Russian composer is led away in handcuffs
Anton Lubchenko, former artistic director of the Primorsky Opera and Ballet (now part of Gergiev’s Mariinsky empire), was arrested yesterday in St Petersburg and flown in handcuffs to Vladivostok. No charges have been specified. Lubchenko is a highly-regarded conductor and composer. His most recent work is an opera on Doctor Zhivago, commissioned by a German […]
IU plucks piano professor
The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music has fortified its piano team with the appointment of Norman Krieger as professor of music (piano). Krieger, a noted concert pianist, has been plucked in a close-season transfer from USC Thornton School of Music in Los Angeles, where he taught for 19 years.
Pittsburgh Symphony is ‘at critical crossroad’
The orchestra has posted a $1.5m deficit and its new president Malia Tourangeau says it is running low on donors. The musicians’ contract expires next week. There’s a looming $10m hole in the pension fund and the Heinz Hall lacks basic cabling for HD streaming. Everything needs an upgrade. Report here.
The day my conservatory died
A memoir from Chicago Symphony principal timpani, David Herbert: One of the most profound and devastating days in my musical life was in 1990, an otherwise beautiful Friday morning before a welcome “Spring Break” week at the St. Louis Conservatory of Music. This day would anger and motivate me in ways that were previously unimaginable. […]
Jaap Van Zweden adds another job
The incoming music director of the New York Philharmonic – already the top-paid maestro in America at $5m last year in Dallas – has a fulltime second job with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, which he recently extended. But that leaves his summers free. Er, no more. He has signed up to lead the Gstaad Conducting Academy, […]
Shanghai fix: Half the finalists were taught by two of the judges
The six finalists of the inaugural Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition were named today. They are: Richard Lin (United States/Taiwan) Mayu Kishima (Japan) Sergei Dogadin (Russia) Stefan Tarara (Germany) Ming Liu (China) Sirena Huang (US) We warned before the contest opened that two of the judges tend to pick their own students as winners. […]
Ian Bostridge, the German version: Audience are to blame
The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung has reviewed the Ian Bostridge recital in which (as we reported) an audience member stood up and shouted at him to learn German. Patrick Bahner in the FAZ writes that the most shocking thing was the passivity of the audience. They should have stood up and chased the elderly heckler out. […]
Ireland mourns its premier concert violinist
We are saddened to report the death of Mary Gallagher O’Rourke, the most talented and enterprising Irish violinist of her time. Mary, who was 76, was founder-leader of the New Irish Chamber Orchestra in 1970 and, later, of the Orchestra of Saint Cecilia. Her pride and joy was performing Four Seasons for Dmitri Shostakovich in […]
Mexico’s Elvis is dead at 66
The nation is mourning Juan Gabriel, its most popular balladeer, who has died of a heart attack. A shrine has been improvised in Mexico City’s Plaza Garibaldi. May Juan Gabriel rest in peace.
Tears as tobacco sponsor quits Salzburg
The festival has just lost 600,000 Euros a year as a result of the withdrawal of JTI Tobacco. Hold that news. You mean Salzburg were still taking money from cancer peddlers? Even though it’s illegal in Austria to advertise tobacco products? And now they’re weeping over lost cancer dollars? Yes, to all three. Go figure. […]
Aussie baritone wins Austrian baroque contest
The Sydney baritone Morgan Pearse came top in the Innsbruck baroque competition at the weekend. Morgan, 28, is a graduate of the Houston Opera studio. Second was Austrian mezzo Sophie Rennert, 25. Third was US countertenor Eric Jurenas, 26.