Sicklist: Mariss Jansons is replaced by Romanian
The Bavarian Radio music director has announced he has a cold this week. His eleventh-hour sub is Cristian Macelaru, who made his debut with the orchestra just last month. Macelaru, 37, is the newly named music director of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music.
Watch: Violinist is arrested in orchestra rehearsal
Russians are sharing video of a violinist who was arrested during rehearsal in the Volga town of Cheboksary. Andrei Osipov was accused of taking part in an anti-Putin demonstration. Please share this document of Russian today. One arrest among thousands.
Nigel Kennedy to David Garrett: ‘F… off’
As a general rule, we avoid publishing the regular proclamations of the ageing Bad Boy of British music – I’m giving up classical music, I’m leaving England, that sort of thing. But Nigel Kennedy has just picked a fight with the Bad Boy of German music and we thought you ought to know about it […]
Watch: Mirga drops the baton
The Birmingham music director says she prefers to conduct classical music without a stick. ‘It’s a holiday for my hands and fingers,’ she says in LA, in the best footage yet seen of her in rehearsal. Watch.
Wedding bells: Conductor marries agent
The busy Italian conductor Francesco Cilluffo tied the knot this weekend in Milan with Giulio Castronovo, artist manager at Stage Door Agency. They are not connected professionally, but have been together for ten years. We wish them every happiness.
Best cast Parsifal of the century (so far)?
Munich, June 2018: Richard Wagner 1813 — 1883 PARSIFAL Ein Bühnenweihfestspiel in drei Aufzügen • 1882 Libretto vom Komponisten Conductor Kirill Petrenko Director Pierre Audi • Amfortas Christian Gerhaher • Titurel Bálint Szabó • Gurnemanz René Pape • Parsifal Jonas Kaufmann • Klingsor Wolfgang Koch • Kundry Nina Stemme • Erster Gralsritter Kevin Conners […]
How Israel Phil concertmaster is recovering from brain injury
Last month, reports the daily Yisrael Hayom, marked a landmark in the life of Yigal Tuneh, concertmaster of the Israel Philharmonic for the past thirty years. He left the Re’ut rehab centre and returned to visit his Tel Aviv apartment for the first time in almost a year. On May 28, 2016, during a concert […]
Just in: 200 musicians attack Guardian writer
More than two hundred musicians have written to the Guardian newspaper in response to an article by Charlotte C. Gill titled ‘Music education is now only for the white and wealthy‘. Ms Gill argued that teaching children to read music is elitist. You can read the letter below – it has yet to be published – […]
The toughest opera season in the world
We have just received the new brochure from La Monnaie in Brussels. It’s not a lot of laughs. Director Peter de Caluwé writes: ‘When we reflect on our mission, we don’t only think about our artistic vision but also, and above all, our higher purpose.’ Apart from Cav&Pag there is not a single […]
Watch: Sheku’s a chip off the old Bloch
Newest video from the BBC Young Musician 2016, Sheku Kanneh-Mason:
Exclusive: Royal Albert Hall drops Raymond Gubbay Ltd
We hear that the Royal Albert Hall yesterday informed Raymond Gubbay Ltd that they will not allocate them pre-Christmas dates from next year for the annual Christmas Festival which has been running for 25 years. The Hall will be promoting its own Christmas events from 2018. RGL has now lost more than half its annual dates […]