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In today’s news: Operalia 2017 finalists announced, Radio 4 to continue Saturday Review, and scientists have found the lowest note in the universe. Woman destroys ex-husband’s 800.000€ worth violin collection, conductor Paul Angerer dies aged 90, and Konzerthaus Berlin launches season 2017/18.

Opera Now

Operalia 2017 finalists announced

The singers will perform under the baton of Plácido Domingo, accompanied by the Astana Opera Symphony Orchestra, on 29 July.

Classical Music Magazine

Radio 4 to continue Saturday Review

Radio 4 controller Gwyneth Williams has reversed her decision to cancel Saturday Review, confirming that the show will continue beyond the autumn.

The Violin Channel

London’s Hattori Foundation 2017 Career-Support Bursary Winners Announced

Awarded annually to instrumentalists and ensembles ages 21 and 27 who show outstanding promise for an international career.

Classic FM

Did you know scientists have found the lowest note in the universe (and it’s a B flat)

The sound emitted by the supermassive black hole at the centre of the Perseus cluster is the lowest sound ever detected in the universe.

Pizzicato

Next: Gay musicians will be banned from stage

Yesterday, Trump, the liar, outrageously banned transgender people from military service.

France musique

Au Japon, une femme détruit 54 violons appartenant à son ex-mari

Au Japon, une femme de 34 ans a été arrêtée pour avoir détruit 54 violons et 70 archets appartenant à son ex-mari.

Der Tagesspiegel

Paul Angerer mit 90 Jahren gestorben

Der österreichische Musiker, Dirigent und Komponist Paul Angerer ist im Alter von 90 Jahren gestorben.

Klassik.com

Stuttgarter Staatsoper mit geringerem Zuschauerzuspruch in der vergangenen Spielzeit

Die Staatstheater Stuttgart, unter deren Dach Schauspiel, Oper und Ballett zusammengefasst sind, haben eine Bilanz der Spielzeit 2016/17 gezogen.

KlassikHeute

Die Saison 2017/18 im Konzerthaus Berlin

Eugene Mursky eröffnet die neue Saison der C. Bechstein Klavierabende im Konzerthaus Berlin am 22. September 2017 um 20 Uhr.

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The Strad: woman who destroyed husbands instrument collection

Merken

(Written on July 27, 2017 )

In today’s news: Winners of 2017 BBC Proms Inspire Competition announced, and conductor Riccardo Muti to lead joint Italian and Iranian orchestral concerts. Final spurt at the construction site of the Staatsoper Berlin, and musicians at the G20 summit.

Music Teacher

Winners of 2017 BBC Proms Inspire Competition announced

Five young composers have won across three categories in this year’s competition. They will have their compositions performed at the BBC Prom in 2018, and they also win a broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and a bbc commission throughout the 17/18 season.

The Strad

Conductor Riccardo Muti to lead joint Italian and Iranian orchestral concerts

Celebrating 20 years of Muti’s ‘Roads of Friendship’ initiative, the performances by Italian and Iranian musicians take place in Tehran on 6 July and in Ravenna on 8 July

Cmuse

Saxophonist Floats Paper Inside Saxophone

Check out this cool trick by saxophonist and hobbyist, David Pope. He put a video of a piece of paper floating mid-air inside the bell of a saxophone.

Pizzicato

Denis Matsuev cancels concerts due to exhaustion

Under his doctor’s orders, Russian Pianist Denis Matsuev, 42, had to reduce his schedule due to exhaustion and therefore withdraw from several concerts during summer.

Berliner Morgenpost

Endspurt auf der Baustelle der Staatsoper Unter den Linden

In der Staatsoper Unter den Linden wird Optimismus verbreitet: Die Handwerker versichern, Ende Juli fertig zu sein.

NMZ

Dünne moralische Luft auf dem Gipfel

Orchestermusiker sind auch nur Bürger in Uniform, sie haben zu exerzieren, was man ihnen auf die Pulte stellt, was ein Regisseur ihnen vorinszeniert.

