Renowned conducting teacher has died
Students are sharing news of the death last night of Gustav Meier, possibly the most sought-after conducting teacher in the US. Gustav, who was 86 and suffering from cancer, retired three years ago as head of conducting at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, handing over to one of his past pupils, Marin Alsop. His alumni […]
Death of a modern flute virtuoso
Friends have reported the death of Annamaria Morini, an Italian protégée of Jean-Pierre Rampal who specialised in contemporary music. A founder of the Bruno Maderna Ensemble, she played in a flute and harp duo with Paola Perrucci and taught contemporary music at the Bologna conservatorio.
Paris drops its pilot
At a time of great cultural and political uncertainty in France, we hear that the Orchestre de Paris has parted company with Didier de Cottignies, its artistic advisor. Apparently, the incoming music director Daniel Harding wants someone younger and ‘less bourgeois’. Didier has the biggest personal contacts book in classical music. He’s an indispensable asset, […]
Gatti adds another job
The incoming music director of the Concertgebouworkest has been named Artistic Advisor of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra for the next three years. The orchestra is an Abbado creation.
Distinguished pianist dies of heart attack, aged 46
We regret to share news of the sudden death of Joel Hastings, winner of the 1993 International Bach Competition in Washington DC. Canadian born, Joel toured internationally as a soloist and taught at Florida State University in Tallahassee. Our thoughts are with his family.
Woman conductors: The power list
It’s 2016 and we no longer get excited about a music director turning out to be non-male. Every few months, it seems, another young woman conductor rises to a position of authority. Yet, when we survey the current field, we find no more than half a dozen women near the top of the profession and […]
Labour MP seeks partners in Westminster string quartet
Classical Music magazine has an interview with Labour’s shadow culture minister Thangam Debbonaire who, it turns out, studied cello at Chetham’s and later privately with Raphael Wallfisch. She’s wondering if there are two violinists and viola players in the Commons or the Lords who might like to join her in a string quartet. Here’s her website if […]
Cleveland assistant concertmaster steps down
After 34 years in the #2 seat, Yoko Moore has called time on the orchestra. Appointed by Lorin Maazel, she was ordered to upgrade her instrument to Cleveland standard. She supported just two concertmasters over a third of a century, Daniel Majeske and William Preucil. Now, says Yoko, ‘I can’t do too much anymore. Physically, it’s enough […]
Peter Gelb: It’s war out there
This is Peter Gelb’s speech to the Opera America conference, starting at 6:00. He insists that Live from the Met has made singers perform better. He goes on to claim victory in union wage negotiations, the first in Met history. Some may find his claims questionable.
Label news: Counting the Costa farewell
Tomorrow is Costa Pilavachi’s last day as Senior Vice President, Classical Artists and Repertoire, at Universal Music. Costa, who has been head of Philips and Decca, with a further spell as president of EMI Classics, is one of the last labels chiefs still standing from the golden era, and always the nicest. He will take a […]
Ozawa ‘too frail’ for Boston return
Seiji Ozawa, 80, has been forced to cancel his Tanglewood appearance this summer,his first for ten years. BSO statement: ‘At the end of Maestro Ozawa’s month-long stay in Europe (where he performed with the Berlin Philharmonic in Berlin and the Seiji Ozawa International Academy Switzerland in Paris) this past April, due to overwork Ozawa developed […]