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In today’s classical news, The Royal Academy of Music has appointed 2 new visiting professors, cellist Steven Isserlis and pianist Bengt Forsberg. To commemorate the 125th anniversary of the birth of composer Sergei Prokofiev, the renowned Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra gave a concert on Thursday, which was captured in 360° video. Also, American conductor Kent Nagano officially launched an ambitious educational project called ‘La musique aux enfants’ in Montreal.

Opera Now Magazine

Salzburg Festival 2017 to feature five new productions

The Salzburg Festival 2017 will include 40 operatic performances, including five new productions, two concert performances, three semi-staged performances and a revival from the Salzburg Whitsun Festival.

Music Teacher Magazine

Royal Academy of Music appoints new visiting professors

The Royal Academy of Music has appointed Steven Isserlis and Bengt Forsberg as visiting professors.


Five great arias from Donizetti operas

Tuesday was the birthday of Italian opera composer Gaetano Donizetti, giving us the opportunity to look through his works and select five of the best arias.

Watch the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra perform in 360° video

The renowned Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra gave a concert on Thursday to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the birth of composer Sergei Prokofiev. And, for the first time in that famous venue’s long history, the performance was captured in 360° video.


Nagano Launches Exciting New Educational Program In Montreal

American conductor Kent Nagano officially launched an ambitious educational project called La musique aux enfants in Montreal.

neue musikzeitung

Noch-Kulturstaatssekretär Tim Renner will in die Bundespolitik

«Wenn Ihr meinen Hut sucht – liegt im Ring!», schrieb er am Donnerstag auf Facebook und bestätigte Medienberichte, nach denen er sich bei der SPD für eine Direktkandidatur in Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf beworben hat.

Finanzielle Unterstützung für zeitgenössische Musik und Beethoven-Jubiläum

Kulturstiftung des Bundes subventioniert Musikprojekte und Ensembles bis 2022

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Die Geige aus dem Schützengraben

Aus einer Zigarrenkiste hat vor rund 100 Jahren der Soldat Oskar Thiele an der Westfront eine Geige gebaut. In Dresden wird demnächst das außergewöhnliche Modell aus dem Schützengraben ausgestellt.

El País

Alfred Brendel: “Vivimos una época dorada para violinistas, no tanto para los pianistas”

El legendario pianista y escritor presenta una colección de ensayos y repasa su carrera


Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ .@FcoColl, @BarnabyMartin, @DianaBurrell48 and more: December’s premieres

Music History @today_history #Today in 1990 Death of American #composer Aaron #Copland #MusicHistory #classicalmusic

Classical Music News @ClassicalMusic What to do in Germany when you turn up in unmatched shoes… #ClassicalMusic


Photo: Satoshi Aoyagi

(Written on December 2, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, British Culture Secretary and Arts Minister split on EU vote and Prokofiev’s grandson puts a new spin on classical music. Also, Teodor Currentzis awarded Kairos Prize and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies awarded RPS gold medal


Prokofiev’s Grandson Puts New Spin on Classical Music

The Russian composer and pianist Sergei Prokofiev is one of the acknowledged masters of twentieth century classical music

Classical Music Magazine

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies awarded the RPS gold medal

The 81-year-old composer said that he ‘couldn’t be more honoured’ to receive the medal, adding: ‘That’s the one I wanted!’

Arts Professional

Culture Secretary and Arts Minister split on EU vote

Whittingdale and Vaizey will back opposing campaign teams in the run-up to the forthcoming EU membership referendum


Concrete plan: building the Barbican in the 1970s – in pictures

An urban utopia of concert halls, fountains and art galleries at the heart of a housing estate in London? Peter Bloomfield reveals his cache of photographs charting the construction of a British brutalist icon


Kunstpreis der Stadt Dresden für Sänger Peter Schreier

Der Sänger Peter Schreier erhält den mit 5000 Euro dotierten diesjährigen Kunstpreis von Dresden

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Von Berg wechselt auf den Grünen Hügel

Die Bayreuther Festspiele bekommen einen neuen Geschäftsführenden Direktor. Der 49-jährige Holger von Berg tritt im April die Nachfolge von Heinz-Dieter Sense an


Anmeldefrist zum 8. Louis Spohr Wettbewerb in Weimar für junge Geiger läuft

Auf seinen Wettbewerbserfolg folgte direkt der berufliche Erfolg: Der Geiger David Castro-Balbi gewann als 19-Jähriger einen 1. Preis beim Louis Spohr-Wettbewerb in Weimar 2013

