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In today’s news: A peak into soprano Sonya Yoncheva’s life, songwriters’ court victory deals a blow to Spotify, David Taylor, CEO of Yorkshire Young Sinfonia makes Forbes list, violinist David Garrett cancels upcoming concerts due to injury, 2018 Grammys being the most political year yet, Taiwanese conductor Cheng Henry Hao-An wins the inaugural European Union Conducting Competition, Conductor Yoel Gamzou consolidates position in Bremen, swing legend and concentration camp survivor Coco Schumann passes away, Valery Gergiev to lead the Munich Philharmonic until 2025.

The Times

Bulgarian soprano Sonya Yoncheva on falling in love in Berlin and life on tour

Plus, the opera singer reveals the secret to storing performance gowns and what music she likes to listen to.

Financial Times

Songwriters’ court victory deals a blow to Spotify

Decision to hand more streaming revenue to artists hurts music group ahead of listing.

Classical Music

Yorkshire Young Sinfonia CEO makes Forbes list

David Taylor, CEO of Yorkshire Young Sinfonia, has been included on Forbes magazine’s 30 under 30 list.

The Strad

David Garrett cancels five upcoming concerts due to slipped disc

Violinist pulls out of concerts in Parma, Graz, Lucerne, Kiev and Sofia to allow time for rest.

Voice of America

Music and Politics Mixed at Grammys

Politics took the stage at the 60th annual Grammy awards this year, along with some great music.


Taiwanese wins first European Union Conducting Competition

Taiwanese conductor Cheng Henry Hao-An has won the First European Union Conducting Competition held in Pazardijk (Bulgaria).

Dirigent Yoel Gamzou festigt Position in Bremen

Der 1988 in Tel Aviv geborene israelisch-amerikanische Dirigent Yoel Gamzou, der seit Beginn dieser Spielzeit als Musikdirektor am Theater Bremen tätig ist, verlängert seinen Vertrag frühzeitig bis 2022.

Spiegel Online

Swing-Legende und KZ-Überlebender Coco Schumann ist tot

Er spielte um sein Leben: Als KZ-Häftling wirkte Coco Schumann in dem SS-Propagandafilm “Theresienstadt” mit – in Auschwitz musste er zur Unterhaltung der Nazi-Schergen “La Paloma” intonieren. Jetzt ist der Musiker in Berlin gestorben.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Valery Gergiev leitet bis 2025 die Münchner Philharmoniker

Die Stadt München und Chefdirigent Valery Gergiev sind sich dem Vernehmen nach über eine Vertragsverlängerung einig. So soll der Vertrag mit dem russischen Maestro bis zum Ende der Konzertsaison 2024/25 verlängert werden.

Konzert Theater Bern mit positiver Jahresbilanz 2016/17

Die Spielzeit 2016/17 war laut Geschäftsbericht des Konzert Theater Bern die wirtschaftlich erfolgreichste Saison. Durch die Sanierung des Hauses bedingt war die Saison verkürzt und die Vorstellungszahl mit 404 niedriger als in der vorangegangenen Spielzeit (429 Vorstellungen).

Platea Magazine

El CNDM y el Ayuntamiento de Sevilla presentan la 35 edición del FeMÁs

El Centro Nacional de Difusión Musical y el Ayuntamiento de Sevilla han dado a conocer la programación de la 35 edición del FeMÁs (Festival de Música Antigua de Sevilla).


Music History @today_classical  in 1919 Death of Friedrich .

Sonya Yoncheva © Julian Hargreaves / Sony Music


(Written on January 30, 2018 )

We’re very proud to share news that Ailie Robertson has been nominated for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Award for Achievement in New Music, part of the Scottish Awards for New Music.  This award marks ‘the achievement of a person or organisation that has contributed significantly to the new music sector in Scotland in 2016’.




WildKat worked with Ailie last year on the release of her first classical single, Haven, which reached number two in the iTunes Classical Chart. She is currently a member of the RSNO Composers’ Hub, and was also awarded a BBC Performing Arts Fellowship.

Ailie has won numerous competitions including The Sofia International Composition Competition, the SCO Composition Prize, and came second in the Oslo Grieg Competition.  Ailie works tirelessly to increase the profile and visibility of both traditional and contemporary music in Scotland.  In 2016 she curated and produced ‘Echoes and Traces’, a partnership between 8 Scottish composers, Cappella Nova, Historic Scotland and Sound and Music.

Ailie HEadshot

The winners for all categories will be announced in Glasgow on March 8.

You can visit Ailie’s website here, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

(Written on January 27, 2017 )