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In today’s news: Guildhall School announces autumn 2017 season, Operalia 2017 winners announced, and Los Angeles Philharmonic Announce New Assistant Conductor. Song Aa wins Vareler composer’s prize, George Li publishes debute album at Warner Classics, and application opens for “European School Music Prize”.

Classical Music Magazine

Ex Cathedra announces 2017/18 season

Ex Cathedra’s 2017/18 season will feature repertoire ranging from Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers with His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts to new works by Roxanna Panufnik and Alec Roth.

Music Teacher

Guildhall School announces autumn 2017 season

The Guildhall School of Music & Drama’s autumn 2017 season includes the launch of the Guildhall Studio Orchestra, performances of Menotti’s The Consul, and a concert curated by alumnus Thomas Adès.

Opera Now

Operalia 2017 winners announced

Romanian soprano Adela Zaharia and South African tenor Levy Sekgapane have been named as winners of the 2017 Operalia Competition. Both singers receive $30,000 (£22,700).

The Violin Channel

Los Angeles Philharmonic Announce New Assistant Conductor

The Los Angeles Philharmonic has this week announced the appointment of former Dudamel Conducting Fellow, Chilean conductor Paolo Bortolameolli as their new Assistant Conductor – for the 2017/18 season.

The Strad

Inaugural Paganini Festival in Genoa announces programme

Festival tied to long-running Paganini Prize will feature performances on ‘The Cannon’ Guarneri.

Limelight

New Zealand orchestra rehearses in funeral home

The Marlborough Civic Orchestra in New Zealand’s South Island has found a uniquely quiet space in which to practise.

Pizzicato

Cleveland Institute of Music is leveraging diversity

The Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) is now accepting applications for the inaugural class of its new Minority Artist Fellowship (MAF) program for African-American and Latino Students.

Klassik.com

Vareler Kompositionspreis für Song Aa

Die koreanische Komponistin Song Aa belegte im Rahmen des diesjährigen Wettbewerbs “Vareler Kompositionspreis” den ersten Platz.

Klassik Heute

Pianist George Li veröffentlicht Debüt-CD bei Warner Classics

George Li, Silbermedaillist des internationalen Tschaikowsky-Wettbewerbs 2015, ist exklusiv bei Warner Classics und legt diesen Herbst sein Debütalbum vor.

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Ausschreibung des Europäischen Schulmusik Preises

Für den mit 21’000 Euro höchstdotierten Preis für instrumentalen Schulmusikunterricht, den Europäische Schulmusik Preis (ESP) ist die Bewerbung offen.

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Unverwechselbar, ob bei Oper oder Kunstlied – Gundula Janowitz zum 80. Geburtstag.

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(Written on August 2, 2017 )

In today’s news, Vienna celebrates the 150th anniversary of Strauss’ Donauwaltz, and an insight into the role classical crossovers play in radio broadcasting. A classical revolution is arising in Madras, and Mandy Parnell surfaces as a hidden powerhouse influence in modern music. The Grammys tackle race politics from last weekend’s award ceremony, and the Vienna Philharmonic plays an homage to Schubert.

The Guardian

Master blaster: the woman making Björk, Aphex Twin and Eno sound so good

Parnell is one of the country’s leading mastering engineers, and this is where the likes of the Chemical Brothers, Max Richter and Brian Eno come to hear their finished tracks. Parnell has polished a huge number of albums here including, last year, Jamie xx’s In Colour and Aphex Twin’s Syro.

Classical Music Magazine

Chamber concert in aid of Arco project

Students at Birmingham Conservatoire are holding a chamber music concert later this month in aid of the Arco (Cape Gate MIAGI Centre for Music & Birmingham Conservatoire) project, which sees strings students aged between eight and 16 in South Africa participate in weekly instrumental Skype lessons given by academics, current students and alumni of Birmingham Conservatoire.

The Washington Post

Do the Grammys have a race problem? No, their president says — they’re like Trump’s election

The Grammys’ race problem followed the awards show all the way to the stage this year, when a white singer once again beat an acclaimed black artist for the top honor — but this time called attention to the fact.

BBC News

How an Indian maestro is taking classical music to the masses

India’s southern Indian city of Chennai (Madras) is witnessing a musical revolution of sorts.

The Harvard Press

Warner Free Lecture: The ‘other’ sounds of nature in music

Explosive, turbulent, violent—these are not the usual words to describe classical music inspired by the sounds of nature. And yet, by contrast, their musical presence adds richness to the perfect pitch of the hermit thrush’s song, the jazz riffs depicting clouds, the rhythmic sound of the surf at the seaside, and more.

