Salonen is … soot
Tim Mangan flags up the cover of new Port magazine. He wrote the piece. He didn’t take the picture. Is this what it takes to be a conductor in 2014?
Hilary Hahn is out for longer
The violinist’s agency announced in late July that she’d be out for six weeks with muscle strain, causing her to miss the summer festivals. Unfortunately, her recovery is slower than expected. Hilary has cancelled Baltimore’s season opener and more. She does not expect to be back before October. We wish her well.
Its an all-women final at Indianapolis Violin Competition
Here’s the lineup, five Koreans and one US survivor: Yoo Jin Jang (South Korea), 23, Dami Kim (South Korea), 25, Jinjoo Cho (South Korea), 26, Ji Yoon Lee (South Korea), 22 Ji Young Lim (South Korea), 19 Tessa Lark (US) 25.
Are you reading Crack Critic at the Indy finals? Why not?
There is only one Eduard Laurel. (More’s the pity.) Here’s a sample of his semi-final coverage from Indianapolis: If crack critic has tried his best to be kind, none of the accomplished contestants needed any generosity, but I wonder if some might indulge this observer in his own competition Fantasy, regarding a surprise 17th semi-finalist who […]
Hello, here’s $10 million for your orchestra
The Seattle Symphony got a bit of a shock when, expecting to raise half a million on season opening night, they found themselves clutching a check for ten. That’s million. Dollars. The donor was Rebecca Benaroya who, with her late husband Jack, funded the building of the concert hall and had to be heavily persuaded […]
Is this Pole the next Liza Connell?
The international soprano Elizabeth Connell, who died far too soon, left a legacy to help rising dramatic sopranos. The first winner is Anna Patrys, 33, from Poland. The prize is worth A$20,000. Anna, pictured with jury chair Richard Bonynge press release: INAUGURAL ELIZABETH CONNELL PRIZE Held in conjunction with last night’s Bel Canto Award, the […]
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 […]