Verbier chief takes second job
More news from the transfer market. Christian Thompson, who runs the Verbier Festival Academy in summer, is about to be announced as artistic advisor to the Orchestre National de Lyon,where the music director is Leonard Slatkin. Christian has a long history in talent management and Lyon is looking to up its game. […]
Talent switch: Yuja joins Dude’s boutique
We hear that Yuja Wang, the sought-after Chinese pianist, is leaving her Opus3 agent, Earl Blackburn, to join London-based Fidelio Artists as its first instrumentalist. Fidelio, run by Mark Newbanks, looks after three conductors: Gustavo Dudamel, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Lionel Bringuier. Yuja works regularly with the first two.
Early music maestro moves to Netherlands
We hear that Jordi Savall has bought a place in Utrecht. The Utrecht Early Music Festival recently sacked its founder-director. Make of this what you will.
Cleveland reminds Atlanta of its tragic history
Musicians of the Cleveland Orchestra, on tour in Vienna, have sent a moving message to the wreckers of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra: To: Stanley Romanstein and The Woodruff Arts Center Board From: The Musicians of The Cleveland Orchestra The Musicians of The Cleveland Orchestra give their full support to our colleagues of the Atlanta Symphony […]
Don’t blink video: Flautist plays on with butterfly on her face
This is Yukie Ota last night at the Carl Nielsen international flute competition in Odense. She doesn’t miss a beat. h/t: Dianne Winsor
Scotland’s top composer cries ‘No!’… then takes down the video
James MacMillan is the country’s foremost living composer. He has good reason to reject its dis-integration. UPDATE: Hours after posting, the video was ‘removed by the user’. We wonder why.
Vienna Opera throws on first substitutes
The Czech conductor Tomás Netopil will step in for Franz Welser-Möst in Janácek’s Cunning Little Vixen in November. He made an impressive debut last season in Dvorák’s Rusalka. Patrick Lange, a young German conductor, takes over the New Year performances of Fledermaus.
A second conductor quits the Vienna Opera
To lose one conductor is unfortunate. To lose two is an Oscar Wilde farce. Ten days after Franz Welser-Möst’s abrupt resignation as music director of the Vienna State Opera, his colleague Bertrand de Billy has announced he won’t conduct there any more. De Billy, former music director of the Vienna radio orchestra, told the tabloid […]
Kiwi conquers Caballé
The New Zealand tenor Darren Pene Pati has won the 14th Montserrat Caballé voice contest in Zaragoza, with a cash prize and a kiss from the diva. Darren is part of the Decca crossover group Sol3Mio.
Just in: Tracks from the new Leonard Cohen
Click here to stream the hypnotic new album from the singer-songwriter, 80 next week. Then read this.
Wanda Landowska’s last pupil?
We have received news of the death of the harpsichordist Hilda Jonas, who studied with Landowska in Paris after being exiled from Germany in 1934. Wanda died in 1959. Hilda was 101 years old. She performed concertos with major US orchestras and founded a harpsichord festival in Ohio in the 1960s. You can read her […]