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In today’s news: Orchestras Live calls for a more inclusive industry, Semi-Finalists announced at Australian Kendall National violin competition, and Spotify storms past 60m subscribers. Adela Zaharia wins Operalia-singing contest, Case Scaglione becomes chief conductor of Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn, and Philippe Jordan becomes new musical director of Wiener Staatsoper.

Classical Music Magazine

Orchestras Live calls for a more inclusive industry

The charity explored how inclusive orchestral performances can help to develop new audiences in the long term at a round table discussion held on 11 July.

The Violin Channel

Semi-Finalists Announced at Australian Kendall National Violin Competition

Regarded as one of Australia’s most important domestic development prizes for violinists 23 years and younger, the 1st prize winner will receive a violin crafted by Polish-Australian luthier, Michal Prokop – and a number of domestic concert engagements.

The Strad

Milan Škampa presented with International Viola Society award

Long-serving violist of the Smetana Quartet honoured for career encompassing playing, teaching and research.

Pizzicato

New York Phil and Bravo! Vail extend residency through summer 2022

The Festival Bravo! Vail and the New York Philharmonic have announced a five-year extension of the Orchestra’s annual summer residency through the summer of 2022.

Music Business Worldwide

Spotify storms past 60m subscribers, now adding more than 2m a month

Spotify has confirmed that it has surpassed 60m paying subscribers worldwide – and is growing faster than ever.

Limelight

Slava Grigoryan wins Best Independent Classical Album

His Bach Cello Suites has been recognised at the AIR Awards, as was James Morrison and Don Burrows’ In Good Company.

KulturRadio

Adela Zaharia gewinnt Operalia-Gesangswettbewerb

Die Sopranistin aus dem Ensemble der Düsseldorfer Oper am Rhein erhielt auch den Zarzuela-Sonderpreis “Pepita Embil”.

Klassik Heute

Case Scaglione Chefdirigent des Württembergischen Kammerorchesters Heilbronn

Das Württembergische Kammerorchester Heilbronn hat in einer Pressekonferenz am vergangenen Freitag 28. Juli mitgeteilt, dass die Wahl des neuen Chefdirigenten des Orchesters ab der Saison 2018/2019 auf Case Scaglione gefallen ist.

Concerti

Philippe Jordan wird neuer Musikdirektor

Heute wurde bekannt gegeben, dass der Schweizer Dirigent Philippe Jordan ab 2020 der neue Musikdirektor der Wiener Staatsoper wird.

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A Relaxed performance by Orchestras Live

(Written on August 1, 2017 )

In today’s news: architects shortlisted to design the Barbican’s new concert hall, and a-n launch #FreeMoveCreate campaign to protect freedom of movement in the creative industries. The Berliner Staatsoper moves back to it’s proper building, and fake news about appeal for funds for the Beethovenhalle Bonn retracted by ‘citizens for Beethoven’ union. Azerbaijan celebrates jubilee of first female opera singer, and a hidden Bach festival is being revealed.

The Guardian

Frank Gehry and Renzo Piano on shortlist for Barbican’s new concert hall

The conductor’s baton has been raised in the battle for the Barbican’s new concert hall with some of the world’s leading architects making the shortlist to design the landmark venue

Classical Music Magazine

ISM and a-n launch #FreeMoveCreate

The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) and a-n (the Artists Information Company) have announced their collaborative campaign #FreeMoveCreate to protect freedom of movement for all who work in the creative industries

The Violin Channel

Telegraph Quartet Announced New San Francisco Conservatory Quartete-In-Residence

Comprising violinists Eric Chin and Joseph Maile, violist Pei-Ling Lin and cellist Jeremiah Shaw, the ensemble, formed in 2013, are former 1st prize winners at the Naumburg and Fischoff International Chamber Music Competitions.

The Strad

Cellist Steven Isserlis receives Cobbett Medal for services to chamber music

Inaugurated in 1924 and endowed by Walter Willson Cobbett, the medal is presented annually to a musician for services to chamber music

Tagesspiegel

Alles im Griff auf dem singenden Schiff

Am Freitag endet das siebenjährige Exil der Berliner Staatsoper im Charlottenburger Schillertheater. Ein Gruß zum Abschied.

