Italy launches a private opera company
Graham Spicer at Gramilano has exclusive and exciting news of the birth of an Italian opera company dedicated to the baroque. All of its members are under 30. ‘Coin du Roi is the first private opera company in Italy for at least the last 200 years. History shows us that our structure is an efficient […]
Pianist wins right to publish child abuse memoir
The British pianist James Rhodes has overcome an injunction by his ex-wife to win the right to publish an autobiography containing accounts of his abuse as a child. His ex-wife had sought to stop publication, claiming it might affect the wellbeing of their 11 year-old son. She fought the case all the way up to […]
Strikes at German orchestras and opera houses
There have been work stoppages at several companies over the past two days in anticipation of today’s resumption of wage-bargaining talks by orchestral players and stage staff. Stoppages of up to half an hour were called at Frankfurt, Nuremberg, Kassel, Leipzig, Giessen, Halle Reutlingen and Münster. Players in state orchestras are seeking a 2.1 percent pay […]
What Russia’s five top conductors are earning
The Ministry of Culture has published the 2014 salaries of the heads of Russia’s leading arts institutions. It’s a revealing chart. In first place, earning six times more than the next orchestra chief, is…. well you’ve guessed: 1 Valery Gergiev 340 million rubles ($6.9m) 2 Vladimir Spivakov […]
Man wins custody of piano
A New York lawyer contesting an alimony suit from his fifth wife in a London court was relieved yesterday to receive judgement that he could keep his Steinway baby grand. Counsel for Richard Fields pleaded that his third wife had won his first Steinway in their divorce settlement, leaving him brokenhearted. ‘That wife took the […]
Hilary slays Berlin in last concerts before birth
Christiane Peitz in the Tagesspiegel says Ms Hahn had the Philharmonic audience at her feet in the penultimate concert before she retires to give birth to her first child. ‘An unbelievable woman,’ raves Christiane. Read her review here (auf Deutsch). Thursday night she plays Vienna, and then it’s break time.
Help Musicians is headless
The following notice has gone up on the former benevolent fund’s site: We want to announce that David Sulkin has decided to leave his position as the Executive Director of Help Musicians UK with effect from 6 June 2015 to pursue other opportunities. For the period from 19 May 2015 until 6 June 2015, David […]
Philadelphia is missing out on international artists
Powerful piece today by Peter Dobrin, arguing that Kimmel Center’s financial targets have made it impossible to invite the Vienna Philharmonic and Lang Lang to play in the city. Read Peter here.
Detroit is ‘leading the charge towards how orchestras will function in… the 21st century’
Leonard Slatkin has given a pumped-up interview to our pals at resmusica, describng how his US orchestra has emerged from ‘horrendous economic peril’ to create a new set of outreach and multimedia strategies. It’s not just about the Detroit Symphony–it’s about what Detroit is. It still has a lot of problems, but if you come […]
The concert’s over, and so is the orchestra
Chicago’s Ars Viva gave its closing concert on Sunday. Co-founder and music director Alan Heatherington is heading off to pursue a different vocation, in the Anglican ministry. He provided opportunities for many fine local musicians and will be very widely missed. Larry Johnson was at the farewell concert, announced at one month’s notice. Read his […]
Maestro sells loft apartment with custom-built sauna
If you’re looking for a downtown pad in Minneapolis, you might like to take the picture tour of Osmo Vänskä’s condo, which is up for sale. photo: Brian Peterson/Star Tribune The property benefits from high windows, open-plan bedroom, wooden flooring and an essential Finnish accessory. Price on application. Picture tour here.