Mahler silver-medallist leapfrogs the winner
Sergey Neller, 30, a Russian who came second in this year’s Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition, has been snapped up by mega-agency IMG. (The winner was a Singaporean, Kah Chun Wong.) Neller said: ‘I’ve always wanted to work with a manager who would be able to get almost 100% into my mind. Of course I thought, this […]
Wall Street Journal: ‘Has Peter Gelb run out of ideas?’
Terry Teachout writes: Is it time for the Metropolitan Opera to look elsewhere for fresh thinking? Or is the company simply too cost-diseased to thrive in a market where consumer demand for big-ticket opera, the only product that the Met can successfully produce, appears to be inching inexorably downward? I have a sinking feeling that we’re […]
US orch nicks London manager
New Jersey Symphony Orchestra has appointed Gabriel van Aalst to be its President & CEO, starting in October. Gabriel has been chief exec of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the London chamber ensemble where Joshua Bell is artistic director. Before that, he worked for the Australian Chamber Orchestra.
Music critic is sacked over global oboe storm
When Wai Kit Leung, a reviewer on MusicWeb International, received a new release by Katherine Needleman, principal oboe of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, he was none too enthusiastic. Mr Leung, a Hong Kong-based oboist, gave reasons for his disaffection, in minute detail: ‘I wish Ms. Needleman had used the forked F fingering instead of the […]
‘I was victim of an oboe hate mob’
A disturbing report by Wai Kit Leung (see here for background story): I started reviewing CDs and DVDs for MusicWeb International, a UK-based classical music review site, in February this year. Shortly after I started, I was assigned to review, among other discs, the debut album of American oboist Katherine Needleman on Genuin. Being an oboist, I was […]
Comment: Conductor comes last at Bayreuth
Andris Nelsons’ stunning walkout from this summer’s Parsifal illustrates a deep-seated crisis at Bayreuth. Andris loves the festival. It gave him his first international break, caused him to be spotted by Birmingham and has generally given him pleasure and professional satisfaction throughout his fast-track career. He did not quit lightly. From the little we know […]
It’s official: Andris Nelsons quits Bayreuth
‘With the utmost respect’, Andris Nelsons has asked to be released from his contract to conduct Parisfal at this summer’s Bayreuth festival. The official reason: ‘Owing to a differing approach in various matters, the atmosphere at this year’s Bayreuth Festival did not develop in a mutually comfortable way for all parties. With regret, the Bayreuth […]
Venezuela mourns national composer
The prolific and genuinely popular Inocente Carreño died on June 29, aged 96.
Reports: Andris Nelsons walks out of Bayreuth
We’ve been hearing of tensions for the past two days at Bayreuth’s Parsifal, directed by Uwe Eric Laufenberg with a decidedly Islamist theme. The conductor Andris Nelsons threatened to walk out on Monday. Bayreuth slammed down the shutters and refused to take media calls. Frantic negotiations ensued. It seems Andris finally called it quits today. […]
He’s made it! Dude gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
The music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra is among the latest batch of screen celebrities to be awarded a place on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. Gustavo Dudamel will be jostling for limelight with the likes of Goldie Hawn, Hugh Laurie, Tyra Banks and Amy Adams. Fame, at last.
Two US orchestras at odds over young concertmaster
We hear that the Louisville Orchestra has signed Knoxville Symphony’s concertmaster, Gabriel Lefkowitz. He’s 28. Louisville’s music director Teddy Abrams, also 28, is a man in a hurry. He’s building a career platform in Louisville and other orchestras, less thrustful, are getting wary. Lefkowitz has serious pedigree. He’s the son of Boston Symphony violinist Ronan Lefkowitz, and […]