Pittsburgh Symphony cuts 10 jobs, including British general manager
The strike has deepened the anticipated $1.5m deficit and cuts have to be made. The CEO has told the local newspaper that the orchestra has not achieved a balanced budget in nine years. She has begun to tackle the overheads by cutting ten jobs, including Declan McGovern, vice president of orchestra operations and general manager, achieving […]
How do musicians’ brains process so many notes?
That’s the subject of a paper presented by Eriko Aiba, of the University of Electro-Communications in Tokyo, at the 172nd Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America this weekend in Hawaii. Aiba (pictured) began learning to play the piano when she was five years old, and quickly realized that musicians might be roughly divided into […]
Change at the top of Ulster Orchestra
The long troubled band has an AGM this week to elect a new chair. Sir George Bain, 77, is stepping down after five nail-biting years. The Belfast audience base remains weak. The future is nebulous.
Is there life left in subscription concerts?
The December issue of the German magazine Das Orchester presents three contrasting viewpoints on the prospects for subscription series. In the US, the model is on its last legs as concertgoers shift to last-minute purchases. In Europe, according to Das Orchester, it has always been resented as an American gimmick and is now dying in […]
Biggest ever CD box sells 1.25 million in five weeks
Figures just in from Universal show that ‘Mozart 225: The New Complete Edition’ has sold 1.25 million CDs globally in just 5 weeks since it was released – more than releases by Drake, Rihanna and David Bowie. Weighing 12kg, ‘Mozart 225: The New Complete Edition’ is believed to be the biggest ever box set dedicated to […]
Death of Bolshoi’s prize tenor
Alexei Maslennikov sang Lensky at the Bolshoi in September 1956 and was still singing lead roles forty years later. He was the embodiment of Bolshoi tradition. Although popular in Moscow and widely recorded, he does not appear to have travelled much abroad. He sang in the tense, 1955 world premiere of Shostakovich’s From Jewish Poetry. […]
Toronto Symphony gets out of jail
The orchestra sneaked out a good-news annual report just before the weekend. A projected deficit of C$4 to C$6 million has been turned into an operating surplus of C$831,540. Apparently, all they had to do was scrap former CEO Jeff Melanson’s extravagant schemes. Details here.
Breaking: Dmitri Hvorostovsky misses Bolshoi debut
A statement from his management, AskonasHolt: Having sung four very successful performances of La Traviata in Vienna, Dmitri is back in London. Following an MRI scan, Dmitri has been advised by his doctors to remain in London for further treatment and rest. As a result, Dmitri must unfortunately withdraw from two performances of Don Carlo […]
Beethoven boffins lash out over failed manuscript sale
It has been alleged that one of the academics who cast doubt on a Beethoven manuscript that failed to sell at Sothebys had previously tried to buy it himself on the cheap. In a separate development, the world’s leading authority on Beethoven graphology – Professor Otto Biba, Director of the Archive, Library & Collections of […]
Collection points for refugees set up at London concert halls
The cellist Desmond Neysmith is going to Calais on 7th December to deliver donations to refugees. He has set up collection points at London concert halls and rehearsal venues. The Royal Opera House, Barbican and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra are also on board. Here is the list of needed items: Non-food item needs: – Tents, sleeping bags blankets – Men’s warm […]
Steven Isserlis joins Royal Academy
The cellist has accepted the title of Marquis de Corberon Visiting Professor of Cello at London’s Royal Academy of Music. He joins Daniel Hope, Tasmin Little, Colin Carr, Steven Doane, Sung-Won Yang, Matthew McDonald and Joel Quarrington as visiting profs. The Swedish pianist Bengt Forsberg has signed on as Visiting Professor of Ensemble Piano.