Klassik

Wien feiert 150-jähriges Jubiläum des Donauwalzers von Johann Strauss

Die Johann-Strauss-Gesellschaft Wien hat eine Feier zum 150-jährigen Jubiläum des sogenannten Donauwalzers von Johann Strauss (Sohn) ausgerichtet.

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Eine kleine Tagesbegleitmusik

Was Crossover für klassische Musik in öffentlich-rechtlichen Kulturradios bedeutet

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Interview Daniel Barenboim

Man kann seine Visionen wie ein Prophet in die Welt hinaustragen, man kann sie aber auch ganz einfach verwirklichen. Daniel Barenboim gehört zu letztgenannter Spezies: als genialer Pragmatiker, der seine Kräfte und Mittel dazu nutzt, seine Ideen in die Wirklichkeit umzusetzen.

The New York Times

Highlights From the Met Opera’s 2017-18 Season

A starry new production of “Tosca”; the American premiere of Thomas Adès’s “The Exterminating Angel,” based on a Buñuel film; and a Mozart work set in Coney Island are among the highlights of the Metropolitan Opera’s 2017-18 season.

The Vienna Philharmonic Remembers Schubert

Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 8, nicknamed “Unfinished,” forms the centerpiece of a three-part concert series by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra that opens on Friday, Feb. 24.

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Classical Music News Vienna remembers Jewish roots of its most famous tune

Music History  in 1884 FP of ‘s Orchestral Suite No. 2, in Moscow.

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(Written on February 16, 2017 )

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In our news today, violinist Pekka Kuusisto talks about his plans to flood London with polka, French And South-Korean singers win Domingo’s Operalia, and CMUSE gives five reasons why one should take up a musical instrument. Also, the Boston University Tanglewood Institute celebrates its 50th anniversary this summer with a day of events, and Bayreuth Festival opens without red carpet and official reception.

The Guardian

Facing the music: violinist Pekka Kuusisto

The Finnish musician on formative Eurovision experiences, wanting to play the ondes Martenot with Radiohead, and his plans to flood London with polka.

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French And South-Korean Singers Win Domingo’s Operalia

French soprano Elsa Dreisig, 25, and South Korean Tenor Keon Woo Kim, 30, won Placido Domingo’s Operalia contest, held at the Teatro Degollado in Guadalajara, Mexico.

The Telegraph

Peter Hall: the Hallmark of operatic excellence

As Glyndebourne prepares to revive Peter Hall’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Rupert Christiansen looks back on the great director’s career.

CMUSE

Five reasons why you should take up a musical instrument

As research on the subject continues to expand, we are learning about a growing list of additional benefits to becoming musical.

Classical Music Magazine

Britten Sinfonia announces 2016/17 season

Britten Sinfonia’s 2016/17 season will see the ensemble launch a three-year Beethoven symphony cycle. Each symphony will be played alongside works by Gerald Barry and Thomas Adès, who will conduct the cycle.

Broadwayworld

La Bohème, Sweeney Todd, The Crucible and More Set for 2016 at Glimmerglass Festival

The Glimmerglass Festival, which presents four mainstage productions of opera and musical theater every summer, rounds out each season with a schedule of guest appearances, concerts, public master classes, youth opera performances and more.

The Boston Musical Intelligencer

BU Institute Now 50-Year Institution

The Boston University Tanglewood Institute, where talented high-school students attend one of the country’s premiere training programs for musicians, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this summer on August 6th with a day of events.

Klassik.com

Eröffnung der Bayreuther Festspiele ohne Staatsempfang und roten Teppich

Man verzichte im Gedenken an die Opfer des Müncher Amoklaufs auf eine feierliche Eröffnung und widme die Vorstellung den Opfern: “Die Mitwirkenden der Bayreuther Festspiele trauern um alle Menschen, die am 22. Juli in München auf so tragische Weise ums Leben kamen.”

Berliner Morgenpost

Barenboim: “Wir müssen miteinander leben”

Im Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires begann am gestrigen Sonntag die Sommertournee des West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. Mit dabei ist die argentinische Pianistin und Barenboims Jugendfreundin Martha Argerich.

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65. Internationaler Musikwettbewerb der ARD beginnt am 29. August

In diesem Jahr wird der Internationale Musikwettbewerb der ARD in den Fächern Kontrabass, Horn, Harfe und Streichquartett ausgetragen. Die Organisatoren rechnen mit ca. 18.000 Besuchern.

