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In today’s news: Sir Simon Rattle has made his debut as Music Director in London, how musicians have tackled the refugee crisis, and Peter Leathem discusses PPL/PRS. Christoph Spering receives “Echo” Award, music journalist Eleonore Büning receives Pro Musica Viva-Prize, and finalists for “Concours international de jeunes chefs d’orchestre de Besançon” have been announced.

Evening Standard

Sir Simon Rattle describes first concert leading London Symphony Orchestra as like ‘a homecoming’

The celebrated conductor made his debut as Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra

The Guardian

‘It was impossible to write about anything else’: how musicians have – finally – tackled the refugee crisis

In the 80s, musicians simply released charity singles in response to humanitarian crises. But today’s artists have been relatively quiet about the plight of those in the Mediterranean – until now. From Coldplay to Benjamin Clementine, why has it taken them so long to find their voices?

Music Week

‘It’s a brilliant project’: Peter Leathem discusses PPL/PRS joint venture

PPL CEO Peter Leathem has described the company’s joint venture with PRS For Music as “a joint front office that will act as a one-stop shop for bars, nightclubs, offices, and public spaces that need PPL and PRS licences”.

Billboard

Mood-Based Playlists Grow Classical Music’s Revenue, Cache With Young Fans

Diehard Bruce Springsteen fan Brandon Shaw used to rock out to The Boss almost exclusively — until the 27-year-old started streaming Spotify playlists such as Brain Food and Deep Focus in his office about a year ago.

Vulture

A Classical Music Festival Just Had Its Very Own Fyre Festival-Like Implosion in Rhode Island

Remember that time influencers and unassuming, rich music fans descended upon the Bahamas expecting a luxury festival only to be met with the “mass chaos” of Fyre Festival?

Limelight

Vienna State Opera offers six languages in new seat-back system

The company’s new system caters to patrons from around the world, but how long before we see something similar in Australia?

Kulturradio

Kölner Kantor erhält “Echo” für Einspielung von Lutherkantaten

Christoph Spering wird für seine herausragende Einspielung der vier CDs mit dem Titel “Bach – Lutherkantaten” durch “Das neue Orchester” und den Chorus Musicus Köln geehrt.

Klassik.com

Musikjournalistin Eleonore Büning erhält Pro Musica Viva-Preis 2017

Die Musikjournalistin und -kritikerin Eleonore Büning erhält den diesjährigen Preis der Pro Musica Viva-Stiftung.

Musik Heute

Festspiele MV erwarten Besucherrekord

Die Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern steuern auf einen Besucherrekord zu. Die 131 Konzerte der vergangenen drei Monate zogen über 82.000 Menschen an, teilten die Veranstalter am Freitag mit.

France Musique

La liste des finalistes du Concours international de jeunes chefs d’orchestre de Besançon dévoilée

Les noms des finalistes du Concours international de jeunes chefs d’orchestre de Besançon ont été dévoilés. Un Français, un Anglais et un Russe s’affronteront dans cette dernière ligne droite.

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(Written on September 15, 2017 )

In today’s news: More worrying news about bass-baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky’s health, the trials of travelling musicians, and Classic FM’s birthday celebrations! The Berlin Philharmonic to start last season with Rattle, Serebrennikow under house arrest, and Rheingau Music Prize for Enoch zu Guttenberg.

Classical Music Magazine

Psappha reveals 2017/18 season

Highlights include a tour of the Whitworth Art Gallery through music and art, a collaboration with guitarist Mike Walker, a performance of Boulez’s Le Marteau sans maître under Jamie Phillips, and a concert with the BBC Philharmonic.

The Strad

Trials of travelling musicians: violin not accepted as hand luggage on ferry

Scilly Steamship Company insists violin goes in the hold – yet maintains policy allowing two dogs per adult.

Pizzicato

More worrying news about Dmitri Hvorostovsky’s health

The bass-baritone has been fighting a brain tumour since 2015. He has cancelled a number of upcoming opera performances, yet two recitals are announced for September, in Bucharest and Moscow.

Classic FM

Classic FM’s 25th Birthday Celebrations from Dumfries House

As part of our 25th birthday celebrations, Classic FM will be celebrating with the Royal Family on Wednesday 6th September – the day before our birthday.

Pizzicato

Award-winning Finnish novel Ice is adapted into an opera

In January 2019 the Finnish National Opera will host the world premiere of a new opera from Finland based on Ulla-Lena Lundberg’s bestselling novel Ice.

