French anti-semitism shuts synagogue at centre of Jewish music festival
A report from Carpentras, by David Conway: The region of Comtat-Venaissan, once a Papal enclave in the Kingdom of France, has a complex history; one if its oddest episodes is its community of ‘the Pope’s Jews’ – who were permitted to live there (under the standard ghetto conditions) when they were expelled from France. The […]
Daniel Barenboim: ‘This may be the moment to look for a true solution’
The conductor has written an article in the Guardian on the Gaza situation. His is almost the only voice that raises a glimmer of hope from the present disaster. Read Daniel here. You really should.
Brutal review for wealthy agent’s wife
We alerted you the other day to a set of Bach suites, the summit of every cellist’s dream, that has been recorded for Warner by Nina Kotova, wife of the fraud-convicted co-owner of IMG Artists, Barrett Wissman. We refrained for passing detailed comment on the playing, leaving that for specialist reviewers. The first review has […]
Work permit threat to San Francisco Symphony violinist
Elina Lev has won an audition to play in the second violins of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. Before that, she was associate concertmaster of the Charlotte Symphony for four years and then of the Utah Symphony. She’s the daughter of professional musicians in St Petersburg and a former student of Vadim Gluzman. But her […]
Strad hijacker gets sent to jail
Universal K. Allah, 37, one of two men who attacked Frank Almond with a stun-gun and stole his Stradivarius, has received a three-and-a half year jail sentence after pleading guilty to the offence. He will spend an additional three and a half years under supervision. Before sentencing he apologised ‘humbly’ to the Milwaukee concertmaster and […]
Salzburg ‘will lose millions when Pereira leaves’
Helga Rabl-Stadler, the festival president, has painted a gloomy picture of the festival’s finances after the end of the present season, Alexander Pereira’s last as director. She said: ‘There are sponsors that Pereira (pictured) brought in who will probably not stay.’ Their departure will cost the festival at least one million Euros in 2015 and more […]
Award-winning Galamian student has died, aged 58
Ik-Hwan Bae, a South Korean violinist who made his Seoul Philharmonic debut aged 12, died today. A Juilliard graduate, he came second at the 1985 Reine Elisabeth and went on to form his own chamber orchestra in Korea. He was a sought-after teacher at Peabody, IU, Manhattan and Seoul.
Gelb latest: ‘It’s sad we are in a position where a work stoppage could take place’
No-one is threatening a work stoppage. Peter Gelb is threatening a lockout. This is a barefaced distortio. Watch the interview, boring and unchallenged as it is. (Click on the blue word ‘Post’ if video does not pop out.)) Post by Marie Te Hapuku. h/t: Schleppy
Flash! Yuja’s latest skimpies
Yuja Wang, the Chinese pinaist, made her name in the Hollywood Bowl three years ago in a scrap of orange. She was back last night, having refreshed the wardrobe. The new outfits: photo credit: (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times) Mark Swed’s review here. […]
Death of a prominent viola player
The Hungarian virtuoso Ervin Schiffer, viola player of the Haydn Quartet and its forerunner, the Dekany Quartet, has died at the age of 82. Born in Hungary, he moved to Holland and taught there at the leading conservatories. Our condolences to his wife and quartet partner Kati Sebestyen (pictured).
Just in: Poland cancels Russian culture year
The Polish government has cancelled all cultural exchanges with Russia for next year. ‘The Council of Ministers decided to call off the Polish Year in Russia and the Russian Year in Poland, planned for 2015,’ said government spokesperson Malgorzata Kidawa-Blonska. ‘This is the decision of the government, but both the foreign and culture ministers – […]