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CMUSE.org @cmuseorg 5-year-old child shows off skills

BR_Klassik @BR_KLASSIK Interview mit Hartmut Haenchen: “Der Fluss der Sprache bestimmt das Tempo”

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(Written on July 25, 2016 )

We are delighted to welcome versatile baritone John Brancy to our international client roster.

John has been hailed by the New York Times as “a vibrant, resonate presence” and a “dashing, strong-voiced baritone”. The 2014-2015 season will see him in the title role of Tobias Picker’s Fantastic Mr. Fox at Opera San Antonio‘s brand new Tobin Center and with debuts at Edmonton Opera as Papageno in Die Zauberflöte and at Opera Lyra Ottawa as Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro. Brancy’s numerous concert engagements include a debut with Musica Sacra in Handel’s Messiah at Carnegie Hall and a recital tour with pianist Peter Dugan, where they will present a special tribute to the centennial anniversary of World War I presented by VocalArts DC at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, CAIC in Chicago and Société d’art Vocal de Montréal. The young baritone will also be performing in a recital at the New York Festival of Song and with renowned pianist Ken Noda at The Song Continues: Spotlight Recital, presented by Marilyn Horne.

Previous seasons saw Brancy at Oper Frankfurt, Dresden Semperoper, Le Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Pacific Opera Victoria and Gotham Chamber Opera. He was also seen in performances at the Hugo Wolf Akademie in Stuttgart, and in recital with Thomas Adès and members of the San Francisco and Boston Symphony Orchestras. Brancy made his Carnegie, Avery Fisher, and Alice Tully Hall debuts while still an undergraduate student at The Juilliard School. He is a winner of the Sullivan Foundation Grand Prize, the 2013 Marilyn Horne Song Competition, first prize at the Classical Singer Magazine Competition, the Gold Award for Voice at the YoungArts Foundation competition and was a laureate of the 2012 Montreal International Music Competition.

John Brancy is passionate about music education and wrote the children’s opera Operation Superpower with Tobias Greenhalgh and the composer Armand Ranjbaran during their time at Julliard. John and Tobias perform the title roles of superheroes at school to encourage students to discover their own superpower. And because having a career as an opera singer and superhero is not enough, John is also about to launch the new snack brand ‘Meat N Nuts’ with his business partners Michael Atkins and Tyler Clark. Meat N Nuts combines a healthy blend of nuts with sustainably sourced beef jerky and the project was funded by a Kickstarter campaign.

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(Written on September 18, 2014 )

Guardian

I’ve found classical record buying nirvana – in Tokyo’s Tower Records

If you want a fix of actual tangible classical music product, there’s only one place to go, says Tom Service.

BBC Music Magazine

Daniel Barenboim launches new digital record label

Pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim has launched a digital-only record label in collaboration with Universal Music.

News Australia

Proposed Perth Opera House looks like lamb rack and a bunch of other unusual stuff too

A Perth architect has come up with a deliciously appetising design for an opera house in the West Australian capital that looks exactly like a rack of lamb.

Classical Music Magazine

Vienna State Opera launches ‘most sophisticated online streaming project’ yet

Thomas Adès’s widely acclaimed work The Tempest will be given its Austrian premiere during the Vienna State Opera’s 2014/15 season, during which what the VSO claims is the most sophisticated online live streaming project in the industry will be fully operational.

 

The Washington Post

John Shirley-Quirk, operatic bass-baritone, dies at 82

John Shirley-Quirk, one of the most admired operatic bass-baritones of the 20th century and a self-described “torchbearer” for his countryman, the English composer Benjamin Britten, died April 7 in a village near Bath. He was 82.

Berliner Zeitung

Barenboim setzt auf iTunes

Der Dirigent und die Berliner Philharmoniker gründen eigene Labels, um die Nachfrage anzukurbeln. „Peral“ verkauft aber keine CDs mehr, sondern Musik nur noch über iTunes.

Concerti

„Die Welt ist abhanden gekommen“

Elitärer Zirkel? Intendanten und Musiker diskutieren, wie sie Konzerte für mehr Menschen öffnen können. Es wird Zeit, dass sie auch handeln

Le Figaro

Le stradivarius détrôné 

DÉCRYPTAGE – Une chercheuse, Claudia Fritz, a osé le test iconoclaste. Mis en concours à l’aveugle, le stradivarius cède sa suprématie aux violons modernes.