Limelight

Hotel chain plans John Cage birthday marathon

Ace Hotels will be presenting a full day of the composer’s music in lobbies and public areas on September 5.

NMZ

Berliner Philharmoniker starten in letzte Rattle-Saison

Mit Haydns „Schöpfung“ starten die Berliner Philharmoniker in die letzte Spielzeit unter ihrem langjährigen Chefdirigenten Sir Simon Rattle.

Pizzicato

Serebrennikov unter Hausarrest, Stuttgart produziert ‘Hänsel und Gretel’ mit seinem Team

Trotz heftiger Proteste in Russland und im Ausland hat die russische Justiz hat den am Dienstag wegen Betrugsvorwürfen festgenommenen Regisseur Kirill Serebrennikov gestern unter Hausarrest gestellt.

Klassik Heute

Rheingau Musik Preis 2017 für Enoch zu Guttenberg und seinen Chor

Morgen werden Enoch zu Guttenberg und die Chorgemeinschaft Neubeuern zu Beginn ihres Konzertes in der Basilika von Kloster Eberbach mit dem Rheingau Musik Preis 2017 ausgezeichnet.

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Very exciting news, announced today, about ‘s 25th birthday celebrations:

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(Written on August 24, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Royal College of Music partners with Shanghai Conservatory of Music to establish a joint institute, offering collaborative projects between the two institutions. Sound and Music partners with Sage Gateshead and NMC Recordings to launch ‘Next Wave’, a programme designed to promote and support composers in higher education. Sir Simon Rattle talks about a new home for London Symphony Orchestra, as the current venue Barbican restricts the orchestra’s repertoire. Also, violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter was presented with The 23rd annual World Economic Forum’s Crystal Awards for her leadership in providing opportunities for young people to develop careers as musicians.

Music Teacher Magazine

RCM announces collaboration with Shanghai Conservatory

The Royal College of Music (RCM) and the Shanghai Conservatory of Music (SHCM) are to establish a new Joint Institute in China.

Classical Music Magazine

Sound and Music launches Next Wave programme

Sound and Music has joined forces with Sage Gateshead and NMC Recordings for Next Wave, a programme designed to promote and support composers in higher education.

Producer faces pay accusations

World on Stage producer Stephen Leatherland has been accused of failing to pay singers and production staff involved in the 2016 tour of A Night in Venice, according to The Stage.

Evening Standard

Sir Simon Rattle says plans for a new venue for the London Symphony Orchestra are coming together

Sir Simon Rattle says the London Symphony Orchestra’s home in the Barbican restricts its repertoire and that the case for a new concert hall was “slowly and surely” coming together.

Opera Now Magazine

Applications open for Glyndebourne Academy

Applications are invited for the Glyndebourne Academy, which will run for the third time in 2017.

Music Business Worldwide

PRS and PPL Launch Joint Licence For Non-profit Radio Stations in the UK

UK music licensing organisations, PPL and PRS for Music, have introduced a new joint licence, which came into effect on 1 January 2017, for Ofcom-licensed community radio stations broadcasting on AM or FM.

Pizzicato

Geneva Finally Able To Build Its Cité De La Musique

The UN have now approved the resolution granting a land right in favour of the new Cité de la Musique in Geneva.

The Herald

Passing the baton

SCO conductor Robin Ticciati on the power of music, the beauty of silence and preparing to say goodbye to Scotland.

The New York Times

The Weeknd’s ‘Starboy’ and the ‘La La Land’ Soundtrack Top the Chart

This week on the Billboard album chart, the Weeknd holds at No. 1, while the “La La Land” soundtrack shoots to No. 2 after the film won seven Golden Globe Awards.

nmz

Donald sucht den Superstar: Künstler boykottieren Trumps Vereidigung

Hollywood attackiert ihn, Musiker distanzieren sich: Die Suche nach Stars zur Vereidigung wird für Donald Trump zur Blamage.

klassik.com

Anne-Sophie Mutter mit Crystal Award ausgezeichnet

Die Auszeichnung honoriert insbesondere Mutters Engagement im Bereich der musikalischen Bildung bzw. Erziehung und der Förderung junger Musiktalente im Rahmen der Anne-Sophie Mutter Stiftung.

klassik heute

Benefizkonzert für Syrien mit Musikern und Musikerinnen aus Syrien und Europa

Kommenden Freitag findet in der Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche in Berlin ein Benefizkonzert für Syrien mit dem Titel „Berlin steht auf!“ statt. Es treten junge, internationale Musiker_innen des Berliner Orchesterprojekts „STEGREIF.orchester“ mit syrischen, geflüchteten Musikern und Musikerinnen gemeinsam auf.

