Concertmaster wins George Enescu Competition
The concertmaster of the Mannheim Philharmonic has been declared winner of the violin section of the revitalised event in Bucharest. Stefan Tarara, 28, adds this trophy to a hatful of previous prizes collected over the past three years. The jury was chaired by Pierre Amoyal. Stefan’s teacher, Zakhar Bron, was not on it.
Brendel, Nyman and … Slipped Disc share major Italian award
press release: Mondomusica and Cremona Pianoforte launch the “Cremona Music Award” At Cremona fairgrounds from September 26 to 28 The award is divided into four categories: Performance, Composition, Communication and Project. This year the Prize winners will be Alfred Brendel, Michael Nyman, Norman Lebrecht and the FuturOrchestra. Mondomusica and Cremona Pianoforte, with their rich programme of […]
Bumbling South Bank outfoxed again by skaters
After 18 months of fierce opposition, London’s South Bank Centre has dropped plans to evict the skateboard park from beneath the Queen Elizabeth Hall. The relocation was part of a £120m redevelopment project that has been denounced by the Mayor of London, the head of the National Theatre, prolitical groups on the left and right […]
ForEx trading chief gives it up for love of opera
There is a cautionary story in Bloomberg about Kevin Rodgers, who resigned three months ago as global head of foreign-exchange trading at Deutsche Bank AG in London. Today – tonight, more precisely – he’s singing opera in pubs, clubs, wherever he can get a gig. Kevin, 52, is a bass-baritone. He has left it a bit […]
The man who beat his way to the opera escapes with a rap on the knuckles
Peter Williamson, a retired doctor who beat his taxi driver with a walking stick for fear he’d be late for the opera, walked out of court in London a free man yesterday. The magistrate slapped him with a £200 compensation order and £165 costs. Dr Williamson, 71, said he had acted in self-defence. His counsel […]
I Like to Eat Lobster composer has died, aged 93
Johnny Rotella, who wrote for Sinatra, Dean Martin and other icons of his age, has joined them in another place. Just listen to his showreel.
Maestro relaunches violin competition – with no teachers on jury
Next year’s prestigious Paganini Competition in Genoa, Italy, is under reconstruction. Fabio Luisi, music director of Zurich Opera and the Danish radio orchestra, is to be its artistic director. He has decided not to allow major teachers onto the jury. Instead, he tells Slipped Disc, ‘I will put people who really can help the winners to […]
Aussie minister slips cash under the table to esoteric record label
Artshub, the specialist Australian website, reports that George Brandis, the arts minister, approved A$275,ooo (US$250,000) in special funding to a CD label, Melba Records. The grant bypassed due process and proper review. Melba has a heavy board of Aussie worthies. It advertises itself as ‘a label of fragrant distinction’. At issue is not whether the […]
Musicians accuse Atlanta of financial incompetence
What happened to the millions they raised? the land they sold? Who let the arts center get into such deficit? Yesterday, 80 chorus members joined the musicians’ picket line. press release: Atlanta, GA September 18, 2014 On September 15th 2014, Woodruff Arts Center spokesman Randy Donaldson said that it was “totally laughable” […]
Sad news: A great trumpeter has died
Just as he seemed to be on the mend, the Canadian-born, London-based jazz trumpeter Kenny Wheeler died yesterday, aged 84. Our sympathies to his family and many friends.
Just in: Bonfire of Met vanities
The following big names have withdrawn from the first part of the Metropolitan Opera season. Johan Reuther is out of Meistersinger – doesn’t want to undertake Hans Sachs. Latonia Moore is out of Aida – pregnant. Christine Schäfer is out of Hansel and Gretel – taking a season-long sabbatical. Who’s next?