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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.

Driessens became artistic director of Refugees for Refugees, a group that brings together refugees who have fled to Belgium from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and as far as Tibet to play concerts and record new music together in Brussels.

A record, named “Amerli” after an Iraqi town besieged by the Islamic State jihadist group, was released in May 2016 by the world music educational association Muziekpublique.

Among the group are Dolma Renqingi, a Tibetan singer, Asad Qizilbash, a Pakistani who plays the sarod, another form of lute, Afghan troubador Aman Yusufi and “musicians who have such important experiences, as refugees and as human beings, in the realm of music”.


Classical pianist Hunter Noack reimagines the concert hall in the spectacular outdoors

In the cliffs and tall trees of northern Oregon, a place of spectacular beauty, the unexpected floats through the air – the elegant melody of classical music.

“My mom and I were just saying, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool if you could just have a piano and go anywhere?'” Hunter Noack said. So that’s what he did, traveling across the Pacific Northwest and introducing classical music to new audiences in some wild places.

He tows his nine-foot Steinway piano all over the state with a pickup truck and a flatbed trailer. With the help of a few friends, the flatbed becomes a stage.

Noack grew up hiking, fishing and hunting in Oregon. He left to follow his dreams – classical music training in the States and overseas. But he decided to come back to where he came from, leaving behind the grand concert halls for the grand outdoors and taking what he loves back to the place he calls home.

Noack said there are more distractions when playing outdoors, but he pointed to the upsides: “I love to just be able to close my eyes or between pieces, take a breath in, fresh air – I think it affects how I play”.


In this reimagined concert hall, Noack hopes to remove the normal barriers to classical music. There are free tickets, casual clothes, and the opposite of formal seating – like perching on a rock overlooking the stage. A third of his audience has never attended a classical music concert. But even those who have likely haven’t done it like this: wearing wireless headphones to encourage wandering.

“With the music in your headphones, the music becomes a soundtrack to your experience in the landscape,” Noack said. He’s winning over the classical skeptics.

“I said to my friend if she would have invited me to a classical music concert, I would have said ‘nahh’ but this was tremendous,” audience member Meg O’Brien said.

(via CBS) 


Marek Janowski Neuer Chefdirigent 

Die Dresdner Philharmonie bekommt zur Saison 2019/20 den Chef ihrer Wahl: Marek Janowski hat in Dresden seinen Vertrag als Chefdirigent unterschrieben. Damit gewinne die Philharmonie einen der führenden deutschen Dirigenten für das Repertoire des 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts, freut sich das Orchester. Marek Janowski löst Michael Sanderling ab.

Janowski wird das Orchester drei Spielzeiten leiten und dabei das Profil prägen und weiterentwickeln, so die Dresdner Philharmonie. Im Herbst vergangenen Jahres hatte der Orchestervorstand die Intendantin des Orchesters Frauke Roth sowie die Kulturbürgermeister Annekatrin Klepsch beauftragt, mit dem Wunschkandidaten Janowski zu verhandeln.

Janowski hat die Dresdner Philharmonie bereits von 2001 bis 2003 geleitet. Seine erste Amtszeit hatte er 2003 aus Ärger über das Hin und Her bei der Planung eines neuen Konzertsaals für Dresden vorzeitig beendet.

80-year-old Marek Janowski has signed his contract as Principal Conductor of the Dresden Philharmonic, after being voted in by the orchestra for the 2019/20 season.

He returns to the orchestra after having already conducted them from 2001 to 2003 and has now come back from his retirement to lead the Philharmonic for three seasons. 

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(Written on September 20, 2018 )

In today’s news: 10 year old Australian violin prodigy is so good you might cry. Stolen Violin Alert. The ‘Mozart effect’: Does listening to classical music make you smarter? Estonian young classical musician of the year to head to Edinburgh Festival. 20 young conductors selected to take part in the Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition 2018. Steinway & Sons to be sold to Chinese investors? Mecklenburg-Vorpommern offers financial assistance for cultural councils. The classical music festival on the Greek refugee island of Chios. Meet the singer who is bringing Tibetan music to the world. Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg, Vorarlberg releases programme for 2019.