Concerti

Musik unterm Sternenzelt

Die zehn schönsten Opernfestivals Europas locken in diesem Sommer nach England, Frankreich, Italien, Deutschland und Österreich

Pizzicato

‘Bürger für Beethoven’ boykottieren Spendenaufruf für Sanierung der Beethovenhalle

Nachdem der Westdeutsche Rundfunk (WDR) die falsche Meldung verbreitete, der Bonner Verein ‘Bürger für Beethoven’ würde zu Spenden für die Sanierung für Beethovenhalle aufrufen, wiesen die Verantwortlichen dies entschieden zurück.

Azernews

Azerbaijan to mark 120th jubilee of first female opera singer

The 120th jubilee anniversary of great female opera singer of Azerbaijan Shovkat Mammadova will be celebrated ceremonially.

The Washington Post

A well-hidden Bach festival offers cheerful relief on a summer afternoon

The Grace Church Bach Festival is one of this town’s better-kept secrets.

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Ein Chagall-Konzert in St. Stephan in Mainz mit ! Wir sind ganz beseelt!

Ehrenpräsident des Deutschen Musikrates Richard Jakoby gestorben

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(Written on July 13, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, the full programme of Aldeburgh Festival 2017 will be announced in January 2017, and the 2017 festival will also mark the 50th anniversary of the Snape Maltings Concert Hall. English Symphony Orchestra (ESO) has appointed Michael Young as its new Assistant Conductor, effective January 2017. Also, read about the ‘pampered’ turkeys on BBC News, where turkeys were raised listening to classical music, and they might be on your Christmas table this year!

Classical Music

Aldeburgh Festival 2017

The 70th Aldeburgh Festival (9-25 June 2017) will mark the 50th anniversary of the Snape Maltings Concert Hall.

Temple Music Foundation announces 2017 programme

The Temple Music Foundation’s 2017 concert programme encompasses Venetian polychoral works, Bach’s St John Passion and a contemporary composition for church choir, organ and saxophone.

English Symphony Orchestra appoints assistant conductor

The English Symphony Orchestra has appointed Michael Young in the newly created role of assistant conductor.

BBC News

‘Pampered’ Corwen turkeys raised on classical music

Turkeys raised to classical music and fed a home-grown grain mix may be north Wales’ “most pampered”.

The Strad

Violist and teacher Paul Leggett drowns in Central Australia

The long-time violist with the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic died while swimming in the Northern Territory.

klassik.com

Nürnberg bewirbt sich als Kulturhauptstadt 2025

Der Stadtrat gab gestern mit großer Mehrheit seine Zustimmung zu der Bewerbung, deren Kosten mit etwa 5 Millionen Euro veranschlagt werden. Nürnberg solle “Kulturhauptstadt der Ideen” werden.

Der Tagesspiegel

Erfolg für Bayreuther Festspiele

Das Landgericht Bayreuth weist die Klage von Wieland Wagners Angehörigen ab. Es ging um den Mietvertrag des Festspielhauses und Entscheidungen über die Festspielleitung.

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GVL: Künstler können jetzt noch Vergütungen für die Nutzung ihrer Produktionen in den Jahren 2010 bis 2012 erhalten

Ob Musiker, Schauspieler, Synchronschauspieler, Tänzer oder Dirigenten: Viele Kreative wissen nicht, dass sie für Ihre Mitwirkungen an künstlerischen Produktionen vergütet werden können, wenn ein Dritter (zum Beispiel ein TV- oder Radiosender) diese nutzt.

Musik heute

Bundesverdienstkreuz für israelischen Geigenbauer Weinstein

Der israelische Geigenbauer Amnon Weinstein hat das Bundesverdienstkreuz für die Restaurierung von etwa 50 Instrumenten von Holocaust-Opfern erhalten.

Berliner Morgenpost

Dercon will neues Ensemble an Volksbühne aufbauen

Chris Dercon (58) setzt für die Berliner Volksbühne auf ein festes Ensemble. Das Theater, dessen Intendanz der Belgier im August 2017 übernehmen soll, werde in den nächsten Jahren ein neues Ensemble aufbauen.

