Boston Symphony plucks violinist from Houston
Lisa Ji Eun Kim of the Houston Symphony Orchestra has passed the audition to join the Boston Symphony. A Juilliard grad, Lisa is originally from San Diego. She starts in Boston in September.
Alan Gilbert on Donald Trump: What I think of this really horrible person
The outgoing music director of the New York Philharmonic is asked for his views on the President of the United States. His reply is translated on screen in German subtitles. Watch.
Maestro move: Young Italian wins German opera post
Antonino Fogliani, 40, has been named principal guest conductor at Deutsche Oper am Rhein. He starts in September.
Sad news: Death of a formidable French luthier
The death has been communicated of Bernard Millant, owner of one of the most respected Paris ateliers for stringed instruments and, especially, bows. Players pay up to $14,000 at auction for one of his bows. He co-wrote the definitive book on French bows, L’Archet (2000). Bernard was 87. Rue de Rome will never seem the […]
Label news: Noseda to record all Shostakovich symphonies
Gianandrea Noseda announced last night that he plans to record the 15 Shostakovich symphonies for the LSO Live label over the next few seasons. This is an intriguing prospect on several counts. Noseda spent 10 years as resident conductor at the Mariinsky Theatre and is fluent in Russian language and culture. His take on the […]
UK refuses visa to Glyndebourne’s Traviata star
The baritone Igor Golovatenko has told a Russian website that he has twice been refused a visa at the British consulate for this summer’s Glyndebourne Festival. Golovatenko, who took Glyndebourne by storm in a Donizetti role in 2015, is due to sing Germont in La Traviata. Rehearsals start on April 14. Someone needs to phone Theresa May. […]
London’s premier tuba blasts his last
Mahler’s seventh symphony at the Barbican last night marked the retirement concert of Patrick Harrild, principal tuba for 29 years and a notable voice on the orchestra’s board. He was also the principal exponent of the rather lovely Vaughan Williams tuba concerto. Patrick went out last night with the most serene opening-movement solo. The right-hand […]
Just in: German orchestra fires Spanish music director
A vote of no confidence by musicians in the Halle state orchestra has apparently led the city to terminate the contract of general music director Josep Caballé-Domenech after a single term. He will leave in the middle of next year. The musicians’ decision took the city council by surprise. They avoided naming it as a cause […]
In the Bartok finale, I feel like a hunted animal
Our diarist Anthea Kreston on returning to the third Bartók string quartet: What it feels like to play Bartok Playing in a quartet is challenging in several ways. Technically and intellectually you must be at the top of your game. It is like a debate team – every musical argument will be picked apart and […]
Prince Charles drops in on a Vienna Philharmonic rehearsal
Musikverein today. Photo: Dieter Nagl l-r: Christian Thielemann, Prince Charles, Vienna Phil chairman Andreas Großbauer, Thomas Angyan, concertmaster Rainer Honeck. Captions, please?
‘We never had a relationship with the African-American community’
Looking back on 18 successful years as executive director of the San Francisco Symphony, Brent Assink tells SF Classical Voice of one notable omission. He confesses that: ‘We don’t have the resources or the energy, or whatever it is, to slot ourselves into a logical relationship with the African-American community, a relationship built on the […]