30th May: Facebook AI sings Bach, Sir Simon Rattle leaves Berliner Philharmoniker

Wednesday 30th May 2018

In today’s news: Facebook AI sings classical music, Pianist Joon Yoon wins Guildhall gold medal, Maxim Emelyanychev to be next principal conductor for Scottish Chamber Orchestra, conductor Sir Simon Rattle leaves the Berliner Philharmoniker after sixteen years, Tenors Plácido Domingo and Juan Diego Florez will perform on the eve of the opening of the Football World Cup, conductor Helmuth Rilling turns 85 years old.

The Guardian

Jeff Goldblum to release jazz piano album

The actor signs to Decca following lifetime of piano playing, including with his band the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra.

Celebrating degenerate music and fighting the fascists – in a blue dress

Researching and sharing the music of the lost generation of “degenerate” musicians has brought many voices back to life, but it has also exposed those whose stories are not available to us.

New Scientist

Facebook AI turns your idle humming into a Bach orchestra piece

Whistle a jaunty tune, and artificial intelligence can convert it into the style of a Mozart symphony played by an entire orchestra.

Classical Music

Pianist Joon Yoon wins Guildhall gold medal

The Guildhall School has announced Joon Yoon as the winner of this year’s gold medal, the school’s most prestigious prize for soloists.


Maxim Emelyanychev to head Scottish Chamber Orchestra

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra has revealed its next Prinicpal Conductor: Maxim Emelyanychev who will take up his post with the SCO in September next year.

Music Week

‘I’ve never seen anything like this for a classical artist’: Decca’s Rebecca Allen on Sheku Kanneh-Mason’s Royal Wedding impact

“That was extraordinary – it has lit up around the world,” Allen told Music Week. “The media coverage for him was just off the scale.


„Mister Bach“ zum Geburtstag

Den Großteil seines künstlerischen Schaffens widmete er Johann Sebastian Bach. Heute wird der Kirchenmusiker und Dirigent Helmuth Rilling 85 Jahre alt.


Ein Abschied mit Selbstironie

Eigentlich geht das doch ganz prima ohne Dirigenten. Gleich nach dem Einstimmen gibt ein Schlagzeuger der Berliner Philharmoniker den Takt vor mit seinen Stöcken, der Rest des Ensembles beginnt zu swingen, die Stimmung ist gut, Sir Simon Rattle bald nicht mehr weit.

Musik Heute

Ensemble Musikfabrik: Thomas Fichter wird Intendant

Das Ensemble Musikfabrik hat den Kulturmanager und früheren Musiker Thomas Fichter offiziell zu seinem neuen Intendanten berufen. Der 59-Jährige folgt auf Thomas Oesterdiekhoff, der das Ensemble 2017 verlassen hat.

France musique

Plácido Domingo et Juan Diego Florez en ouverture de la Coupe du monde de football

Les ténors Plácido Domingo et Juan Diego Florez se produiront en concert la veille de l’ouverture de la Coupe du monde de football, lors d’un concert organisé sur la place rouge de Moscou, le 13 juin 2018.


Singers selected for Melbourne Opera’s Richard Divall Emerging Artists Program

Melbourne Opera has announced the six singers who will take part in the inaugural Richard Divall Emerging Artists Program in 2018.


Peter Brathwaite (second from right) in Effigies of Wickedness © Helen Murray 2018