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
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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 […]
The gift that just goes on giving
Chicago Symphony has announced another $2 million gift – to add to the $32 million it received a few weeks back. CHICAGO—Jay Henderson, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association (CSOA), announced today that CSOA Trustee Randy Berlin and her husband, Melvin, have pledged $2 million to the CSOA […]
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 […]