Mitsuko, Murray and piano world mourn a mighty influence
The pianist Luis Batlle, a key figure for five decades at Marlboro Music School and Festival and mentor to such noted pianists as Jonathan Biss, Yefim Bronfman, Murray Perahia and Peter Serkin, died today, May 25, at his home in Marlboro of complications from Parkinson’s Disease. Luis was 85. Mitsuko Uchida, Marlboro’s Artistic Director, […]
New chairman at Covent Garden
Simon Robey is stepping down. His replacement is energy trader Ian Taylor, a long-serving board member and donor. Corporate press release here.
Just when you thought it’s safe outside, the flashers are back
The Royal College of Music Orchestra have contrived to be a flash-mob at London’s Science Museum. Not sure what the point might be. It’s the third or fourth orchestral flashmob we’ve been sent this month.
New boss on New York choral scene
The venerable Dessoff Choirs have named Malcolm J. Merriweather as their ninth music director. ‘Malcolm is one of the bright rising stars of his generation of choral conductors,’ said Kent Tritle, Director of Cathedral Music and Organist at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and Dessoff’s music director, 1996-2004. ‘Dessoff is close to my […]
IMG snatch one back
Within 24 hours of losing the coveted pianist Beatrice Rana, IMG has signed Conrad Tao, formerly with Opus3. Tao, a composer and pianist, has a major premiere coming up next month with Jaap Van Zweden in Dallas.
What music college chiefs are being paid
The Times Higher Educational Supplement, looking at rewards for academic fat cats, has provided a search engine for salaries at most UK institutions of higher education. So here’s the 2015 pay scale we’ve derived for running a music college or conservatoire in the UK: 1 Royal Academy of Music – Jonathan Freeman-Attwood – £286,613 2 […]
Market research: Handel was an investment genius
Fascinating article by the Telegraph’s deputy finance editor on how Georg Frideric Handel played the London markets during the boom years of the South Sea Bubble and after. Apparently, Handel performed much better than Sir Isaac Newton, achieving a thousandfold return on his initial investment. Handel’s investing career took a perhaps familiar course: after an […]
Frowns in gowns as church choirs breed boy bands
Elisabeth Braw in the Economist reports an alarming phenomenon by which some leading churches have become breeding grounds for trivial pop exploitation bands. Die Prinzen, one of Germany’s most popular pop bands, consists of former pupils in the St Thomas Choir of Leipzig (pictured). So does the internationally-celebrated Amarcord, a classical group. The Choirboys, […]
Maestro move: Goths grab young Finn
The Gothenburg Symphony has announced Santtu-Matias Rouvali as its next music director, ending a rather dull four years with Kent Nagano. Rouvali, 30, is presently music director at Tampere in Finland. He says: ‘I am proud to follow in the footsteps of previous Principal Conductors of the Gothenburg Symphony, Neeme Järvi, Mario Venzago and Gustavo Dudamel […]
Feeling glum? Call an opera singer
There’s a scheme in the northeast of England by which people who need a boost can call an opera singer to come round and sing an aria. Like a home-delivered pizza, only less fattening. Suzanne was given an appointment for 11am which is when a singer called Carole, who used to be with English National […]
Double-bass finds dead body: Should I tell the orchestra?
Jason Heath’s always entertaining blog has taken a turn for the macabre: There’s an absurdist part of my personality that enjoys saying strange things (within reason) to large groups of teenagers and observing their reaction. It’s a good way to break up rehearsals, and it can make you seem quite mysterious if applied judiciously. I’ve […]