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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

Guardian

Arts in England told to make progress with diversity or have funding axed

Warning comes from Arts Council England chairman Sir Peter Bazalgette in ‘most important’ speech

Fiona Maddocks: classical music’s most significant firsts of 2014

The Observer’s classical music critic looks back on a year of notable firsts from Judith Weir, Tara Erraught, Nicola Beneditti and more

Independent

Matching up to Beethoven: How do today’s composers answer the challenge of the classical giant?

Pianist Daniel Tong and violinist Krysia Osostowicz have dreamt up Beethoven Plus, inviting 10 composers, including Judith Bingham, Huw Watkins and Jonathan Dove, to write a companion piece to the sonata of their choice

International Arts Manager

Singapore Chinese composition contest accepting entries for 2015

The third edition of the Singapore International Competition for Chinese Orchestral Composition (SICCOC) is now accepting applications.

BBC News Magazine

Blind singer learns visual art of conducting a choir

How do you conduct a choir if you can’t see the music or the performers in front of you?

Slipped Disc

Haughty airline humiliates youth orchestra

Alexander Gilman, artistic director of Swiss-based LGT Young Soloists tells us his orchestra is stranded in Hong Kong, refused boarding by a customer-unfriendly airline.

Zeit Online

Jauchzet, frohlocket doch mal anders

Weihnachten ohne Bach? Das geht. Komponisten von Heinrich Schütz bis John Adams bieten alternative Krippenoratorien an.

Die Welt

Abrissparty an der Mailänder Scala

Der Jetset feiert die Saisoneröffnung an der Mailänder Scala.

Spiegel Online

Lang Lang und Harnoncourt: “Qualität entsteht nur am Rande einer Katastrophe”

Der eine ist der Piano-Popstar der Klassik, der andere einer der Väter der historischen Aufführungspraxis.

Klassik.com

Sopranistin Edita Gruberova mit Preis der Kulturstiftung Dortmund geehrt

Die Sopranistin Edita Gruberova ist mit dem Preis der Kulturstiftung Dortmund ausgezeichnet worden.

The New York Times

Violin World Yowls at Challenge to Fabled Teacher

Mark O’Connor Fans a Debate About the Suzuki Method

Pizzicato

Une nouvelle école de musique à Luxembourg « qui n’a rien de scolaire »

Pianiste, violoniste et musicothérapeute, Pascale Tachot enseigne la musique depuis plus de 30 ans.

Twitter

Classical Purist @ClassicalPurist: ift.tt/1s6EGou  Katie Mitchell: ‘Children are the harshest critics’ + MORE #classicalmusic #opera #news

KulturPort.de @kultur_port_de: #Kultur Hamburg kürt innovative Start-ups aus der Musikbranche http://tinyurl.com/mby9xvs 

Klassik.com @Klassikcom: Ausschreitungen bei Saisonpremiere an der Mailänder Scala http://klassik.com/?666pD  #Oper

Shinichi Suzuki with young violinists while on a trip to Britain in 1980 to demonstrate his teaching method. Credit Ian Tyas/Keystone Features, via Getty Images

Shinichi Suzuki with young violinists while on a trip to Britain in 1980 to demonstrate his teaching method.
Credit Ian Tyas/Keystone Features, via Getty Images

(Written on December 8, 2014 )

Classical News

Telegraph

Newlywed Katherine Jenkins denies diva claims

Singer Katherine Jenkins has hit back at claims she was dropped by her music company for being a “diva”

Classic FM

Pascal Rogé slams ‘mafia’ jury at piano competition

The Rina Sala Gallo Association has called for Pascal Rogé to apologise after he quit the jury and accused Italian members of the panel at the Monza international piano competition of corruption.

International Arts Manager

Vienna Philharmonic wins Nilsson prize

The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra has won the 2014 Birgit Nilsson Prize.

Pizzicato

500 Amateur Musicians Played A Rameau Flash Mob In Dijon

Dijon is the town where composer Jean-Philippe Rameau was born 250 years ago. The city organized a flash mob last Saturday.

BBC News

Live classical ‘off-putting’ says Jonny Greenwood

Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood has said classical music concerts have had the excitement “squeezed out of them”.

Slipped Disc

Sunday school: Atlanta’s icy silence is broken by a supercool rap

The musicians and the lockout merchants are observing media silence while talks continue with a federal negotiator

Der Tagesspiegel

Müssen Karten für Oper und Theater so günstig sein?

