoil Awards. The Bavarian art awards go to a percussionist and a guitar player. In Zwickau, there is the renewal of the theatre is progressing as the architects have been let go. Also, fake concerts in Russia used for embezzlement. And René Kollo turns 80.

The Times

Aled Jones says sorry but denies harassment claim

Aled Jones, who gained fame as a choirboy, will not be on the BBC while a claim is investigated.

Classic FM

Cecilia Bartoli becomes the first woman to record with the Sistine Chapel Choir

Cecilia Bartoli has become the first female singer to record with the world-famous choir of the Sistine Chapel in Rome.

Classical Music

NYO reveals 70th anniversary season

The National Youth Orchestra has announced it’s 2018 season, which will launch with the ensemble’s first performance of a complete opera.

Choir and Organ

Paul Spicer celebrates 25 years with Birmingham Bach Choir

Conductor Paul Spicer will celebrate 25 years leading Birmingham Bach Choir with a special anniversary concert on 30 November 2017 at Birmingham Town Hall.

Music Teacher

Royal College of Music to unveil new Flentrop organ

The Royal College of Music (RCM) is to unveil its new organ in spring 2018.

Music Business Worldwide

Spotify to double UK workforce as it moves to 60,000 sq ft London office.

Spotify’s UK operation is about to get a lot bigger.

The Irish Times

Women dominate the 2018 TG4 Gradam Ceoil Awards

The list of winners represents a shift in the scales of traditional music, with four of the six individual awards going to women.


Fake Hvorostovsky concerts used for embezzlement

Russian police is investigating a case in which fake concerts by baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky were used by the General Director of the Krasnoyarsk Philharmonic for embezzlement, the Russian magazine M Celebrity reports.


Zwickauer Theaterbau: Sanierung läuft trotz Streits weiter

Die Sanierung der wichtigsten Spielstätte des Theaters Plauen-Zwickau geht trotz Kündigung des Architekten weiter. 


Vom Schlagerstar zum Heldentenor

Im Opernbereich ist René Kollo eine Ausnahmeerscheinung: Kaum einem Sänger gelang es bislang, eine derartige Karriere als Heldentenor hinzulegen – und zuvor in der leichten Muse zum Star zu avanciert haben.

Bayerischer Kunstförderpreis für Vivi Vassileva und Johannes Öllinger

Die Perkussionistin Vivi Vassileva sowie der Gitarrist Johannes Öllinger sind mit dem Bayerischen Kunstförderpreis 2017 in der Sparte Musik ausgezeichnet worden.

Pianist Viktor Soos gewinnt Lübecker Possehl-Wettbewerb

Der Pianist Viktor Soos hat beim Possehl-Wettbewerb der Lübecker Musikhochschule, der in diesem Jahr zum 54. Mal ausgetragen wurde, den ersten Preis gewonnen. 

El Mundo

El comité de la OSE pide la implicación de Bingen Zupiria en el conflicto

El comité de empresa de la Orquesta Sinfónica de Euskadi(OSE) ha reclamado hoy la implicación del consejero vasco de Cultura, Bingen Zupiria, en el conflicto que ha llevado a la sinfónica vasca a la huelga, cuya primera jornada se celebra hoy.

France musique

Nino, 9 ans, dirige l’Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France pour la journée mondiale des enfants

Dans le cadre de la campagne vidéo lancée par l’Unicef pour la Journée mondiale des enfants, Mikko Franck a cédé son pupitre à Nino, 9 ans, à la tête de l’Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France, le temps d’une répétition.


in 1911 FP of Gustav ’s Das Lied Von Der Erde

Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images

(Written on November 20, 2017 )

In today’s classical news: Dutch violin maestro Rieu fights child labour fine, Yo-Yo Ma steps down from Silkroad Ensemble, Shortlist for the 2017 British Composer Award announced, Elphilharmonie in Hamburg counts already four million visitors.

Dutch violin maestro Rieu fights child labour fine

The celebrated violinist Andre Rieu has appealed in court against an “absurdly high” 116,000-euro fine — issued for allowing children to perform in his show past the legal time limit set by Dutch law, his lawyer said Tuesday.

The Strad

Yo-Yo Ma steps down from Silkroad Ensemble

Cellist passes directorship of artistic melting pot to trio of current musicians.

BBC Music Magazine

Shortlists for the 2017 British Composer Awards announced

The shortlists for the 2017 British Composer Awards (BCA) have been announced. This year’s line-up features thirty composers and 33 works in 11 categories, from Solo to Stage Work, Wind Band to Contemporary Jazz.