Classic FM

This 10-year-old Australian violin prodigy is so good you might cry

In April, 10-year-old Christian Li made history by becoming the youngest-ever winner of the 2018 Menuhin Competition in Geneva.

The Violin Chanel

STOLEN VIOLIN ALERT | 1927 August Friedrich Herrmann Violin – Milano, Italy

A stolen instrument alert has been issued for a 1927 August Friedrich Herrmann violin – stolen from a Trenitalia Intercity train in Italy

Classic FM

The ‘Mozart effect’: Does listening to classical music make you smarter?

Studies suggest that listening to classical music can improve your hearing, spatial reasoning skills and even general intelligence. But is there any truth in the ‘Mozart effect’?

ERR.EE News

Estonian young classical musician of the year to head to Edinburgh Festival

Estonian Percussionist Tanel-Eiko Novikov, 17, the winner of ERR’s Klassikatähed young person’s classical music competition, is to head to the Edinburgh International Festival for Eurovision Young Musicians 2018

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Press release: 20 young conductors selected to take part in the Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition 2018

Twenty conductors aged under 30 have been selected from across Europe to take part in the 15th Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition, which will take place in London from 20–22 November.

Der Tagesspiegel

Baum der Hoffnung

Wie die griechische Insel Chios mit einem Klassik-Musikfestival auf Geflüchtete zugeht, die dort festsitzen – und auch dem Tourismus hilft.

NMZ

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern bietet Kofinanzierung für kommunale Kulturräte an

Das Land will Kreisen und kreisfreien Städten bei der Organisation ihrer Kulturarbeit mit 30 000 Euro jährlich unter die Arme greifen, erwartet von diesen aber eigene Zuschüsse.

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Klavierbauer Steinway vor Übernahme durch China-Investor?

Das Traditionsunternehmen Steinway & Sons mit seinen Standorten in Hamburg, New York und Shanghai wird nach Informationen der Nachrichtenagentur Bloomberg möglicherweise erneut verkauft.

El País

La diosa de la canción que atravesó el Himalaya a pie

Yungchen Lhamo se marchó del Tibet en 1989 y desde entonces lleva sus canciones tradicionales y su apoyo a la causa budista contra la represión china por todo el mundo

Platea Magazine

La Schubertiada de Hohenems y Schwarzenberg presenta su edición de 2019

La Schubertiada que se celebra en las localidades austríacas de Hohenems y Schwarzenberg ha presentado su programación para la edición de 2019.

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(Written on August 8, 2018 )

In today’s news: Creating a piano with electric paint, Hans Zimmer’s fear of the stage, AudioCoin and its future in the music industry, Blockchain as the new P2P file sharing technology, The rise of mobile apps in the music industry, An interview with clarinetist Kinan Azmeh, rediscovery of lost Kurt Weill’s song, Menuhin Competition announces record-breaking applications.

Classic FM

Here’s how to create a piano on any surface with electric paint (no, seriously)

Use this incredible electric paint to paint a piano on any surface, and play it using MIDI technology. 

Hans Zimmer: ‘Everybody needs to wake up, speak out and to care a little bit more. And we all need to be a lot more decent’ 

Award-winning composer faces his greatest fears with live theatre tour.

The Strad

Menuhin Competition receives record number of applications

Event taking place in Geneva in April 2018 receives 317 applications across junior and senior categories.

Digital Music News

Will AudioCoin Change the Music Business and Get Artists Paid?

Can cryptocurrency AudioCoin truly revolutionise the music industry.  Or will it end up as yet another failed initiative?

Business Insider UK

Blockchain tokens could transform the music industry

Twenty years after peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing decimated the music industry, blockchain is emerging as a new P2P technology that could rip the industry anew.

IT Pro Portal

Banging the drum: How mobile apps drive the music industry

The music industry must take advantage of mobile-first strategies to stand out in a crowded marketplace.

