The world’s busiest woman conductor?
That’s what is being claimed for the Estonian Kristiina Poska, 37, first kapellmeister at the Komische Oper, Berlin. At 37, she guest-conducts all over Europe and has appeared on Eurovision. ‘It is definitely not an advantage to be a female conductor in the cultural landscape of Germany,’ says Kristiina, ‘but it is important to know how to turn disadvantages […]
Tip #8: Avoid acquiring a pretentious European accent
From the CBC’s guide on how to be a classical musician.
Just in: Romania is expelled from Eurovision
The country hasn’t paid its bills, apparently, since 2007. It is the first to be banned by Eurovision since its foundation in 1955. A rare distinction.
The relative values of Petrenko vs Petrenko
Tomorrow, Vasily Petrenko makes his conducting debut at the Bayerische Staatsoper, at the invitation of its music director, Kirill Petrenko. The two Petrenkos, unrelated, are both products of late-Soviet educational values. One is music director in Liverpool and Oslo, the other is incoming chief of the Berlin Philharmonic. Andrew Powell has compiled an entertaining chart […]
Just in: Nielsen contest is wrecked by open jury row
The violinst Nikolaj Znaider, president of this year’s Carl Nielsen violin competition, has openly dissented from the choice of finalists. Znaider said: ‘There was a clear majority for the three participants who ended up in the final. However, it is just not a decision I can support…. I support the result, because I’m jury president and […]
US orchestra teacher is arrested on sexting charge
A man will appear in court today in Zionsville, Indiana, charged with four counts of child seduction. Michael Plewa, 33, is accused of sending sexual innuendos, photos and suggestive comments to a student while he was the orchestra teacher at Zionsville West Middle School. The student is now 16. The contacts began when she was in […]
Chicago Symphony plays for free food
From the musicians of the CSO: The Musicians of the Chicago Symphony will present a benefit concert for the Greater Chicago Food Depository, GCFD, on Monday, June 13th at 8:00PM at the Studebaker Theater, 410 S. Michigan Avenue in Chicago. Our musicians have always been involved in the community through chamber, educational, and community concerts. […]
Berlin Philharmonic names two Israeli candidates
The orchestra has named the two winners of its Huberman Scholarship, who will join its academy. The two are both Israeli violinists – Ori Wissner-Levy, 25 (pictured), and Ohad Cohen, 25. photo: Foppe Schut press release: Orchester-Akademie der Berliner Philharmoniker vergibt Huberman-Stipendium Das Huberman-Stipendium der Orchester-Akademie der Berliner Philharmoniker wurde 2008 unter der Schirmherrschaft von Bundeskanzlerin Angela […]
Five-minute ovation for Glenn Close Sunset stand-in
Before the curtain rose last night at English National Opera, some members of the audience shouted and demanded their money back after it was announced that the star of Sunset Boulevard, Glenn Close, was unable to appear. People had paid a lot of money and come a long way to see the Hollywood legend. No […]
Dvorak symphony plays in Paris all-night protest
The latest Nuit Debout – Up All Night – protest in Paris involved a performance by 300 musicians of Dvorak’s New World Symphony on Wednesday night in the Place de la Republique. Most of the players were amateur. The performance is rather good. Photo © Matthieu de Martignac / Photo PQR Le Parisien / Max […]
Why Germans were last to go stereo
From the Lebrecht Album of the Week: Slower even than one-horse EMI, Deutsche Grammophon was the last label of consequence to adopt stereo recording in the late 1950s. Its circumspection is, in retrospect, comprehensible. In austerity-minded Germany, a second living-room speaker would have been deemed an anti-social luxury and DG’s mono quality was, by […]