Be afraid: Roger is on the Lewis again
In rugby news….. the chief executive of Welsh Rugby Union will step down after the World Cup this autumn. Roger Lewis, who will be 61, is a former head of BBC Radio 1, Decca Records, EMI Classics and Classic FM. He has one more job left in him. Obvious vacancies: BBC Proms controller, Classic FM, […]
This Steinway artist is 92 and a stroke survivor
Don Puryear of Steinway Piano Gallery of Houston writes: Last week in the Steinway Showroom, I met Betty Ruth Tomfohrde. She asked me to play Chopin’s Ocean Etude on the Horowitz Steinway for her, and after I finished, I asked her to play Chopin for me. I’m not sure what I was expecting….but I wasn’t expecting […]
Tears at the Met: Opera’s lovebirds are getting divorced
Barely had they broken on Women’s Wear Daily as the new power couple of the opera stage than soprano Ailyn Pérez and tenor Stephen Costello are getting divorced (our social affairs correspondent reports). Rumours had been floating for a while. Pérez is currently singing Micaela in the Met’s Carmen. On February 9, she told Latin […]
Meet the new Maisky
Our social affairs editor reports the debut, on February 23 in Belgium, of Mila Elina, daughter of Mischa and Evelyn. We wish much happiness to the whole family.
Adams: To be a composer, I gave up political activism
John Luther Adams, this year’s Pulitzer and Grammy winner, reflects on his change of priorities: When I was younger, I was a full-time environmental activist. In the 1970s and ’80s I worked for the Wilderness Society, the Alaska Coalition, and the Northern Alaska Environmental Center…. But the time came when I realized that I had […]
Don’t want to play Maestro’s comeback? You can opt out.
Charles Dutoit’s return to Montreal next year has not been universally applauded, reports Arthur Kapitanis in the Gazette. It is being quietly intimated that any musicians who have bad memories can drop out of the concert. Here’s what Arthur writes: ‘I think this will be a great concert and I am very much looking forward […]
Meet the world’s first robot-played violin
Probably won’t impact on soloist fees, but might be accommodated in Suzuki teaching. Read more about Ro-bow here.
UK orch signs ‘royal’ liquor deal with China
The UK Government is claiming a breakthrough in winning the first Chinese sponsorship for a British arts company. It’s worth half a million pounds over five years and it’s between Wuliangye Yibin Company, makers of a rice liquor, and the Philharmonia Orchestra, who don’t mind a drink. Liu Zhongguo, chairman of Wuliangye, said at a […]
Maxim Shostakovich: Why I returned to Russia
The composer’s son fled the Soviet Union in 1981, in what he describes as the ‘era of stagnation’. He has told Russian interviewer that he wanted to tell the truth about his father and make a political protest. But he has moved back now. ‘I want my children to grow up in Russia, to feel […]
No English competitor at Cardiff Singer of the World
The BBC has announced 20 contestants for this summer’s televised singathon. Among them are three South Koreans, three Americans, two from Belarus and one each for a dozen other nations. A Swansea soprano, Céline Forrest, is included by virtue of winning the Welsh Singers Competition. No contestant made the cut from any other part of the […]
China’s piano king is out for six months
Yundi Li, who has far more followers on Chinese social media than any other pianist we can think of, has cancelled all engagements until July. We understand that his father is undergoing major surgery and Yundi, 32, wants to be around until he is on the road to recovery. Just another reason why some of […]