Playing to the end, a musical dynasty takes its final bow
We have been informed of the death of Beryl Rubens, an accomplished violinist and viola player and member of a musical family. Before migrating to the US, she played in the orchestra of Welsh National Opera. portrait by Norma Procter Beryl’s brother Harold Rubens was a piano prodigy and close friend of Nelson […]
When a music director must quit
Ludovic Morlot, resigning today at La Monnaie, is the sixth music director in three months to leave his post peremptorily and without warning. Franz Welser-Möst walked out of Vienna because he could not agree artistic plans with the general director, Dominique Meyer, himself under extreme pressure to cut costs. Riccardo Muti left Rome, Nicola Luisotti […]
Domingo wins Latin Grammy
Plácido Domingo has been awarded Best Classical Album at the 15th annual Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas. In 2010, he was awarded ‘Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year’.
Two Koreans in Geneva piano finals
Results of the Semi-Final round (candidates selected for the Finals) Mr. Igor ANDREEV 26 y.o., Russia Mr. Honggi KIM 26 y.o., South Korea Ms. Pallavi MAHIDHARA 26 y.o., United States Ms. Ji-Yeong MUN 26 y.o., South Korea Members of the piano Jury 2014 : Pascal Rogé, France, Chairman Pascal Devoyon, France Gabriel Kwok, […]
Panufnik day in London makes the New York Times
Delighted to see that our composer focus at King’s Place tomorrow has made the Manhattan breakfast table. Click here for the article, here to join us for a Sunday of surprises with a cabaret finish.
Barenboim: ‘I fell in love with La Scala sound’
The departing principal conductor had no regrets in his farewell press conference in Milan after nine ‘wonderful’ years. ‘I have to say very simply: I fell in love with that which I heard,’ he said. He impressed on Pope Francis this month ‘the very urgent need to find a solution’ in the Middle East and […]
Mariinsky’s Falstaff dies, aged 67
The Mariinsky Opera has announced the death of Victor Chernomortsev, one of its leading baritones. Born in Krasnodar, he joined the Kuibyshev Opera in 1974 and was headhunted by the Vienna State Opera in 1992. Two years later he joined Gergiev’s ensemble, making his debut as Scarpia in Tosca. He was a formidable Alberich in Wagner’s […]
Ebène Quartet unwrap their new violist
He’s 23 (that’s legal for a string quartet). He’s French (only to be expected). And he can sing (they sometimes do that for an encore). Replacing Matthieu Herzog, who has gone off after 15 years to become a conductor, meet… Adrien Boisseau.
A message to Scotland from its foremost violinist
From Nicola Benedetti: The world is watching Scotland. Please let us keep our dignity during the next 48 hours. Advocating for one thing needn’t result in energy spent being against the other. I wish Scotland luck in one of the most important days of our history, and I have full confidence, no matter what the […]
The Flower Song is coming to a park near you
Remember the British Airways ad? You can watch it live at Opera Holland Park next summer as Delibes’s Lakmé gets a rare production. Details newly announced here.