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(Written on May 2, 2014 )

International Online Magazine Tokafi has published a fascinating article on securing second performances of contemporary classical world, written by Tobias Fischer, with comments from composer and jazz pianist Raymond Yiu, amongst others. The article touches on many aspects of repeat performances, such as whether it is, what clarinetist Rachel Yoder describes as, ‘premiere hunting’ that may contribute to the lack of repeat performances due to the ‘once-in-a-lifetime experience’ that they provide. On the other hand, Fischer exemplifies the opposing argument with the Second Glance Festival of New Music, which is dedicated to the performance of works that have undeservedly not received any attention beyond their premiere. Gramophone’s James McCarthy, however, argues against this point. Alluding to composers such as Thomas Adès and Mark-Anthony Turnage, McCarthy states that composers who comply with a style that is accessible to the public will be the ones who will receive considerable amounts of performances for their works.

Raymond Yiu makes an excellent point in that ‘the process of composition is a lot more than writing beautiful music’. Touching on his background in IT, he shares the different aspects to consider when composing a new work; such as, how will a premiere be secured, who might be interested in performing the piece and how will the piece captivate people into securing second and repeat performances? He states that ‘if a piece could only be performed once or not at all, [he] would probably not write it in the first place’. There are many factors involved in the practical aspects of performance of a work: for example, one must consider the economical side, which can affect instrumentation and the size of the ensemble.

The article is a highly fascinating read and touches on a variety of factors relating to repeat performances of works. With first hand experience in this particular area, Raymond not only provides an insight into his personal opinion of repeat performances, but also shares some great advice to young and upcoming composers.

Last week, Raymond featured on Classic FM Live Web Chat to share advice with young composers about his personal composing career, along with details about his 40th birthday celebration. With gratitude and praise for the composer schemes he has been involved with, such as Panufnik Young Composers Scheme and LSO Composers, Raymond curated a concert at LSO St Luke’s to celebrate the schemes that have secured success in his career. An intriguing programme of contemporary classical music, featuring a host of young musicians and composers alike, celebrated a milestone birthday and the pathway to his career.

Read the full Tokafi article here. Keep up to date with news from Raymond Yiu through his website, Facebook and Twitter.

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Photo credit: Malcolm Crowthers

(Written on July 9, 2013 )

The Guardian

What’s Wagner’s secret? Love, actually

Every time Paul Mason hears Wagner he wonders how it is that the music of an antisemite can tear his heart to pieces. The answer is in the passion …

The New York Times

Chinese Opera Performers See Fewer Faces in the Audience

Sleep like dogs, eat like pigs, dress like angels.

The Age

A knight’s move away from conventional ideas of classical, delivered in a way to move hearts

Fifteen minutes in, the company of Thomas Ades quells the conventional wisdom that ”classical” music is dead.

Classic FM

Classic FM Live at the Royal Albert Hall 2013 – listen and re-live the magic!

Some of classical music’s brightest stars joined us on stage at the Royal Albert Hall – listen to Classic FM Live on air at 8pm on 26 April

Classical Music Magazine

New Music Biennial: 20 diverse commissions announced for 2014

PRS for Music Foundation has announced details of the 20 new music commissions that will make up its UK New Music Biennial in 2014.

Music Week

Warner to launch new classical label, integrate Virgin and EMI Classics catalogues

WMG hopes that its acquisition of Parlophone Label Group will drive new efforts in the classical genre and catalogue strategy, as well as strengthening the major’s roster in Continental Europe.

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(Written on April 26, 2013 )

Gramophone

Jurowski to bow out of Glyndebourne with a new Ariadne

French opera joins the repertory for Glyndebourne 2013 and the boss’s wife sings Norina

Telegraph

Alexander Sprague – New Faces

Rupert Christiansen introduces promising young tenor Alexander Sprague, who will make his professional stage debut at Edinburgh Festival.

Classic FM

André Rieu new concert DVD with Anthony Hopkins

‘Under The Stars’ is the latest live DVD from the hugely popular André Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra, released on September 10th.

Gibbons on helium are like opera singers, research says

Gibbons use the same vocal projection techniques as opera singers, according to a new study carried out in Japan.

Adès slams “fungal” Wagner, “waste of space” Brahms

Wagner and Brahms come under fire from Thomas Adès in a new book, with the British composer taking them to task.

Open Democracy

Radio 3 – why it matters, and why it shouldn’t dumb down classical music

The BBC is happy to present classical music as light-weight reality TV – it’s vital that the unique mission and role of Radio 3 shouldn’t slip down the same route.

La Times

Pianist Van Cliburn reveals bone cancer diagnosis

The only classical pianist who has received a ticker-tape parade in New York City, Van Cliburn has announced through his publicist that he has been diagnosed with advanced bone cancer.

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(Written on August 29, 2012 )