Top-earning classical female artist?
Katy Perry has just been named the highest earning female performer by Forbes, with 2015 revenues of $135 million. Who, we wonder, tops the classical field? It could be Anna Netrebko, if only she was inclined to accept some of those pressing invitations to private oligarch parties. It could also be Angela Gheorghiu or Renee […]
A pioneering Greek conductor has died
Louly Psichouli, the first Greek woman to achieve an international conducting career, died on October 29. A student of Hans Swarowksy in Vienna, Louly conducted at the Bolshoi in Mosow and many orchestras across the Balkans, as well as playing a prominent role in Greek musical life. In 1974 she founded the Maria Callas Grand Prix […]
Boston Symphony mourns 40-year bassoon
The death has been announced of Richard E. Plaster, who played bassoon and contrabassoon in the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops for 40 years. Richard, who was in his 80s, studied at Juilliard with Simon Kovar. After U.S. Army service, he played in the New York Woodwind Quintet, before joining the Boston Symphony and Boston […]
Riccardo Chailly’s new orchestra
First pics of the maestro with the revitalised Filarmonica Scala.
Leipzig plan to rename Richard Wagner Platz ‘Refugees Welcome Place’
Wagner loyalists in Leipzig are putting up a petition to stop the city from accepting a Green Party proposal to rename the square that honours the city’s most famous son. While we recognise the need to acknowledge Wagner’s birthplace, there would be a certain poetic justice in deposing the old racial supremacist in favour of […]
Bang on-line: New record price for a violin bow
Beares tell us that a silver and ebony mounted violin bow by François Xavier Tourte (c.1825) sold on Monday for a world record auction price of $288,960. The bow is believed to have been owned by Bronislaw Huberman, founder of the Israel Philharmonic, and bears his engraved initials. It was bought at auction by a professional violinist.
Happy fiddler: Orchestre de Paris recovers lost violin
Here’s Gilles Henry today with his violin. We don’t know yet how it was returned to him, or if a reward was paid.
Alsace mourns culture chief
Marianna Chelkova, deputy mayor of Colmar and former president of the Opera du Rhin, died last night of cancer at the age of 59. Russian born, Marianna was an accomplished pianist and an impassioned advocate for cultural activity across the region. Obituary here.
Opera singers appeals for help in colleague’s cancer battle
Musicians in Washington DC and beyond are rallying for soprano Katherine Keem, a member of Washington National Opera who has stage 4 cancer and is fighting both for her life and to help her 12 year-old son fulfil a dream. ‘I was diagnosed with a very rare triple negative metaplastic breast cancer in November of […]
Musicians ‘four times likelier’ to suffer hearing damage
A survey by Help Musicians UK finds that musicians are four times more likely to suffer hearing damage than others and more than twice as likely to experience tinnitus. Details here.
Orchestra chief resigns over swelling deficit
One of the sorriest sagas in Dutch music ended today with the resignation of Harm Mannak as chief executive of HET symfonieorkest, orchestra of the East Netherlands. Mannak, who made himself unpopular by taking another orchestra to court in a name dispute, claimed he would put the orchestra on a firm financial footing without structural […]