Klassik Info

Currentzis erhält hochdotierten Kairos-Preis 2016

Der Dirigent Teodor Currentzis erhält den mit mit 75.000 Euro dotierten Kairos-Preis 2016

France Musique

Victoires de la musique classique : Claire Chazal et Frédéric Lodéon, ambassadeurs du classique à la télévision

La 23e édition des Victoires de la musique classique se tient ce 24 février à la Halle aux Grains de Toulouse. C’est l’une des rares émissions consacrées au classique à être diffusée à une heure de grande écoute

Twitter Berliner : Übertitel statt Untertitel

BBC Music MagazineThe latest classical chart – out now:

ARTEFAKT Kultur Was nächste Woche wichtig wird: Die falsche Gärtnerin im Bode-Museum

Photograph: Peter Bloomfield/ The Guardian

Photograph: Peter Bloomfield/ The Guardian






(Written on February 22, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news: Warner Classics is about to issue a two-CD tribute to Jon Vickers, and Plácido Domingo withdraws from conducting & needs to undergo surgery. Also, Klassik Akzente celebrates 330 years of Johann Sebastian Bach this year and FAZ interviews Igor Levit

The Guardian

Classical music isn’t a secret society unless we allow it to be

It doesn’t matter if you weren’t brought up with it or don’t know how to pronounce the composers’ names – I wasn’t, I can’t, and it still lets me in

Classic FM

Rare and revealing Mozart letter fetches $217k at auction

A letter written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart has been sold at auction for a whopping $217,000

Classical Music Magazine

Warner Classics to issue tribute to Jon Vickers

Warner Classics is to issue a two-CD tribute to Jon Vickers, the heldentenor who died in July, which will include previously unreleased material collected by documentary maker Jon Tolansky

Evening Standard

Sergei Prokofiev ‘would have supported bringing classical music to younger audiences’

The grandson of Sergei Prokofiev today told how the composer would have been right behind a season of classical music rebooted to appeal to younger audiences

Classical Source

Plácido Domingo withdraws from conducting Met Tosca

Plácido Domingo was hospitalised on Tuesday, suffering from acute cholecystitis. The Metropolitan Opera, where he was to conduct the first-night of Tosca this evening, announced that Domingo will undergo surgery to remove his gallbladder

Klassik Akzente

330. Geburtstag – Johann Sebastian Bach lebt!

In diesem Jahr begehen wir den 330. Geburtstag von Johann Sebastian Bach, des vielleicht größten Komponisten aller Zeiten. Sein Werk lebt. Das demonstrieren jetzt vier exquisite Neu-Veröffentlichungen


Aufstehen, fertig, das Leben geht weiter

Igor Levit ist einer der besten Pianisten der Gegenwart. Ein Gespräch über Bach, Beethoven und die Frage, ob Musik die Welt verändern soll


Pianist Dmitri Teterin Died, Aged 44

Russian Pianist Dmitri Teterin, born in Moscow in 1971, has died on October 18 at the age of 44. Teterin studied at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory and also at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He won many international competitions


Grigory Sokolov, Norman Lebrecht Feud: Pianist Refuses Cremona Award Over Slipped Disc Post

In the capricious world of award ceremonies, occasionally, a winner will refuse an award for, um, “personal reasons.” Fewer still so suspiciously as reclusive Russian pianist Grigory Sokolov, who recently refused the 2015 Cremona Music Award in what appeared to be an act of spite

Lifetime achievement award for orchestra conductor

American conductor David Zinman has been awarded the prestigious Echo Klassik award for his achievements over two decades conducting the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich. During his time the orchestra developed into one of the world’s finest


MusicTech @MusicTechMag : Is the @prismsound Lyra interface now a quality audio interface for everyone to enjoy?

KulturPort.De @kultur_port_de : #Kultur – Donaueschinger Musiktage im Zeichen des Aufbruchs

Classical Diary @ClassicalDiary : Once and for all… OPERA TICKETS ARE NOT “EXPENSIVE”!! And here is proof: #rugby #london

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Johann Sebastian Bach copyright by Fred Münzmaier / DG Klassik Akzente

(Written on October 19, 2015 )

Classical News

Classic FM

Max Hole confirms third Bristol Proms for 2015

The Bristol Proms will return to the Bristol Old Vic for a third year running in 2015, Universal boss Max Hole has confirmed.

