Piano Guy appeals for help in finding missing daughter
Jon Schmidt of the Piano Guys crossover group is searching for his daughter Annie who went missing last week while hiking in the ‘tooth rock’ area of Portland, Oregon. Annie’s car was found on Thursday in the Columbia River Gorge near Bonneville Dam. Her family have not heard from her since last Sunday. Please share […]
Nobel committee can just keep knock, knock, knockin’ on Dylan’s door
Per Wastberg, a member of the Swedish Academy that bestowed the literature prize on Bob Dylan, has said his failure to respond to the honour was disrespectful. The committee don’t even know if he will attend the awards. ‘One can say that it is impolite and arrogant. He is who he is,’ Wastberg told Dagens […]
Chink of hope as Federal mediator flies to Pittsburgh
The management of the Pittsburgh Symphony has agreed to meet a federal mediator this week, its first breach of isolation since the musicians went on strike at the end of last month. They have also agreed for an independent expert to examine the finances. Signs of the icecap melting in Fort Worth as well. The […]
Katharina Wagner is honoured for ‘services to united Europe’
The Bayreuth chief is to receive a state medal for ‘services to Bavaria in a united Europe’. Because a united Europe believes that cultural assets should be controlled by the hereditary principle?
Why Is Emil Gilels missing from the Moscow honours board?
A memoir by the Swedish pianist, Lars Jönsson: When I studied in Moscow from 1990 to 1993, there were many people with personal memories of Gilels, and the love and admiration for his art was still very much felt. One of the most surprising things to me, though, was that Gilels’ name was not on […]
Zakhar Bron attacks jury as Georgian wins the Wieniawski
Veriko Tchumburidze, a Georgian living in Turkey, won the Wieniawski Competition in Poznan last last night. Joint second were Bomsori Kim (South Korea) and Seiji Okamoto (Japan). Fourth and fifth were Luke Hsu (USA) and Richard Lin (Taiwan/USA). The final stage was marred by an ill-tempered outburst on Polish Radio by the controversial jury member Zakhar Bron, […]
In a string quartet, you get used to missing breakfast
Anthea Kreston, American violinist in the Berlin-based Artemis Quartet, is starting to get used to missing the best breakfasts in Europe. Here I am, in my hotel room across from the Konzerthaus in Vienna, packing and eating pistachios. It is 11:30 pm, and we leave for our flight at 6:00 am tomorrow. I am fortunate […]
Maestro move: Manchester chief is picked to head US festival
Juanjo Mena was announced as the new Principal Conductor for the Cincinnati May Festival, the longest running choral festival in North America. Mena, 51, currently head of the BBC Philharmonic in Manchester, was chosen from a field of 30 international contenders. James Conlon has just stepped down from leading the festival after 37 years.
Brave artists raise Bach protest against pollution
Artists in Macedonia raise the alarm at the cancer risks of government waste dumps.
Philadelphia brass to play for Pittsburgh strikers
A fine act of fraternal solidarity. Be there if you can. At 6:00 pm Sunday, Oct. 23, East Liberty Presbyterian Church will host “A Brass Spectacular!” presented jointly by the Pittsburgh Symphony brass section and members of the Philadelphia Orchestra brass section. They will be joined by additional colleagues from the Boston Symphony, National Symphony […]
Why the Wall St Journal is wrong on the Pittsburgh strike
The ever-readable Terry Teachout argues today in the Journal that orchestral musicians should not expect to be paid more in 2016 because two generation ago they were paid far less. In a closing paragraph: Orchestra players would do well to remember how far they’ve come. Six decades ago, the members of one of the world’s […]