Mariss Jansons will leave the Concertgebouw sooner than expected
The Dutch media have been told that March 20 will be his last concert as principal conductor. Mariss, 71, announced in the spring that he was stepping down from the Concertgebouw because his health could not withstand the strain of heading two orchestras (the other is Bavarian Radio in Munich). But the early departure date […]
Sick list: Hélène Grimaud hurts her finger
The French pianist has a stress injury to one of her fingers. Inon Barnatan and Angela Hewitt are stepping in for the first of the North American dates she has cancelled. We wish Hélène a swift recovery.
Locked out Atlanta musician: Can wife and I afford an anniversary dinner?
Michael Kurth, a bass player in the locked-out orchestra, describes his day from dreams to dusk. It’s doughnuts and coffee on the picket line, checking out alternative concert venues, worrying about household finance. Read his diary here.
Can butterfly flute win the Nielsen?
She’s the oldest of the six finalists, but her serenity as a butterfly settled on her face has become a global sensation. The video of Yukie Ota playing with unflappable beauty as the giant insect landed on her nose has been seen by two-thirds of a million Youtube viewers. They – and we – and […]
German violinist plays America the Beautiful as he becomes a citizen
Sadly, we don’t have video, but reports say some were moved to tears by Augutin Hadelich’s performance yesterday at Manhattan Federal Court. Actually, it was the judge who said it: “Augustin’s rendition was so beautiful it brought tears to my eyes,” said U.S. Circuit Court Judge Robert Katzmann, who presided over the ceremony. What did he […]
Why play guitar? It’s the flute that gets the girls…
He’ll be 75 in December and he’s just collected a Gramophone gong. Bless. h/t: Gary Woolf
The Met season, as seen by the drummer
Rob Knopper of the Met orchestra offers a guide through the season from his perspective. Hilarious and surprisingly enlightening. Read Rob here. Sample: john adams – the death of klinghoffer: now, this is going to be an event. this one has been in the news for months, and the protests are sure to continue. but […]
Hilary Hahn: How to get more out of music
The celebrated violinist, sidelined at present by injury, has offered some tips to readers in Baltimore on how to accentuate your musical experience, whether as listener or performer. Hilary should have opened the Baltimore season but is taking longer than expected to recover from a muscle strain. Read her advice here. Sample: You don’t need to […]
Aaron Rosand: ‘A competition is not fair when teachers face their own students’
The veteran virtuoso and teacher has commented, in a letter to Slipped Disc, on the finals of the Indianapolis contest, an outcome which has provoked widespread discomfort. We reprint his comments with permission: A competition can not be fair when teachers have their own students involved in it. Although they can not vote […]
Maestro starts up Facebook-like network for the super-rich
It’s what you always wanted, right? Instead of having to talk to jobbing musicians who can barely afford an off-season family holiday in a caravan, you need a social network where you can communicate with people in your own income bracket. Yacht shall speak trivia to yacht, as it were. Good business model? A former […]
Two more names in Concertgebouw frame
In addition to the four known candidates, two further maestros have been added to the selection pack. They are both Russian – the outstanding Semyon Bychkov, who is presently free of institutional duties, and the fast-rising Vasily Petrenko, music director in Liverpool and Oslo. An announcement is expected before the end of next month. + […]