Dreadful news of a double classical tragedy
In August we reported the death in Hampstead Pond of Sussie Ahlburg, a photographer who specialised in classical music portraits. We have now been informed by several mutual acquaintances of the death of her partner, Matt Fretton, former agent of Alina Ibragimova, who was one of Sussie’s favourite subjects (below). We send sympathies to their […]
Just in: Ottawa replaces Pinky with a Brit
Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra, which has been going nowhere with Pinchas Zukerman for the past decade, has announced as his successor ‘one of the leading conductors of the new generation’. Details below. Canada’s National Arts Centre announces Alexander Shelley as its Music Director-designate Renowned conductor to lead NAC Orchestra in 2015-2016 […]
Decca dies again (US only)
Four years ago, I broke the news that Universal Music Group had decided to abolish the Decca label. The report elicited a backlash that finally swept away the executive who launched the plan with the result that Decca was saved for humanity. But not for all humanity. We’ve just had a release saying the name […]
Is this the next Jackie Evancho?
Amira Willighagen, aged 9, is a superwow on Holland’s Got Talent. Watch.
NY Phil concertmaster plans his post-job future
We’ve been informed by one of the participants that Glenn Dicterow, outgoing #1 violin of the New York Phil, has formed a trio with Robert DeMaine, principal cello of the LA Philharmonic, and the pianist Jeffrey Biegel. Dicterow was the highest paid concertmaster in the US. DeMaine belongs to the highest-paid orchestra. How do the […]
Who opened the floodgates by inventing the chin-rest?
Skip the first four paragraphs of the attached article and you will learn a great deal about how the violin was forced into the future by means of a wooden contraption. There is much here that I never knew. Click to read.
Pivotal London conductor dies
We’ve been informed of the death of Leslie Head, founder of the Kensington Symphony Orchestra, an amateur ensemble made up mostly of music industry professionals. Leslie and the KSO have been instrumental in boosting many careers. Our sympathies to family and friends.
Leila’s Salonen violin sells for £156,000
The violin with which Leila Josefowicz premiered Esa-Pekka Salonen’s concerto sold today in London for close to $300,000. Full details below: Sale Results:Musical Instruments Auction by Ingles & Hayday at Sotheby’s: 29 October 2013 GRAND TOTAL: £2,080,000 LOTS OFFERED: 140 TOP TEN RESULTS LOT PRICE ESTIMATES BUYER No.87 £336,000 £300,000-500,000 US Private Collector David Tecchler, […]
I am swimming off a beach where a great conductor drowned
The first time I swam in Herzliya, the translator of the only one of my books ever to appear in Hebrew warned me to be careful. ‘This is where Istvan Kertesz drowned, in April 1973,’ she said. ‘I was here. I saw it from the beach.’ Herzliya is subject to rip-tides. The only safe places […]
Might Google glass give maestros extra eyes and ears?
Professor Cynthia Turner, a conductor at Cornell, thinks the new tech has potential. ‘It could be a game changer for anyone who needs two hands to do something,’ she says. Read here. Watch below.
The first woman to record with the Beatles?
Sheila Bromberg played harp on She’s Leaving Home. She also played sessions at Abbey Road sessions with lots of other pop stars. But was she, as she maintains, the first girl to pluck a Fab Four chord? We await confirmation from resident Beatleologists.