21st January: New director for San Fran Phil, Royal Northern Sinfonia leader steps down

Monday 21st January 2019

Richard Egarr named music director of San Francisco’s Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale

Richard Egarr has been appointed music director of The Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale (PBO) in San Francisco. He succeeds Nicholas McGegan, who is stepping down after 35 years in the role.

Richard Egarr
Conductor and Harpsichordist
Photo: Marco Borggreve

Egarr will join the PBO at the start of the 2020/21 season as music director designate, overlapping with his 15th and final season as music director of the Academy of Ancient Music. He will assume the full title in September 2021.

Egarr said that he hoped to ‘inspire, deepen and develop the repertoire and applying. There is still much to do and new attitudes to bring to the world of historical performance, and I am grateful and overjoyed to be able to continue my work in this field with PBO.’

[via Rhinegold]

Junge Opernsänger erhalten Emmerich Smola Förderpreis

Die Sopranistin Aleksandra Jovanovic (29) und der Bariton André Baleiro (30) haben den Emmerich Smola Förderpreis 2019 gewonnen. Die Serbin und der Portugiese wurden am Samstagabend unter sechs Kandidaten per Publikumsentscheid ausgewählt, teilte der mitveranstaltende Südwestrundfunk (SWR) mit. Die beiden Sänger erhielten ein Preisgeld von jeweils 10.000 Euro.

Der Emmerich Smola Preis wird seit 2004 jährlich von der Stadt Landau in Kooperation mit dem SWR vergeben. Die Auszeichnung zählt nach Angaben der Organisatoren zu den international höchstdotierten Förderpreisen für junge Gesangstalente. Er geht zu gleichen Teilen an je eine Sängerin und einen Sänger.

Soprano Aleksandra Jovanovic and baritone André Baleiro have won the Emmerich Smola award for 2019. The singers were selected by the audience on Saturday evening, from six candidates. The two singers received 10,000 euros each in prize money.

The Emmerich Smola Prize has been awarded annually by the City of Landau since 2004, in cooperation with the SWR. The award is one of the highest-endowed international awards for young vocal talents.

[via Musik-Heute]

Bradley Creswick steps down as RNS leader

Royal Northern Sinfonia’s (RNS) leader Bradley Creswick will step down at the end of the orchestra’s 60th anniversary season.

Creswick joined the orchestra in 1984, and has since impressed audiences particularly with his rendition of Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending.

Creswick will perform this piece in a farewell concert on 1 February at Sage Gateshead. ‘Creswick’s Aviary’ will also include Rossini’s The Thieving Magpie overture, and Rautavaara’s Cantus Arcticus.

‘I’ll miss being able to play full-time with such fantastic musicians,’ said Creswick. ‘Working and making music with them and having the time to rehearse with them and let the music grow is an amazing experience.’

He has welcomed the invitation to return as guest leader with RNS in the future.

[via Rhinegold]