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Classic FM @ClassicFM ‘We can do wonderful work in the Barbican, but about 20 per cent of the repertoire won’t work there’ – Simon Rattle

BBC Music Magazine @MusicMagazine Gustav Mahler… an unlikely optimist?

klassik.com @klassikcom Mutmaßliches Portrait von Frederic  entdeckt 

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Photo: RCM/ SHCM

(Written on January 17, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, London concert hall project’s loss of funding disappoints conductors, Welsh National Opera is to perform in Dubai, and ICMP announces new songwriting degree. Also, Berlin Philharmonic are on their last US Tour with Sir Simon Rattle.

The Guardian

London concert hall project’s loss of funding disappoints conductors

Leading figures in classical music have expressed disappointment at the government’s decision to withdraw public money from proposals for a new concert hall in London.

Opera Now

Welsh National Opera to perform in Dubai

Welsh National Opera (WNO) will perform Madam Butterfly and La bohème as part of Dubai Opera’s inaugural season. The performances, which will take place in March 2017, will be part of a year of creative collaboration led by the British Council.

Music teacher

ICMP announces new songwriting degree

The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance has announced a new MA course in songwriting.The programme was designed to enable students to examine, explore and focus on both practical and analytical songwriting.

ITV.com

These brilliant jazz musicians visited a care home to entertain the residents

A series of concerts are to be held in care homes across Wales – to encourage local residents to go in and visit.

Digital Trends

Vinyl’s revived. Streaming thrives. But can musicians survive?

Popular music has always been evolving, but over the past decade, the way it’s listened to hasn’t just evolved, it has undergone an upheaval.

Broadwayworld

Claire Brazeau Named Principal Oboe of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

Music Director Jeffrey Kahane has named Claire Brazeau principal oboe of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), one of the nation’s leading orchestras renowned for its wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissioning initiatives.

Klassik Heute

Berliner Philharmoniker starten letzte Nordamerika-Tournee mit Sir Simon Rattle

Die Berliner Philharmoniker traten gestern ihre letzte gemeinsame Nordamerika-Tournee vom 7. bis 25. November mit Sir Simon Rattle als ihrem Chefdirigenten an. In elf Konzerten in den USA und Kanada spielen sie Werke von Webern, Schönberg, Berg, Brahms, Mahler und Pierre Boulez.

nmz

Deutsche Theaterpreise für Neuenfels, Selge und Castorf

Der Regisseur, Schriftsteller und Filmemacher Hans Neuenfels hat den Deutschen Theaterpreis «Der Faust» für sein Lebenswerk erhalten. Neuenfels gehöre zu den großen und prägenden Künstlern des deutschen Theaters, teilten die Stifter mit.

Klassik.com

Neubau der Linzer Bruckneruniversität mit Architekturpreis ausgezeichnet

Der Neubau der Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität Linz ist mit dem Bauherrenpreis der Architekten-Zentralvereinigung Österreichs ausgezeichnet worden. Die Jury honoriert mit dem Preis die Bereitschaft trotz eines engen Budgets bautechnische und gestalterische Risiken und Experimente einzugehen.

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klassik.com @klassikcom Neue Orchesterfusion im Städtedreieck Wuppertal, Remscheid und Solingen?

klassik.com @klassikcom Anne Luisa Kramb beim Louis Spohr Violinwettbewerb ausgezeichnet

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Photo Credit: Opera Now.

Photo Credit: Opera Now.

(Written on November 8, 2016 )

Classical news

In our classical music news today: lots of firsts as Esa-Pekka Salonen takes up first position of artist-in-association at Finnish National Opera and Ballet, and Sound festival announces John De Simone as inaugural composer-in-residence. Also, Lionel Bringuier will leave Zurich Tonhalle at the end of 2017/2018 season.

Classical Music Magazine

Finnish National Opera and Ballet appoints Salonen as artist-in-association

Finnish National Opera and Ballet (FNOB) has appointed Esa-Pekka Salonen as its first artist-in-association. He will assume the newly created, five-year position with the 2016/17 season.