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Help Musicians UK @HelpMusiciansUK  Christmas Time (Don’t Let The Bells End) by @thedarkness is a vastly underrated Christmas song

The Violin Channel @violinchannel ow.ly/Opxf3078ytm WACKY WEDNESDAY | Anna-Maria Hefele : World’s Best Polyphonic Singer [WOW] @AnnaMariaHefele

kulturradio vom rbb @kulturradio_rbb Macht Singen glücklich? Diskutieren Sie mit uns ab 12:10! Und singen Sie mit uns und dem @RundfunkchorB am 4. Advent

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(Written on December 15, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Violist Gerhard Marschner has been promoted to the new Principal Violist of The Vienna Philharmonic, effective from September 2017. Decca launches publishing division, and appoints Natasha Baldwin as head of the division. Also, Hungarian cellist István Várdai has been granted an extended loan of the ‘Du Pré-Harrell’ Stradivari.

Classical Music Magazine

Barbican celebrates record breaking year

The Barbican programmed a record breaking 3,910 arts and learning events over the 2015/16 season.

The Violin Channel

Vienna Philharmonic Promotes New Principal Violist From Within

The Vienna Philharmonic has today announced the appointment of 32 year old Viennese violist Gerhard Marschner as their new Principal Violist.

Music Week

Decca launches new publishing division, Natasha Baldwin appointed SVP

Decca has announced the launch of a new publishing division, with former Imagem executive Natasha Baldwin joining the company to head up the department. Opening this week, Decca Publishing will look to compliment the classical division of Universal Music Publishing.

The Strad

István Várdai receives ‘Du Pré-Harrell’ Stradivarius cello on extended loan

Hungarian cellist István Várdai has been granted an extended loan of the ‘Du Pré-Harrell’ Stradivari, purchased recently by a benefactor who wishes to remain anonymous.

El Pais

Años de peregrinaje

Un volumen reúne por fin en español los ensayos completos del pianista Alfred Brendel.

Klassik.com

Bundesverdienstkreuz für Generalsekretär des Deutschen Musikrats

Prof. Christian Höppner, Präsident des Deutschen Kulturrates und Generalsekretär des Deutschen Musikrates, hat das Bundesverdienstkreuz erhalten.

nmz

Dresdens Theaterszene bekommt neue Spielstätten

Die Dresdner Theaterszene erhält an diesem Freitag auf einen Schlag vier neue Bühnen. Das frühere Kraftwerk Mitte wurde mit rund 100 Millionen Euro als Musentempel hergerichtet. Künftig residieren dort die Staatsoperette und das Theater Junge Generation (TJG).

Kein Vertrauen mehr: Trierer Stadtrat wählt Kulturdezernenten ab

Das unkontrollierte Schuldenwachstum am Trierer Theater hat nun auch Kulturdezernent Thomas Egger (SPD) den Job gekostet. Im Trierer Stadtrat wurde der Jurist am Montagabend abgewählt. Begründung: Das Gremium habe das Vertrauen in Eggers Arbeit verloren.

Musik Heute

Jonas Kaufmann verteidigt Spitze der Klassik-Charts

Die CD “Dolce Vita” von Jonas Kaufmann bleibt an der Spitze der deutschen Klassik-Charts. Daneben platziert der Tenor noch drei weitere Tonträger in den Top 20, wie GfK Entertainment am Dienstag in Baden-Baden mitteilte.

Codex Flores

Wirkung gedehnter Zeit als Forschungsprojekt

Der Europäische Forschungsrat unterstützt das Projekt «Slow Motion: Transformations of Musical Time in Perception and Performance» von Clemens Wöllner vom Institut für Systematische Musikwissenschaft der Universität Hamburg.

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Help Musicians UK @HelpMusiciansUK In response to our ‘Can Music Make You Sick?’ survey results, we hope to the launch a nationwide service in early 2017 to support musicians. https://twitter.com/NoiseyMusic/status/808854043703574528

The Royal Ballet @TheRoyalBallet Painting with the colours of the orchestra. Tchaikovsky, of course:

Kallaway @kallawaylive The Arts Desk visits ‘the world’s best concert hall” @theartsdesk @MupaBudapest http://bit.ly/2hkTXE9

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Photo: Decca Publishing Natasha Baldwin

(Written on December 14, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Christian Gerhaher has been presented with a Wigmore Medal in recognition of his long-standing relationship with Wigmore Hall. Cornwall’s International Male Choral Festival Composers’ Competition announced its winner. Also, Berlin Philharmonic violist accuses former colleague of selling false viola attributed to Luigi Mingazzi, an Italian maker from the 20th century, and the dispute is now playing out in the Munich high court.

