Just in: Fallen maestro is fit to fly (Netrebko’s fine, too)
The weekend’s casualties have recovered fast. Gennady Rozhdestvensky, whose fall on his way to conduct the Dresden Philharmonic caused the concert to be cancelled, is up and about today. His agent tells Slipped Disc: ‘he is okay to travel to Stockholm today and hopes to fly to Chicago next week.’ Meanwhile, Anna Netrebko has posted […]
Paris winner is among BBC finalists
Julian Trevelyan, who came top at this year’s Long-Thibaud-Crespin competition, is among the finalists announced today for BBC Young Musician of the Year. The 2016 category finalists are: Keyboard Jackie Campbell (15) – piano Tomoka Kan (17) – piano Harvey Lin (13) – piano Julian Trevelyan (17) – piano (pictured) Yuanfan Yang (19) – […]
Dresden disaster: Maestro, 84, is ruled out minutes before concert
Tonight’s concert of the Dresden Philharmonic was cancelled at half an hour’s notice, with all the musicians backstage and the audience taking its seats. It appears that the conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky fell and suffered an injury on the snowy pavements on his way to the hall. No replacement was on standby. Players, who have informed […]
Former Met tenor now drives a school bus
‘There is quality in Mr. Bologna’s voice,’ wrote Bernard Holland in the New York Times when Philip Bologna was among 11 winners of the Metropolitan Opera National Council’s 1984 Auditions. Philip was getting parts around the country at the time, but not enough to feed a family. It was reported that ‘he supports his wife and two […]
Moscow mourns principal cellist at the Bolshoi
The death has been announced of Dmitry Miller, principal cellist at the Bolshoi from 1982 to 2012. He was 73 Dmitry enjoyed an extensive solo career in Russia and was a prominent professor at the Moscow Conservatoire. He made numerous recordings.
Death of West Coast composer, aged 67
A composer of more than 500 scores, widely performed in Seattle and recognised far beyond, Bern Herbolsheimer has died of cancer, at 67. His chamber opera The Quartet was premiered at at Carnegie Hall. His anthem Gold and Silver featured in Steven Soderbergh’s HBO series The Knick. Tribute here.
German flautist is robbed on train
Distressing news from Concerto Köln. Flute player Cordula Breuer was robbed yesterday on a train from Cologne to Amsterdam (ICE 128), probably at Oberhausen station. She lost a leather bag with three historic flutes, her purse, money, cards and phone (Samsung S4). The flutes are: – Traversflöte, Ebenholz (4teilig, 1 Klappe) – Sopran-Blockflöte, Buchsbaum gebeizt (2teilig) […]
John Cage, now in a handy guitar version
Life is full of surprises. Apparently ‘this is the first published work of Cage’s to feature the guitar’. Press release: Boston – Celebrated composer John Cage’s official publisher, Edition Peters, issued Aaron Larget-Caplan’s arrangement of “Six Melodies” for violin and guitar in December, marking the first of Cage’s compositions to be officially published with guitar. “Six […]
They didn’t play it. They *were* it.
Beginning a weekend diary by Anthea Kreston, new 2nd violinist of the Artemis Quartet. Part 1: Packing up my life. May 20, 1995 Dear Diary, Last night a truly spectacular thing happened. I am here at Juilliard with my string quartet as a participant in the Juilliard Advanced Quartet Seminar, and last night was the […]
Boston Symphony expels mother and child
We have received a complaint (below) from a concertgoer who was thrown out of a dress rehearsal Symphony Hall together with her quiet, 20 month-old child. Although the rules prohibit under-4s in the hall, Adele Ohki – herself the child of professional musicians – insists her baby would not have made a murmur. Along similar […]
Soloists summit in Paris
Rosana Martins, in Rio, has shared this backstage get-together of four old pals and one new at the Philharmonie in Paris. Rosna writes: The recital took place in one of the small halls in the Philharmonie and was organized by André Furno, the founder of the concert series “Piano **** ” in homage to his […]