Just in: Sacked Dorny wins dismissal case
The Lyon Opera boss Serge Dorny, who was sacked before he could start work at the Semper Oper Dresden, has won the first round of his claim for unfair dismissal. The arts minister told the court that Dorny could not get on with the chief conductor, Christian Thielemann. But Dorny, who stayed away from the […]
One of the world’s best violin teachers?
That’s how Zakhar Bron is described on his Wiki entry. He’s a controversial figure, involved in many controversial competitions. His latest engagement is on the jury of a revamped Nutcracker Competition in St Petersburg. Watch his opening solo performance. Watch the faces of musicians and audience.
Wedding bells: Maestro marries TV presenter in ‘secret ceremony’
Hearts a-flutter, we congratulate Pablo Heras-Casado, principal conductor of New York’s Orchestra of St Luke’s, on his marriage to Anne Igartiburu, the popular Spanish-Basque TV presenter. The pair had a very discreet civil ceremony yesterday, only to see it splashed this morning in Spanish media. For Pablo, 38, this is first time with […]
Just in: Berlin Philharmonic climbs onto Google waggon
Google, the global aggregator, just got a major boost from the Berlin Phil. The orch will now be selling through the relaunched Google Cultural Institute. Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin has also joined. And Carnegie Hall. Here’s how it looks. Google is cleaning up, as usual. And no-one makes money from it, as usual. Press release […]
Astonishing video: A Moslem writes a Jewish Torah
In the historic Jewish community of Marburg, Germany, a rabbi invited the leader of the town’s Moslems to inscribe the last letters that complete a Torah scroll. We live in unusual times. Watch here.
Richard Wagner’s last grandchild turns 95
Verena Lafferentz-Wagner, youngest of the four children of Siegfried and Winifred Wagner, will turn 95 tomorrow. Growing up in Bayreuth, in 1943 she married a high-ranking Nazi, SS-Obersturmbannführer Bodo Lafferentz, and had five children. To her credit, she kept well out of Wagner family politics.
Exclusive: Curtis signs NY Philharmonic principal
We hear from sources close to the contract that the Curtis Institute is shaking out its woodwinds. Anthony McGill, principal clarinet of the New York Philharmonic, is coming in. Ricardo Morales and Michael Rusinek are shipping out. Nothing has been announced yet , but the changes are taking place in the term break. Two […]
Radu Lupu is all the greater since he gave up recording
The Romanian pianist, who turned 70 yesterday, has observed media silence for more than 20 years. Kirill Gerstein, in a review for New York Review of Books, argues the decision has added an extra dimension to his performances: For the past two decades, the Romanian pianist Radu Lupu has chosen not to record any music. […]
Melbourne loses a third orchestra manager
First Matthew Van Besien left the Melbourne Symphony to the New York Philharmonic. Got made an offer too good to refuse. Then André Gremillet went to the Cleveland Orchestra. Ditto. Now Richard Evans (pictured) has quit to join the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Not quite the same league. Sounds like Melbourne might have a non-stick problem. […]
Thom Yorke: Youtube seized control of music ‘like the Nazis did’
The Radiohead singer and songwriter has issued a blistering attack on Google-owned Youtube for conquering and occupying the territory, ‘like the Nazis did in the Second World War’. Here’s what he tells La Reppublica: ‘People still say that this is an era where music is free, cinema is free. It’s not true. The service creators make […]
New Jersey’s new music director takes a third job
No sooner was Xian Zhang announced as music director of the New Jersey Symphony than she’s being paraded as principal guest conductor with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Xian, 42, is already chief conductor of the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi in Milan, where she lives. Sounds like she’s got an agent who just can’t […]