Bolshoi principal collapses and dies at Moscow bus stop
Russian media are reporting the sudden, public death of Alexander Morozov, principal trombone of the Bolshoi orchestra and a professor at the Gnessin school. He fell ill while waiting for a bus on Academician Anokhin Street and was dead by the time an ambulance arrived. Alexander Morozov, who was 64, was due to play with his […]
‘Naked violinist’ pleads guilty in New York and walks free
Stefan Arzberger, who was accused of attempted murder after breaking naked into a Manhattan hotel room and assaulting its female occupant, pleaded guilty yesterday in the New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan to the lesser charge of reckless assault in the third degree. Prosecutors then agreed to drop the main charge. Arzberger, former first violin […]
This composer messes with my tuning
Liza Ferschtman complains that busy old Heinrich Biber, a predecessor of Bach, requires four different tunings in the same piece, forcing her to switch between two violins. In the baroque era, composers had nothing better to do with their time so they made it tough for musicians. Watch. The music’s not bad.
Australia claims seat at the Berlin Philharmonic
A permanent place has been reserved for a young Australian to play in the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, as part of its Academy. Two philanthropists – Naomi Milgrom and Peter Weiss – are paying for the arrangement and the candidate will be selected from students at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM). Simon Rattle said: ‘It gives me […]
La Scala’s former boss still pulls strings
Carlo Fontana, sovrintendente of La Scala from 1990 to 2005 until claiming that ‘Muti stabbed me in the back’, is still a player on the park. Today Fontana, 69 and looking good, was re-elected President of AGIS, the Italian Association of Performing Arts.
Berlin gets million-Euro new music fund
The Berlin government has put 1.1 million Euros into a fund for promoting new music. Brits need not apply. (Thanks, Boris). Story here.
Shock poll: Almost half of UK wants to cut arts spending
A survey commissioned by the Arts Council (pictured) shows a marked drop in public support for state subsidy for the arts. The poll of 1,700 people showed 45% wanted cuts to arts and culture spending; 9% favoured an increase. The cuts vote was highest among the over-65 group – 54% – lowest (26%) among the 18-24s. This […]
BBC Young Musician winner goes to boutique agency
The cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, 17, winner of the 2016 BBC Young Musician of the Year, has joined Kathryn Enticott Management. That’s smart. Too many young winners have vanished in mega-agency warehouses.
Just in: International opera singer is killed in Ukraine fighting
Ukrainian media are reporting the death of Vasily Slipak, 42, a baritone who returned from a flourishing career in Paris to fight in a volunteers’ brigade against Russian-backed separatists in the Donbass. ‘Vasily Slipak, Ukrainian opera singer, who left the French Opera in order to protect Ukraine, was killed in the East of Ukraine,’ reports […]
Breakthrough: Apple can now stop photographs in concerts
The company has been granted a patent for a device that does this: An infrared emitter can be located in areas where picture or video capture is prohibited, and the emitter can generate infrared signals with encoded data that includes commands to disable the recording functions of devices. An electronic device can then receive the […]
What happened when they exhumed a famous castrato
Three years ago, archaeologists dug up the remains of Gaspare Pacchierotti (1740-1821), one of the great mezzo castratos, vastly popular in Venice, Milan and London. ‘Pacchierotti’s voice was an extensive soprano, full and sweet in the highest degree: his powers of execution were great, but he had far too good taste and good sense to make […]