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In today’s news, a free online music app, Classical 100 increases its popularity in over 3,000 UK primary schools. Royal Albert Hall conducts study on gender association with various instruments, and Classical:Next announces the 2017 live performances at their conference. The Music Institute of Chicago appoints Venezuelan cellist Horacio Contreras to their Academy programme for gifted pre-college students, and today John Williams celebrates his 85th birthday. Yasuhisa Toyota’s unique concert hall designs engage audiences on a higher level.


Royal Albert Hall survey reveals instrument gender bias

A study conducted by the Royal Albert Hall has revealed that brass instruments are associated with men, and string instruments with women. Of the 2,000 adults who took the survey, only 2% linked the trumpet with women and 3% thought that women were likely to play the French horn and the tuba.

Two thousand schools in England signed up for Classical 100

Over 3,000 schools and 5,000 teachers have now signed up for Classical 100 – a free online music app for UK primary schools created by ABRSM, Classic FM and Decca, and supported by the Department for Education.

The New Yorker


Jane Little died like a warrior on the field of valor, clutching her bow so tightly that it had to be pried from her cold fingers. Her field was the stage of the Atlanta Symphony, in which she had played the bass from the age of sixteen until she keeled over in the middle of a performance, last year, at eighty-seven, having won a title that she had long coveted: the American musician with the longest tenure in any orchestra.

International Arts Manager

Classical:NEXT’s new adventure

Classical:NEXT has announced that its 2017 conference will include a new mini-festival. Titled ‘Seriously? – Adventures in Music’, it will see six showcase artists from Classical:NEXT’s programme perform for a public audience, along with groups such as Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. The selected artists are collectif9 (Canada), Jerez Le Cam Quartet (Argentina/France/Belgium), Park Jiha (South Korea), Sven Helbig (Germany), Trip Trip Trip (Columbia) and Zwerm (Belgium).

The Strad

Venezuelan cellist Horacio Contreras joins Music Institute of Chicago faculty

The Music Institute of Chicago has appointed Venezuelan cellist Horacio Contreras to the faculty of its Community Music School and Academy programme for gifted pre-college students.

The Guardian

Study challenges view of arts subjects being pushed out of education

Arts subjects remain as popular as ever among pupils taking GCSEs in England, research has found, challenging the view that the government’s policies are forcing subjects such as drama and music out of classrooms in favour of subjects considered more academic.


Klage gegen Konzertsaal-Wettbewerb

Kommentar: Kulturkrampf um Braunfels

Neue Musikzeitung

Dresden rechnet mit «sportlichem Finale» bei Umbau des Kulturpalastes

Dresden will den Umbau seines Kulturpalastes pünktlich abschließen, rechnet aber mit einem «sportlichen» Finale.

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Grand Prix of Nations in Berlin

Seit 1988 trägt Interkultur internationale Chorwettbewerbe aus. In der vergangenen Woche fand der Grand Prix of Nations erstmals in Berlin statt: Dreißig Chöre aus 15 Ländern präsentierten in der Philharmonie ihr Können und ihre jeweilige Gesangskultur.

The Washington Post

Concert halls call on this Japanese engineer to shape sound

Behind some of the world’s most reputed concert halls is a Japanese engineer whose finesse in shaping sound is so perfectly unobtrusive that all listeners hear is the music — in all its subtlety, texture and fullness.


Moscow’s Subway Organizes Competition For Musicians

A professional jury has been set up to select musicians who will be allowed to play in the subway stations in Moscow.


Music History  in 1908 FP of ‘s Symphony No. 2 in St. Petersburg. Composer conducting.

Classic FM  Happy 85th birthday to the great John Williams! Tune on now for an hour of his epic music!


Image: Yasuhisa Toyota


(Written on February 8, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Mahler’s complete manuscript of Symphony No.2 was sold at auction and broke new record, which was set previously by Mozart’s symphonies. Yale School of Music is collaborating with Classical Movements on a 10-day, 8-night tour, where a series of concerts will take place and be played to the refugees in Germany in June 2017. Also, listen to pianist Yuja Wang’s incredible palying of Mozart’s Turkish March, in a “jazzy” way, which went viral after being posted on Facebook before it was taken down.

Classical Music Magazine

Mahler manuscript sets new auction record

A complete manuscript of Mahler’s second symphony sold at auction for £4,546,250, breaking a previous record set by the sale of manuscript of nine Mozart symphonies in 1987.

Winds Without Borders to perform for German refugees

The Yale School of Music is collaborating with Classical Movements on a series of concerts for refugees in Germany.


