17th April: Philip Glass, ‘Silent Night’ and the Menuhin Competition winners

Tuesday 17th April 2012

The Independent

Don Giovanni, Heaven, Villiers St, London

Between Mozart’s Don Giovanni and the Don Juan of myth yawns a gap.

The Times

Einstein on the Beach: Philip Glass’s beautiful five-hour Minimalist opera

Historians hail it as the first great American opera.

The LA Times

‘Silent Night’ by Kevin Puts wins Pulitzer for music

“Silent Night,” an opera by Kevin Puts that dramatizes a miraculous ceasefire during World War I, has won the Pulitzer Prize for music.

Titanic violinist Wallace Hartley remembered

Leading a small band of musicians, Hartley kept performing for passengers as the Titanic gradually sank into the ocean. On Sunday, a concert was held in Hartley’s hometown of Colne, to pay tribute to the violinist.

Norman Lebrecht

Just in: Leipzig gives its Bach medal to Japanese interpreter

The Bach medal 2012 goes to Masaaki Suzuki, the period instrument organist, harpsichordist and conductor.


New Award Holders for London Music Masters

Violinists Benjamin Beilman (21, United States), Hyeyoon Park (20, South Korea) and Alexandra Soumm (22, France) have been named London Music Masters(LMM) award holders for 2012-2015.


Composer Unsuk Chin receives Korea’s Ho-Am Prize

Artistic director of the Seoul Philharmonic’s contemporary series and the Philharmonia Orchestra’s Music of Today, Unsuk Chin received the prize worth €200,000.

Menuhin Competition winners announced

Young violinists impress a leading panel of judges in Beijing.

Kenneth Arthur Renshaw won the Senior Division of the Menuhin Competition

Kenneth Arthur Renshaw won the Senior Division of the Menuhin Competition

11-year-old Kevin Zhu, who won the Junior Division is the competition's youngest

11-year-old Kevin Zhu, who won the Junior Division, is the competition’s youngest ever winner