Concert pianist is guilty of menacing ex-partner
A sheriff’s court in Hamilton has found Graeme McNaught guilty of acting in a threatening and abusive manner towards his former partner, the author Janice Galloway. McNaught, 54, had threatened to expose naked pictures of his ex-partner, taken while she was pregnant with their son. The sheriff found him guilty as charged after the trial […]
The London Philharmonic learn to dance as they play
This is a Riverdance rehearsal for the current tour with Igudesman and Joo, posted by LPO cellist Elisabeth Wiklander. Click here to enjoy. There has to be a comeback from the LSO….
A Schoenberg opera sells out
We hear from Amsterdam that every available ticket for the premiere run of Gurrelieder has been sold. It is the first time Gurrelieder has been staged as an opera and the first time – surely – that Arnold Schoenberg has sold out a run in a national opera house. Apart from the seats behind the […]
Roberto Alagna: I’m going to sing Wagner with Netrebko
The French tenor says he’s discussing a Lohengrin at Bayreuth, with Anna Netrebko, conducted by Christian Thielemann. ‘If he thinks I can do it,’says Roberto, ‘it’s going to happen.’ He adds that his partner, the international Polish soprano Aleksandra Kurzak, has been helping him with his German. ‘It’s great to have such a fantastic wife,’ […]
Butterfly Flute is runner-up in the Nielsen
Yuki Ota, the Chicago-based flute player who survived an early round when a huge butterfly landed on her face, has taken second place in the international Carl Nielsen competition tonight. The winner is… Sebastian Jacot from Geneva, former principal flute of the Hong Kong Philharmonic and the Saito Kinen Festival. Congrats all round! […]
Indy violin race goes to the wire as judge steps down over bias question
After days of controversy over the final lineup – half of whom are her pupils – the eminent violinist Miriam Fried has stepped down from the jury of the International Indianapolis Violin Competition. A statement said her resignation was to avoid any possibility of jury partiality’. The contest has been mired in controversy since Slipped […]
Blood hits the walls at IMG Artists
We hear that seven staff were sacked yesterday in the New York office as part of the company’s restructuring. Three are senior agents - Kristin Lancino, Stefana Atlas and Allison Pybus – the other four are assistants. Kristin Lancino (pictured) joined the agency as Executive Director in May 2013. Allison Pybus was Vice President, in charge […]
Oompah! What a Wagner singer does on her off days
Meet Hanna Wollschläger, a Berlin-based big-voiced soprano who dies as much Wagner as she can get, but there’s never enough to go around. So between times, she’s Gusti. Just Gusti Are there any who like to have an Oktoberfest Evening ? Invite me ! Love to come and sing for you.
The 20 worst ever logos
You think this is naff? There’s more, much worse, from Victor Glez. Click here.
How much emotion should a performer give? Our psychotherapist reflects
Dr Gerald Stein, a Chicago psychotherapist and symphony buff, has been thinking about the level of emotion it is possible to communicate from the stage without becoming over-emotional. Your weekend reading begins here.
A Czech wins Fritz Kreisler clean-hands competition
Jan Mracek took the 15,000-Euro first prize in the Vienna Kreisler contest, which ended last night. Second was William Hagen, third Emmanuel Tjeknavorian. Jury members were specifically barred from have any of their students in the competition. Jan is studying at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna with the concertmaster of the Wiener […]