Do agents have too much power?
Italy’s Corriere della Sera yesterday published a full-page essay on classical agents, taking as its starting point some remarks we shared on Slippedisc.com about the recent retirement of Martin Campbell-White and Robert Rattray from AskonasHolt. The article, by PierLuigi Panza has unfortunately not been published online. However, the author has given us permission to […]
Baltimore announces four new conductors
Marin Alsop’s team has just grown wings. Markus Stenz is named BSO Principal Guest Conductor;Ken Lam is BSO Associate Conductor for Education and Artistic Director of the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestras; Nicholas Hersh is BSO Assistant Conductor; Michael Repper is appointed 2014-2015 BSO-Peabody Conducting Fellow. Extract below from interminable press release (is it agents who write these things?). […]
Arrau’s Cuban protégé has died, aged 90
In 1945, German Diez received a letter from the great Chilean pianist Claudio Arrau, granting him a scholarship to study in the US for the next ten years. Aside from Arrau and his assistant Rafael de Silva, Diez also took lessons with Carl Friedberg and Eduard Steuermann. He became a distinguished teacher in his own […]
A soprano bares all for cancer
The London opera singer Elizabeth Meister is offering to cut off all her hair to raise money for cancer care. She’s doing it in memory of her wonderful, widely-mourned teacher, Elizabeth (Liza) Connell, who died two years ago of the disease. Read Liz’s blog. Then help Liz and Liza, if you can, by clicking here. […]
Caption competition: One broken shirt for sale
Nessun doormat? At least it wasn’t ten-or. h/t: Max Waller
Jackie Evancho: There is no auto-tune on my new album
The young singer insists that the voice and the sound are hers, all hers. Autotune quote at 1:47. Take that, Britney Spears.
Germany’s top composer is awarded the Schumann prize
Wolfgang Rihm is 25,000 Euros richer this morning. Shouldn’t there be a limit on how many prizes an already successful musician can accept?
Conductor offers to cover orch’s fees for Welsh Proms appearance
The conductor Owain Arwel Hughes is having to offer a personal guarantee to pay musicians’ fees at this year’s Welsh Proms if ticket sales fail to meet expectations. The Welsh Proms, which Hughes founded in 1986, lost their funding from Cardiff Council this year in a wave of local authority cuts. The concerts are not connected […]
Spanish practices: Cordoba posts dumb defence of bad Competition
The lamentable state of the so-called international conductors competition in Cordoba, which we exposed yesterday, has been defended by the orchestra in a letter to local media. Its argument, apparently compiled by lawyers, states that the orchestra was not obliged to present a full jury at the early rounds. All it needed was the principal […]
Because he’s worth it: What your music director is being paid
Yesterday, we brought you Drew McManus’s annual earnings list of chief executive pay in US orchestras. Today it’s the turn of the maestro. Drew points out that in the year reported, 2001/12, several orchestras (notably Boston and Detroit) deliberately withheld the pay of their music director from the IRS form. Others paid their music director […]