Labour leader: Cut the arts
Liz Kendall, who is running for the leadership of the British Labour Party, has said she wants arts money from the National Lottery to be spent on ‘deprived children’ Liz is the lone Blairite candidate in a charisma-free, low-key contest. She may have just blown her credentials as the middle-ground candidate – though we should […]
Tchaikovsky piano winner cancels first date
We hear from Mikkeli, in Finland that Dmitry Masleev cancelled his concert last night. His mother died during the Tchaikovsky Competition and Dmitry is taking time out to mourn with his family. He was replaced as zero notice by the American prize winner, George Li.
Canada names woman music director, only its second
Gemma New has been appointed music director of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. She is only the second woman to take charge of a Canadian orch, the other being Tania Miller at the Victoria Symphony Orchestra. Gemma, 28, a New Zealander who studied at Peabody, is presently associate conductor with the New Jersey SO. ‘She’s everything we want […]
Tchaikovsky judge: ‘The best pianists came first and last’
The Russian pianist Boris Berezovsky has given his views on the judging process: ‘I’m not satisfied with the results of the competition in the sense that our beloved Frenchman Lucas Debargue who deserved as a minimum a bronze, in my opinion even silver, was shifted to the fourth. Surprisingly, it was the decision of […]
South African tenor wins Belvedere (but not its audience)
A South African tenor, Levy Sekgapane, last night won the 34th International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition, which was held in Amsterdam. But the second-placed Norwegian soprano Lise Davidsen won both the audience and the international media prizes, demonstrating perhaps a wider public appeal. The jury was chaired by John Mordler, the Monte Carlo intendant. […]
Germany commits extra 60 million Euros to culture
Culture Minister Monika Grütters has secured a 60m boost to the culture budget in the coming year. Much of the money (38m Euros) will go to cover rising wage and pension costs, but two Berlin institutions – the Martin-Gropius-Bau and the Jewish Museum – have been earmarked for extra support.
Mongolian singer leaves Tchaikovsky Competition with $100,000
The Grand Prix at the Tchaikovsky Competition – a record $100,000 – was awarded to the winner of the male vocal section, the Mongolian baritone Ariunbaatar Ganbaatar. The decision confirms public disenchantment with the results of the instrumental juries
These musicians won’t take a cent from this sponsor
A very long list of musicians has written to the Guardian, telling the Royal Opera House not to accept sponsorship from the oil company, BP. We wonder, with respect, how they heat their houses, drive their cars… and why they clamour for public subsidy from bad Governments. Below the list of names. And here’s the […]
‘My name is Vittorio. I’m a (tenor and) sex addict’
Signore Grigolo has been talking to Italian Vanity Fair. Indiscreetly. I’m difficult to be with. I believe in fidelity, but that’s easier said than done. I like women. Yesterday I went out with a friend and he asked me how was it possible not to fall in love and become imprisoned by a woman; I […]
Countertenor ties the knot
Happens all the time. But not with a Supreme Court justice as the officiant. Congratulations to David Daniels and William Scott Walters. Full story here.
Yannick seeks new clarinet and flute principals
Just in: he Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra – with music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin – is one of Europe’s top orchestras. Every year the orchestra gives over 100 concerts, ranging from appearances in Rotterdam to major foreign tours, for audiences totalling more than 150,000. The orchestra’s ambition is to bring symphonic music to as broad a public […]