Beethoven ‘used salsa rhythms in his 5th symphony’
It’s a theory, no more ridiculous than some of the HIP hypotheses. The arranger is Sverre Indris Joner.
No women’s changing rooms were planned for NY Philharmonic
A reminiscence from cellist Evangeline Benedetti, one of the first two women to gain tenure in the New York Philharmonic: When Philharmonic Hall (now David Geffen Hall) at Lincoln Center was built, they were certain that there would be no women in the orchestra. Fortunately, they were wrong, but they built no dressing rooms for […]
Brutal London street attack leaves gifted pianist in dire need
Two messages from the British pianist and conductor James Sherlock. Last week: Four weeks ago I was attacked in Ion Gardens off Columbia Road as I was walking home. I visited the site yesterday with my sister, where the council have since installed new street lamps across this little park. In six years in the […]
How maestros treated me when I married a conductor
A short, cautionary tale from Israela Margalit. Read here.
Piano Guy appeals for help in finding missing daughter
Jon Schmidt of the Piano Guys crossover group is searching for his daughter Annie who went missing last week while hiking in the ‘tooth rock’ area of Portland, Oregon. Annie’s car was found on Thursday in the Columbia River Gorge near Bonneville Dam. Her family have not heard from her since last Sunday. Please share […]
Nobel committee can just keep knock, knock, knockin’ on Dylan’s door
Per Wastberg, a member of the Swedish Academy that bestowed the literature prize on Bob Dylan, has said his failure to respond to the honour was disrespectful. The committee don’t even know if he will attend the awards. ‘One can say that it is impolite and arrogant. He is who he is,’ Wastberg told Dagens […]
Chink of hope as Federal mediator flies to Pittsburgh
The management of the Pittsburgh Symphony has agreed to meet a federal mediator this week, its first breach of isolation since the musicians went on strike at the end of last month. They have also agreed for an independent expert to examine the finances. Signs of the icecap melting in Fort Worth as well. The […]
Katharina Wagner is honoured for ‘services to united Europe’
The Bayreuth chief is to receive a state medal for ‘services to Bavaria in a united Europe’. Because a united Europe believes that cultural assets should be controlled by the hereditary principle?
Why Is Emil Gilels missing from the Moscow honours board?
A memoir by the Swedish pianist, Lars Jönsson: When I studied in Moscow from 1990 to 1993, there were many people with personal memories of Gilels, and the love and admiration for his art was still very much felt. One of the most surprising things to me, though, was that Gilels’ name was not on […]
Zakhar Bron attacks jury as Georgian wins the Wieniawski
Veriko Tchumburidze, a Georgian living in Turkey, won the Wieniawski Competition in Poznan last last night. Joint second were Bomsori Kim (South Korea) and Seiji Okamoto (Japan). Fourth and fifth were Luke Hsu (USA) and Richard Lin (Taiwan/USA). The final stage was marred by an ill-tempered outburst on Polish Radio by the controversial jury member Zakhar Bron, […]
In a string quartet, you get used to missing breakfast
Anthea Kreston, American violinist in the Berlin-based Artemis Quartet, is starting to get used to missing the best breakfasts in Europe. Here I am, in my hotel room across from the Konzerthaus in Vienna, packing and eating pistachios. It is 11:30 pm, and we leave for our flight at 6:00 am tomorrow. I am fortunate […]