BBC News

Gabriel Prokofiev launches new violin concerto at Proms

Gabriel Prokofiev, the grandson of the 20th Century composer Sergei Prokofiev, is presenting the world premiere of his new violin concerto at the BBC Proms. He tells the BBC his forebear’s fame just adds to the pressure of giving a new work its first outing.

The Telegraph

Oxford students’ acapella version of Shakira’s Hips Don’t Lie

A group of Oxford University students perform en acapella cover of a Shakira hit song, Hips Don’t Lie, which has been tweeted by the pop star herself.

Classic FM

Tom Williams on performing Bach in the Dark

Erebus Ensemble director Tom Williams and choir member Ed Danon spoke to Jane Jones backstage at the Bristol Proms.

Classic FM

Laura Wright releases racy new music video

Soprano Laura Wright’s new music video is raising eyebrows in the classical music world, showing her stripping off and doing gymnastics while performing ‘Barber’s Agnus Dei/The Sound Of Strength’.

The Courier Mail

Oboist Tania Frazer suing Queensland Symphony Orchestra for unfair treatment during a 12-month trial

An oboist who has performed internationally is suing Queensland Symphony Orchestra for $620,000, claiming she was put under stress that ended her orchestral career.

Spiegel Online

Legendäre Pianisten: Roll over Beethoven

Der Pianist Swjatoslaw Richter konnte so ziemlich alles. Welche Nuancen er beherrschte, zeigen bisher unveröffentlichte Schubert-Aufnahmen aus Moskau.

Blitz Quotidiano

Teatro dell’Opera di Roma: c’è accordo, si allontana rischio liquidazione

Si allontana lo spettro della liquidazione del Teatro dell’Opera di Roma.

La Stampa

Accordo fatto a Roma L’Opera è (quasi) salva

Previsto un referendum. Ma gli autonomi non firmano.

Le Miroir

L’Orchestre Dijon Bourgogne veut au “dialogue social” pour trouver une solution

L’Orchestre Dijon Bourgogne répond à la mairie de Dijon suite à son communiqué du 23 juillet.

El Mundo

Las óperas que nunca escuchó

Un festival desempolva partituras del XVI y XVII que no pudieron estrenarse.


BBC Proms Team: @bbcproms Tonight at #BBCProms @BIFO_ Proms debut with @saschavienna plus world premiere of @gprokofiev concerto by @HopeViolin 

Classical Music: @ClassicalMusic_ The last ever filmed performance of @JLloydWebber before his sad retirement through injury: … @RhinegoldLIVE

Guardian Classical: @GdnClassical Why it’s do-or-die for classical music at the Bristol Proms 


 Max Hole
Photo: The Guardian



(Written on July 29, 2014 )


IMG Artists To Launch TV Scouting Of Classical Music Talents In China

IMG Artists will join hands with China Arts and Entertainment Group to expand its business in China and bring Chinese performing arts programs abroad. The joint venture will be an investment of several hundred million dollars and aims to introduce a wide array of Chinese programs with an emphasis on classical music and dance artists.


Vladimir Putin to purchase Sergei Rachmaninoff’s archive and estate?

Pianist Denis Matsuev claims that the Russian president has shown interest in Rachmaninov’s Swiss villa, which holds much of the late composer’s manuscripts and mementos.

Ideas Tap

Alexis Smith and Joe Henson on composing for video games

Music can completely alter the way a player experiences a video game. The composers behind the latest instalment in the Assassin’s Creed franchise, Alexis Smith and Joe Henson, explain their process and tell us why it’s an exciting time to be in the industry.

Chicago Classical Review

Tilson Thomas throws out the first lozenge at bronchial CSO concert

A Chicago Symphony Orchestra performance of Mahler 9 was so plagued with audience coughing that conductor Tilson Thomas went offstage & emerged with handfuls of lozenges which he threw into the audience.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Acclaimed Australian theatre and opera director Elke Neidhardt dies aged 72

One of Australia’s most noted opera and theatre directors, Elke Neidhardt, has died at the age of 72.


No-one works harder than the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Given the cuts to arts funding, esteemed organizations such as the RPO must now explore new money-making avenues, says Rupert Christiansen.

Classic FM Online

David Bowie’s Peter and the Wolf to be reissued

A recording of Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf featuring David Bowie as narrator is being re-released by Sony Classical in time for Christmas.

