Ex-Vienna opera director is declared insolvent
Rudolf Berger, a former vice-president of Oper America who ran the Volksoper in Vienna from 2003 to 2007, has been declared insolvent after the collpase of his cultural consultancy. Assets have been seized and proceedings begun. See here.
Veteran orchestra chief to leave La Scala
Ernesto Schiavi, artistic director of the Filarmonica della Scala which he founded in 1982 with Claudio Abbado, is leaving next year to take a parallel role at Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, the national broadcaster. His departure allows music director Riccardo Chailly to take a more direct hand in developing the La Scala orchestra.
Pope Francis: Anti-Israel attacks are anti-semitic
The Pope said today, in effect, that anti-zionism equals anti-semitism. His words: ‘To attack Jews is anti-Semitism, but an outright attack on the State of Israel is also anti-Semitism,’ the Pope told a World Jewish Congress delegation. ‘There may be political disagreements between governments and on political issues, but the State of Israel has every […]
Principal move: Rotters grab another Paris star
Last week, we reported that Adriana Ferreira, of the Orchestra National de France, was the new principal flute in the Rotterdam Philharmonic. Now the Rotters have snatched the excellent Bruno Bonansea from the same orchestra to be their new clarinet. This is getting to be a bit like football transfers.
Morton Feldman: ‘Boulez is Napoleon, right?’
The Parisian pianist Ivan Ilic has sent us his translation of an historic 1967 interview by Jean-Yves Bosseur, which has only been available until now in French. At the time, Feldman was fairly unknown, but he was not afraid of taking a slaughtering knife to a herd of sacred cows. Sample: Last year, Cage was invited […]
This international competition was simply incompetent
The Portuguese pianist Artur Pizarro tells Slipped Disc why (as we reported earlier) he walked off the jury at the Louisian International Piano Competition: Basically it was a competition with no leadership, not one pianist in the administration, one neglected concert grand, one artistic director and one president with little to no social skills, […]
Agency swoop: Tchaikovsky loser gets CAMI deal, Sony waiting
The charismatic French pianist Lucas Debargue, placed fourth in the Tchaikovsky Competition, has placed his unfolding career in the Ndew York hands of CAMI’s Douglas Sheldon. The territories covered are north and south America, UK and East Asia. We hear also that a Sony record deal is in the offing.
Master of the percussion etude has died, at 82
We are sorry to learn from the Met’s Rob Knopper of the death of Jacques Delécluse, legendary percussionist of the Orchestre de Paris and one of the instrument’s great pedagogues. More about him here.
The oldest conductor on the circuit?
Stanislaw Skrowacewski returns to London this weekend to conduct Bruckner 5th with the LPO. Stan is 92 and going strong. Anyone beat that? He’s a former music director in Manchester and Minnesota who never got the attention he deserved in London and New York. It’s not too late. UPDATE: We’ve received archival confirmation that Stan […]
Chopin winner sets Korea alight
Pre-sales of Cho Seong-jin’s debut album are reportedly outperforming recordings of all genres in Seoul. The Chopin winner’s Warsaw final will be released by DG on November 7. Cho is the first Korean to win the Chopin. No Korean pianist ever came higher than third. He’s a national hero in a country with the highest per […]