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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 classical news, new plans for a new arts centre in the heart of Edinburgh have been announced. The 5th London Contemporary Music Festival will take place on 15th, 17th and 18th of December. Royal Albert Hall presents new spring music festival Love Classical 2017. Also, Nigel Kennedy talks about hate crime and Brexit, as he prepares to release a new album of his compositions.

Classical Music Magazine

New concert hall proposed for Edinburgh

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the charitable trust Impact Scotland have announced plans for a new arts centre in the heart of Edinburgh.

LCMF announces Julius Eastman focus

The fifth London Contemporary Music Festival will offer the world’s first major overview of American composer and performer Julius Eastman.

Royal Albert Hall presents Love Classical 2017

Nigel Kennedy, Lang Lang and Alison Balsom will headline Love Classical 2017.

Manchester International Festival announces new initiative

Manchester International Festival’s new artistic director John McGrath has announced My Festival: MIF’s Creative Community.

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ICMA Published Nomination List 2017

The ICMA nomination list for 2017 is available. For the 2017 awards the Jury of the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) has nominated 321 audio and video productions (down from 364 in 2016) from 119 labels (up from 115 in 2016).

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Der Carl Bechstein Wettbewerb gab seine Gewinner für 2016 bekannt.

ITV News

Nigel Kennedy: Maverick violinist on his career, talent shows and Brexit

Nigel Kennedy has spoken out about the hate crime that has followed June’s Brexit vote, as he prepares to release a new album of his compositions.

Broadway World

Young Jean Lee, Peggy Shaw and More Among United States Artists 2016 Fellows

United States Artists (USA) has announced the 2016 USA Fellowship Awards. This year, 46 artists across nine creative disciplines will receive unrestricted $50,000 cash awards.

Choir and Organ Magazine

Oxford choral foundations to host Frideswide Voices

Oxford’s Frideswide Voices has announced that Christ Church, Magdalen and New College will host termly residences for its rehearsals and services this year.

Slipped Disc

Swiss opera goes bankrupt

The company blames its demise on poor attendance at Rigoletto, directed by Giancarlo del Monaco.

San Fransisco Classical News

Taiwan Embraces San Francisco Symphony on Tour

After the orchestra’s first visit to Korea last week (part of their eighth tour of Asia), San Francisco Symphony musicians took a charter flight to Tainan — the first-ever direct flight from Seoul — to perform a concert that was the highlight of the southern Taiwanese city’s Rainbow Festival (Chai Hong).

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Bob Dylan hat was anderes vor

Spätestens als er wochenlang nicht ans Telefon ging, um sich die Entscheidung des Nobelpreiskomitees anzuhören, hätte man das ahnen können: Bob Dylan schwänzt die Verleihung.

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Existenzbedrohend für die Musikverlage

Die Verwertungsgesellschaft Gema darf nicht länger Musikverlage pauschal an den Einnahmen aus Musik-Nutzungsrechten beteiligen. Viele Verlage stünden dadurch vor dem Aus oder würden jede Risikofreude verlieren, kommentiert Musikkritiker Uwe Friedrich. Besonders für die Klassikszene sei das fatal.

Musik Heute

Volkswagen-Stiftung fördert Wagner-Forschung mit 400.000 Euro

Die Volkswagen-Stiftung unterstützt die wissenschaftliche Erschließung der Richard-Wagner-Sammlung in Eisenach mit 400.000 Euro.

France Musique

Séisme en Nouvelle-Zélande : l’orgue de la cathédrale de Wellington sérieusement endommagé

Le séisme d’une magnitude de 7,8 qui a touché la Nouvelle-Zélande lundi 14 novembre a causé la mort de deux personnes ainsi que d’importants dégâts. L’orgue de la cathédrale de Wellington a particulièrement souffert.

Twitter

The Economist @TheEconomist Does classical music still matter? A bustling crowd reduced to silence by a busker playing Bach suggests so http://econ.st/2fSNONW

Classical Music News @ClassicalMusic Just in: Bob Dylan won’t attend Nobel ceremony http://dlvr.it/MgvQVB #ClassicalMusic

The Violin Channel @violinchannel http://ow.ly/xjfM306eO6I SAD NEWS | Veteran Boston Symphony Principal Cellist Jules Eskin Has Died @BostonSymphony

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Photo: Rhinegold/ Nigel Kennedy

(Written on November 17, 2016 )