Der Tagesspiegel

In der Musik gibt es keine Grenzen

Eine Begegnung mit dem Klarinettisten Kinan Azmeh, der sich selbstbewusst zwischen den kulturellen Welten bewegt.

Die Welt

Und der Käse, der hat Schimmel – Weill-Song entdeckt

Seit den frühen Dreißigern galt Kurt Weills „Lied vom weißen Käse“ als verschollen. Lotte Lenya, Sängerin und Weill-Witwe, hat jahrzehntelang nach ihm gesucht. Jetzt wurde es wiedergefunden.

neue musikzeitung

Außen pfui – innen hui

Den Schweizern sagt man bedächtige Langsamkeit nach. Ein Vorurteil. Der Gotthard-Basistunnel wurde ein Jahr früher fertig als geplant. Und innerhalb eines Jahres bekam die sanierungsbedürftige Tonhalle in Zürich eine Ersatzspielstätte. Kosten durfte es auch nur 10 Millionen Franken, weil das Geld für ein Provisorium im Etat des Umbaus vergessen wurde.

The New York Times

Henze’s ‘The Bassarids’ Will Return to the Salzburg Festival

Hans Werner Henze’s “The Bassarids” — a retelling of Euripides’s “The Bacchae” with a libretto by W. H. Auden and Chester Kallman — will return to the Salzburg Festival next summer, the site of its premiere in 1966, festival officials announced on Wednesday.

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Menuhin Competition announces record-breaking applications

The Menuhin Competition has today announced a record-breaking year for the number of young musicians applying to participate in the next edition of the Competition in Geneva in April 2018.

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CIassicalMusic @CIassicalMusic ‘Steinway Family’ turns 25

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(Written on November 9, 2017 )

In today’s news: a new musical based on the The Pogues music, and how sounds a 3D printed violin? 200th anniversary of the University of music and theatre Vienna and Woodstock Chamber Orchestra selects Jonathan Handman as conductor. The first Steinway shop opens in Paris.

The Daily Telegraph

The Wire creator David Simon is working on a new musical about The Pogues

The creator of hit US television drama The Wire has written a musical based around the music of The Pogues.

The Guardian

‘He can’t lie’: the uncompromising brilliance of Paddy Considine

He’s one of Britain’s bravest screen actors. Now Paddy Considine is making a high-stakes stage debut in The Ferryman.

The Strad

British cellist Olga Hegedus has died aged 96

The London-born musician was longtime co-principal cellist of the English Chamber Orchestra and a dedicated chamber performer.

Music Week

New UK Music Boss: I’ll target Brexit fix for biz

Incoming UK Music chief executive Michael Dugher has pledged to hit the ground running, as he believes the General Election and Brexit negotiations offer crucial opportunities for the music biz to put its case to Government.

Classic FM

This is what a 3D-printed Stradivarius copy sounds like

The advent of 3D printing has led to some bizarre and exciting developments in instrument manufacture – but this exceptionally faithful recreation of a Stradivarius violin is possibly the most interesting yet.

Classical Music Magazine

Murray Perahia becomes patron of the Leeds

Murray Perahia is to become the Leeds International Piano Competition’s new patron

Concerti

200 Jahre für die Kultur

Die Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Wien feiert ihr 200-jähriges bestehen. Deutschlandfunk porträtiert die Geschichte der renommierten Hochschule in der Sendung Musikszene

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Woodstock Chamber Orchestra Picks Jonathan Handman As Music Director

Jonathan Handman has been named Music Director of the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra. Handman was chosen by the orchestra’s Search committee, which had to evaluate four 4 candidates for the post.

Codex Flores

Human Rights Orchestra spielt für Menschenrechte

Kommenden Montag (8. Mai) präsentiert das Human Rights Orchestra (HRO) im Luzerner KKL ein Benefizkonzert für Menschenrechts-Projekte im Kongo und in Bolivien.

First Coast news

Music director forced to retire from Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra

The Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra spring concert is just two weeks away. This past weekend, the organization sent a letter to parents and students stating that their music director of more than two decades, Scott Greg, is retiring.