Classical Music Magazine

Gerhaher receives Wigmore Medal

Christian Gerhaher has been presented with a Wigmore Medal in recognition of his long-standing relationship with Wigmore Hall.

London Mozart Players announces partnership with Bach to Baby

A new partnership between the London Mozart Players and Bach to Baby will launch on 3 December. The new relationship will be marked with two concerts at the LMP’s new home at St John the Evangelist in Upper Norwood, London, at 2pm and 4.15pm.

CIMCF composers’ competition winner announced

Clive Smith’s setting of William Blake’s “The Tyger” received first prize at Cornwall’s International Male Choral Festival Composers’ Competition.

The Strad

Berlin Philharmonic musician accuses former colleague of selling ‘false’ Mingazzi viola

A dispute between two violists is playing out in the Munich high court following the sale of an instrument ‘falsely’ attributed to 20th century Italian maker Luigi Mingazzi, according to German reports.

Nicolas Altstaedt and Claudio Bohórquez appointed Hanns Eisler Academy of Music cello professors

Nicolas Altstaedt and Claudio Bohórquez have been appointed cello professors at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin, Germany. The two musicians are alumni of the university, having studied under Boris Pergamenschikow and Eberhard Feltz.

The New York Times

Bob Dylan, More Than a Songwriter

Musician or poet? Twitter debates whether Mr.Dylan qualifies as the Nobel Laureate for Literature.

Myanmar Times

Classical meets electro at Baroque Lounge

Baroque Lounge, which melds 17th-century European music with electronics, will be presented at the Goethe-Institut’s Goethe-Villa on October 18.

Shreveport Times

Powerhouse pianists fuses house, classical music with SSO

A bit of classical fused with a bit of house music will result in the genre-crossing, exhilarating concert to appeal to the masses of music lovers. Duo piano artists Anderson & Roe will join the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra in “Rachmaninoff Rhapsody” 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at Riverview Theater in downtown Shreveport.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

“Ein Nobelpreisträger, den man nicht erst verschämt googeln muss”

Ein Musiker erhält den wichtigsten Literaturpreis der Welt – für Literaturkritiker Denis Scheck ein “Späßken” der Akademie. Bob Dylans Fans feiern den Künstler als Chuck Norris der Musik.

klassik.com

Dirigent und Komponist Gerhard Wimberger gestorben

Der Österreicher starb im Alter von 93 Jahren. Wimberger war neben seiner musikpraktischen und -schöpferischen Tätigkeit unter anderem Musiker-Gewerkschafter und zwei Jahrzehnte lang Direktoriumsmitglied der Salzburger Festspiele und setzte sich dort für die zeitgenössische Musik ein.

Kulturradio Rbb

Neuer Studiengang “Kirchenmusik popular” in Herford gestartet

In einer vierjährigen Grundausbildung am Klavier oder an der Gitarre sollen sie etwa als Kirchenmusiker oder Chorleiter arbeiten können und für mehr geistlichen Pop, Rock und Jazz in ihren Gemeinden sorgen.

Codex Flores

Preis für Studie zur Musiktherapie für Krebspatienten

Der Hannoveraner Nachwuchswissenschaftler Marco Warth ist für eine Arbeit zur Musiktherapie für Menschen, die unheilbar an Krebs erkrankt sind, mit dem Reinhold-Schwarz-Förderpreis für Psychoonkologie 2016 ausgezeichnet worden.

Twitter

klassik.com @klassikcom Lars erhält Würth-Preis

Royal College of Music @RCMLodon Yesterday RCM singers joined @realaled to sing ‘Walking in the Air’ at 18,000ft! http://bit.ly/2e2Jgr8

Classic FM @ClassicFM Meet the computer-generated audience helping music students get over their nerves: http://classfm.co/f4i7yX

Christian Gerhaher receives the Wigmore Medal

Photo: Simon Jay Price

(Written on October 14, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, the great American composer you’ve never heard of, Gramophone award winners are announced and how videogame soundtracks have come to be released on vinyl.

