Two violinists in a string quartet seal their wedding vows
Our social affairs editor reports: Daniel Auner married Barbara de Menezes Galante, his violin partner in the Auner Quartet, in Vienna this summer, and very nice it was, too. But Barbara is Brazilian and it doesn’t really count without a bossa nova. So the couple, together with dozens of friends, are heading off for Sao […]
Martha Argerich: Some days, the piano doesn’t love me
A hyper-rare television interview, released today. ‘It goes okay?’ she asks the journalist. ‘Music is wonderful,’ she says, ‘but the profession is not.’ Click here if the video is blocked in your region.
Romania mourns a music director
We have been informed of the death of Nicolae Licaret, long-serving music director of the Georges Enesco Philharmonic Orchestra of Bucharest and a vital figure in post-Ceaucescu reconstruction. He was 73.
Norwegian airline cancels Christmas for a violinist
We hear that the German violinist Elia Kaden was denied boarding on his Norwegian flight DY1104 from Oslo to Berlin two days before Christmas. He was forced to buy a new ticket for both himself and his violin, even though regulations clearly state that violins can be carried on board. This callous budget airline goes […]
Breaking: Zubin Mehta to leave Israel Philharmonic
One of the world’s longest musical partnerships is about to end. Zubin Mehta first conducted the Israel Philharmonic in 1961. He was named music director for life in 1981. Today, he announced that he will step down in October 2019. Zubin Mehta turned 80 earlier this year. Our friend Amir Mandel has the full story […]
The inimitable sound of Sibelius’s voice
Now, at last, with English subtitles. The unique 1948 radio interview begins at 1:50. The voice, steeped in liquor and cigars, is unforgettable, hypnotic.
These we shall miss
A sombre German selection of major cultural and intellectual losses of 2016. Click here to read.
A Moscow music school mourns its sons, lost in Black Sea crash
Teachers at the celebrated Gnessin School have lost a husband and a son in the Tupolev crash that wiped out the Alexandrov Ensemble, formerly the Red Army Ensemble. Irina Gegele lost her son, Ivan, a horn player. Another teacher is married to Vladimir Brodsky, a pianist who died. The information has been sent to us […]
How to win a German orchestra audition
There are six current vacancies at the Leipzig Gewandhaus. Fancy your chances? Tom Greenleaves, the orchestra’s solo timpanist, talks us though the hoops and falls in a fascinating post on Rob Knopper’s blog. Sample: After the closing date for applications, the members of the section (we timpanists count as such for percussion auditions and vice […]