Le Monde

Nouvelle partition pour Steinway

Le mythique facteur de pianos, racheté en  2013 par le fonds spéculatif Paulson & Co, ouvre sa première boutique française cette semaine à Paris. Signe d’une ambition retrouvée.

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5 Die Neuseeländerin ist eine der wenigen Dirigentinnen auf der Welt. mit

Assemblage d’un piano Steinway dans les ateliers de Hambourg. STEINWAY

 

 

 

(Written on May 3, 2017 )

In today’s news: Juillard School named Argus Quartet as Juilliard’s New Graduate Resident String Quartet, and look at the new Steinway piano. The Kulturpalast Dresden reopened last friday, and Douglas Bostock will leave Argovia Philharmonic in 2019. Antonello Manacorda fills in for Elbphilharmonics principal conductor Thomas Hengelbrock, and the Barber of Seville in the Hong Kong Opera.

The Violin Channel

Argus Quartet Announced as Juilliard’s New Graduate Resident String Quartet

The Juilliard School in New York has today announced the appointment of the Argus Quartet as their new graduate resident string quartet.

 Classic FM

This new Mussorgsky-themed Steinway piano is utterly stunning to look at

Designed by Steinway artist Paul Wyse and based on ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’, this Steinway Model D grand piano is completely crazy, in the best possible way.

The Strad

Ask the Experts: can beginner violin lessons be given by a cellist?

Strad readers submit their problems and queries about string playing, teaching or making to our experts.

The Guardian

Fight the Power: which songs define Trump’s first 100 days?

Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer has ridiculed the president by releasing a scathing Spotify playlist.

Berliner Zeitung

Dresden  – Der alte Kulturpalast ist nach fünf Jahren Umbauzeit fertig

Die Quälerei hat ein Ende, die Musiker können aufatmen. Sie können spielen, sie werden überall gehört.

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Douglas Bostock verlässt ‘Argovia Philharmonic’ 2019

Das Schweizer Orchester ‘Argovia Philharmonic’ in Aarau hat den in der Saison 2017/18 auslaufenden Vertrag mit seinem Chefdirigenten Douglas Bostock um ein weiteres Jahr verlängert. Der 1955 geborene Brite will aber 2019 nach 18 Jahren seine Tätigkeit in Aarau beenden.

Klassik-heute

Antonello Manacorda übernimmt Dirigate von Thomas Hengelbrock

Thomas Hengelbrock ist erkrankt und musste seine Auftritte mit dem NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester am 4., 5. und 7. Mai absagen. Für ihn übernimmt Antonello Manacorda die Leitung der Konzerte in der Elbphilharmonie.

Le Parisien

Strasbourg: le métal investit pour la première fois une scène d’opéra en France

Plusieurs centaines d’amateurs de heavy metal se trouvaient rassemblés samedi soir à l’Opéra national du Rhin (OnR) à Strasbourg pour assister à Metal Oper’Art, premier festival du genre en France, a constaté un journaliste de l’AFP.

South China Morning Post

Rossini as rom-com: Opera Hong Kong sets The Barber of Seville in Hollywood’s golden age

Director turns to the theatre of Hollywood musicals for production of Rossini comic opera, and mezzo-soprano Stephanie Lauricella, making her Asian debut, relishes the challenge of singing Rosina, gutsy girl in a man’s world.

The Irish Times

National Concert Hall needs to go beyond classical music

‘The building looks imposing, officious. Getting people in the door is a big thing’

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30 Death of a cutting-edge Finn composer

2 Klarinettist Eduard Brunner gestorben

 

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(Written on May 2, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Cecilia Bartoli’s new orchestra is presented without her, M&S turns off music in stores after noise complaints and former Scotch College music teacher Allan Yang set to plead guilty to child sex offences. Also, new plans announced to save EUYO and Waltraud Meier returns to the Bayreuther Festspiele.

