Maestro comes just too short at unveiling
Here’s what happened on Friday when Toronto named a lane after its former symphony conductor.
Few stay conscious at all-night Louvre concert
In the interest of research and good citizenship, Warner’s Melissa Lesnie attended an all-nighter of live – ahem – music by minimalists Nils Frahm and Ólafur Arnalds. One of those nights when you just had to be there. Read Melissa here.
Major classical supporter commits suicide
Martin Senn, who stepped down at the end of last year as CEO of the giant Zurich insurance group, shot himself on Friday in the family’s Alpine home. Senn, who was 59, was a prominent supporter of classical music causes and an influential member of the board of the Lucerne Festival. His Korean wife, a […]
The homeless life of a three-job music director
Stepping down after seven years with the Slovak Philharmonic, Emmanuel Vuillaume has spoken in a local interview of the loneliness of the long-distance conductor. Technically, my home is now Paris, California and Dallas; but I am almost never there. So home is where my friends are, where good music is. But in some moments I […]
Breaking: EU Council of Ministers to discuss EUYO
In a major success for those trying to save the European Union Youth Orchestra from summary defunding by the EU commission, the Council of Ministers has agreed to review the issue at their meeting next Tuesday in Brussels. Campaigners had been told it was impossible to get the item on the Council’s agenda at short […]
Just in: Martha Argerich festival faces closure
It has been announced that next month’s Lugano festival of Martha Argerich and friends will be the last. The BSI back had given notice that it was pulling out after 15 years and no other sponsor has been found. Martha, who is 75 next month, made the festival a unique setting for informal music making, […]
Four Asian women in Montreal violin finals
The last six are: Ji Won Song (South Korea) Fedor Rudin (Russia – France) Minami Yoshida (Japan) Ayana Tsuji (Japan) Bomsori Kim (South Korea) Petteri Iivonen (Finland)
Ryanair is still musicians’ worst airline
Ryanair is currently ranked world’s worst airline for musicians. This just in from the violinist Abraham Brody: I am a professional violinist based in London. I travel all the time and sometimes fly with Ryanair. Since a year ago or so they changed their cabin bag allowance so that my violin fit as a carry on. […]
Opera North mourns principal bassoon
This week’s Ring cycle in Leeds this week will be dedicated to the memory of Sebastian New, who died in the past few days of cancer, aged 57. Sebastian had been principal bassoonist in the Orchestra of Opera North for around twenty-five years.
Watch: Donald Trump is set to opera
By brilliant Wagnerian tenor Ben Heppner.
Pricking Peter Gelb’s fantasy bubble
The self-congratulating 10-year speech given by the Metropolitan Opera’s manager at the Opera America convention has gone down like cement trainers at the company he manages. Insiders at the Met have analysed the speech and one of them compiled the following factual and perceptual contradictions. You can watch the full speech here. Peter Gelb’s Opera America […]