Guardian

George Walker: the great American composer you’ve never heard of

The first African American to win the Pulitzer for music is celebrated for overcoming cultural prejudice, but his work is so good this should only be a sideshow to the main event of his compositions

The Megadrive megamix – how classic videogame soundtracks went from background noise to cratedigger gold

Digital composers of the 1990s pushed the console tech far beyond its natural limits to produce warped symphonies that are buried deep in the minds of millions. Now specialist labels are reissuing them on vinyl

Classical Music Magazine

Lise Davidsen wins Queen Sonja competition

Lise Davidsen took first place in this year’s Queen Sonja International Music Competition.

Gramophone award winners announced

The recordings which have won Gramophone Awards in each of the 12 main categories have been announced.

The Strad

Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra appoints new violist Hyobi Sim

The Curtis Institute and Juilliard School graduate is an active chamber musician

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Jenseits aller Grenzen

Daniel Barenboim will mit seiner Staatskapelle Berlin nach Teheran reisen, um dort zur Unterzeichnung des von Israel heftig kritisierten Atomabkommens mit Iran ein Konzert zu geben. In Israel ist man darüber empört.             

Klassik.com

Kulturstaatsministerin Monika Grütters kritisiert geplante Theaterreform in Thüringen

Die Kulturstaatsministerin Monika Grütters hat im öffentlich-rechtlichen Rundfunk Stellung zu der von der Landesregierung geplanten Theaterreform in Thüringen Stellung genommen. Grütters zufolge werden in den Ländern Thüringen und auch Mecklenburg-Vorpommern die Bühnen zu stark für Sparmaßnahmen im Kulturbereich herangezogen.

Musik heute

Weltweit erfolgreich ohne Skandale – Zum Tod von Opernregisseur Nikolaus Lehnhoff

Noch im Mai hatte seine “Turandot”-Produktion zur Weltausstellung in Mailand an der Scala Premiere. Ob in Frankreich oder an der Metropolitan Opera in New York, in Zürich oder Amsterdam – Nikolaus Lehnhoff war einer der gefragtesten Regisseure.

San Francisco Classical Voice

Bernàcer Named S.F. Opera Resident Conductor

The role of resident conductor at the San Francisco Opera is to be assistant and second-in-command to Music Director Nicola Luisotti, helping with planning, rehearsals, and production and conducting both special events and several mainstage performances.

Christoph Lieben-Seutter on Building a Concert Hall for the Future 

Germany is well known for its brass-knuckles approach to austerity programs, especially for its less well-heeled, profligate neighbors. But in the last several years the country has suffered an embarrassing series of infrastructure debacles that suggest the need to look in the mirror.

Twitter

The Amati Magazine : Together with a Gramophone Award, some devastating news from a distinguished cellist

I CARE IF YOU LISTEN : Alright, female composers: step up this fall to @DetroitSymphony competition! Application details available soon!

Classic FM : A @realaled selfie to kick off the Ultimate Classic FM ! What will be number one?

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American composer George Walker
Credit: Mike Derer/Associated Press/ Guardian

(Written on August 28, 2015 )

BBC News

Soloist Lukas Kmit Hits Right Note On Phone Intrusion.

Slovakian viola player Lukas Kmit reacted coolly when a mobile phone interrupted his recital at the Orthodox Synagogue in Presov, in Slovakia.

Independent

How Debussy Keys Into Japan.

In 1862 Claude Debussy was born in Paris: the biggest musical celebrations of 2012 will mark his 150th anniversary.

The Telegraph

Should Alfie Boe Be Knocking The Business That Made Him?

Rupert Christiansen is disappointed that singer Alfie Boe is showing ingratitude to his operatic roots.

Gramophone

From Darkness To Light: Music From A Prison Cell.

Mark-Anthony Turnage joins prisoners to create new work for the Cultural Olympiad.

The Guardian

Anthony Hopkins: ‘I’ve Never Really Been Close To Anyone’.

The actor on composing music, walking out on dictatorial film directors and why he moved to the US.

The Rest Is Noise: Southbank Festival To Celebrate Contemporary Classical Music.

London’s Southbank Centre to host year-long festival inspired by Alex Ross’s study of 20th-century classical music.

Tom Service On Death In Classical Music.

I can hear tubas. Am I about to die?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2012/jan/22/critics-notebook-tom-service

 

 

(Written on January 24, 2012 )