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US pianist Eric Lu wins top prize at Leeds competition

The 19th Leeds piano competition was won on Saturday night by Eric Lu, a 20-year-old from Boston in the United States, whose sparkling and supremely confident performance of Beethoven’s fourth piano concerto secured him the top place, and also the Hallé orchestra prize.

(via The Guardian)


Spitalfields Music launch their 2018 festival

Spitalfields Music Festival will open on the 1 December. 

The first event is an evening of Byrd held at the Tower of London.

The festival’s curator, conductor André de Ridder, said: ‘It’s a great honour to be able to share this festival line-up with you and to have had the opportunity to continue to develop our vision for a 21st-century music festival, with the Spitalfields Music family.’

The festival will feature performances by soprano Mary Bevan, lute player Liz Kenny, turntablist Shiva Feshareki, and Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry.

(via Rhinegold)


Brains of jazz and classical musicians work differently, study reveals

A study published by the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences (MPI CBS) in January found that musicians who work in the two fields demonstrate substantially different brain activity, even when they’re playing the same music.

The research could help explain why musicians seem to excel in one or other style, and not usually in both.

Classical pianists tend to focus on the second step – the ‘how’. This means their focus is on technique and the personal expression they add to the piece.

Jazz pianists on the other hand focus on the ‘what’, meaning they are always prepared to improvise and adapt the notes they’re playing.

(via ClassicFM)


Oper Halle: Ariane Matiakh wird Generalmusikdirektorin

Die französische Dirigentin Ariane Matiakh wird neue Generalmusikdirektorin der Staatskapelle und der Oper Halle. Die 38-Jährige trete zur Spielzeit 2019/20 an, teilte die Theater, Oper und Orchester GmbH am Montag mit. Matiakh übernimmt die Nachfolge von Josep Caballé Domenech, dessen Vertrag in diesem Sommer nach fünf Jahren nicht verlängert wurde.

French conductor Ariane Matiakh is the new music director of the Staatskapelle and the Oper Halle. Her contract will begin from the 2019/20 season, announced the managing director of the Bühnen Halle on Monday. Matiakh succeeds Josep Caballé Domenech, whose contract was not renewed after five years.

(via musik-heute)


Belgian builds musical bridge across the Bosphorus

Belgian musician Tristan Driessens found his inspiration and his calling east of the Bosphorus, becoming one of the West’s few masters of the oud and of Ottoman classical music.

In an interview with AFP News, Driessens tells of how he is helping to build a musical bridge for others, working with refugees arriving from the east to help preserve and develop their musical culture in European exile.

(via Yahoo)

(Written on September 21, 2018 )

Classical News

Much of today’s news is reporting the deadlock of the members of the Berlin Philharmonic: they failed to come to a decision over their next chief conductor yesterday. In the Guardian, pianist James Rhodes asks Education Minister Nicky Morgan if she can properly fund classical music education in schools. Elsewhere, the Times report that listening to new music can help to improve the memory of people suffering with dementia. Also, John Whittingdale has been appointed the next Secretary of State of Culture, Media and Sport, following the General Election last week.

The Guardian

Berlin Philharmonic deadlocked over Simon Rattle’s successor

Orchestra members to vote on new chief conductor within a year after 11 hours of talks end without agreement

Nicky Morgan, please give us the money to teach British kids classical music | James Rhodes

Classical music education needs to be properly funded so children come to it by choice, rather than being force-fed. Surely the education secretary can help?

The Times

Listening to new music improves memory of dementia patients

Music can have a profound effect on people with dementia, helping them to respond, communicate and even improve their memory, according to one of the first experiments into its impact.

The Telegraph

Teach your children music with a touch of pianissimo

Of course we want our children to love and appreciate classical music, but heavy-handedness risks turning them off

Classical Music Magazine

Friday Afternoons to launch new resources for 2015

The Friday Afternoons initiative will launch new resources for 2015 on 8 May, including a new song cycle commissioned from Nico Muhly.

Sinfini

New culture secretary in cabinet reshuffle

Ex-chair of the culture select committee – and classic rock fan – John Whittingdale has been appointed Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport in UK PM David Cameron’s new Cabinet.

Die Zeit

Kein Nachfolger für Simon Rattle

Die Wahl des neuen Chefdirigenten der Berliner Philharmoniker ist ohne Ergebnis geblieben. Die Musiker wollen sich noch ein Jahr Zeit lassen mit ihrer Entscheidung.

Die Welt

Unser Musikleben wird jetzt noch vielfältiger

Heute wählen die Berliner Philharmoniker einen neuen Chef. Und “Die Welt” startet einen eigenen Klassik-Blog. Hier erklärt der Autor von “Brugs Klassiker” warum und wofür.

klassik.com

Johann-Joseph-Fux Opernkompositionspreis vergeben

Der Deutsche Martin Hiendl und der Australier Matthew Shlomowitz haben den Johann-Joseph-Fux Opernkompositionspreis gewonnen.

