In Russia, they (don’t) discourage women concertmasters
Our man in Moscow says there are plenty of chamber orchs that are led by women, but the main symphony orchestras maintain a male closed shop. Anyone know of exceptions? UPDATE: Our man in Moscow is wrong. Here’s a list of woman concertmasters from reader Max Grimm: Lyudmila Tchaikovskaya, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra Tatiana Porshneva, Russian […]
Just in: Three finalists named in Malko competition
This morning, they were six. Tonight, jury president Sakari Oramo announced three candidates for tomorrow’s Final Round: Tung-Chieh Chuang (Taiwan) David Niemann (Germany, pictured) Jesko Sirvend (Germany)
Doctors, book a classical pianist for your waiting room
A Minnesota-based study in Musicae Scientiae says live music calms patients down and takes their mind off their woes and how late their appointment is running. If your practice can’t afford a decent piano and performer, book a classical guitarist. An opera singer is probably not advised (though we’re thinking of funding a study).
Love the piano, not sure about the sound
In Budapest on other business, I stopped by Franz Liszt’s old place to examine his keyboard collection. No artist on any instrument did more to challenge manufacturers to make improvements to what he played. Over Liszt’s lifetime, largely driven by him, the piano matured from tinkle to thunder. Here’s what’s left in the apartment: Two […]
Nelsons plans triumphal tour
Regardless of the Berlin Philharmonic vote on May 11, Andris Nelsons is bringing his Boston band to Europe this summer for their highest profile tour in many years. Press release follows. Andris Nelsons will lead his first tour as Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, conducting the famed ensemble in an extensive […]
A maestro asks: Does a woman concertmaster change my orchestra?
Among volumes of responses to our groundbreaking survey of woman concertmasters comes one from a well-known music director who wonders whether there is an appreciable difference when his orchestra is led by a woman, or a man. This particular maestro has a woman concertmaster at his orchestra, and his question is offered in the soirit […]
Cami collars market in classical guitar
Hot on the heels of Milos, the NY agency has signed Pablo Villegas, a Spaniard. Who’s next?
Maestro falls sick, Zurich gets scrambling
David Zinman has pulled out of three June concerts with the Tohalle and – more seriously – from an international conducting course he was supposed to be heading. They’ve called in a Latvian, Andris Poga, to cover the concerts. The course will now be given by Christopher Seaman, the retired Rochester conductor who wrote a book […]
Video: Baltimore plays for peace in the streets
Marin Alsop was swift to respond to the city’s unrest.
Two Israelis under scrutiny in Birmingham
The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra has announced its post-Nelsons audition season when it will be running the eye over a gamut of possible music directors. Two Israelis – Lahav Shani and Ilan Volkov – get repeat dates. Shani, 26, winner of the 2013 Mahler competition, is an unknown commodity. Birmingham has a habit – […]
Diva soars: Joyce joins board of Carnegie Hall
It’s not unusual for major divas to join – and even chair (Beverley Sills) – boards of management once they go into retirement. But we can’t recall one who’s taken a seat at the mahogany table while at the peak of a busy career. Joyce DiDonato just did. Rub your eyes and read the press […]