Klassik.com

Richard-Strauss-Festival 2017 zieht positive Bilanz

Das Richard-Strauss-Festival hat eine positive Bilanz der diesjährigen Festspielausgabe gezogen. Die binnen sieben Festivaltagen 25 ausgerichteten Veranstaltungen wurden von knapp 7.000 Zuschauern besucht.

BBC News

The sisters who have sung in the same church choir for 80 years

A pair of sisters have been singing in their church choir for more than 80 years.

Twitter

Music Teacher: BBC Proms

Merken

(Written on July 6, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Dartington International Summer School & Festival has announced the full programme of courses and concerts for 2016, and Harold Budd explains why he’s not scared to sound pretty. Also, The Guardian lists classical music’s highlights of the year, and BBC Store offers an exclusive 25% discount

The Guardian

Harold Budd: the ambient music master floats again

Returning to New York for a rare concert, the composer, whose work with Brian Eno helped shape ambient music, explains he’s not scared to sound pretty

BBC Music Magazine

Enjoy an exclusive 25% discount at BBC Store

We present the best of the BBC Store (according to us…)

Classical Music Magazine

Dartington International Summer School & Festival 2016

Dartington International Summer School & Festival has announced the full programme of courses and concerts for 2016

Sinfini

Sinfini Music on TV

Sinfini Music’s acclaimed animation of Bach’s First Prelude and Fugue from the Well-Tempered Clavier is now available to watch via a new TV app

The Guardian

The top 10 classical concerts and operas of 2015

Andris Nelsons and Simon Rattle led masterful surveys of Beethoven and Sibelius, the Proms made it great to stay up late, and opera brought moments both comic and surreal. Our combined critics list classical music’s highlights of the year

KlassikAkzente

Die Macht ist stark mit John Williams! – Diese Woche wird der Soundtrack zu “Star Wars: Das Erwachen der Macht” veröffentlicht

Einen Tag nach Kinostart des brandneuen Star Wars: Das Erwachen der Macht ist es soweit: Am 18. Dezember 2015 erscheint der originale Soundtrack zum Film aus der Feder der fünffach oscargekrönten Filmmusiklegende John Williams

NMZ

Fast eine Million Euro für zwei Kulturprojekte in Sachsen

Die Kulturstiftung des Bundes unterstützt zwei neue Projekte in Sachsen mit insgesamt rund 990 000 Euro

Klassik.com

Montserrat Caballé wegen Steuerbetrugs verurteilt

Die spanische Opernsängerin Montserrat Caballé (82) ist wegen Steuerhinterziehung zu einer Haftstrafe von sechs Monaten und einer Strafzahlung von 250.000 Euro verurteilt worden

El Mundo 

Alberto Urretxo: ‘La música clásica es la cultura popular

Es desde 1998 Trombón solista de la BOS además de profesor de Repertorio de Orquesta y Música de Cámara en el Conservatorio Superior de Euskadi

The New York Times 

The Operatic Tenor Juan Diego Flórez Shifts His Tone, and His Persona

Two decades into a starry operatic career, Mr. Flórez, at 42, is entering a new vocal phase: He is now singing the role of Edgardo in Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor,” more heroic than the bubbly coloratura characters that made him famous

Twitter

Arts Council EnglandGreat art & culture brings everyone together at . Even turkeys. Get colouring in!

Classic FM ‏Watch a horrible tuba selfie fail: (we know you want to)

PRS Foundation: Congrats to the latest round of artists funded by >>>

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Andris Nelsons with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
Photograph: Andrew Fox/The Guardian

(Written on December 16, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, the results of Sound and Music’s Composer Commissioning Survey are revealed, Royal Scottish National Orchestra relocates to Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall, ‘La Marseillaise’ is played around the World and Sebastian Schwartz is appointed general director at Glyndebourne. Also, the winners of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Awards are announced

Classical Music Magazine

Sound and Music survey highlights problems faced by composers

The results of Sound and Music’s Composer Commissioning Survey 2015 have been revealed. The survey was first conducted in 2014 in response to increasingly frequent remarks over the worsening environment for the creation of new music

The National

Royal Scottish National Orchestra moves to bespoke new home in Glasgow city centre