Die Zeit

Mehr Klebeband ins Klavier!

Diese verrückten Deutschen. In Amsterdam gaben der Techno-DJ Henrik Schwarz und der Klavierdompteur Hauschka ein erstes gemeinsames Konzert. Ganz erstaunlich.

Ideas Tap

Ideas Tap




(Written on November 27, 2013 )


Leila Josefowicz puts her violin up for sale

The 1750 instrument by Michele Angelo Bergonzi will be auctioned through Ingles and Hayday

Classic FM Online

Jack Topping to enter race for Christmas No. 1

Jack’s hoping he’ll be ‘Topping’ the charts come Christmas Day, fending off competition from this year’s X factor winner

The Globe and Mail

Once banned, classical music finds an unlikely future in China

Having been banned during the time of Mao, classical music has had a boom since it was allowed back into China. Shi Shuai is the face of classical music’s most promising new frontier

New York Times

Columbia to House a Trove of Prokofiev’s Items

A foundation dedicated to Sergei Prokofiev will give a priceless trove of musical manuscripts, letters and other items belonging to the composer — including a suitcase — to the Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Columbia in an effort to make them more accessible to scholars

Muscle and Speed Win a Crowd’s Adulation

Mariinsky Orchestra Closes Carnegie Run With Rachmaninoff

Arts Professional

Festivals in the frame

Why do we need festivals? Do we simply enjoy coming together to celebrate culture − or is it more than that? Debate today at 5pm for discussing this topic


„Ehrliche Virtuosität macht Spaß“

Seit Jahren gehört Hélène Grimaud zu den erfolgreichsten und beliebtesten Pianistinnen der Klassik-Szene. Anders als viele ihrer französischen Klavierkollegen hat sie auch ein besonderes Faible für die Werke von Johannes Brahms. Nun hat sie beide Klavierkonzerte eingespielt

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on October 17, 2013 )

Arts Journal – Slipped Disc 

British Conductor, 45, dies after long illness

Graham Jackson, a dedicated general music director in Krefeld and Mönchengladbach dies at the age of 45.

Another Conductor drops out of the BBC Proms 

Conductor Thierry Fischer is sick and will miss Thursday’s concert with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales

So who would you send out to save the Queen? 

Norman Lebrecht defends Lesley Garrett after criticisms of her performance of the English National Anthem grow.

Guardian- Music Blog

A guide to Michael Finnissy’s Music  

Tom Service guides his readers through the music of Michael Finnissy.


Minister denies axing New Zealand Symphony Orchestra

New Zealand’s Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Chris Finlayson has branded the idea of axing the touring group ‘unthinkable.’

BBC Music Magazine 

Ripon Cathedral Choir forced to shut

Local merger plan fails to save North Yorkshire school.

Classic FM 

Boris Johnson’s Royal Opera House debut 

London Mayor Boris Johns joined Placido Domingo and the Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House.

Gabriel Prokofiev’s Classical Club night 

The grandson Sergei Prokofiev takes over a Bermondsey warehouse to showcase the best in modern composition and performance techniques.

(Written on July 25, 2012 )

Jessica Duchen’s Classical Music Blog

Hooray For Haydn.

Haydn is named a member of the top ten most performed composers of 2011.

The Guardian

Delius: Beauty In The Ear Of The Beholder.

His life was as romantic and colourful as his exquisite music, yet his works are rarely performed today. Delius deserves better, writes Julian Lloyd Webber.

LA Times

Gustavo Dudamel’s Mahler Project.

The Los Angeles Philharmonic’s mammoth tribute to the composer is an unprecedented musical feat for the conductor.

New York Times

New York City Opera Declares Rehearsal Lockout.

Talks break down at City Opera.

The Independent

Twenty Years Of Brahms & Liszt: Meet The Classic FM DJs Who Have Made Fugues Funky.

For decades, classical music was considered fusty and exclusive. One broadcaster has changed all that.

Sergei Prokofiev: Beyond ‘Peter And The Wolf’ – The Rehabilitation Of Stalin’s Composer.

Prokofiev followed ‘the bitch goddess success’ back to Soviet Moscow – or so the story goes. Think again, Vladimir Jurowski tells Andrew Stewart.

The Times

Gabriel Prokofiev Takes On The Family Business.

Fancy a classical club night? The composer Sergei Prokofiev’s grandson’s is a dab hand at making worlds collide.


(Written on January 9, 2012 )