Sound festival announces inaugural composer-in-residence

John De Simone has been announced as Sound’s first composer-in-residence. The Scottish-Italian composer, who is director of Ensemble Thing, will create new work for the 2016, 2017 and 2018 festivals, beginning with a piece that will be premiered in a concert alongside Louis Andriessen’s De Staat.

Neue Zürcher Zeitung

Der Vertrag von Lionel Bringuier als Chefdirigent des Zürcher Tonhalle-Orchesters wird nicht verlängert. Was hinter dieser seit längerem erwarteten Entscheidung steckt.

Music Week

MCPS and PRS for Music back library music awards relaunch

The annual Library Music Awards has today relaunched as the Production Music Awards, in association with MCPS Production Music.

Broadwayworld

Simon Rattle to Conduct St. Thomas Choir of Men & Boys in Concert, 9/18

Sir Simon Rattle will conduct The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys and Orchestra of St. Luke’s in a special benefit concert to include Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem, The Lark Ascending by Ralph Vaughn Williams and Edward Elgar’s Serenade for Strings on Sunday, September 18.

Die Zeit

Wie geht noch mal das “Magnificat”?

Daniel Barenboim startet seinen eigenen YouTube-Kanal.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Traumberuf Musiker

Junge, talentierte Schüler bekommen in Hallbergmoos eine besondere Förderung. Initiiert hat dieses Programm der Pianist, Komponist und Pädagoge Vladimir Genin.

Der Tagesspiegel

Abenteuerreisen ins Altbekannte

Zum 17. Mal startet „Young Euro Classic“ in Berlin. Bei dem Festival überwindet Musik tatsächlich Grenzen – aber anders als in Sonntagsreden.

Die Welt

Ohne Schuhe auf der Jagd nach der Jugend

Die klassische Musik braucht Nachwuchs. Das Publikum wird immer älter. Neue Formate werden gesucht. In Berlin wurden zwei Modelle getestet. So richtig funktionieren sie allerdings beide nicht

El Mundo

Las grandes orquestas toman la partitura de la Quincena

Como para coger impulso, la Quincena Musical de San Sebastián se coge unos días de descanso coincidiendo con la Semana Grande.

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Photo Credit: Benjamin Ealovega

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Help Musicians UK @HelpMusiciansUK Great to see the intro of the #NightTube, can only help the night time economy & access to music venues.

Ed Vaizey @EdVaizey New culture secretary to promote #diversity in #arts http://www.m-magazine.co.uk/news/new-culture-secretary-promote-diversity-arts/ … @M_magazinePRS

Darren Henley ‏@HENLEYDARREN New blog by our @ace_national Strategy Director @richardrussell1 on encouraging news for arts & culture post #Brexit http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/blog/post-brexit-funding-%E2%80%93-encouraging-news-arts-and-culture-sector

(Written on August 19, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Pianist Stephen Hough calls for shorter classical shows to attract younger audiences, Classic FM’s Composed app is to shut down at the end of this month, and Aziz Shokhakimov wins Salzburg Festival Young Conductor award. Also, musicians plan further Dirty Dancing protests, and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus announces its 25th season.

BBC News

Pianist calls for shorter classical shows to attract younger audiences

Pianist Stephen Hough has called for classical concerts to be overhauled to attract younger audiences. Performances should be shorter with no interval, he argues, while orchestras could drop their formal dress code.

Classical Music Magazine

Composed app to shut down

Classic FM’s Composed app is to shut down at the end of this month. Launched in November 2014, the subscription music service allows users to stream music from the Decca Classics and Deutsche Grammophon catalogues, including archive and new recordings.

Aziz Shokhakimov wins Salzburg young conductor award

Aziz Shokhakimov has won the 2016 Nestlé and Salzburg Festival young conductors award. The 27-year-old Uzbekistani wins €15,000 (£12,730) and a concert as part of the Salzburg Festival 2017, which will be released on disc.

The Stage

Musicians plan further Dirty Dancing protests

Musicians are planning further protests outside venues hosting the touring production of Dirty Dancing following a dispute over the use of a backing track in the show.

The Telegraph

Meet conducting’s next superstar: Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla

This young Lithuanian has been generating huge excitement since taking on her first orchestral directorship in Heidelberg, in 2010. Since then, successes have come thick and fast.

