Mozart concerto? It’s kids stuff
This is boy wonder Daniel Lozakovitj, 13, who signed to global management today.
Crisis: Opera is running out of costumes
Apparently. Elizabeth Braw reports for Newsweek that opera and ballet companies are running low beause ‘fashion colleges don’t teach students how to sew’. So serious is the crisis that Opera Philadelphia’s new production of Giuseppe Verdi’s Don Carlo is under threat because Don Carlo requires a huge range of hand-stitched costumes strong enough to withstand […]
Bullying in the arts ‘ is common and increasing in frequency’
That’s the argument of a doctoral thesis by Anne-Marie Quigg, presented at the University of London. The subtitle is ‘When Creative becomes Coercive’. You can read the full thesis here (we’re saving it for the weekend). This is a summary (below). You know it happens. You’ve seen the movie Whiplash. Be aware. The original […]
Autistic boy wins place at English National Ballet School
Lovely story from Graham Spircer at Gramilano. James Hobley, 15, from Redcar, is autistic. So is his twin brother. And his elder brother. They have been schooled at home by their mother, Sheila, after having to endure bullying at a state school. James conceived a passion for dance. He went on Britain’s Got Talent. Now […]
Polish favourite quits Chopin Competition with hand injury
Karolina Nadolska, whom many saw as Poland’s front-player in this autumn’s Chopin Competition, has been forced to withdraw. She tells Slipped Disc: ‘ I have a problem with right hand… I was supposed to play on the 17th but couldn’t move my fingers. The organizers proposed me to try today but my hand is still […]
Agency swoop: Violin kid, 13, gets global management
Kathryn Enticott, formerly the go-to manager at disintegrating IMG Artists, has made her first signing as a boutique agent. The artist is called Daniel Lozakovitj, he’s Swedish born and he studies with Professor Josef Rissin at Karlsruhe. Going by the publicity pic he hasn’t started shaving yet, but he seems to be quite busy on […]
She wants a man-date on May 7: Mel’s musical election special
If the UK election campaign has been dull so far, it’s for want of musical commentary. No more. Up pop’s our pal Melinda Hughes with her whip and her her both-ways swing…. Just gone live.
Love the pianist, not the piano
I am hugely taken with Stephen Hough’s new set of Grieg’s Lyric Pieces on Hyperion. It’s my Album of the Week on sininimusic.com. But I’m still having to adjust my ears to the piano he chose to play. Read my discomfort here.
Maestro move: Japan upgrades rising Finn
Pietari Inkinen, the young Finn who is stepping down as music director of the New Zealand SO, is to be chief conductor of the Japan Philharmonic. He has been principal guest with them since 2009. Inkinen, 34, is also chief of the Prague Symphony. Here’s an extract from this morning’s press conference.
Youtube’s secret classical hero
It will be ten years next Wednesday since the channel went online and for much of that time – since December 10, 2005, to be precise – Stephen Malinowski has been giving viewers access to classical pieces through the medium of musical animation. Inventor of the Music Animation Machine and a lavishly gifted musician, Malinowski […]
Berlin announces Schoenberg big bang
Moses und Aron opened this weekend at the Komische Oper, but that’s just the prelude. In September,the Berlin Festival will perform 19 works by Arnold Schoenberg, who lived in Berlin from 1902 to 1903, and again from 1926 to 1933 as masterclass teacher at the Prussian Akademie der Künste. Among the festival works will be Die […]