‘Transformative’ gift for US orchestra
In June, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra was gifted $32 million in one day. Yesterday, the Seattle Symphony was handed a pay-in slip of $10 million. Before the day was out, a former chair of Buffalo Philharmonic chipped in with a donation that music director Jo-Ann Falletta called ‘transformative’. We don’t yet know how […]
A critic crosses the line of malice
Early this summer, a slew of middle-aged, male London critics lay into an Irish mezzo-soprano at Glyndebourne for being too fat. A leading English mezzo, Alice Coote, issued a stinging response on the dangers of judging a singer by body shape. Opera, she wrote, ‘will die if audiences have only average looking, average singing humans walking around in […]
Four German cities want to be Europe’s culture capital
It’s Germany’s turn in 2025 (we should all live so long) and four cities have thrown their hats in the ring. They are Leipzig, Dresden, Stuttgart and Magdeburg. Stuttgart is part of a conspiracy to abolish an SWR orchestra. It deserves to be disqualified. Magdeburg has temporarily exempted itself from regional arts cuts. It looks like […]
The world’s best violin maker is Korean
The winners of the International Violin Makers Competition have been announced in Moscow. Top in the modern category is Sunghee Hong (pictured), who works at the Stradivari college in Cremona. Best in the imitation instrument category is Milena Noventa, from Parma. Maria Strelnikova (Moscow) and Andreas Preuss (Tokyo) took the viola prize; best cello maker is […]
Satie’s Véxations receives its Russian premiere – just look where
This is the monument to Tchaikovsky in Moscow, where students of the wonderful pianist and teacher Alexey Lyubimov have gathered to mark his 70th birthday in an original way. They are playing the Russian premiere of Erik Satie’s Véxations, a work designed to be played 840 times in succession. Lyubimov himself played the opening rounds. […]
Salonen is … soot
Tim Mangan flags up the cover of new Port magazine. He wrote the piece. He didn’t take the picture. Is this what it takes to be a conductor in 2014?
Hilary Hahn is out for longer
The violinist’s agency announced in late July that she’d be out for six weeks with muscle strain, causing her to miss the summer festivals. Unfortunately, her recovery is slower than expected. Hilary has cancelled Baltimore’s season opener and more. She does not expect to be back before October. We wish her well.
Its an all-women final at Indianapolis Violin Competition
Here’s the lineup, five Koreans and one US survivor: Yoo Jin Jang (South Korea), 23, Dami Kim (South Korea), 25, Jinjoo Cho (South Korea), 26, Ji Yoon Lee (South Korea), 22 Ji Young Lim (South Korea), 19 Tessa Lark (US) 25.
Are you reading Crack Critic at the Indy finals? Why not?
There is only one Eduard Laurel. (More’s the pity.) Here’s a sample of his semi-final coverage from Indianapolis: If crack critic has tried his best to be kind, none of the accomplished contestants needed any generosity, but I wonder if some might indulge this observer in his own competition Fantasy, regarding a surprise 17th semi-finalist who […]
Hello, here’s $10 million for your orchestra
The Seattle Symphony got a bit of a shock when, expecting to raise half a million on season opening night, they found themselves clutching a check for ten. That’s million. Dollars. The donor was Rebecca Benaroya who, with her late husband Jack, funded the building of the concert hall and had to be heavily persuaded […]
Is this Pole the next Liza Connell?
The international soprano Elizabeth Connell, who died far too soon, left a legacy to help rising dramatic sopranos. The first winner is Anna Patrys, 33, from Poland. The prize is worth A$20,000. Anna, pictured with jury chair Richard Bonynge press release: INAUGURAL ELIZABETH CONNELL PRIZE Held in conjunction with last night’s Bel Canto Award, the […]