Scotland’s national orchestra has relocated to a new home in Glasgow city centre. The construction of a purpose-built rehearsal and recording facility for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) and a new 600-seat music auditorium was completed last month

The New York Times

After Paris Attacks, ‘La Marseillaise’ Echoes Around the World in Solidarity

It rang out at the Metropolitan Opera, with Plácido Domingo conducting, and before performances by the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and others. Muslim leaders sang it in Paris at the scene of one of Friday’s deadly terror attacks

Classical Music Magazine

Paul Hamlyn Foundation award winners announced

Composers Brian Irvine, Adem Ilhan and Peter Wareham have been named winners of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Awards for Artists 2015. Each winner receives £50,000 over three years, with no obligations or conditions as to how the money is used

Classical Music Magazine

Glyndebourne appoints Sebastian Schwartz as general director

Glyndebourne has appointed Sebastian F. Schwartz as general director. He will take up the new role in May 2016, becoming the opera company’s seventh general director

NMZ

Liz Mohn Kultur- und Musikstiftung fördert 15 Musikprojekte

In den Projekten erhalten junge Menschen aus unterschiedlichen Kulturen die Chance, an kultureller Bildung teilzuhaben und das Miteinander und Verständnis füreinander zu lernen

Klassik.com

Medal of Freedom für Geiger Itzhak Perlman

Der Violinist und Dirigent Itzhak Perlman erhält die Presidential Medal of Freedom, die als höchste zivile Auszeichnung der USA gilt

Codex Flores

Kammerorchester Basel reist nach Australien

Das Kammerorchester Basel gastiert zum ersten Mal in seiner Geschichte in Australien. Eingeladen hat das Australian Chamber Orchestra. Als Solistin reist die Cellistin Sol Gabetta mit

El Pais

“Mi música es una mezcla de lógica y sentimiento”

El compositor Ludovico Einaudi, autor de la música del nuevo anuncio de la Lotería de Navidad, presenta su disco ‘Elements’

Scherzo

Antón Larrauri tiene ya su página web

El 21 de deciembre de este año se celebra el 15 aniversario del fallecimiento del compositor Antón Larrauri. Para tal ocasión un círculo de amigos del compositor ha colgado una biografía suya en Wikipedia junto a la creación de un blog llamado Circulolarrauri en el cual van introduciendo artículos referidos a su figura y obra

Twitter

Arts Council: England ‏@ace_national  Celebrate LGBT arts and culture in Birmingham @shoutfestival #ShoutFestival15 http://bit.ly/1MMJfBM

WhatsOnStage Opera: @WOSOpera  Sebastian F. Schwarz, deputy AD of Theater an der Wien in Vienna, appointed general director of @glyndebourne  w.e.f. May 2016

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L-R: Brian Irvine, Karen Mirza and Brad Butler, Emma Hart, Peter Wareham, Adem Ilhan, Tina Keane and Will Holder. Photo: Emile Holba, Classical Music Magazine

Paul Hamlyn Foundation award winners, L-R: Brian Irvine, Karen Mirza and Brad Butler, Emma Hart, Peter Wareham, Adem Ilhan, Tina Keane and Will Holder.
Photo: Emile Holba, Classical Music Magazine

 

(Written on November 17, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, the winners of ECHO Klassik are announced, Friedrich Doležal has died and reimagining Alice in Wonderland as a hip-hop opera.

Classical Music Magazine

ECHO Klassik Prizewinners Announced

The winners of this year’s ECHO Klassik awards have been announced.

Classic FM

Piano virtuoso Lang Lang just raced sprinter Usain Bolt (on the keyboard) – and it was a tie

The Chinese pianist’s fast fingers took centre stage at the Beijing National Stadium for world athletics championships 2015 – but 100m title-holder Usain Bolt was just bemused.

The Strad

Vienna Philharmonic principal cellist Friedrich Doležal has died aged 68

The musician performed with the orchestra from 1968 until 2014

US Airways criticised for ‘passing the buck’ after losing eight violins

The instruments were finally recovered after five days and ‘hundreds of calls’, according to St Louis cello professor Ken Kulosa

PRI

Reimagining ‘Alice in Wonderland’ as a hip-hop opera

Ibrahim Maalouf says he always loved the story of “Alice in Wonderland” because it’s all about the freedom to imagine.