MusicSpoke Looks to Disrupt $1 Billion Sheet Music Industry with Marketplace for Artist-Owned Scores

Five hundred thousand organizations buy new sheet music each year, but their choices are limited by the constraints of traditional music publishing.


Four ways Brexit might change the music industry

While no one, including the politicians, knows exactly what Brexit and the famous Article 50 might throw up for the country, there’s plenty to be said for the potential issues it may well cause.

Broadway World

ASPECT Foundation for Music & Arts Announces 2017/2018 Season

After its highly successful inaugural season in North America, the acclaimed ASPECT Foundation for Music and Arts is expanding its programming to seven fascinating concerts this season.


2018 might be the last year for UK musicians in the European Youth Orchestra

Young UK players are worried about their possibilities to take part in the European Youth Orchestra. As a consequence of the Brexit, the EUYO will move its headquarters from London to Italy.

Luxemburger Komponist Marco Pütz in den Niederlanden ausgezeichnet

Der Luxemburger Komponist Marco Pütz wird am 29. Oktober in Arnhem mit dem ‘BUMA International Brass Award 2017’ ausgezeichnet.

Musik Heute

Elbphilharmonie hatte bereits vier Millionen Besucher

Die Elbphilharmonie hat knapp ein Jahr nach der Übergabe an die Stadt Hamburg schon vier Millionen Menschen angezogen.


Gratulation – Elvis das Schaf nominiert für Deutschen Kinderhörspielpreis 2017

“Elvis und der fliegende Holländer” vermittelt spielend leicht den Opernstoff von Richard Wagner. Jetzt ist das kürzlich erschienene Hörspiel für den Deutschen Kinderhörspielpreis 2017 nominiert.

Codex Flores

Offener Brief der Deutschsprachigen Opernkonferenz

Die Deutschsprachigen Opernkonferenz, zu der auch das Opernhaus Zürich gehört, wendet sich in einem offenen Brief an den russischen Kulturminister Wladimir Medinskij zum Hausarrest des Regisseurs.

Epoch Times

Angesagte Reiseziele 2018: Hamburg weltweit auf Platz 4 aller Top-Städte

Die neue Elbphilharmonie und eines der besten Nachtleben Europas: Für die Macher von “Lonely Planet” zählt Hamburg zu den angesagten Reisezielen 2018.

France Musique

Une clinique de Maubeuge reçoit le label « Maternités en Musiques »

Pour atténuer les douleurs et les tensions, la polyclinique du Val de Sambre à Maubeuge diffuse de la musique à tous les étages de la maternité.


BR-Klassik @BR_Klassik  He stopped walkin: Pianist und Sänger Fats Domino ist tot.

Pizzicato Magazin @PizzicatoMag Perm: Currentzis setzt sich durch


“Maternités en Musique” à Maubeuge, France © Getty / Vesnaandjic

(Written on October 26, 2017 )

In today’s news, Game of Thrones star Charles Dance to narrate live orchestral tribute to Abraham Lincoln at BBC Proms and Edinburgh Festival, and 18 year-old superstar to play at the Proms. Concert series “Unerhörte Musik” receives “FEM-needle, string quartett “Quatuor Arod”celebrates success, and German businessman tricks people into buying fake-tickets.

The Radio Times

Game of Thrones star Charles Dance to narrate live orchestral tribute to Abraham Lincoln at BBC Proms and Edinburgh Festival

Veteran actor Charles Dance – star of numerous films and TV shows but best known to Game of Thrones fans as formidable patriarch Tywin Lannister – is to front an orchestral performance at the Edinburgh Festival and the BBC Proms.

The Times

Sheku Kanneh-Mason: meet classical music’s 18‑year‑old superstar

The cellist has never even been to the Proms. Now he’s their next star soloist


Currentzis criticises Moscow’s organizers over high prices for concert tickets

Teodor Currentzis, the artistic director of the Perm Opera in Russia, is upset about the cost of concert tickets in Moscow.

The Daily Telegraph

Charles Dutoit: ‘Today’s young musicians have no culture’

Charles Dutoit is one of the world’s greatest conductors – and most feared. Now he’s been awarded the Gold Medal of the Royal Philharmonic Society and is still in fighting spirit.

Music Teacher

Cardiff celebrates World Harp Congress handover

Cardiff will host the 2020 World Harp Congress (WHC2020), which will be the first time the event has visited Europe in 12 years.


SO and Elder Con team up for new conducting degree

The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Elder Conservatorium are offering a new postgraduate programme for conductors.