Kulturstaatssekretär Tim Renner wundert sich über die Ticketpreise an subventionierten Bühnen. Das lässt er sich nun mal ganz genau erklären. Und schon gibt es Kritik.

Teure Halle – Das Konzerthaus ist wiedereröffnet

Das gibt es auch noch in Berlin: Eine Baustelle wurde rechtzeitig fertig. Mit einem festlichen Konzert unter Mitwirkung von Andrey Boreyko und Arcadi Volodos ist das Konzerthaus am Freitag wiedereröffnet worden.

das Orchester

Deutschsprachige Berufsverbände und Musikergewerkschaften besorgt über die Lage der Orchester in Europa

Die deutschsprachigen Berufsverbände und Musikergewerkschaften aus Österreich, der Schweiz und Deutschland (SMV, DOV, GdG-KMSfB und ver.di) beobachten mit großer Sorge die aktuell um sich greifende Zerstörung von Opernhäusern, -ensembles und Orchestern in Europa.

musik heute

Bamberger Symphoniker übernehmen Patenschaft für Junge Deutsche Philharmonie

Ausgehend vom Bamberger Chefdirigenten Jonathan Nott, der ab diesem Jahr auch Erster Dirigent der JDPh ist, sei eine organisatorische und inhaltliche Kooperation geplant, teilten die beiden Klangkörper am Freitag mit.

The New York Times

Rita Shane, a Met Soprano Known for Range and Intensity, Dies at 78

Rita Shane, a dramatic coloratura soprano admired for the range, flexibility and size of her voice, as well as the intensity she brought to her performances, died on Thursday at her home in Manhattan.

Twitter

The Violin Channel @violinchannel: http://www.theviolinchannel.com/rapping-student-guildhall-school-music-london/ … London’s Guildhall School Admits Rapper into Classical Music Programme @guildhallschool @londonsymphony

Gramophone @GramophoneMag: Happy Birthday Ralph #VaughanWilliams – ‘an adventurous, unmistakably English composer’ http://bit.ly/1vRfgh4 

BBC Music Magazine @MusicMagazine: Nine things you might not know about Ralph Vaughan Williams:http://www.classical-music.com/article/nine-things-you-might-not-know-about-ralph-vaughan-williams …

Der Tagesspiegel  @tagesspiegel: #Oper & #Theater in #Berlin: Müssen Eintritts-Karten denn so günstig sein, fragt Kulturstaatssekretär Tim @rennersen http://ow.ly/CEvq

Konzerthaus on Gendarmenmarkt during the "Festival of Lights", Photo AFP via Tagesspiegel

Konzerthaus on Gendarmenmarkt during the “Festival of Lights”                  Photo: AFP via Tagesspiegel

(Written on October 13, 2014 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Addiction in the orchestra: classical music’s drink and drugs problem

At 15 she was playing the Royal Albert Hall. At 21 she was breakfasting on vodka. As a new documentary explores addiction in classical music, cellist Rachael Lander tells her story.

Slipped Disc

Conductor hits back over international Mahler scam

The Austrian conductor Wolfgang Scheidt has written a blistering letter, dissociating himself from the organisers of the Salzburg Voice Festival and the Mahler Philharmoniker orchestra. Both were exposed four weeks ago in Slipped Disc as a scam that took money from young singers and gave very little in return.

Classic FM

Andrea Bocelli, Il Divo and Richard Reed Parry take the Ice Bucket Challenge

Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, Il Divo’s Urs Bühler and composer Richard Reed Parry are among the latest to take the ALS ice bucket challenge, posting videos of themselves getting dunked on YouTube.

Classic FM

Howard Shore: ‘I write film music in a 19th-century world. I live in a forest’

Lord of the Rings composer Howard Shore has revealed how he continues to write some of the most inspiring music around in an exclusive interview to mark his fifth successive victory in the Classic FM Movie Music Hall of Fame.

The Washington Post

What do college partyers, violin makers and cake decorators have in common?

The sale of Everclear, and all 190-proof liquor is now banned in Maryland. Who is most upset? The people who make violins.

Broadawayworld

Nitzan Haroz Appointed Principal Trombone for Philidelphia Orchestra

The Philadelphia Orchestra announces the appointment of Nitzan Haroz as principal trombone, effective immediately.

Menschen in Dresden

Serge Dorny gegen Freitstaat: Verhandlungstermin geplatzt

Keine Verhandlung im Streit um gekündigten Intendantenvertrag am 1. September. Foto: Stephan Floss, Matthias Creutziger.