Klassik.com

Sanierung des Bayreuther Festspielhauses beginnt

Kurz vor Beginn der Sanierungsarbeiten am Bayreuther Festspielhaus wurde über einzelne Details der Maßnahme informiert. Bei einer Veranstaltung der Gesellschaft der Freunde von Bayreuth bekräftigte der Architekt Detlef Stephan, er gehe aufgrund des guten Bauzustandes davon aus, dass das Gesamtbudget von 30 Millionen Euro ausreiche.

Musik heute

Musikfest Berlin erwartet internationale Spitzenorchester

Das Musikfest Berlin widmet sich in diesem Jahr vor allem den Komponisten Carl Nielsen (1865-1931), Arnold Schönberg (1874-1951) und Gustav Mahler (1860-1911). Vom 2. bis 20. September treten in der Berliner Philharmonie rund 30 internationale Orchester, Instrumental- und Vokalensembles sowie Solisten auf, wie die Veranstalter am Montag mitteilten.

Pizzicato

Thüringer Orchesterkonferenz verurteilt Fusionspläne und Stellenabbau

Die Pläne der Regierung von Thüringen zur Schließung, Fusion und Verkleinerung von Orchestern und Theatersparten stossen auf starke Ablehnung. Die Thüringer Orchesterkonferenz stellt fest, dass seit der Wende bereits mehr als 400 von ehemals über 1000 Orchesterstellen in Thüringen abgebaut wurden

Classicalite

The Salzburg Festival Adapts ‘The Barber of Seville’ as an Opera for Children

Members of the Young Singers Project may finally have found a remedy for opera’s reputation for standoffishness with their unique adaptation of Rossini’s Barber of Seville for children as young as four years old.

France Musique

La construction de l’opéra de Dubaï s’achèvera en mars 2016

Pièce maîtresse d’un nouveau quartier, les travaux du Dubaï Opera House s’achèveront en mars 2016 et laisseront place à un nouvel espace culturel multi format pouvant accueillir pas moins de 2000 personnes.

Twitter

London Youth Choir  @LonYouthChoir: Happy summer school memories of fun musicianship session with @Voices_Found Musicianship is so vital for singers

BBC Music Magazine @MusicMagazine: Just had a marketing email which begins with the line: ‘Christmas is almost upon us’.

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Barber of Seville adapted as children’s opera
Credit: DeAgostini/Getty Images/ Classicalite

(Written on August 25, 2015 )

BBC News

Orchestras ‘still hostile to women’

Although there are hundreds of female musicians, very few orchestras have female directors and conductors

Limelight Magazine

Classical Grammy Awards 2014

Australian Chamber Orchestra and Dawn Upshaw head the impressive list of this years winners

Gramophone

The Bolshoi Theatre has a new music director: Tugan Sokhiev

Sokhiev replaces Vassily Sinaisky at the Bolshoi

Classic FM Online

Boy with no arms learns to play trumpet with toes

Jahmir Wallace, a 10-year-old student from Phillipsberg, New Jersey, has learned to play the trumpet despite being born without arms

Classical Music Magazine

Southbank Centre looks to 21st century in 2014/15 season

The Southbank Centre itself has commissioned works from Steve Reich, Anna Clyne, Terry Riley, Unsuk Chin, Kaija Saariaho, Simon Holt and, with the Philharmonia Orchestra, James MacMillan

The Telegraph

Danielle de Niese: New generation of opera stars to combat ‘fat lady sings’ parody

Danielle de Niese, the opera singer, argues outdated stereotypes about the genre must go, and signals the end of ‘the fat lady sings’

The Independent

British orchestras are in danger of losing top billing despite rising ticket sales

Funding reductions mean our leading ensembles may have to cut back on the things that give them world status

The Telegraph

The Telegraph

(Written on January 27, 2014 )

In London on Wednesday 5th February at Nils Frahm‘s private launch Party for his book SHEETS, which is published by Manners McDade, one lucky winner of an exciting competition will have the opportunity to perform one of his pieces from the book live at the party.

