Sicklist: Nicky cancels tour
From the Manchester Camerata: We are very sorry to announce that Nicola Benedetti has been advised by doctors to withdraw from Manchester Camerata’s season finale at The Bridgewater Hall (3 Jun) and further concerts in Harrogate (1 Jun), Crewe (2 Jun) and Malvern (4 Jun). We are delighted that Ray Chen will replace Nicola Benedetti […]
Nailing down a new quartet, turning a hater into a friend
Anthea Kreston, American violinist in the Berlin-based Artemis Quartet, barely paused for breath this week, what with premiering a new piece, connecting every Curtis alumnus in Germany and embracing a hostile Slipped Disc reader. Read her latest diary instalment below…. Things grow on Anthea’s balcony When we (Jason and I, I suppose) decided […]
US opera names noted composer as artistic director
Tobias Picker, 61, presently writing a new work for New York City Opera, has been named artistic director of Tulsa Opera, starting now. Read here.
Czech pianist wins low-key Queen Elisabeth
The competition, one of the most distinguished, had very little media coverage this year outside of Belgium and the online profile was exceptionally thin. The results, announced after midnight, are: First Prize : Lukas Vondracek (Cz) Second Prize : Henry Kramer (US) Third Prize : Alexander Beyer (US) Fourth Prize : Chi Ho Han (S Korea) Fifth Prize : […]
Marin Alsop’s fond memories of Gustav Meier
The Baltimore Symphony conductor started out studying with Gustav Meier, the legendary teacher who died this week, and went on to be his teaching partner at Cabrillo and Peabody. Here’s Marin’s instant tribute to her mentor and friend: There are people we meet who change our lives and there are people we meet who touch […]
Mahler Sixth played by synthesizer
Deeply disturbing, on many fronts. Too credible for comfort.
What great composers might have earned today
Stephen Pritchard has been calculating which of the great composers could have made a decent living out of their music if they were living today. Beethoven need not have feared the bailiffs, but the real surprise is how well a certain French composer might do. Read Stephen’s balance sheet here.
‘I’m a classical pianist and I run a non-profit for the arts’
The counter-intuitive world of New York-based musician Nicholas King. Nick started out stacking shelves in a supermarket. ‘I realized, of all the places I’d played, the one that was most meaningful for me was the meat department.’ Watch.
The oldest active conductor in America
Jo Simons has written a memoir titled, My Father Wakes Up Laughing. Here’s why: My father, Edward Simons, at 99 years young, is (we believe) the oldest active orchestra conductor in the country. He continues to be the powerful musical force in Rockland County, NY that he always was. The symphony he founded in 1952 […]
Russia publishes cultural rich list
The Ministry of Culture has issued its annual list of arts millionaires, based on public salaries and tax returns for official positions. There are four conductors among the top ten: 1. Igor Pogrebinsky, deputy director of the Pushkin Museum – 229,804,330 rubles ($3.5 million) *2. Valery Gergiev, artistic director of the Mariinsky Theatre – 130,216,902 […]
Could this be a lost concerto by Bach?
I’ve been listening to music by that great composer, Anonymous, for the Lebrecht Album of the Week. The best fun I’ve had all week is trying to identify the composers of six 18th century concertos that have turned up in the vaults of the Saxon State University library in Dresden. Five of the concertos are […]