US Orchestra awards musicians 19% pay rise
It’s the Jacksonville Symphony, and they have reached agreement eight months before contract expiry. They are also increasing the number of concert weeks from 35 to 40. Here’s the small print: Jacksonville, FL (January 26, 2017)– Robert Massey, President and CEO of the Jacksonville Symphony and Peter Wright, President of Local 444, American […]
La Scala renews its music director
Things are going so well in his first full season that Riccardo Chailly has signed a second contract with La Scala, taking him to 2022. More here.
Paris Opéra claims a younger audience
Stéphane Lissner, director of the Paris Opéra says his cheap ticket scheme for under-28s is working well. Last season, he claims, ‘we welcomed 100,000 patrons under 28,’ as well as registering a 15 percent increase in under 18s. Lissner is now offering 40 percent ticket discounts to people aged 29 to 39. The average attendance age […]
Vienna’s finest turn out for Heinrich Schiff
The Vienna Konzerthaus, where he played more than 200 times, is putting on a farewell concert in Heinrich Schiff’s memory on February 12. Among those taking part are Paul Gulda, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Francesco Piemontesi, Christian Poltéra, Benjamin Schmid, Gerhard Schulz and a 24-person cello ensemble including: Natalie Clein, Valentin Erben, Ádám Grób, Clemens Hagen, Julia Hagen, Yves Savary, Leo Schmidt, Mark Schumann, Julian […]
Death of a much-recorded mezzo
The death is reported of Klara Takacs, a widely travelled and well liked Hungarian mezzo. She sang major roles at the Met, Vienna, Salzburg and La Fenice and recorded extensively for Hungaroton and Capriccio. Her breakthrough recording was Goldmark’s opera The Queen of Sheba with Magda Kalmár and Siegfried Jerusalem. Klara died on Saturday, aged 71.
Watch: A Neuhaus student, still playing at 93
Genrikh Neuhaus was the outstanding piano teacher in Soviet Russia. His pupils included Sviatoslav Richter, Emil Gilels, Yakov Zak, Tikhon Khrennikov, Alexei Lubimov, Radu Lupu and… Lidia Fikhtengoltz. Still going strong. Her last reported concert was in Moscow, two years ago. Film courtesy of Roman Mints
Maestro stays: Esa-Pekka is happy where he is
He could have been music director of the New York Philharmonic, if only Matthew VanBesien had offered him the job after fuelling speculation in the local media. But Esa-Pekka Salonen, coming up for 60, has now reached ten years as Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor with the Philharmonia in London and he’s not going anywhere […]
French pianist wins 250,000 Euros
It has been announced in Munich that the 2017 International Ernst von Siemens Music Prize will go to the French pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard ‘for a lifetime devoted to the service of music’. Previous winners include Pierre Boulez, Olivier Messiaen, György Kurtàg and György Ligeti. The prize will be awarded on 2 June 2017 at the […]
Toronto Symphony brings back 92 year-old resident conductor
We are thrilled to learn that former TSO resident conductor Victor Feldbrill, 92, has been named curator and conductor of next season’s all-Canadian program titled With Glowing Hearts. It includes works by Archer, Beckwith, Champagne, Freedman, Somers and Weinzweig. Feldbrill will shares the podium with RBC resident conductor Earl Lee. More here.
What the exiting New York Philharmonic chief told his shocked staff
In a word, nothing. Matthew VanBesien sent them a very long letter (published below) which gives no clue as to his reason for going on a job hunt. He leaves the orchestra after just five years and on the threshold of a painful transition. Matthew VanBesien got a new job. The NY Phil is left […]
Naxos stops streaming
At $5 a month, it appears to have been unviable. Here’s the closure statement: We regret to inform you that ClassicsOnline will go offline from 31 January, as our technology partner will cease operating the platform used for ClassicsOnline. Since customer support will be terminated, your subscription will cease on 31 January and the site […]