20th September: Classical Pianist replaces concert halls with the outdoors and Belgian oud player helps refugees preserve musical culture

Thursday 20th September '18

Today's Classical News Round-Up Belgian builds musical bridge across the Bosphorus Belgian musician Tristan Driessens found his inspiration and his calling east of the Bosphorus, becoming one of the West's few masters of the oud and of …

Racoons and Cultural Diplomacy at the Cliburn

Wednesday 7th June '17

Following a wonderful party at Fort Worth Zoo yesterday evening (including appearances from flamingos, baby racoons, and a skunk), first on the menu this morning was a fascinating symposium on Cultural Diplomacy.  After Stuart Isacoff’s …

1st May: Musicians among 15 executed in North Korea, cellist responds to terrorist attacks in Iraq and Joyce DiDonato joins Carnegie Hall board

Friday 1st May '15

Classical News In today's news fifteen North Korean senior officials have been put to death, including four musicians from the state orchestra. Karim Wasfi, cellist and director of the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra responds to terrorist …

21st November: Baghdad’s ballet school: a tiny island of creativity amid inescapable violence, World’s smallest portrait of Mozart sells for £218,500 and Opera Holland Park could receive £5m to become independent.

Friday 21st November '14

Classical News GuardianBaghdad's ballet school: a tiny island of creativity amid inescapable violenceThough the Iraqi capital’s past as a cultural center is a distant memory, the music and ballet school has remained a cultural safe haven …

7th May: National Youth Orchestra of Iraq launches Kickstarter campaign, lost Mendelssohn song re-discovered & ‘Living Symphonies’ premiere

Wednesday 7th May '14

Classic FM OnlineNational Youth Orchestra of Iraq launches Kickstarter campaignYoung Iraqi classical musicians have launched an online fundraising campaign to get the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq to the United States for a major tour …

12th January – A Beethoven gem, and youth’s moment in the sun

Thursday 12th January '12

GramophoneViolinist Israel Baker Has Died, Aged 92.The violinist Israel Baker has died at his home in Los Angeles aged 92.Thomas Quasthoff Withdraws From The Spotlight.Citing ill health, the German baritone retires.BBC NewsLetter Penned By Beethoven …