Stella Chen Awarded 1st Prize at Brussel’s Queen Elisabeth Competition
26-year old Stella Chen from the United States has just been awarded 1st prize at the 2019 Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition – in Brussels, Belgium.
A graduate of the New England Conservatory and Harvard University, where she studied with Donald Weilerstein and Miriam Fried and current student of Li Lin, Catherine Cho and Donald Weilerstein at The Juilliard School, Stella is a former prize winner at the Tibor Varga International Violin Competition and the Menuhin Competition.
2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to: 25-year-old VC Young Artist Timothy Chooi from Canada and 23-year-old VC Young Artist Stephen Kim from the United States.
Garsington Opera has announced its 2020 season, opening on 28 May.
The season will feature three new productions – Verdi’s Un giorno di regno directed by Christopher Alden and conducted by Tobias Ringborg; Mozart’s Mitridate, re di Ponto directed by Tim Albery with conductor Clemens Schuldt making his Garsington debut; Dvořák’s Rusalka with Douglas Boyd conducting and Michael Boyd directing; and a revival of John Cox’s production of Beethoven’s Fidelio conducted by Gérard Korsten.
On 19 September 2019 this season’s production of Don Giovanni with principals and chorus from Garsington Opera will be given a semi-staged concert performance at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris with the Orchestre de chamber de Paris conducted by Douglas Boyd and directed by Deborah Cohen.
Eisler-Musikhochschule: Professoren «bestürzt» über Rektorenabwahl
Professoren der Hanns-Eisler-Musikhochschule in Berlin haben sich «bestürzt und konsterniert» über die Abwahl des bisherigen Rektors Robert Ehrlich geäußert. Das – wenn auch knappe – Wahlergebnis im Akademischen Senat werde den Leistungen, die Ehrlich in seiner ersten Amtszeit erbracht habe, nicht gerecht, hieß es in einer Erklärung von rund 30 Professoren am Freitag.
Man werde aber auch mit der neuen Leitung gut zusammenarbeiten. Zu den Initiatoren der Erklärung gehören die Geigerin Antje Weithaas und der Klarinettist Martin Spangenberg, der auch erster Prorektor der Hochschule ist. Die Hochschule erklärte, die Wahl sei demokratisch verlaufen, davor habe es eine lebhafte Aussprache gegeben. Am 15. Mai hatte der Erweiterte Akademische Senat die britische Kulturmanagerin Sarah Wedl-Wilson zur neuen Rektorin für vier Jahre gewählt. Ehrlich, dessen Amtszeit am 30. September endet, unterlag dabei.
Eisler-Musikhochschule: Professors are dismayed over deselection of the rector
Professors of the Hanns-Eisler-Musikhochschule in Berlin have said that they are “dismayed and disturbed” about the deselection of the former Rector Robert Ehrlich. The election result in the academic senate, even when it was scarce, would not do justice to the achievements Ehrlich had made in his first term of office, said a statement by around 30 professors on Friday.
But they will also work well together with the new management. The initiators of the statement include the violinist Antje Weithaas and the clarinetist Martin Spangenberg, who is also the first vice rector of the university. The university said that the election was democratic, before there was a lively debate. On May 15, the Extended Academic Senate had elected British Cultural Manager Sarah Wedl-Wilson as the new Principal for four years. Ehrlich, whose term ends on September 30, defeated it.