Just in: Martha Argerich festival faces closure
It has been announced that next month’s Lugano festival of Martha Argerich and friends will be the last. The BSI back had given notice that it was pulling out after 15 years and no other sponsor has been found. Martha, who is 75 next month, made the festival a unique setting for informal music making, […]
Four Asian women in Montreal violin finals
The last six are: Ji Won Song (South Korea) Fedor Rudin (Russia – France) Minami Yoshida (Japan) Ayana Tsuji (Japan) Bomsori Kim (South Korea) Petteri Iivonen (Finland)
Ryanair is still musicians’ worst airline
Ryanair is currently ranked world’s worst airline for musicians. This just in from the violinist Abraham Brody: I am a professional violinist based in London. I travel all the time and sometimes fly with Ryanair. Since a year ago or so they changed their cabin bag allowance so that my violin fit as a carry on. […]
Opera North mourns principal bassoon
This week’s Ring cycle in Leeds this week will be dedicated to the memory of Sebastian New, who died in the past few days of cancer, aged 57. Sebastian had been principal bassoonist in the Orchestra of Opera North for around twenty-five years.
Watch: Donald Trump is set to opera
By brilliant Wagnerian tenor Ben Heppner.
Pricking Peter Gelb’s fantasy bubble
The self-congratulating 10-year speech given by the Metropolitan Opera’s manager at the Opera America convention has gone down like cement trainers at the company he manages. Insiders at the Met have analysed the speech and one of them compiled the following factual and perceptual contradictions. You can watch the full speech here. Peter Gelb’s Opera America […]
Sicklist: Nicky cancels tour
From the Manchester Camerata: We are very sorry to announce that Nicola Benedetti has been advised by doctors to withdraw from Manchester Camerata’s season finale at The Bridgewater Hall (3 Jun) and further concerts in Harrogate (1 Jun), Crewe (2 Jun) and Malvern (4 Jun). We are delighted that Ray Chen will replace Nicola Benedetti […]
Nailing down a new quartet, turning a hater into a friend
Anthea Kreston, American violinist in the Berlin-based Artemis Quartet, barely paused for breath this week, what with premiering a new piece, connecting every Curtis alumnus in Germany and embracing a hostile Slipped Disc reader. Read her latest diary instalment below…. Things grow on Anthea’s balcony When we (Jason and I, I suppose) decided […]
US opera names noted composer as artistic director
Tobias Picker, 61, presently writing a new work for New York City Opera, has been named artistic director of Tulsa Opera, starting now. Read here.
Czech pianist wins low-key Queen Elisabeth
The competition, one of the most distinguished, had very little media coverage this year outside of Belgium and the online profile was exceptionally thin. The results, announced after midnight, are: First Prize : Lukas Vondracek (Cz) Second Prize : Henry Kramer (US) Third Prize : Alexander Beyer (US) Fourth Prize : Chi Ho Han (S Korea) Fifth Prize : […]
Marin Alsop’s fond memories of Gustav Meier
The Baltimore Symphony conductor started out studying with Gustav Meier, the legendary teacher who died this week, and went on to be his teaching partner at Cabrillo and Peabody. Here’s Marin’s instant tribute to her mentor and friend: There are people we meet who change our lives and there are people we meet who touch […]