Maestro move: Dohnanyi to Yekaterinburg
The Slovak conductor Oliver von Dohnanyi, an offshoot of the German political-musical family, has been named principal conductor of the opera and ballet in Yekaterinburg. Among his first productions will be Weinberg’s The Passenger. Oliver, 60, is director of the national theatre in Bratislava and has enjoyed an international career. Yekaterinburg, formerly Sverdlovsk, is […]
What future is there for American orchestras?
In the summer issue of Standpoint magazine, I report on the declining fortunes of US orchestras, as experienced at their national convention last month. Sample text: The crash of 2008 drove several orchestras out of business and prompted others to resort to the raw capitalist remedy of locking out musicians without wages or health insurance […]
Millions tune in to the Tchaikovsky Competition
Statistics for the first ten days, released exclusively to Slipped Disc, show considerable impact for medici.tv’s live streaming. Over that period, there have been 3.5 million views across more than 160 countries. On social media, there have been 420,00 actions and 160,000 additional video views. All this, without a single controversy or headline-grabbing event. Let’s see […]
Terrible news: Dmitri Hvorostovsky has brain tumour
The great Russian baritone has just issued the following statement on his website: It is with great regret that Dmitri must cancel all performances from now until the end of August. He has recently been suffering from serious health issues, and a brain tumor has just been diagnosed. Although his voice and vocal condition are […]
US music college rankings put Eastman on top
This is a supposedly objective list, based on the following criteria: Teaching Quality / Professor Ratings (10%) Staff / Student Ratio (15%) Median Salary of Graduates (10%) SAT / ACT Test Scores (15%) Graduation Rate Performance (10%) Undergraduate Academic Reputation (20%) Student Selectivity (5%) Alumni (5%) Academic (Undergraduate) / Research (Graduate) Performance (5%) G-factor (5%). […]
Death of an important Russian piano teacher
We are saddened to learn of the death today of Marina Veniaminova Wolf, aged 87. Her students in St Petersburg included Stanislav Igolinsky, Pavel Yegorov, Grigory Gruzman, Polina Osetinskaya, Alexandre Pirojenko, Eduard Kiprsky and Rustam Muradov.
Breaking: Music director is in coma after heart attack during rehearsal
We hear from Verona that Julian Kovatchev, music director in Lucca, collapsed with a heart attack last night during a rehearsal at the Arena. An emergency team administered CPR and intubated the maestro on the stage before rushing him to hospital, where he lies in an induced coma. Kovatchev, 55, a Bulgarian, is a busy international […]
Rising Aussie gets international agency deal
Two months ago Nicholas Carter, 29, became the first Australian-born chief conductor of a local orchestra in three decades. He has now landed international management with Askonas Holt. Also joining Holt is Stanislav Kochanovsky, a Gergiev protégé from St Pete.
Hey, what? This maestro needs a new website
Clemens Schuldt is described by his agent as ‘one of the most exciting young conductors emerging from Germany’. After that, his official website bio goes into gobbledygook. – Hey what the assistant conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra for one year… – He is Conducting investigation orchestras as the German Symphony Orchestra Berlin… – Born in Bremen, […]
Unseen recording: Kirill Petrenko conducts Mahler
There are virtually no audio recordings of the incoming Berlin Philharmonic chief, and such video as exists is mostly opera. Happily, Alexandros Rigas has come up with this 2004 Berlin performance of Mahler’s 4th symphony – not the Berlin Philharmonic, but a beautifully phrased and delicately shaped interpretation. Mischa Horenstein has just posted it on […]