Concerti

Interview Kit Armstrong

“Ich bin einfach ein neugieriger Mensch”.

Klavier.de

Berlioz-Klavier unwissentlich zur Versteigerung angeboten

Preisvorschlag von 800 Euro nach Recherchen zurückgezogen.

Twitter

EUYO: ‏@EUYOtweets  Check out the short video of our recent Flashmob @rijksmuseum with @Concertgebouw http://youtu.be/5ycw4_xHQXM  #flashmob #classicalmusic #euyo

GoClassical: ‏@GoClassicalUK  Deutsche Grammophon launches own streaming service called DG Discovery http://www.gramophone.co.uk/news/deutsche-grammophon-launches-own-streaming-service-called-dg-discovery … #classicalmusic

The Classical Source: @ClassicalSource News: A New Thought on Applause during Concerts by Leonard Slatkin @DetroitSymphony @BBCProms http://ow.ly/AGdGD 

Adelaide Symphony: ‏@The_ASO  Villains and #Classical music. This is not for the faint-hearted. slate.me/1wvFdXV

 

Rachael Lander

Rachel Landler

Photo: The Guardian

 

 


 

(Written on August 26, 2014 )

Classical News

The Independent

Proms 2014: Tasmin Little is preparing for her 20th Proms – but busking is her real passion

The chart-topping violinist tells Jessica Duchen that her real passion is for performing for people who never set foot in a concert hall.

The Telegraph

Nicola Benedetti: first British solo violinist to reach top 20 of the UK albums chart in two decades

Nicola Benedetti’s latest album is the first release by a British solo violinist to reach the top 20 of the UK pop chart since 1995.

Classic FM

Germans use classical music to foil US spies

German politicians are using piano music to combat the threat of American eavesdropping during their meetings.

Slipped Disc

Video: Itzhak Perlman campaigns for universal polio vaccination 

‘Even two or three cases in a country, those cases can blow up unless everyone is immunised,’ pleads the great violinist.

Star Advertiser

Hawaii Symphony Orchestra extends contract with musicians

On the eve of announcing its third season, the Hawai’i Symphony Orchestra extended the current agreement with its musicians, allowing for “incremental” growth of the organization.

Klassik.com

Überraschung? – “Rettungsversuch” für SWR Sinfonieorchester gescheitert

Die Rettung des SWR Sinfonieorchesters Baden-Baden und Freiburg durch ein Stiftungsmodell ist vorerst gescheitert.

kultur-port.de

ARD-Klassikprojekt: “Das Dvorák-Experiment”

“Das Dvorák-Experiment” ist das erste gemeinsame Projekt zur Musikvermittlung, mit dem die ARD-Rundfunkanstalten Schüler in ganz Deutschland für klassische Musik begeistern wollen.

Zeit Online

Klassik ohne Radio

Die ARD-Rundfunkanstalten müssen sparen. Wo tun sie es zuerst? Bei der Kultur, klar. Oder ist das nur Einbildung, die alte Verschwörungstheorie? Auf Spurensuche zwischen dem Programmauftrag und der Massentauglichkeit eines geliebten Mediums im digitalen Zeitalter.

Le Monde

Aurélie Filippetti chahutée au « off » d’Avignon

A Avignon, mercredi 16 juillet, il y a davantage de journalistes que d’intermittents du spectacle qui attendent la ministre de la culture. Le collectif des salariés du festival in, la CGT spectacle et la Coordination des intermittents et précaires (CIP) refusent de rencontrer Aurélie Filippetti.

Twitter

Jessica Duchen: @jessicaduchen Great and to the point piece by @susannaeastburn re British Composer Awards – get nominating! http://blog.soundandmusic.org/2014/07/16/susanna-eastburn-a-call-to-action-for-female-nominations-for-the-british-composer-awards/ …

Yannick Nézet-Séguin: @nezetseguin One week left…;-) Vote for the Gramophone Artist of the Year 2014 | http://gramophone.co.uk  http://www.gramophone.co.uk/artist-of-the-year-2014 … via @GramophoneMag

Berlin Philharmonic: @BerlinPhil Passion and precision: Karajan conducts the 1978 New Year’s Eve Concert. Last chance to watch for free now at http://www.digitalconcerthall.com/en/concert/10123/?a=twitter&c=true …!

 

Tamsin Little, Independent

Tamsin Little, Independent

 

 

(Written on July 17, 2014 )