Midori quits agent, her brother stays
We hear that Midori, the international violinist, has fallen out with Opus 3 Artists after a very long association. She is no longer listed on their website. Her younger brother, Ryu Goto, remains.
Sudden death of German conductor, aged 42
We regret to report the ‘sudden and unexpected‘ death of Paulus Christmann, director of the Frankfurter Singakademie since 2005. He founded the Frankfurt Mendelssohn Days and was active in the city’s education initiatives.
Maestro Muti’s rehearsal message to a late trombone
A singer writes: Many were late due to traffic/weather issues? It was all in good fun! h/t Beena David
Milwaukee Stradivarius is found, safe and sound
The announcement was made by the mayor, it’s that important. Three suspects are under arrest. Our congratulations to the Milwaukee Police. Our delight for Frank Almond. Our suggestion for the judge: sentence them to ten years in a Russian conservatoire. Fullest and most musical report here.
Brit baton is tipped to take Madrid
El Pais reports today that the next music director at the Teatro Real will be Ivor Bolton, a trusted ally of the theatre’s new chief, Joan Matabosch. We wish him every success.
OK, so you be the manager
The music biz has launched an app that let’s you imagine you’re breaking a young artist into a world of sharks, shits and pirates. The app is a co-pro of UK Music, the Intellectual Property Office and Aardman Animations. Would it work in classical? Try it.
Move over, Renée. Anna is both opening and closing the Sochi Olympics
We hear that Anna Netrebko will sing the Russian national anthem at both opening and closing ceremonies of the Putin Games.
Maid of Orleans to relaunch rocky Bolshoi
The Russian press are reporting that the new music director, Tugan Sokhiev, has chosen one of Tchaikovsky’s less-known operas to open his first season in September. The tradition, lapsed in recent years, is that the Bolshoi must open with a Russian work. In Soviet times, it was always Ivan Susanin, by Glinka.
Computer music pioneer has died
Rainer Boesch, forst professor of computer music at the Paris Conservatoire, has died at 76. A prolific Swiss composer, he worked at IRCAM (1976–85), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1988) and Stanford University (1992).
Milwaukee cops: We got the perps, now where’s the Strad?
Here’s the full press conference on concertmaster Frank Almond’s stolen Stradivarius, ten minutes long, not much information. The suspects are two men, aged 42 and 36, and a woman, 32. One is said to have previous form in art theft. ‘We emphasize at this time that although we made arrests we have not yet recovered the […]
Tonight, Anne-Sophie Mutter is replaced by a symphony
Panic at the LSO tonight when the soloist failed to show in time for the first half of the concert. London was gridlocked by an Underground strike and Anne-Sophie Mutter was trapped in traffic. What to do? Easy. The orch played the symphony (Dvorak New World) in the first half and the soloist arrived in […]