Vienna Philharmonic announce 2015 New Year’s conductor
It’s…. … Zubin. He’ll be 77 and it will be his fifth time in the New Year podium, a total exceeded only by Willi Boskovsky, Clemens Krauss and Lorin Maazel. The orchestra has also announced a quick trip to Milan next month with Riccardo Chailly. Just keeping their chestnuts warm with the incoming La Scala […]
‘JFK Customs destroyed 11 of my instruments’
A few minutes ago, we reached the flute virtuoso Boujemaa Razgui by phone to discuss the assault on his instruments by US Customs at JFK airport. A Canadian citizen, based in New York and with a green card employment permit, Boujemaa was flying home from Marrakech, Morocco, when his baggage was opened by Customs at […]
London pianist is convicted of groping girl while wooing her mum
The verdict is reported here. Robin Zebaida, 49, has been placed on the Sex Offenders List.
Year of the Mandolin? It’s started a day early…
Sinfini have jumped the gun with an impromptu Bach suite by the stunning Avi Avital. Watch here. And Avi has just posted a video of his breakthrough year:
Trouble in Vienna as concert hall loses main sponsor
While the Vienna Philharmonic gleams and waltzes in tomorrow’s New Year’s Day gala, Vienna’s other concert hall has stumbled into crisis. The board of directors cannot decide on a president to succeed Dr. Theresa Jordis, who died in September, and the leading sponsor, Kapsch, have announced they are pulling out of the shaky enterprise. The Konzerthaus is […]
Which music department called female students ‘little pink bunnies’?
According to an unfair dismissal case before the New York courts, the term was common parlance among male staff at Manhattanville College, Westchester. Apparently, the head of department was forced to leave in 2009 after an incident with a female student, but the predatory culture persisted. Pianist and teacher Claudia Knafo is claiming $1.5 million in […]
The man who discovered two-piano concertos
The pianist Martin Berkofsky, who died yesterday, restored and recorded little-known concertos for two pianos by Bruch, Mendelssohn and Moscheles. Here’s an appreciation we have received from his friend, Roberto Prosseda: Yesterday the pianist Martin Berkofsky (Washington, 1943) passed away in his home in Virginia, USA. Martin was a close friend of […]
Outrage at JFK as Customs men smash a musician’s instruments
Boujemaa Razgui, a flute virtuoso who lives in New York and works with many US ensembles, was returning to base over the holiday when Customs officials at Kennedy Airport asked to see his instruments. Bourjemaa carries a variety of flutes of varying ethnicity, each made by himself over years for specific types of ancient and […]
Just in: Rare honour for Simon Rattle
The outgoing Berlin Philharmonic conductor has been appointed to the Order of Merit in Britain’s New Year’s Honours List. The OM is restricted to 24 living individuals at any given time. Rattle is the first musician of his generation to be included. Other music honorees include a Companion of Honour (CH) to the composer […]
Sibelius and the Freemasons: who else was in?
In the quietest of weeks, the one that caught my ear as Albujm of the Week on sinfinimusic.com was the ritual music written by Jean Sibelius for the first Lodge in newly independent Finland. Never knew Sibelius was a Mason? See who else was. Read here.
The Met wouldn’t sell seats where you can’t see. Would it?
Our intrepid New York operavores, Elizabeth Frayer and Shawn E Milnes, were so starved of art over the festive season that they went to see the abridged-for-kids Magic Flute. Seats were hard to come by. The poor tourists sitting next to me were so confused and kept moving their chairs around, convinced that the Met wouldn’t […]