Gintaras Rinkevicius named Music Director in Liepaja

The Liepaja Symphony Orchestra has hired Lithuanian conductor Gintaras Rinkevicius (*1960) as Music Director and successor to Atvars Lakstigala, who held this position since 2010.


Deutscher Komponistenverband verleiht FEM-Nadel an die Konzertreihe „Unerhörte Musik“ Berlin

Zum dritten Mal verleiht die Fachgruppe E-Musik des Deutschen Komponistenverbandes e.V. die FEM-Nadel – Ehrennadel für besondere Verdienste um die zeitgenössische Musik. Träger dieser Auszeichnung 2017 ist die Konzertreihe „Unerhörte Musik“ im BKA-Theater Berlin.

Klassik Heute

Quatuor Arod. auf Erfolgskurs

Ein Streichquartett, das nur drei Jahre nach seiner Gründung einen der wichtigsten Wettbewerbe der klassischen Musik gewinnt, und nur ein Jahr später einen Exklusiv-Plattenvertrag erhält ist das junge französische Quatuor Arod.


Betrogene Opernfans standen ohne Tickets da

Ein Münchner Geschäftsmann betrieb mehrere Websites, über die er Tickets für die Opernaufführungen in der Arena di Verona verkaufte.


BBC Radio 3 @BBCRadio3

Mozart’s Violin Concerto No.1 performed by Christian Tetzlaff, our Artist of the Week.

© Mike Marsland/WireImage




(Written on August 18, 2017 )

In today’s news: David Sulkin to join National Opera Studio in new role, and Joshua Bell and VC Rising Star Yesong Sophie Lee Called to replace Lang Lang. Composer Peteris Plakidis has died, ticket presale for Deutsche Radio Philharmonic begins, and tickets for Elbphilharmonie in high demand.

Opera Now

David Sulkin to join National Opera Studio in new role

David Sulkin OBE is to join the National Opera Studio (NOS) in the new role of director of artist development.

Music Teacher

PMLL and CLA announce arrangement competition

Printed Music Licensing Limited (PMLL) and the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) have launched a competition to promote the educational use of printed music.

Early Music Today

Brighton Early Music Festival announces 2017 programme

The 2017 Brighton Early Music Festival (27 October – 12 November) will explore the idea of ‘roots’ over more than 30 events.

The Violin Channel

Joshua Bell and VC Rising Star Yesong Sophie Lee Called to Replace Lang Lang

Lang Lang has withdrawn from his upcoming performance with the Richmond Symphony – and will be replaced by superstar violinist Joshua Bell and VC Rising Star Yesong Sophie Lee.


Selby & Friends unveils its 2018 season

Pianist Kathryn Selby is joined by a raft of old and new friends in an excitingly diverse season.


Plans for a new concert hall in Ekaterinburg

The project of a new concert hall in Yekaterinburg was presented during an architectural conference in Russia.

Komponist Peteris Plakidis gestorben

Der lettische Komponist Peteris Plakidis ist tot. Er starb in der letzten Woche im Alter von 70 Jahren.

Klassik Heute

Kartenvorverkauf für die Jubiläumssaison der Deutschen Radio Phiharmonie beginnt

Am Samstag, 19. August, 9.30 Uhr, startet der Kartenverkauf für die Konzertsaison 2017/18 der Deutschen Radio Philharmonie im „SR-Shop im Musikhaus Knopp“ in Saarbrücken (Telefon: 0681-9 880 880), bei allen proticket-Vorverkaufsstellen und im Internet unter


Hamburger Elbphilharmonie: Tickets heiß begehrt!
Am Montag begann der Vorverkauf für die Tickets der kommenden Saison in der Elbphilharmonie – und viele Konzerte waren bereits nach wenigen Minuten ausverkauft.


Music History @today_classical

in 1876 FP of ‘s Ring Cycle with Die Walkure, at Bayreuth.


pianist Kathryn Selby, © Limelight Magazine






(Written on August 14, 2017 )

Last night in Fort Worth, Texas, six pianists were chosen to progress to the final round of the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. They are as follows:

Kenneth Broberg, United States, 23
Rachel Cheung, Hong Kong, 25
Yury Favorin, Russia, 30
Daniel Hsu, United States, 19
Yekwon Sunwoo, South Korea, 28
Georgy Tchaidze, Russia, 29

Before announcing the winners, Leonard Slatkin (Jury Chair), gave a though-provoking speech, reminding us all that music has the power to transport us to a better place, and that the competitors all have the responsibility to advance the cause of great art.  Cliburn CEO Jacques Marquis, and Chairman Carla Kemp Thompson offered their thanks to all the competitors and the fantastic Cliburn team working so hard to make the competition such a great success for both Fort Worth, and classical music.

