Death of a vital luthier
We have been notified of the death of Fred Lindeman, one of the Netherlands’ most influential instrument makers. He was 84. The son of Jan W. Lindeman (1890-1971)an Amsterdam violin maker and restorer, he joined the firm in 1952 and worked there until his retirement ten years ago.
Chart-topping violinist mourns her father’s death
Lindsey Stirling, America’s top-selling violinist, has announced the death from cancer of her father, Stephen J. Stirling, a Christian educator. Lindsey tweeted: My dad passed away early this morning. There is nothing to say that could express my gratitude for this amazing, selfless man.
Label pioneer dies, at 77
The death has been announced of Jean Karakos, founder of BYG records, a distinctive French jazz label. Frank Zappa and Eric Clapton were among his artists, alongside the celebrated Arts Ensemble of Chicago.
Gergiev’s PR gets promoted
Anna Kasatkina, head of PR at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg and personal press secretary to Valery Gergiev, has been appointed director of the Primorsky Opera, the Mariinsky’s Pacific offshoot at Vladivostok. Anna has made it clear that all creative decisions will remain in Gergiev’s hands.
Just in: Bosses walk out on London Baroque
press release: The London Festival of Baroque Music announced today that Lindsay Kemp will be stepping down from his position as Artistic Director at the end of the 2017 Festival, in May. Festival Manager Lucy Bending has announced that she will depart at the same time. Both have been in post for a decade. No […]
Classic FM pitches for composers younger than itself
The easy-listening station marks its 25th anniversary this year. It is seeking composers under 25 to write music that will not frighten the horses. Apply here. Press release: Classic FM has teamed up with the Royal Philharmonic Society to commission six brand new pieces of classical music written by composers who are no older than […]
UK orchestras play more, earn less
British orchestras are giving more concerts and making less money, according to a survey by their trade organisation, the ABO. The ABO version: The report, commissioned by Association of British Orchestras (ABO), which will be launched at their annual conference, compares their performance since a similar survey three years ago and shows how they last […]
Hull scraps music library for a Karl Jenkins commission
Could you possibly make it up? Hull Philharmonic Society has financed the (Jenkins) commission with support from Hull 2017 and insurance money after the loss of its music library in the Christmas 2013 tidal surge. “We decided not to replace the old music, but to create something new for 2017, so some good has come […]
Matthew VanBesien: I want a more audacious job
The exiting chief of the New York Philharmonic explains why he’s quitting:
Editorial: NY Philharmonic in chaos as boss walks out
Two pieces fell off the board last week and no-one saw where they pointed. First, Ed Yim resigned as v-p of artistic planning, a key liaison between the chief executive and the music director. Then, Lisa Mantone resigned after just as year as v-p in charge of fundraising. Taken together, those defections spelled bad news […]
Bombshell: New York Philharmonic chief quits
Matthew VanBesien, president of the New York Philharmonic, is leaving in May. He has arranged to succeed Kenneth C Fisher as president of the University Musical Society of the University of Michigan, a job of considerably less visibility. Besien starts in Ann Arbor in July 2017. VanBesien, 47, said: ‘I am truly honored to become the […]