WQXR

National Sawdust Broadens Its Scope in Second Season

National Sawdust, the Williamsburg-based art and music venue that quickly established itself as one of the more ambitious and enterprising presenters in the city, announced its second season Monday with an even broader mission.

The New York Times

Brooklyn Youth Chorus Announces 25th Season

The Brooklyn Youth Chorus will celebrate its 25th season with newly commissioned pieces from acclaimed composers, including Nico Muhly, Caroline Shaw and Rhiannon Giddens.

klassik.com

Kranichsteiner Musikpreis 2016 für Celeste Oram und Weston Olencki

Die Komponistin Celeste Oram und der Posaunist Weston Olencki haben den Kranichsteiner Musikpreis 2016 erhalten. Der im Rahmen der 48. Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in Darmstadt vergebene und mit 6.000 EUR dotierte Preis ist zu gleichen Hälften auf die Bereiche Komposition und Interpretation aufgeteilt.

RBB Kulturradio

Saisoneröffnung der Berliner Philharmoniker auch im Kino

Das Konzert der Berliner Philharmoniker zur Saisoneröffnung wird in rund 100 Kinos live übertragen. Unter der Leitung von Sir Simon Rattle spielt das Orchester am 26. August Gustav Mahlers Siebte Symphonie, zum Auftakt gibt es Pierre Boulez’ “Éclat”.

Klassik Akzente

Potsdamer Schlössernacht 2016 – Fernando Varela auf dem Mopke

Am 20. August 2016 lädt die Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und Gärten Berlin-Brandenburg zum 19. Mal in die Parkanlagen von Schloss Sanssouci nach Potsdam. Dieses Jahr mit von der Partie ist der talentierte Tenor Fernando Varela, der die Besucher mit einem eleganten Stilmix aus Klassik und Pop unterhalten wird.

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New York Times Music @nytimesmusic Bobby Hutcherson, Vibraphonist With Coloristic Range of Sound, Dies at 75 http://nyti.ms/2aY0un1

BR_Klassik @BR_Klassik Hier in voller Länge zum Nachhören: Götterdämmerung bei den Bayreuther Festspielen

nmz @musikzeitung  will nicht beim Super Bowl auftreten: „Es geht nicht um “: Die britische…

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Conducting’s next superstar: Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla. Credit: Rii Schroer

(Written on August 16, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today, a new film will show the history of the Sydney Opera House, Sir Simon Rattle comments on his return to London & Lang Lang will make his New Zealand recital debut. Also, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ final completed composition is an opera for kids & the Detroit Symphony Orchestra will perform David Bowie’s work.

The Guardian

New feature film to tell of architect’s struggle for the Sydney Opera House

The controversial history behind one of the world’s most recognisable buildings, the Sydney Opera House is to be the subject of a new feature film made by an international team.

EveningStandard

Sir Simon Rattle: ‘Music can’t be a matter of privilege or chance’

As Sir Simon Rattle prepares to pick up the baton at the LSO, ‘the Benedict Cumberbatch of classical’ talks about making London the music capital of the world — with a concert hall for the 21st century.

International Arts Manager

Lang Lang to make New Zealand debut

Lang Lang will make his New Zealand recital debut, 12 years after the Chinese pianist first played in the country with New Zealand Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Edo de Waart. The concert at Aukland’s Civic Theatre on 12 June will include Chopin’s Scherzos as well as Tchaikovsky’s The Seasons. It comes at the end of a tour that has taken him from Chicago to Australasia via China.

Maxwell Davies’ final work is an opera for kids

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ final completed composition will receive its world premiere in London later this month.The Hogboon is an opera for children, based on a Scottish folk tale taken from Maxwell’s home in Orkney. The premiere takes place at Barbican Centre on 26 June, three months after he died following a battle with cancer.

Huffington Post

Detroit Symphony Orchestra Set to Perform The Music of David Bowie, Guest Conductor Brent Havens Talks of Orchestrating the Works of this Musical Genius

David Bowie was one of those figures that we all felt like was immortal, something beyond just a regular human. He lived life outside of the social bounds of gender, sexuality, understanding, and love.

TheaterJones

Concerns from Women Conductors

As The Dallas Opera prepares to announce the second class of participants for the Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Women Conductors, General Director and CEO Keith Cerny reflects on continuing challenges cited in the application process.