Le Parisien

Le mystère autour du chef du Philharmonique de Berlin reste entier, nouveau vote “dans l’année”

Malgré 11 heures de débats entourés de mystère, les musiciens de l’Orchestre philharmonique de Berlin se sont séparés lundi sans avoir élu leur chef, repoussant ce scrutin aux airs d’élection pontificale à un nouveau vote “dans l’année”.

El Mundo

Sir Simon Rattle, el insustituible

Los músicos aplazan la elección del nuevo director durante un año tras deliberar durante 12 horas sin encontrar sustituto

Twitter

Corinne Morris ‏@corinnemorris : £600 already raised towards the Gala Concert for Nepal I’m organising together with many wonderful musicians…. http://fb.me/4unCJxRar 

Help Musicians UK ‏@HelpMusiciansUK : As featured in @MusicWeek, our trustee @jmorrishppl talks about the vital role we play for musicians http://bit.ly/1cMq38R 

Spitalfields Music ‏@SpitsMusic : The #MusicalRumpus cast are warming up ready for our performance at Arc in the Park @Comm_Links

John-Whittingdale-008 John Whittingdale. Photo: Graeme Robertson/Guardian 

 

 

(Written on May 12, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Disability and the arts: the best of times, the worst of times

Introducing a new series on disability arts, producer Jo Verrent looks at some of the key issues affecting disabled artists and organisations in the sector

The Strad

Students practise performance skills on virtual audience

The Royal College of Music, London and Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano have developed a performance simulator

Classical Music Magazine

Rhinegold TV launches, featuring Yuja Wang, Julian Lloyd Webber and more

Rhinegold Publishing has launched Rhinegold TV, which will host content from events including the Rhinegold LIVE concert series and Music Education Expo, as well as content from partner producers, at www.rhinegold.co.uk/tv/.

International Arts Manager

Five Avery Fisher Career Grants Awarded for 2015

Five new Avery Fisher Career Grants – the maximum number available in any one year – have been awarded to talented young and emerging musicians, all recognised by the Avery Fisher Artist Program board and committee as having ‘great potential for major careers in future’.

Classic FM

The new Star Wars soundtracks: everything we know so far

All the latest news about the new Star Wars soundtracks, as it happens: we’re expecting John Williams’ score for The Force Awakens in December 2015!

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Ah! und Oh! statt E und U

Beethoven, Blockbuster, Hip-Hop: Niemand kann Musik so gut erklären wie der Pianist Chilly Gonzales.

audiophil

MAURICE WEDER

Der Grundstein für seine internationale Karriere wurde beim seinem Rezital-Debüt in der Londoner Wigmore Hall im Jahr 2013 gelegt, seither sorgt Joseph-Maurice Weder bei Kritikern und Publikum für reges Aufsehen.

pizzicato

Bach-Marathon in der Ukraine

Am vergangen Samstag, 21. März, feierte die ukrainische Stadt Lviv (Lemberg) Johann Sebastian Bachs 330. Geburtstag im Rahmen des weltweit veranstalteten Events ‘Bach in the Subways’.

Scala: 240.000 Euro jährlich für Alexander Pereira

Der Intendant der Mailänder Scala erhält gemäß seinem nun bis 2020 verlängerten Vertrag jährlich ein Gehalt von 240.000 Euro.

The New York Times

How David Geffen’s $100 Million Lincoln Center Gift Came Together

Barbara Walters never expected a role in the renaming of Avery Fisher Hall.

Le Monde

Une famille saisie par l’appel du zarb

Malgré les moustaches épaisses, le sourire se devine. Quant aux lunettes, elles ne cachent rien de la malice joueuse qui brille au fond des yeux.

Twitter

RSNO ‏@RSNO : What happens when you cross Beethoven & @johnsuchet1? Hear them both this weekend w/ the @RSNO http://www.rsno.org.uk/live/concert-listing/ …

Spitalfields Music ‏@SpitsMusic : Our Yr 3s wanted to run special storytelling sessions for early years classes: http://bit.ly/1zuWs6M  #SMTakeover

SM ‏@ISM_music : Don’t worry if you missed out on booking your ticket to #MakeMusicWork! We have an extra 20 tickets available: http://bit.ly/15CzVhv 

News 24th March Performance Simulator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The new performance simulator at the Royal College of Music.

(Written on March 24, 2015 )

Classical Music Magazine

Alain Lanceron named president of Warner Classics & Erato

Alain Lanceron has been confirmed as president of Warner Classics and Erato following Warner Music Group’s purchase of EMI and Virgin Classics’ catalogues and recording contracts last year.