Image: Leonard Slatkin

The final round will begin on Wednesday at 7.30pm.  Each competitor performs twice: on June 7–8, each finalist will join the Brentano String Quartet for a piano quintet.   Then, on June 9–10, each will perform a concerto with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leonard Slatkin.  Excitingly for the audience, no two competitors will play the same piano concerto, with repertoire consisting of: Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 2 and No. 3, Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1, Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4, and Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 and Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.

The winners of the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition will be announced in the Awards Ceremony, which begins  at 7.00pm on June 10. As always, the finals can be streamed live at  Besides the performances, presenters Anderson and Roe give a fascinating insight into life backstage.  The finals will also be broadcast at a later date on Classic FM, who are the Cliburn’s Official UK Broadcast Partner.

Image: The six finalists of the Cliburn

Kat and James are currently in Fort Worth for the finals, and will be tweeting from @WildKatPR. Follow us for updates.

(Written on June 6, 2017 )

In today’s news: a new building for the Frankfurt Theatre is becoming more probable, and Sufi mystic meets Parisian colours at the Konzerthaus Berlin. Ludwig Güttler receives Saxonian medal, and Nicola Benedetti is the Queen’s Medal for Music. Elle picks its top female classical musicians to watch and are Millennials making classical music great again?


Herbert Blomstedt “on magnificent form” as he conducts the Philharmonia

Five star review for Blomstedt as he approaches his 90th birthday, showing no signs of slowing down his conducting career.

Four female classical musicians in the spotlight

Elle’s pick of the top female musicians to watch, from a dazzling soprano to a woman who made her Carnegie Hall debut aged just 14.

The Jakarta Post

Millennials are making Classical music great again

Classical music should be, like other art, with the product itself, not with the person behind the product.


Frankfurter Theater-Misere: Ein Neubau wird wahrscheinlicher

Frankfurt/Main – Schauspiel und Oper in einem Haus: Frankfurt hat einen der größten Theaterkomplexe Europas.


Sufimystik mit Pariser Farben

Im Konzerthaus führt die Berliner Cappella Ahmed Adnan Sayguns Oratorium „Yunus Emre“ auf. Ein Brückenschlag zwischen Orient und Okzident.

Sächsischer Verdienstorden für Trompeter und Dirigent Ludwig Güttler

Ludwig Güttler hat den Sächsischen Verdienstorden erhalten. Der Trompeter und Dirigent wurde zusammen mit 13 weiteren Personen durch den Ministerpräsidenten des Freistaates Sachsen, Stanislaw Tillich (CDU), ausgezeichnet.


Gergiev Declared A Revenue Of € 2.31 million In 2016

In 2016, Valery Gergiev was the best earning cultural personality in Russia, according to the Russian Ministry of Culture. His declared annual income was 154.45 million rubles (€ 2.31 million).

Classic FM

Nicola Benedetti awarded Queen’s Medal for Music 

The brilliant violinist has become the youngest ever recipient of the medal, which is awarded each year to a musician, or group of musicians, who has had a major influence on the musical life of the nation. 

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(Written on May 30, 2017 )

The 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition will be taking place at the Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas, from 25th May to 10th June 2017.

We had the chance to catch up with Jacques Marquis, CEO of The Cliburn, to find out what makes The Cliburn so special, as well as how it aims to attract a wider global audience.

Have a look at the interview here!

Screening auditions are underway, having already visited London and Hannover. So far we’ve seen and heard many talented young pianists.


Photo from London screening auditions

Besides the screening auditions, The Cliburn also held a launch event in London, with The Cliburn 2013’s semi-finalist Jayson Gillham showcasing his beautiful playing in Bach arr. Rachmaninoff and Chopin.


Photo: Pianist Jayson Gillham rehearsing at The Cliburn 2017 launch event in London


In addition, The Cliburn’s new partnership with, who will be live-streaming the competition this year, will help realise the competition’s goal of reaching new international audiences.

WildKat PR sends its best wishes to this year’s participants! We can’t wait to see the 30 pianists that will make it to the Preliminary Round in Fort Worth, Texas, later this year.

Remember to follow WildKat PR on Twitter, and The Cliburn on Twitter and Facebook, for the latest news on The 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition!

(Written on January 13, 2017 )

Classical News

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.


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?


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.