The entry requirements are simply for candidates to be available to play in London on the evening of the Wednesday 5th of February 2014, and to answer the following questions:

How old you were you when you first started playing the piano?
Can you remember where you were when you first heard Nils’s music?
Which is your favourite track of his?

Answers must be sent to info@mannersmcdade.co.uk by Tuesday 14th January.

The winner get to perform at the party on a beautiful grand piano.

For any further information, contact Nils Frahm’s publisher via Twitter @mannersmcdade, and you can also follow Nils’s Facebook and Twitter page for updates.

Get entering and good luck!

(Written on January 10, 2014 )

Global Post

French luxury piano maker Pleyel plays its final notes

Top-end French piano maker Pleyel, whose instruments were used by the likes of Frederic Chopin, Claude Debussy and Franz Liszt, announced Wednesday it will end production by the end of the year

Star Tribune

For Minnesota Orchestra, a fresh start

Recent times have seen the end of The Minnesota Orchestra, but the future suggests there may be a Minnesota Symphony Orchestra… there is an ensemble, a venue and an endowment. All that is needed now is a vision

SF Gate

‘Unsound’ documentary explores collapse of music industry

San Francisco based musician and producer Mikael “Count” Eldridge (DJ Shadow, Galactic) is currently raising funds through an IndieGogo campaign to complete “Unsound,” a documentary that explores the collapse of the music industry in the wake of the Internet

The Strad

American violinist Stephen Waarts wins Young Concert Artists auditions

Violinist Stephen Waarts was the only string player among the three first-prize winners of this year’s Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York

From the archive: The tale of the King of Spain Strads

The set of decorated Stradivari instruments housed at the Royal Palace of Madrid made news recently when they received their first public performance, by the Quiroga Quartet from Spain

Der Tagesspiegel

Sein Weg mit Karajan

32 Jahre lang hat Peter Csobadi als Pressesprecher dem Dirigenten Herbert von Karajan treue Dienste geleistet. Zuvor war der Ungar bereits Sekretär Ferenc Fricsays gewesen, SFB-Redakteur und Pressechef der Berliner Festwochen. In einem Hörbuch erzählt der 90-Jährige nun aus seinem Leben

Global Post

Global Post

(Written on November 14, 2013 )

Classic FM Online

Classical music doesn’t improve brain function, study claims

The Mozart effect could be completely non-existent, according to a new neuro-scientific study in America

Katherine Jenkins and José Carreras head to Abu Dhabi

Welsh mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins ans Spanish tenor José Carreras are to perform together in Abu Dhabi on October 25th

Brighton Philharmonic saved from closure

The Brighton Philharmonic has been saved from closure thanks to a series of late donations before yesterday’s board meeting that was to decide the orchestra’s fate

90-year-old Ethiopian nun is classical composer

The compositions of Emahoy Tsegué-Mariam Guebrù who was in near seclusion for nearly 30 years have been discovered by an Israeli pianist, who describes them as a “strange combination of classical, Ethiopian and blues”

National Children’s Orchestra in Tim Lihoreau’s Wednesday Web Chat

What’s it like playing in one of the world’s best children’s orchestras? We’ll be talking to former percussionist Benjamin Glassberg and Sarah Derbyshire in our Wednesday Web Chat from 9am on 21 August

Gramophone

2014 Gilmore Young Artist Award winners announced

Andrew Hsu and Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner receive the biennial award for promising American pianists

Classical Music Magazine

Last-ditch £70,000 fundraising effort hailed as success for Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra

A campaign to raise £70,000 in less than two weeks in order to save the freelance Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra has claimed success, after garnering pledges of £72,200

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Jeder giert nach seinem Gut

Abschluss der vielleicht kürzesten Ring-Inszenierung zu Wagners 200. Geburtstag. Der Schauspieler Stefan Kaminski erklärt Wagners Ring in vier Videos: „.Rheingold“, „Walküre“, „Siegfried“ und „Götterdämmerung“

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Classic FM Online

(Written on August 21, 2013 )