Beijing cancels violin competition at short notice
The Beijing International Music Competition has called off its violin contest in September after it ‘encountered serious financial difficulties’. BIMC goes on to state that ‘the governmental reform on cultural activities are inevitably beneficial in a long run however, this leads us into financial plight.’ Make of that what you will. The cello competition is […]
Lucas Debargue 1st full interview: ‘For three years I never touched a piano’
The French pianist who caused a sensation at the Tchaikovsky Competition has given his first in-depth interview to Bertrand Boissard, at Parlons Piano. Among other topics, he discusses his Russian teacher Rena Shereshevskaia, his two years working at a supermarket till, his preference for learning Prokofiev by ear and his favourite pianists of all time, […]
Stockhausen’s Helicopter Quartet crashes
It’s not easy or cheap to perform, but with Audi on board as sponsors the heat-seeking Minguet Quartet put on a rare and widely-anticipated performance of the airborne work in Ingolstadt. Then bits started falling off. Viola player Aroa Sorin withdrew after a test flight. She was replaced by Munich orchestra player Felix Gargerle, who was meant […]
A new defence fund for ‘naked’ string quartet leader
Influential friends of Stefan Arzberger, leader of the Leipzig Quartet who is under investigation in New York after a naked hotel rampage, have formed a defence fund to meet his legal costs and personal expenses during months of enforced unemployment. Stefan is accused of attempted murder of a fellow-guest at the hotel. He will face […]
Lucerne Festival photographer has died
Lebrecht Music & Arts Photo library announces with great sadness the passing of Georg Anderhub, our superb performing arts photographer based in Lucerne, on 19 July 2015 aged 66. We send our deepest condolences to his mourning family and friends. He worked with the Lebrecht photo library for many years and was always on hand to help us with special […]
Update: US opera chief died of heart attack in car
Initial reports indicated the David Roth, general director of Kentucky Opera, died on Sunday when his car ran off the highway and hit a tree. His family have now been told that Roth, 56, died of a heart attack while driving. Details here.
Ex-London Symphony chorus chief is jailed for child offences
Joseph Cullen, who pleaded guilty to offences against two boys aged eight and eleven, was sentenced in Glasgow today to 12 months in jail. Cullen, 55, was successively director of the London Symphony Chorus and the celebrated Huddersfield Choral Society. More here.
Sadness: Elina Garanca mourns her mother
Latvian National Opera has just announced the death of Anita Garanca (10.02.1949 – 23.07.2015), one of the country’s most respected vocal teachers. Anita’s daughter Elina cancelled all summer engagements to be with her mother in the late stages of her illness. Our sympathies to Elina and the family.
Proms soloist has to rehearse in railway station
This is Leif Ove Andsnes at Marylebone today, and he’s doing it for a film.
Will classical music ever be aired again in Miami?
South Florida lost three classical stations last week when the Minnesota owner sold them to Christian operators. Miami critic Lawrence A. Johnson is incensed. So are many Slipped Disc readers. Larry assesses the options for a non-Christian resurrection here.
Met musicians mourn veteran cor
Richard Nass, who played English horn (cor anglais) at the Metropolitan Opera, for forty-eight seasons until his retirement in 1999, has died at the age of 96. Before the Met, he played six seasons for Fritz Reiner in Pittsburgh. Richard is survived by his wife, Met cellist Marian Heller, and three children. Tributes here.