Sicklist: Lang Lang cancels Elbphilharmonie
It’s the first time any artist has cancelled on Hamburg’s new concert hall since the opening night. But they have found a luxury replacement for flu-stricken Lang Lang this Saturday. Igor Levit steps in.
London’s US terror victims run a music studio back home
Kurt and Melissa Cochran from Utah were visiting London to celebrate their silver wedding anniversary. Kurt, 54, was hurled off Westminster Bridge during the terror attack and died soon after of head injuries. Melissa suffered a broken leg and is expected to recover. Her parents live in London, serving as LDS church missionaries. A church […]
London sees major violin merger
J&A Beare have bought the venerable London trademark of W E Hill (est. 1887).
A Republican candidate speaks up for arts funding and the NEA
Mike Huckabee, the former presidential contender and Arkansas governor, has written an op-ed in the Washington Post today, urging president Trump to abandon his abolition of the National Endowment for the Arts. As aspiring musician, Huckabee benefited as a child from the NEA. He reminds Trump: If it seems unusual that a conservative Republican would […]
San Fran Symphony chief clears his desk, leaving Pacific orchs headless
Brent Assink is winding down as executive director of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. He will leave the organisation next week after 18 years in charge. His departure coincides with Deborah Borda’s shock decision to leave the LA Phil and move back to New York. That leaves both leading West Coast orchestras in search of new […]
Maestro move: Robert Spano gets Euro agent
The veteran Atlanta Symphony music director signed with Linda Marks at HarrisonParrott today with a view to expanding his footprint in Europe and Asia.
Maestro goes: Järvi quits Leipzig
Kristjan Järvi will leave the MDR Symphony at the end of next season, after six years. He’s busy now with his Baltic Sea Philharmonic.
Young maestro is accused in age-discrimination suit
The Indianapolis music director Krzysztof Urbanski has been named in an unfair dismissal suit by former principal bassoon John Wetherill, who claims he was ousted from the orchestra on grounds of his age. Wetherill, 62, says he was ‘duped and ambushed’ in 2012 by the 29 year-old music director. He argues that ‘the [ISO] is economically […]
Toulouse stops opera after tenor is arrested for domestic abuse
The final performance of Verdi’s Ernani was cancelled in Toulouse on Tuesday after the tenor Alfred Kim was arrested on charges of beating up a young woman in his apartment hotel. Kim was brought to court the following day. He was given an eight months suspended sentence and a fine of 8,000 Euros. He then […]
Berlin Philharmonic concertmaster: How I won the audition
From Audition Cafe’s interview with Noah Bendix-Balgley: In Berlin (and in many German orchestras), the entire orchestra listens to the audition, not just a small audition committee. So it is a bit intimidating to look out into the hall, and see the entire Berlin Phil sitting there. But on the other hand, one […]