Forget the metronome, what am I doing in the next second?
Our weekly diarist, quartet violinist Anthea Kreston, is having time management issues. I am sitting on the plane to our next concert, ruminating about time. My mother has left and there are five days in which I am a single mother of two, with a daily work schedule as well as two out-of town concerts […]
Fabio Luisi: Orchestras need older musicians
The outgoing principal conductor of the Metropolitan Opera has bucked the current trend of replacing older orchestral musicians with inexpensive young ones. Here are his contributions to a running Slipped Disc debate: Orchestras NEED older musicians, they bring experience, wisdom, knowledge and – yes! – they can also help young music directors to find their […]
Horror: Mariinsky star’s husband is assassinated
Denis Voronenkov, the rebel Duma MP was assassinated yesterday by a hit squad in Kiev. His widow is the mezzo-soprano Maria Maksakova, a member of the Helikon ensemble in Moscow from 2006 and of the Mariinsky Theatre since 2011, where she has been cast as Dorabella, Cherubino, Eboli and other important roles. She has performed in the UK […]
José Carreras says good night, Vienna
The great tenor, 70, at his farewell recital in the Konzerthaus this week. Photo (c) Dr. Andreas Haunold
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.