Telegraph

Stradivarius? You’d be better off with a modern violin

Professional violinists cannot actually tell the difference between a Stradivarius and a modern instrument, experts find. When 10 renowned soloists were blindfolded and asked to play a range of violins the majority preferred a newer instrument.

Guardian

When UK pop was born: the 18th century

We take it for granted that music is all around us and endlessly accessible. But did you know that gigs, muzak, and the music business itself were all born in the 18th century in the UK?

BBC News

Gerard Mortier given posthumous opera award

Opera director Gerard Mortier, who died last month age 70, has been given a posthumous lifetime achievement honour at the International Opera Awards.

BBC Music Magazine

Liverpool String Quartet perform ‘Heart Variations’

A new collaboration between Meike Holzmann and Ian Stephens converts the human heartbeat into music.

Die Welt

Die vollkommene Leichtigkeit des Klangs

Von Lukoil unterstützt setzt sich Teodor Currentzis geschickt als neuer Taktstock-Guru in Szene. Er machte Perm am Ural zum Mekka der Klassik. Seine Einspielung vom “Figaro” ist grandios. Ein Porträt

Concerti.de

Bach in Istanbul

„Türk Kültürü“ – das Bodenseefestival widmet sich in vielfältigen Formen der reichen türkischen Kultur

Le Monde

Benjamin Britten, « Mister mystère » à Lyon

Pour la dixième édition de son festival annuel, l’Opéra de Lyon rend hommage au compositeur anglais dont on fête cette saison le centenaire.

 

Classical Music on twitter

Help Musicians UK: @HelpMusiciansUK Don’t miss a trick – stories about the musicians we help to funding opps, our newsletter has all the info you need http://bit.ly/1aFAM0z 

Sinfini Music: @SinfiniMusic The winners of the 2014 International #OperaAwards were announced last night http://bit.ly/1kFBxJb  @THEOperaS @DianaDamrau @StuartSkelto

Spitalfields Music: @SpitsMusic Artists – there’s an opportunity to win £10k plus your own solo show! The deadline to enter the East London Painting Prize is 10th April.

soundlounge: @soundlounge #DEBATE: Is it ever acceptable for a brand to not pay an artist to use their music in an ad campaign?

Sam Jackson: @classicjacko Just discovered Piers Brosnan listens to @classicfm whenever he’s in London. I always said that man had taste.

Telegraph

Telegraph

(Written on April 8, 2014 )

Guardian

Girls-only course aims to tackle shortage of female conductors

Eight teenagers take part in three-weekend course after furore over first woman to conduct Last Night of the Proms.

Los Angeles Times

Strad Fest LA brings eight Stradivari violins together

Strad Fest LA, which will have eight Stradivari violins playing at events around L.A. over four days, is a rare chance to hear so many.

Classical Music Magazine

Minnesota Orchestra chief to step down

Michael Henson has announced his resignation as president and chief executive of the Minnesota Orchestra. He will step down after seven years in the post on August 31 following a period that brought the 111-year-old orchestra to the brink of closure.

The Times

Mahler strikes a chord in Mumbai

The London Symphony Orchestra are well received in the Indian metropolis.

The Telegraph

Robert Ashley: a great American opera composer

Just weeks after his death, two works by Robert Ashley get their UK premieres – Ivan Hewett remembers a genius whose music stands comparison to Mozart and Verdi’s.

The Korea Times

Korea’s favourite classical musicians

A new survey shows how attitudes towards classical music in Korea have shifted in the last decade.

Die Zeit 

Zurück zu Mozart!

Sie gilt als die Ulknudel der Barockoper und hat dieses Bild auch gepflegt. Jetzt aber soll Schluss sein mit Zirkus und Lärm. Simone Kermes ist wie wild zum Wandel entschlossen. Eine Begegnung in Wien mit der deutschen Sopranistin.

 

Classical music on twitter

Jessica Duchen: @jessicaduchen ” Urgent: arts institutions in Turkey could face total shut-down http://jessicamusic.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/urgent-turkish-state-funded-arts.html”

Spitalfields Music: @SpitsMusic “1000 people shouting, singing, whispering, chanting. Want to be a part of it? Find out more today:  http://www.spitalfieldsmusic.org.uk/whats-on/learning-and-participation/crowd-out-lets-get-started/ #CrowdOut”

Welsh National Opera: @WNOtweet  “Liberty or Death – nice big meaty theme to launch WNO’s autumn with two great Rossini heavyweights – Tell and Mosè #WNO1415″

Seattle Symphony Orchestra: @seattlesymphony “We’re thrilled to announce our new record label SEATTLE SYMPHONY MEDIA. First up, 3 discs of French & American music: http://bit.ly/1gaKfk7”

Cheltenham Festivals: @cheltfestivals “#Cheltmusicfest tickets go on sale to Members today at noon!! http://cheltenhamfestivals.com/music”

The Times

The Times

(Written on March 24, 2014 )