A Chinese piano prodigy is lighting up the internet with her rendition of Mozart’s Turkish March

Yuja Wang, a 29-year-old Chinese pianist, is taking over the internet this week with her dazzling rendition of Mozart’s Turkish March.

Music Teacher Magazine

Guildhall School announces spring 2017 season

The Guildhall School of Music & Drama’s spring 2017 season includes the premiere of the first opera written in Middle English and a masterclass led by Jonas Kaufmann.


KORKs julekalender

Hvilken musikk skaper aller best julestemning? Hver dag vil en KORK-musiker avsløre sin julefavoritt.


Klassisk-guide: Her er vår anmelders forhåndsfavoritter blant de klassiske julekonsertene!

Messias og pøbler kjemper om oppmerksomheten i førjulsstria – vi gir deg oversikten.


Orchestervereinigung fordert Rücknahme der Kürzungen in Dresden

Im Streit um Budgetkürzungen bei der Dresdner Philharmonie und den Dresdner Musikfestspielen fordert nun auch die Deutsche Orchestervereinigung eine Rücknahme der Streichungen.

Klassik heute

Bamberger Symphoniker gestalten ZDF-Weihnachtskonzert mit dem Bundespräsidenten

Das Weihnachtskonzert mit dem Bundespräsidenten, das in diesem Jahr in der Morizkirche in Coburg vom ZDF aufgezeichnet und am Heiligen Abend um 18 Uhr gesendet wird, gestalten in diesem Jahr die Bamberger Symphoniker.


Dirigieren mit der Zahnbürste

Die Wahl-Berlinerin Alice Sara Ott über vergessene Komponistinnen, verstorbene Idole und Whisky.


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Photo: The prodigy. (EPA/ZIPI)

(Written on December 1, 2016 )

A night to remember: on the eve of the tenth anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, the world paused to commemorate those who were affected. In countries around the world people watched the live broadcast of the New York Philharmonic under the baton of Alan Gilbert performing Mahler’s 2nd Symphony. The “Concert for New York” is out on ACCENTUS Music DVD and Blu-ray this November.

German soprano Dorothea Röschmann and American mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung joined the New York Choral Artists for the performance of Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony – an appropriate choice for the concert as it explores ‘every aspect of life, from it agonies to its joys to its profound sense of hope’ said conductor Alan Gilbert.

The free concert was performed at Avery Fisher Hall and broadcast live to thousands of New Yorkers, who gathered outside the Lincoln Centre to watch on big screens. ‘I have based my life on the hope that art can speak to people in times like this. I believe that art can speak to people in a unique way – words often are not sufficient to plumb the depths of what people are feeling or trying to express,’ said Gilbert in an interview. The New York Times described the evening as an ‘intensely moving programme… an ideal choice to help New Yorkers reflect, heal and persevere … All the performers were palpably swept up in the music: the excellent chorus; Ms DeYoung; Ms Röschmann, who sang with deep expressivity; and the orchestra’.

The new release not only captures the extraordinary performance of “A Concert for New York” but also the atmosphere of the evening, reflecting the emotions of the audience as they remembered this tragic moment in American history. The program features bonus material including interviews with Alan Gilbert, and with Zarin Mehta, the Orchestra’s President and Executive Director.

Watch the trailer here:


The DVD and Blu-ray will be available through major music retailers and on in the U.S. on November 8, 2011 and worldwide from the end of November 2011.

(Written on October 26, 2011 )

Leipzig-based music label ACCENTUS Music are due to release a DVD and Blu-ray disc of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 “The Resurrection” and Symphony No. 8, performed with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra under Musical Director Riccardo Chailly. Both orchestra and maestro have already achieved legendary status, having received a number of awards and accolades for their previous collaborative performances.

The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra performed both symphonies at the 2011 International Mahler Festival in Leipzig, which this year was held in celebration of the centenary of Mahler’s death in 1911. Mahler regarded his eighth symphony as his opus summum, and it is often referred to as the ‘Symphony of a Thousand’. Of the final movement of the Symphony No. 2, the composer himself said: “The increasing tension, working up to the final climax, is so tremendous that I don’t know myself, now that it is over, how I ever came to write it.”

Acclaimed Leipzig-born artist Neo Rauch was inspired to paint “Chor” after attending a rehearsal for Mahler No. 8, and he has allowed ACCENTUS to feature this painting on the front of the DVD and Blu-ray release. In addition, the painting “Morgenrot” was chosen by Neo to feature on the cover of the release of Symphony No. 2.

Both discs will be released in the UK at the beginning of October and in Germany in mid-September.




(Written on August 17, 2011 )