What English Mums spend on music lessons
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Just in: Star pianist joins board of the New York Philharmonic
This is major. It has been announced that Daniil Trifonov, winner of the last-but-one Tchaikovsky Competition, has become a director of the New York Philarmonic. The rest of the board represent big money. Daniil has all the notes. And a raincoat. Release below. Pianist Daniil Trifonov, the 24-year-old Russian pianist who is beginning his final […]
Just in: Bocelli joins Gheorghiu’s Bucharest nightclub appeal
The Romanian soprano has launched an appeal for victims of the Bucharest nightclub fire. Among its first supporters is the mass-market Italian tenor, Andrea Bocelli, who sent this message: My dearests, I was in the United States, when I heard about the terrible misfortune that has destroyed so many young lives in Bucharest. That […]
Official: Dane wins biggest composer prize
Word is out that this year’s $100,00 Grawemeyer Award for music composition has gone to Hans Abrahamsen. The announcement of the award is not due until next Monday but, as we said, word is out. If there’s such a thing as a happy Dane, Hans is it. The award is for his song cycle, ‘let […]
He started in the last row of the violins…
The veteran critic and broadcaster Martin Bookspan has written for Slipped Disc a beautiful memoir of his friend, concertmaster Joseph Silverstein, who died at the weekend. “Extraordinaire!” That’s the word Charles Munch used when he told me about his newest hire for the violin section of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. And Munch knew a thing […]
Bass cancels opera dates to launch political career
The Georgian bass Paata Burchuladze has cleared his diary to run the Georgian Development Fund, which is expected to become a political party. He is also head of a charitable foundation, Iavnana. ‘I never thought of becoming an opera singer, but life brought it to me, or better to say, I was given a chance and I used […]
Steven Isserlis: So why do I still practise?
The international cellist (l. in picture), a neighbour of ours, wonders why he keeps putting in the hard hours. A question that my girlfriend Joanna asked me the other day got me thinking. I was preparing the cycle of Beethoven’s sonatas and variations for piano and cello, which I was playing for perhaps the […]
Indy orch gets $10 million gift
Big Pharma does some good. The Indianapolis Orchestra woke up this morning $10m the richer. It plans to spend the money on streaming concerts and improving the musicians’ pensions. The orch is on a bit of a roll with a good, young conductor, Krzysztof Urbanski, and 15 percent growth in ticket sales. INDIANAPOLIS – The Lilly […]
Argerich to inaugurate Italian theatre
The elusive pianist will play at the reopening of Teatro Petrarca at Arezzo, where musical notation began. The concert will be given on the 20th anniversary of the death of Arturo Benedetti Michaelangeli.
Tucson mourns ex-concertmaster
John Ferrell has died, at 90. Before settling in Tucson in 1974, he toured with the fabulous Stradivari Quartet.
Parsifal meets Kundry, a veiled Moslem
This is a rehearsal shot from Parsifal at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, where Nadja Michael is dressed as a veiled, implicitly oppressed Moslem woman on her first Act 1 entrance. True to Wagner? True to Islam? Or just a misplaced fashion statement? The director is Marcelo Lombardero.