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Bartoli’s New Orchestra Presented Without Bartoli

With Cecilia Bartoli being ill, the General Manager of the Monte Carlo Opera Jean-Louis Grinda was alone to present the singer’s new orchestra ‘Les Musiciens du Prince’ yesterday at Monaco’s Embassy in Paris.

The Telegraph

M&S turns off music in stores as ageing customers complain about the noise

Experts say background noise can makes shoppers with hearing problems and dementia a less pleasant experience

The Telegraph

This is the kind of music you should listen to at work

They say that listening to Mozart makes a person smarter, but it is not only classical music that boosts mental activity. Nine out of 10 workers perform better when listening to music, according to a study that found 88pc of participants produced their most accurate test results and 81pc completed their fastest work when music was playing.

The Irish Times

Changing of the guard at RTÉ orchestras presents an opportunity

As the principal conductors of the NSO and the CO finish up, the question arises: how best to deal with their succession?

Classical-music.com

Why BBC Music Day is so important

BBC Music Day, now in its second year, promises something for everyone. Performances range from a live Duran Duran concert at the Eden Project in Cornwall, to co-ordinated bell-ringing from church towers across the country.

The Age

Former Scotch College music teacher Allan Yang set to plead guilty to child sex offences

Yang has been accused of being a repeated sexual predator, who for seven years preyed on underage girls.

Classical Music Magazine

Fabien Volery announced as tutor for Sing for Pleasure summer school

Sing for Pleasure has announced that Fabien Volery will be a tutor at this year’s summer school.

Orkney to acquire first Steinway

St Magnus International Festival has raised £115,000 to buy Orkney’s first Steinway piano.

Your Thurrock

Applications open for Royal Opera House apprenticeships in Thurrock

The Royal Opera House is now recruiting for new apprentices to join the production team in Thurrock in September 2016. Positions will be available in Scenic Art, Scenic Carpentry and Costume.

Codex flores

Europäische Kommission will EUYO nicht fallen lassen

Laut einer Meldung des Europäischen Jugendorchesters hat EU-Kommissionspräsident Jean-Claude Juncker Möglichkeiten gefunden, das Ensemble weiterhin zu finanzieren. Vorerst zumindest.

klassik.com

Goldenes Ehrenzeichen für Wiener Staatsoperndirektor Dominique Meyer

Der Direktor der Wiener Staatsoper, Dominique Meyer, ist mit dem Großen Goldenen Ehrenzeichen ausgezeichnet worden.

Musik heute

Waltraud Meier 2018 zurück zu Bayreuther Festspielen

Die Mezzosopranistin Waltraud Meier kehrt auf den Grünen Hügel zurück.

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BR_KLASSIK @BR_KLASSIK Aribert Reimann erhält Robert-Schumann-Preis für Dichtung & Musik 2016 #Komponist #Musikpreis

Top Classical News @topcmnews Berlin’s Pierre Boulez Saal opens to visitors

NMZ @musikzeitung JazzZeitung: Classic--Saisonhöhepunkt: das „International Hot Jazz Summit“ in Stuttgart

Bayreuth - Die Mezzosopranistin Waltraud Meier kehrt auf den Grünen Hügel zurück. Photo credit: Nomi Baumgartl

Bayreuth – Die Mezzosopranistin Waltraud Meier kehrt auf den Grünen Hügel zurück. Photo credit: Nomi Baumgartl

(Written on June 2, 2016 )

Die deutsch-japanische Pianistin und Steinway Künstlerin Caterina Grewe stellt ihr Debütalbum mit Werken von Robert Schumann am 1. Juni 2016 in der Mendelssohn-Remise Berlin vor.

Caterina Grewe widmet sich hier der eher unbekannten Sonate Nr. 3 in f-Moll Op. 14 „Concert sans orchestre“ und den wohlbekannten Davidsbündlertänzen Op. 6. Hierbei überzeugt die Tastenkünstlerin mit ihrem emotional bewegenden Spiel und bring so ihre Begeisterung für ihren Lieblingskomponisten zum Ausdruck.