Third Sector

Royal Opera House paid music director Sir Antonio Pappano more than £730k last year

Sir Antonio Pappano, music director at the Royal Opera House, was paid £737,424 by the charity in 2014/15, an increase of almost £200,000 on the previous year. The charity’s latest set of accounts, for the year to the end of August 2015, show Pappano received a basic salary of £104,186 plus fees of £633,238.

klassik.com

Volkstheater Rostock: Intendant Latchinian fristlos entlassen

Der Hauptausschuss der Rostocker Bürgerschaft hat die fristlose Entlassung des Volkstheater-Intendanten Sewan Latchinian beschlossen.

pizzicato

Arzberger-Verfahren in New York erneut vertagt

Das Bezirksgericht von New York hat nach Beratung am letzten Verhandlungstag die Anhörung um Stefan Arzberger erneut vertagt.

Musik heute

Dach der Leipziger Oper wird Bienen-Quartier

Auf dem Dach der Leipziger Oper summen jetzt Bienen. Das Musiktheater und der Naturschutzbund (NABU) Sachsen siedelten dort am Montag ein erstes Volk mit 2.000 Tieren an.

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The Royal Opera @TheRoyalOpera Shining a spotlight on opera’s bad guys A musical highlight from Verdi’s Nabucco: ^M

Top Classical News @topcmnews Celebrated young pianist returns to Detroit to make classical music cool again – Michigan Radio

Classic FM @ClassicFM Norwegian Henning Kraggerud plays Mozart like a dream. Hear him shortly with :

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(Written on June 7, 2016 )

Congratulations to the Berlin Philharmonic who have finally chosen a new Chief Conductor: In a new secret election, a large majority of the members of the Berlin Philharmonic, including the designated Chief Conductor of the orchestra and Artistic Director of the Berlin Philharmonic Foundation chose Kirill Petrenko to be the new conductor. Kirill Petrenko himself states: “Words cannot express my feelings – everything from euphoria and great joy to awe and disbelief. I am aware of the responsibility and high expectations of me, and I will do everything in my power to be a worthy conductor of this outstanding orchestra. Above all, however, I hope for many moments of artistic happiness in our music-making together which will reward our hard work and fill our lives as artists with meaning.”

At the moment, Kirill Petrenko is the director of the Bayerische Staatsoper and will be Sir Simon Rattle’s successor to one of the most famous and renowned orchestras in the world from 2018. On 11th May, the first round of the secret election was not conclusive and time stood still in Berlin. All eyes in the classical world focused on Berlin on this day, but after 12 hours of discussion they still had not come to a conclusion. So today they can proudly present themselves, as the only orchestra that is allowed to elect their Chief Conductor by themselves, having found someone who will take over the most desirable position in the classical world.

In the past weeks, the press, including The Guardian, has harshly criticised the orchestra, which seemed incapable of finding a new conductor. But choosing a person to lead such a great orchestra isn’t something that can be decided in just 12 hours, since the result is something which has a huge impact for several years. Furthermore, the Berlin Philharmonic faced losing their remarkable reputation if they made the wrong decision.

Congratulations to Kirill Petrenko and good luck with an assignment many other conductors would not dare to take.

 

Kirill Petrenko (Photo: Wilfried Hösl)

Kirill Petrenko (Photo: Wilfried Hösl)

(Written on June 22, 2015 )

Am 11. Mai stand die Welt in Berlin viele Stunden still, als die Berliner Philharmoniker den Nachfolger für Sir Simon Rattle in einem ersten Durchgang wählen wollten. Dies sollte sich schnell als schwerer erweisen, als zuvor angenommen. Rattle, der den Posten des Chefdirigenten seit 2002 innehat, soll 2018 abgelöst werden. Ohnehin schon als Ausnahmeorchester bekannt, sind die Berliner Philharmoniker die einzigen weltweit, die ihren neuen Chefdirigenten selbst wählen dürfen, und dass dies keine einfache Entscheidung ist und war, wurde nach dem ersten Wahlversuch im Mai sehr schnell deutlich, wie einige Artikel, wie z.B. der Zeit, der Epoch Times oder auch der Welt sehr deutlich belegen.

