Death of a bassoon legend
Danish media are reporting the death of Peter Bastian, a founder of the Danish Wind Quintet, a physicist and a wild-trek explorer. He was 73. Among other pursuits, he was a rare private student of the conductor Sergiu Celibidache. Ind i musikken – Peter Bastian på sugerør / Peter Bastian playing a straw from Tvjournalist.dk […]
Zimmerman’s Strad sells in London for £1.9 million
Press release: The Ex-Croall; McEwen Stradivari violin was sold today, at auction, by Ingles & Hayday for £1,920,000 Considered by leading authority W.E. Hill & Sons as a fine example of Antonio Stradivari’s violins from the 1680’s, the instrument represents a key stage in the development of the luthier’s distinctive style. The violin, which is in […]
Non-classical chief will run WQXR
The New York classical music station is to be led by Shannon Connelly, a digital music specialist with no apparent classical expertise. Here’s the announcement: New York Public Radio, home of WQXR, WNYC Radio, and WNYC Studios, today announced that digital music executive and entrepreneur Shannon Connolly has been named Senior Vice President and General […]
Just in: Berlin Philharmonic mourns a concertmaster
Rainer Kussmaul, first concertmaster of the orchestra from 1993 to 1998, has died at the age of 70. One of the leading players of the Abbado era, he founded Berlin Baroque Soloists and did much to move the orchestra towards greater diversity. Before joining the Berlin Phil, he was violin professor for 16 years in […]
Pittsburgh Symph gets $6.5 million bailout
Three groups have clubbed together to give the struggling orchestra some breathing space. The Heinz family, long the orchestra’s biggest backer, has pledged a further $5 million. The Benter Foundation will give $1 million and the Eden Hall Foundation half a million.
Exclusive: Bucharest opera boss is jailed for six years
Sentenced was passed today on Răzvan Ioan Dincă, chief executive of Bucharest National Opera. He will serve six years for abuse of office, plus 315 days in lieu of a fine. The sentence has not been reported yet in Romania, where the government is trying to abolish the anti-corruption laws.
Musicians Union to be led by another bloke
Members have elected Horace Trubridge to be the next general secretary of the Musicians’ Union in the UK. They had a clear, radical choice in Kathy Dyson, who would have been the first woman to run the MU. But they opted for more of what they know. Trubridge will succeed John Smith in July.
Vienna’s luxury sub
Hans-Peter König has pulled out as Gurnemanz in the new Parsifal production, opening tomorrow. Panic? No Panic. Rene Pape calmly steps in to the general rehearsal and first two nights.
Singers in uproar over new British director
Solists at the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet are in uproar over leaked plans by the incoming general director, Annilese Miskimmon, to cut the number of singers maintained on staff. The anxious performers have posted a bellicose picture on their Facebook page. They are also concerned about their diminishing pension fund. Ms Miskimmon starts work […]
US opera company loses its boss amid mounting debt
After running a deficit of $200,000, Eugene Opera’s general director Mark Beudert says he won’t renew his contract, which ends in June. The company has cancelled the rest of its season. The future looks bleak.
Jazz festival refuses to admit Israeli musicians
The Copenhagen Jazz Fesival is in trouble for telling an Israeli musician that artists from his country were not welcome ‘for political reasons’. The musician, Alon Farber, posted the exchange on Facebook: I’m writing this post in English because I think it’s relevant to all of you. I just applied for the Copenhagen […]