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Die mehrfache Preisträgerin internationaler Wettbewerbe (u.a. des Dublin International Piano Competition und Maria Canals International Piano Competition Barcelona) hat mit ihren Konzerten bereits große Anerkennung insbesondere in Großbritannien, Kontinentaleuropa und Asien gefunden. Als Studentin am Royal College of Music gewann sie 2013 den renommierten HRH Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Rosebowl Preis für ihre hervorragende Leistung während des Studiums.

Was: Release Konzert von Caterina Grewe

Wann: 1. Juni 2016 19.00 Uhr, Einlass ab 18.30 Uhr

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Programm: R. Schumann – Davidsbündlertänze, Op.6 und F. Liszt – Après une lecture de Dante

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Im Anschluss gibt es die Möglichkeit zu einem persönlichen Kennenlernen der Pianistin mit kühlen Drinks. Mehr Informationen und Updates können Sie entweder auf Caterinas Website oder ihrem Twitter und Facebook Account.

 

(Written on May 4, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today: new Steinway flagship store opens in New York, a huge donation is made to the Royal Danish Opera, and André Rieu launches a new waltz for the Queen’s 90th birthday. Also, Christopher Renshaw’s ‘Carmen la Cubana’ will open at the Théâtre du Châtelet Paris, and New Zealand String Quartet appoints new second violinist.

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Huge donation set to make the Royal Danish Opera great again

An unspecified donation has been made to the Royal Danish Opera of ‘hundreds of millions’ of kroner – tens of millions of UK pounds – by the AP Møller Foundation. The grant will be used to strengthen the company’s core repertoire, to offer discount tickets for younger and older patrons, and to assist with the Copenhagen Opera House’s sizeable infrastructure, heating and lighting costs.

Classic FM

André Rieu launches brand new waltz for HM The Queen

To celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday, the King of the Waltz has written a brand new piece of music titled ‘The Windsor Waltz’.

The Strad

New Zealand String Quartet appoints new second violinist

Australian musician Monique Lapins replaces Douglas Beilman, who performed with the ensemble for 26 years.

theguardian

Carmen with cha-cha-cha: adaptation with all Cuban cast opens in Paris

Reimagined in 1950s Cuba and directed by Christopher Renshaw, Carmen la Cubana will open at the Théâtre du Châtelet over 140 years after Paris debut.

Classical Music

BBC Young Musician keyboard winner announced

15-year-old Jackie Campbell has won the keyboard category final of the 2016 BBC Young Musician competition.

Guardian

What I’m really thinking: the orchestral musician

Musician gives an honest insider’s view into the less glamorous aspects of being a professional orchestral musician.

The Strad

Patrons should buy modern instruments for young musicians, says violin maker Stefan-Peter Greiner

In conversation with Pauline Harding, the German luthier discusses his ideas on sound adjustment, ‘Stradivari frequencies’ and creating the ideal working environment.

WQXR

Steinway’s Grand Design: A Modern Temple to the Piano

The new Steinway flagship store has opened on Avenue of the Americas, New York.

Telegraph

Pianist, teacher, writer and broadcaster Jeremy Siepman dies aged 74

Jeremy Siepman carved an entertaining niche bringing to life the works of the great composers through a multitude of books, recordings and broadcasts.

MUSIK HEUTE

Frankfurter Musikmesse zieht positives Fazit

Die Frankfurter Musikmesse hat zum Abschluss ein positives Fazit gezogen. Die Schau und ihre Begleitmesse Prolight+Sound zogen wie im Vorjahr knapp 110.000 Besucher aus rund 130 Ländern an.

BR-KLASSIK

Mehr Klassik im BR Fernsehen

Klassische Konzerte, Dokumentationen und das Klassikmagazin “KlickKlack” – ab Montag, den 11. April startet das BR Fernsehen mit einem neuen Programmschema.

Deutscher Musikrat

Hannes Reich gewinnt den 2. Deutschen Chordirigentenpreis

Beim gestrigen Finalkonzert mit dem RIAS Kammerchor vergab der Deutsche Musikrat zum zweiten Mal die mit 5.000 Euro dotierte Auszeichnung an einen jungen Dirigenten.