Nun darf gratuliert werden, denn das Orchester hat Kirill Petrenko zum Nachfolger gewählt. Momentan ist der 1972 in Omsk geborene Petrenko Chef der Bayerischen Staatsoper in München. Dies wird nicht das erste Mal sein, dass er nach Berlin kommt, denn er war bereits von 2002 bis 2007 Generalmusikdirektor der Komischen Oper. Er selbst reagierte mit folgenden Worten: “Words cannot express my feelings – everything from euphoria and great joy to awe and disbelief. I am aware of the responsibility and high expectations of me, and I will do everything in my power to be a worthy conductor of this outstanding orchestra. Above all, however, I hope for many moments of artistic happiness in our music-making together which will reward our hard work and fill our lives as artists with meaning.”

Diese Wahl hat wenig mit Musik als solcher zu tun, sondern vielmehr mit dem, was von vielen auch als Vermächtnis bezeichnet wird. Die international renommierten Berliner Philharmoniker mögen sich mit der im Geheimen stattgefundenen Wahl schwer getan haben, doch letztendlich zeugt dies von der Ernsthaftigkeit und auch einer immens folgenschweren Entscheidung, die auf mehrere Jahre getroffen wird. Gratulation an Kirill Petrenko, der ab 2018 den wohl begehrtesten Posten der Klassikwelt antreten wird. Wir gratulieren!

Kirill Petrenko   |  © Sven Hoppe/dpa

Kirill Petrenko | © Sven Hoppe/dpa

(Written on June 22, 2015 )

Classical News

Independent

Arts Impact Fund: a radical new way of getting extra funding for the arts

Peter Bazalgette, chairman of Arts Council England, explains how extra funding could come from universities, social services and the NHS

Telegraph

Douglas McPherson is just plain wrong about arts funding

If you can’t remember a good publicly-funded play then you can’t have been looking very hard, says the chief executive of Arts Council England

Guardian

The Bayreuth Wagner festival: more soap opera than classical opera

Allegations that joint director Eva Wagner-Pasquier is not allowed even near the festival theatre are the latest twists in a long saga of offstage feuds at Bayreuth

The Quartet putting their hearts into Beethoven

Via a robotic heart and interactive lighting, audience members can monitor the Sacconi Quartet’s heartbeats as they perform Beethoven. Gimmick, or a fascinating insight into the art of music-making?

The Times

Concert hall search builds to a climax

A new “world-class concert hall” demanded by Sir Simon Rattle is likely to be built on the site of the Museum of London, insiders have confirmed after alternative venues were ruled out.

pizzicato

Director of Romanian Radio Orchestras and Choirs Given One Year Probation

Oltea Serban-Părău, the artistic director of the Romanian Radio Orchestras and Choirs and Radio & Media Romanian Cultural Center, was sentenced to one year probation.

Spekulationen, Dementis, Lügen: Bayreuth wertet sich ab

Das Theatergedonner vor dem Festival ist unwürdig: die Bayreuther Festspiele sind in einen Zerfleischungsprozess geraten, der das Image schädigt.

MUSIK HEUTE

Berliner Philharmoniker sammeln für syrische Flüchtlingskinder

Anlässlich ihres traditionellen Waldbühnenkonzerts zum Saisonabschluss rufen die Berliner Philharmoniker zur Hilfe für syrische Flüchtlingskinder auf.

Classicalite

Who Will Replace Alan Gilbert at the New York Philharmonic?

As Classicalite and pretty much every other classical outlet in Christendom reported earlier this year, the New York Philharmonic’s intrepid MD, Alan Gilbert, will step down from both job and podium in 2017. However, with questions concerning the orchestra’s home, David Geffen’s Playhouse (i.e. Avery Fisher Hall), and its exorbitant costs of renovation, the question is not who will replace Gilbert.

NPR Music

Michael Giacchino On Coming Home To Write Music For ‘Jurassic World’

If you see any blockbuster films this summer, chances are you’ll hear Michael Giacchino’s music. He scored the futuristic Tomorrowland as well as Inside Out, an animated film about the emotions living inside a little girl. Soon, he’ll also help audiences return to the island of resurrected dinosaurs in Jurassic World, a project that’s especially significant for film and for Giacchino himself.

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Wigmore Hall BBC – BBC Cardiff Singer of the World to be streamed to global audience for first time – Media Centre

BBC Radio 3 Book tickets for Radio 3’s Cardiff residency soon, part of the Cardiff SInger of the World – plenty of events to go

Royal College Music RCM composer uses technology in this innovative performance on 19 June

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One of the Sacconi quartet’s robotic hearts. Photograph: Tom Service/Guardian

(Written on June 11, 2015 )