Trumpet star dies, aged 62
CAMI have announced the sudden death of Rolf Smedvig, member of Empire Brass and soloist with many symphony orchestras. Rolf started out as the youngest member of the Boston Symphony, aged 19,. He was married for a while to its PR, Caroline, before setting out on a solo career as trumpeter, conductor and composer. He […]
Conservatory cancels all classes due to Baltimore situation
There will be no teaching at Peabody today, or tonight. See here.
Ivory: It’s a war of Pianists vs Islamists
Supporters of an ivory ban in the state of Vermont are claiming that al-Shabab in Somalia are profiting from the wholesale slaughter of African elephants. If pianists only stopped demanding ivory keys, they argue, terrorism could be choked off at source. Read here. Ashley McAvey, an activist from Shelburne who is heading efforts to get […]
Oh, sh*t: DG embraces The Who
Alfie Boe sings ‘Love Reign O’er Me’ from Pete Townshend’s “Classic Quadrophenia”, released by the Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft on June 8, 2015. Please tell me it ain’t so.
Riccardo Muti opens his opera academy
The Maestro wants to pass on what he has learned over the past half-century. So he has designed a course this summer for young conductors, opera coaches and singers. It will focus on Giuseppe Verdi’s Falstaff at the Teatro Alighieri in Muti’s home town of Ravenna in July 2015. Application details here.
Slipped Disc at the League of American Orchestras
Norman Lebrecht will be speaking at two sessions of the LOA’s annual convention in Cleveland, next month. More details coming soon for registered participants. If you’re at the LOA, come by and say hi.
Rising star Laura wins London residency
Laura van der Heijden, BBC Young Musician of 2012, turned 18 this month. Today, the cellist was named artist in residence with the London Mozart Players, starting in June, as soon as she finishes her A-Levels. Go, Laura.
Just in: Berlin Philharmonic names Peter Sellars artist in residence
The orch announced its new season this morning. Rattle will conduct a Beethoven cycle six times over as part of his heavy schedule of 64 concerts and 10 opera performances. Three new conductors will make debuts – François-Xavier Roth, Juanjo Mena, Matthias Pintscher – and the American director/provocateur takes a stellar role. Press summary below. […]
Breaking: One Brit succeeds another at Zurich orch
Daniel Hope is the new music director of Zurich Chamber Orchestra, succeeding Sir Roger Norrington next year. Daniel, 41, has been artist in residence through this season. photo (c) Harald Hoffmann It’s a good orch, but a mountain to climb. Zurich is a bankers town that struggles for cultural attention.
Nobel Prize call for maestro Franz
The 2015 Nobel Prize Concert will be conducted by Franz Welser-Möst with soloist Daniil Trifonov, it was announced this morning. The December 8 programme with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic consists of Rach 3 and Richard Strauss Ein Heldenleben. Tickets on sale from 19 May at Konserthuset.se.
Sad news: BBC music education chief dies suddenly at 51
Friends and colleagues are stunned at the sudden death of Katy Jones, from a brain haemmhorage. Katy was appointed two years ago to head the Ten Pieces project, the BBC national teaching campaign for ten works of classical music. A former investigative journalist who uncovered important truths about the Hillsborough soccer disaster, she commissioned more than […]