Classic FM @ClassicFM Next week, the complete Latin works of William Byrd in 24 hours with ! …here’s how you can support it:

The Violin Channel @violinchannel Join us Friday 11am New York time for a Facebook Live Q&A with violin virtuoso Vadim Gluzman! @klassikcom Geigerin Sarah auf Russlandflug bestohlen


Photo: Sound and Music

(Written on January 13, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Andrew Norman wins the Grawemeyer Award for Music, one of the most prestigious contemporary music prizes. Spanish National Orchestra (Orquesta Nacional de España) has appointed new concertmaster, violinist Gjorgi Dimchevski. An alleged Beethoven manuscript failed to sell at auction after its authenticity being questioned by an academic. Also, a French composer was arrested in Russia while he was attempting to settle a plagiarism claim against a Russian singer.


Andrew Norman wins the $100,000 Grawemeyer Award for Music

Norman’s 47-minute orchestral work ‘Play’ has won the 2017 award from the University of Louisville.

The Violin Channel

Madrid’s Spanish National Orchestra Announce New Concertmaster

The Spanish National Orchestra has today announced the appointment of 32 year old violinist Gjorgi Dimchevski as their new Concertmaster


French musician ‘held’ after crying foul in Russia

A French composer aiming to settle a plagiarism claim against a Russian singer has run into trouble after the singer accused him of extortion. The Frenchman was met by police while trying to sign a settlement.

International Arts Manager

Royal Flemish Philharmonic opens new hall

Royal Flemish Philharmonic (RFP) has opened its brand-new Queen Elisabeth Concert Hall in Antwerp. The 2,000-seat hall will be home to RFP for both concerts (45 per year) and rehearsals (100 days per year).

Listening to Mozart can lower your blood pressure was invited to a series of talks on how to prevent and treat cardiovascular diseases like high blood pressure, heart failure and other types of heart diseases by drug and nondrug treatments and it seems as listening to Mozart can lower your blood pressure.

Music Business Worldwide

Lewis Carnie And Paul Rodgers Step Up To Head BBC Radio 2 And 6 Music

Lewis Carnie and Paul Rodgers have been promoted at the BBC to Head of Radio 2 and Head of Radio 6 respectively.

Echtheit angezweifelt: Auktionshaus bleibt auf Beethoven-Manuskript sitzen

Ein vom Auktionshaus Sotheby’s in London zum Verkauf angebotenes Beethoven-Manuskript hat keinen Käufer gefunden. Grund dafür war ein öffentlich ausgetragener Dissens über die Authentizität des Autographs zwischen dem Auktionshaus und einem Beethoven-Spezialisten der Universität Manchester.

Musik Heute

Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern planen neue Konzertformate

Die Festspiele warten 2017 Jahr mit neuen Formaten auf. Das spektakulärste Konzert wird nach Ansicht des Intendanten Markus Fein in Rostock zu hören sein: Schlagzeug unter Kränen. In der Reihe “Unerhörte Orte” werde der Preisträger in Residence, der Schlagzeuger Alexej Gerassimez, mit seinem Percussion-Ensemble in der Produktionshalle des Kranbauers Liebherr auftreten.

Studie: Musikmachen bei Jugendlichen im Trend

Das Musikmachen hat im Leben von Jugendlichen einen hohen Stellenwert. Dieses Fazit zog der Musikinstrumentenverband SOMM am Dienstag aus einer aktuellen Studie zum Medienumgang von 12- bis 19-Jährigen in Deutschland. Danach musizieren 21 Prozent der Jugendlichen mindestens mehrmals pro Woche selbst.

Codex Flores

Festival Strings Lucerne in der Elbphilharmonie

Die Festival Strings Lucerne werden als erstes Schweizer Orchester die Akustik des neuen Konzertsaals in der Elbphilharmonie Hamburg testen zu können. Am 11. Januar 2017 beginnt nach beinahe zehnjähriger Bauzeit der Spielbetrieb. Die Festival Strings Lucerne absolvieren ihr Debütkonzert am 1. Juni 2017.


Classical Music News @ClassicalMusic Berlin will publish the pay of its chief conductors #ClassicalMusic

BR_Klassik @BR_Klassik ier haben sich gestritten, ein Unbekannter hat zugeschlagen: 4,5 Mio Pfund für #Mahlers 2. Symphonie bei @Sothebys

The Royal Opera @TheRoyalOpera Scandalous! Why #ROHhoffmann hogged the headlines 36 years ago:


Photo: Jessa Anderson

(Written on November 30, 2016 )