A viola pathfinder has passed on
Two months after the death of Jennifer Ward Clarke, much-loved cellist of the Salomon Quartet, we regret to report the death of Trevor Jones, the quartet’s founding viola player. Founded in 1982, the Salmons were the first quartet to make recordings on period instruments in an 18th century set-up. The original formation on Hyperion Records […]
Poland erects statue to its pianist prime minister
In the run-up to Sunday’s general election, President Bronisław Komorowski unveiled a monument to Ignacy Jan Paderewski in the city of Poznań. The city has a conservatoire named for the great pianist, who represented Poland as both prime minister and foreign minister at the 1919 Paris peace conference. Paderewki died in New York exile in 1941. […]
Why do airlines keep smashing cellos?
This is the second airline assault reported to us in as many weeks. It comes from Nicholas Gold, cellist with the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera orchestra. On Wednesday May 6th 2015, I flew into Nashville and this is what I found. I was flying Southwest Airlines. The cello was never handled by TSA… I always gate […]
Berlin appoints French horn
Pierre Azzuro, 31, principal horn of l’Orchestre régional Avignon-Provence, has been named first horn at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin. Guess that’s why they call it the French horn (or is that only in English?)
Principal cellist goes on trial for wife murder
The trial has opened in Bonn of Sergei Kurochkin, a principal cellist in the Beethoven Orchestra, who is accused of strangling his wife, the Belgian pianist Kate de Marcken, and burying her body in a forest. The accused, 55, led police eventually to the burial site. He has remained silent in court. Reports here (in German) […]
Scarlet Letter composer has died
Margaret Garwood, who turned Hawthorne’s novel into an opera for Philadelphia, has died at 88.
A Greek at the Berlin Philharmonic?
Der Tagespiegel, one of the leading German dailies, has listed the Russian-based Greek conductor Teodor Currentzis as a candidate for the Berlin Phil. Tagespiegel rate him so highly that his profile is published just behind those of frontrunners Christian Thielemann and Andris Nelsons. If we ran a Berlin betting shop, we’d give odds of 200-1. […]
Help Sir Neville raise funds for Nepal
Sir Neville Marriner, 91 last month, has rallied past and present members of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields to play their hearts out in a London concert for the suffering people of Nepal. Tickets will go on sale in a couple of days at this site: http://www.sjp.org.uk/evening-concerts.html. lease try to go send your friends, or […]
Update: IMG loses its grip on prime artist
Disaster comes knocking once more at the door of fraudster-owned IMG Artists. It has been announced that Joshua Bell, one of the agency’s highest earners, has made other arrangements, along with agent, Matthew Zelle. Read all about it in the press release below. UPDATE1: Bell’s PR adds: Park Avenue Artists is managing Joshua. IMG will continue to […]
Headless magazine gets part-time editor
International Piano, which lost its editor last week, will get (as we predicted) a part-time replacement. Owen Mortimer, the new editor, will continue his other duties as associate editor of Opera Now. press release: Rhinegold Publishing Ltd is delighted to announce that it has appointed a new editor of International Piano, one of its flagship […]
Exclusive: Musicians in US orchestra seek to drop their union
Musicians in the Colorado Symphony Orchestra have filed to decertify from their union, the American Federation of Musicians., from representing them in contract negotiations. The causes of dissension are obscure and both sides are staying tight-lipped, but a petition has been filed here and a vote is expected soon. The move is part of a growing […]