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Opera News @Operanews Waltraud Meier says it’s easier to remember the text of a 6 hour Wagner opera than her acceptance speech! #ONAwards

Top Classical Music News @topcmnews Austria’s new interior minister is a professional musician #ClassicalMusic

BR KLASSIK @BR_KLASSIK Das Geheimnis wird gelüftet. #Elbphilharmonie Eröffnungssaison jetzt im Livestream

The new Steinway flagship store has opened on Avenue of the Americas. Photograph: Chris Payn for WQXR

The new Steinway flagship store has opened on Avenue of the Americas. Photograph: Chris Payn for WQXR

(Written on April 11, 2016 )

Classical news

In today’s news, LA Phil appoints Susanna Mälkki as principal guest conductor, Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition names its candidates and music charity PRS For Music Foundation has launched a new edition of its Flash Funding initiative. Also, ‘Billy Blythe,’ an opera based on life of Bill Clinton, makes its world premiere this weekend and the Wiener Staatsoper presents its new season with 54 operas

classicalite

‘Billy Blythe,’ Opera Based on Life of Bill Clinton, Opens This Weekend

Opera Ithaca’s production of Billy Blythe, a work based on the early life of President Bill Clinton, makes its world premiere this weekend

Classical Music Magazine

LA Phil appoints Susanna Mälkki as principal guest conductor

Finnish conductor Susanna Mälkki will take up the role of principal guest conductor of the LA Phil in the 2017/18 season for a three-year term

The Strad

Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition names 36 shortlisted candidates

The inaugural Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition has named the 36 candidates who have been selected to take part in its live rounds from 14 August to 2 September 2016. The violinists, aged between 18 and 32, will compete for a generous grand prize of $100,000

The Guardian

Royal Opera to serve up opera of Buñuel’s surreal dinner party in 2017

Thomas Adès’s opera of Exterminating Angel among new season highlights, as well as Anna Netrebko tackling Norma and Jonas Kaufmann singing Otello

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When Krystian Zimerman Discovers An Old Grand

Polish pianist Krystian Zimerman surprised the audience at his recital in the Italian city of Macerata earlier this week. Instead of performing on his own Steinway, as he uses to do, he played on an old instrument he had discovered backstage at the Teatro Lauro Rossi, the recital venue

Music Week

PRS Foundation launches live-focused Flash Fund

Music charity PRS For Music Foundation has launched a new edition of its Flash Funding initiative

Classical Music Magazine

Choral singing benefits cancer patients

A new study has found that singing in a choir for one hour can boost levels of immune proteins in people affected by cancer

Focus online

Wiener Staatsoper: Mit 54 Opern in die neue Spielzeit

Unter den fünf Premieren ragten die Verdi-Opern „Falstaff“ mit dem Dirigenten Zubin Mehta am Pult und „Il Trovatore“ mit der Sopranistin Anna Netrebko heraus, teilte die Oper am Mittwoch bei der Präsentation der Saison 2016/2017 mit

concerti

Das größte Orchester der Welt: Bis zu 10.000 Musiker aus ganz Deutschland in der Commerzbank-Arena Frankfurt

Am 9. Juli 2016 findet in der Commerzbank-Arena Frankfurt ein einzigartiger Weltrekordversuch statt: Bis zu 10.000 Musikerinnnen und Musiker sollen das größte Orchester der Welt bilden

klassik.com

Luzern: Neues Theater soll neben dem KKL gebaut werden

Das neue Luzerner Kulturhaus “Salle Modulable” soll neben dem Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Luzern (KKL) gebaut werden

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classicalite Interview mit Joyce Yang

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Tristram Kenton / Jonas Kaufmann is to make his debut as Verdi’s Otello in a new production / The Guardian

(Written on April 7, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, subscription plan for SoundCloud introduced, Orchestra of St. Luke welcomes Susan Graham and Nicholas McGegan, Spotify raises $1 Billion in ‘debt financing’ and the Paris Opera taken to court and more…

International Arts Manager

Composer pedals to raise pounds for choristers

Friends of Cathedral Music (FCM) has set up a Diamond Fund for Choristers (DFFC) to support, promote and protect choral singing in the UK. Two major fundraising events have already been announced: a concert to make the heart soar and a sponsored cycle to make the thighs burn.

