Breaking: Russians dominate Tchaikovsky piano finals
Four out of six of the finalists are home-grown: Lucas Debargue (France) George Li (US) Sergei Redkin Lukas Geniušas Daniel Kharitonov Dmitry Masleev (all Russian). Maria Mazo, the hotly fancied German, was among those eliminated. It’s a cruel old world.
Just in: Favourites fail to reach Tchaikovsky cello finals
The six finalists are: Pablo Ferrández (Spain) Andrei Ioniță (Romania) Alexander Buzlov (Russia) Seung Min Kang (S Korea) Jonathan Roozeman (Netherlands) Alexander Ramm (Russia) Those eliminated include the experienced and widely recorded Leonard Elschenbroich (Germany) and two fancied Frenchmen, Bruno Philippe and Trstan Cornut.
Just in: Tchaikovsky Competition announces violin finalists
Pavel Milyukov (Russia) Alexandra Conunova (Moldova) Bomsori Kim (S Korea) Yu-Chien Tseng (Taiwan) Clara-Jumi Kang (Germany) Haik Kazazyan (Russia) No great surprises.
America’s next bambino caro?
Her name’s Arielle Baril, and she’s 11. She starting singing at 2:05.
Sydney Symphony sells off Ashkenazy’s piano
Australia is an unsentimental country, gday and gnite. Still, flogging off a maestro’s keyboard while the old bloke is still alive is pushing it a bit. The Steinway in question was handpicked and autographed by Vladimir Ashkenazy for the concert hall of the Sydney Opera House in 1991. The building is about to undergo major […]
O Canada!…. Now in the original Arabic
An Arabic version of the Canadian national anthem has been published today in order to encourage ‘civic engagement’ in new citizens. The performer is Toronto opera singer Miriam Khalil and the version was commissioned by the Canadian Arab Institute, ahead of the national holiday. Wonder why they never made a version in Yiddish.
Philly mourns its ‘king of double bass’
Neil Courtney, a double-bass player with the Philadelphia Orchestra for 48 years, has died at 82. He started out as principal double-bass with the National Symphony in Washington for four years, but settled for a lesser role in a much better orchestra. He became an influential figure in Philadelphia, respected by Riccrdo Muti and advising […]
‘The most powerful man in classical music’
My tribute to Ronald Wilford appears today in the Spectator magazine: When Margaret Thatcher imagined perfect power, she thought of the orchestral conductor. ‘She envied me,’ said Herbert von Karajan, ‘that people always did what I requested.’ Power, however, is a mirage that fades as you get close. What Mrs Thatcher saw were the trappings, […]
The next line of pianists won’t be European
These are the finalists, announced today, in the first Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition, taking place in in Fort Worth, Texas: Alim Beisembayev, 17 (Kazakhstan) Youlan Ji, 16 (China) Yukine Kuroki, 16 (Japan) Wei Luo, 16 (China) Arsenii Mun, 16 (Russia) Evelyn Mo, 16 (United States)
The loss of Ina Kringlebotn, by her lifelong soulmate
The Norwegian soprano Mari Eriksmoen was best friends with Ina Kringlebotn, who died this week of brain cancer, at the age of 32, leaving a four month-old baby daughter. We asked Mari to share some memories of Ina. Here is what she writes: It’s hard to imagine the future without Ina. We met when we were […]
Found: an exclusive interview with Kirill Petrenko (in English)
The inexhaustible Basia Jaworski has unearthed a video interview with the incoming chief conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic, recorded five years ago in Israel. Petrenko speaks impressive, idiomatic English. He reveals that both of his grandmothers were living in Israel, in the seaside town of Bat-Yam, and that they peacefully shared the same apartment. Fast […]