Police ‘arrest husband’ of murdered pianist
The Daily Mail, which gets good police leaks, is reporting that John Martin, husband and manager of the pianist Natalia Strelchenko, has been arrested in connection with her murder. Martin, 48, is a double-bass player. The Mail and other papers vastly inflate the extent of Natalia’s career and Martin’s involvement in it. Read the report here. […]
An international baritone has died, aged 85
Dan Iordachescu, the leading Romanian baritone who sang opposite Pavarotti and Domingo at La Scala, Paris and Vienna, has died after a long illness. He made more that 1,000 appearances on the international stage.
‘No pianist under forty exerts this level of fascination’
My Album of the Week on sinfinimusic.com examines a pianist who gives away less of himself in a concerto than he does in a solo recital. Read the review here.
Marin Alsop takes over from teaching legend
Peabody Institute in Baltimore has announced the retirement of Gustav Meier, one of the world’s most sought-after conducting teachers. He will be succeeded by a former pupil, the Baltimore Symphony music director, Marin Alsop.
Concert pianist is found murdered in Manchester
The Russian-born Norwegian pianist Natalia Strelchenko, 38, has been found battered to death in domestic premises at Newton Heath. A man, 48, has been arrested. Natalia, who used the stage surname Strelle, had played recitals at the Wigmore Hall and the Weill Hall at Carnegie. She had management in the UK and Norway and recorded for […]
Top US music critic quits
It is with a sense of sic transit harmoniae mundi that we report the retirement from Bloomberg of Manuela Hoelterhoff, a formidable music critic formerly of the Wall St Journal who successfully created an arts outlet on the Bloomberg business site. Manuela is a personal friend and any further comment would be compromised by affection. […]
Evelyn Lear: ‘Why should the audience be tortured’
The next in our series of Bruce Duffie interviews is with the first American soprano to break into the European new-music scene. She has some fabulous things to say about technique … and about concerthall formality: ‘When you go to these lieder recitals and the soprano or the tenor or the baritone tucks his hands […]
Tragic road death of international arts director
The Royal Overseas League, London, has issued the following notice: DREADFUL NEWS – RODERICK LAKIN. Dear ROSL Members, Staff and Friends. Many will now know, although not all, that our wonderful colleague and friend, Roderick Lakin, our Director of ROSL ARTS, passed away yesterday. He had incurred severe head injuries, having been hit by a […]
Classical accordion queen weds
It’s bells, bells, bells today for Ksenija, soon to be Ksenija Sidorova Arizaga when she ties the knot with Jose Luis Arizaga Lobeto. Much happiness to them both.
Violinist, 10, is suspended from school for knife use
Abbigail (sic) Cunkelman, of Blairsville, Pa., said she used the Swiss army knife to trim hairs on her bow. Her parents, who received a letter from the school in the vacation saying she would not be allowed back, are taking her case to court. Is the school being over-zealous? ignorant? safe?
Chung quits Korea
After more than a year of political wrangling, Myung Whun Chung has announced he will step down next year as artistic director of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. His statement is slightly ambiguous in that it suggests he will continue to fulfil contracted concerts beyond the date of his departure and may return as a guest […]