Music Week

Tidal now has 3m users a year after launch

Tidal has marked its one year anniversary by revealing it now has three million users across 46 countries. The Jay Z-owned service added new ‘artist owners’ in the last few months, with Lil Wayne, Indochine, Damian Marley and TIP joining Beyonce, Rihanna, Jack White and several more heavyweights.

Classical Music Magazine

Grange Festival announces inaugural season

The Grange Festival’s 2017 season will comprise new productions of Mozart’s Così fan tutte,Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, Bizet’s Carmen and Britten’s Albert Herring. 

Classical Music Magazine

Multi-Story Orchestra asks for donations towards summer programme

The Multi-Story Orchestra is seeking to raise the final £8,000 needed for its summer programme of orchestral and chamber music at Peckham’s Bold Tendencies car park.

The New York Times

SoundCloud starts subscription plan, taking on Spotify and Apple

Two weeks after signing its final licensing deal with a major record company, the online music service SoundCloud has introduced its long-awaited subscription plan.

Broadwayworld.com

Orchestra of St. Luke to Welcome Susan Graham and Nicholas McGegan

Orchestra of St. Luke’s welcomes superstar mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, as soloist on its final Carnegie Hall Orchestra Series concert of the season.

Wired

Spotify raises $1billion in ‘debt financing’

Music streaming company Spotify has raised $1 billion (£695 million) in debt financing to take on rivals Apple, Tidal and Google.

Classicalite

Wendy Carlos’ ‘Switched-On Bach’ Inspires Five Decades of Electronic Musicians

In 1968, composer Wendy Carlos made electronic music history with her LP Switched-On Bach, a collection of Bach’s works performed on an early Moog synthesizer.

Observer

How ‘Hamilton’ Reinvigorated a 210-Year-Old Children’s Charity

By now it’s obvious that the smash Broadway musical Hamilton has turned into one of the buzziest cultural events in years. From a notoriously hard-to-come-by ticket to the cast performing at the White House last week, and an endless list of raves and all-star Hamil-fans, the show is a tsunami unlike any other.

Pizzicato

Paris Opera Is Taken To Court

There is more news in the case of the transformations at the Paris Opera Garnier. The management of the opera house wanted to eliminate some separation walls in order to get more seats.

Klassik.com

Gewinner des Deutschen Musikinstrumentenpreises 2016 stehen fest

Bei dem vom Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie gestifteten Wettbewerb stehen im jährlichen Wechsel je zwei unterschiedliche Instrumentengruppen im Zentrum; in diesem Jahr waren es Gitarre und Klarinette.

Musik heute

Anna Netrebko trainiert ihr Deutsch für Wagner-Debüt

Die russische Sopranistin Anna Netrebko (44) feilt vor ihrer ersten großen Wagner-Rolle als Elsa im “Lohengrin” noch an ihrem Deutsch. “Für mich ist insbesondere die Sprache eine sehr große Herausforderung”, sagte sie der Fachzeitschrift “Das Opernglas” (April-Ausgabe).

Codex Flores

Steinway für Elbphilharmonie schwierig zu finden

Ausgerechnet in Hamburg, der Heimatstadt der Klaviermanufaktur Steinway, stellt die Wahl des richtigen Flügels für einen neuen Konzertsaal – die Elbphilharmonie – eine echte Knacknuss dar.

Twitter

Classic FM @ClassicFM: Coming up today – our Composer in Residence @‘s music for the Queen’s 90th:

Top Classical News @topcmnews: Onward and upward: The Grange Festival announces its first season  #

BR_KLASSIK @BR_Klassik: So kassieren Wettbewerbe junge # ab. Theo Geißlers #

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Photograph: Wired

(Written on March 31, 2016 )