Artistic director quits sparky US opera
press release: Milwaukee, Wis. (May 25, 2016) – Viswa Subbaraman today announced he will be leaving his position as artistic director of Skylight Music Theatre effective July 31, 2016, in order to focus on his conducting career and commitment to new opera works. Following his departure, he will serve as artistic advisor to Skylight through January […]
Late result: Berlin Philharmonic win on penalties (again)
The inter-Berlin orchestra championship ended today with a weak victory for the Philharmonic, who seem incapable of scoring a goal in open play. They beat the Deutsche Sinfonie Orchester (DSO) on penalties in the semi-final and the orchestra of Deutsch Oper by the same method in the final. The BPO team seem far too pleased […]
Paris proposes to ban one-on-one music lessons to protect minors
A report commissioned by the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, following 30 cases of sexual abuse of pupils across the city has recommended that conservatoires should end one-on-one music lessons as a child protection measure. Music teachers are outraged. Report here (en francais).
Bad news: Telegraph drops head of arts
The Daily Telegraph was the first broadsheet newspaper to abolish its arts editor, her deputy and the dedicated arts desk a couple of years ago. After the clearout, arts stories in the paper were handled sensitively and by Andrew Pettie, who held the title Head of Arts and Entertainment. Today (we hear) Andrew is among […]
Mitsuko, Murray and piano world mourn a mighty influence
The pianist Luis Batlle, a key figure for five decades at Marlboro Music School and Festival and mentor to such noted pianists as Jonathan Biss, Yefim Bronfman, Murray Perahia and Peter Serkin, died today, May 25, at his home in Marlboro of complications from Parkinson’s Disease. Luis was 85. Mitsuko Uchida, Marlboro’s Artistic Director, […]
New chairman at Covent Garden
Simon Robey is stepping down. His replacement is energy trader Ian Taylor, a long-serving board member and donor. Corporate press release here.
Just when you thought it’s safe outside, the flashers are back
The Royal College of Music Orchestra have contrived to be a flash-mob at London’s Science Museum. Not sure what the point might be. It’s the third or fourth orchestral flashmob we’ve been sent this month.
New boss on New York choral scene
The venerable Dessoff Choirs have named Malcolm J. Merriweather as their ninth music director. ‘Malcolm is one of the bright rising stars of his generation of choral conductors,’ said Kent Tritle, Director of Cathedral Music and Organist at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and Dessoff’s music director, 1996-2004. ‘Dessoff is close to my […]
IMG snatch one back
Within 24 hours of losing the coveted pianist Beatrice Rana, IMG has signed Conrad Tao, formerly with Opus3. Tao, a composer and pianist, has a major premiere coming up next month with Jaap Van Zweden in Dallas.
What music college chiefs are being paid
The Times Higher Educational Supplement, looking at rewards for academic fat cats, has provided a search engine for salaries at most UK institutions of higher education. So here’s the 2015 pay scale we’ve derived for running a music college or conservatoire in the UK: 1 Royal Academy of Music – Jonathan Freeman-Attwood – £286,613 2 […]
Market research: Handel was an investment genius
Fascinating article by the Telegraph’s deputy finance editor on how Georg Frideric Handel played the London markets during the boom years of the South Sea Bubble and after. Apparently, Handel performed much better than Sir Isaac Newton, achieving a thousandfold return on his initial investment. Handel’s investing career took a perhaps familiar course: after an […]