A perfect antidote to aria albums
The one thing to make my essentially upbeat heart sink is the landing of yet another same-as aria album from one of the ‘greatest’ – read: label-signed – singers of our time. Never much originality and little promise of fun. So when an album comes along showing a considerable degree of forethought and some songs […]
When an African child has her violin stolen…
… and her mother is too poor to buy another. A tale of resourcefulness and energy from a community that never gives up hope. Read here.
The secrets of success on Youtube
Digital Music News, one of our favourite sites, has been attending a Youtubers convention in California. Three important conclusions. 1 It pays to be 16. 2 Collaborate with others. 3 Be yourself. Read full report here. It can be done. The man below outperforms Beyonce on Youtube.
Fiddles to the fore on Dartmoor
Where Druids once danced away the longest days of the year, their descendants come for tune-ups in playing technique. Report here.
Music industry still ‘hideously white’?
A survey by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport shows that only 6.7 percent of jobs in the Music, Performing and Visual Arts Industries are held by people of on-white origin. According to the 2011 Census, around 11 percent of the UK population are non-white. The gap appears to be closing, slowly. Orchestras, as ever, slower than […]
Headless Prague rushes out ‘pyrotechnic’ season
The National Theatre in Prague which lost its music director at the weekend – a sadly frequent occurrence has hastily promised a new season of ‘pyrotechnic effects, glow and revelation’. Who needs a music director? Details here (in English).
Union steps in over Chicago’s unpaid Beethoven Fest
George LePauw, the festival’s director, has received a stiff letter from the Chicago Federation of Musicians. He is threatened with a musicians boycott unless he pays up. UPDATE here. George Lepauw, President and Artistic Director International Beethoven Project P.O. Box 14149 Chicago, Illinois 60614 Dear Mr. Lepauw, On behalf of the Chicago Federation of Musicians […]
An agent in denial
We hear that Anna Netrebko’s former agent, Jeffrey Vanderveen, is busily assuring people he has no intention of leaving his present job at Opus3 Artists. Since his denial conflicts with a report we published earlier this month, we had better share Jeffrey’s secret plan, stating the contrary. June 9, 2014 Dear Jahm and […]
Maestro rising: Philly assistant wins top Paris prize
Lio Kuokman, recently appointed assistant conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra, has been declared winner of the Evgeny Svetlanov Competition. The first prize was not awarded. Kuokman was second. A British conductor, Samuel Burstin, came third. The winner gets 15,000 Euros and a second chance to conduct the radio philharmonic orchestra of France. Kuokman, 32, is […]
Maestro quits, opera crumbles in Prague
The music director of the National Theatre, Robert Jindra, has quit, saying he has no faith in general director Jan Burian’s plan to renew the company. He lasted less than a year in a notorious swinging-door job. Jindra has posted this on his Facebook page: Česká opera je nesmrtelná, je originální a musí být ctí […]
Chinese artist wins World Piano contest
Results are in from Cincy. Moye Chen, currently finishing a doctorate at the University of Illinois, was the outright winner. The crowd favourite Reed Tetzloff shared bronze with Feng Bian. l-r: Director Mark Ernster with Tetzloff, Bian and Moye Chen