Two Israelis under scrutiny in Birmingham
April 30, 2015 by norman lebrecht
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 – Rattle, Nelsons – of going for a young unknown.
The only other contender with three chances to impress the orchestra is the Londoner, Nicholas Collon, a pro-Palestine sympathiser. Should be interesting.
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