Maestro move: Berlin picks young Brit
The Deutsche Sinfonie Orchester (DSO-Berlin), casting around for a music director to succeed Tugan Sokhiev who has moved to the Bolshoi, have named their next chief. He is Robin Ticciati, 32, music director at Glyndebourne Festival Opera and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. He will have to give up one of those jobs when he begins […]
One composer occupies all top 10 slots in iTunes classical chart
Never mind that people who are serious about classical music avoid iTunes for its lack of metadata. Never mind that even the serious ones would struggle to name a successful living Italian composer. But this man is dominating iTunes this week like no musician that ever lived. And it’s not just because he has a […]
Label news: Warner signs New York twins
It may be a 2-for-1 deal in straitened times, but Warner Classics have announed the signing of a pair of piano playing twins from NYC. Christina and Michelle Naughton, 27, are ex-Curtis and ex-Juilliard. Who were the last twins to sign for a major label? (Who remembers when labels were major?)
Lone Brit plays on in Chopin second round
Alexander Ullman (pictured) survived the first trial by a jury of past winners at the Chopin Competition in Warsaw. Here are the ones who got through to the second round: List of the participants of the second round: Ms Soo Jung Ann (South Korea) Ms Miyako Arishima (Japan) Mr Łukasz Piotr Byrdy (Poland) Ms Michelle […]
Mrs Karajan announces a 50K prize
It starts in 2017, marking the 50th anniversary of the Easter Festival her husband founded in Salzburg, and it’s being endowed ‘in the spirit’ of his achievements. It’s worth 50 grand in Euros to the winner. Anyone we’d care to nominate?
LA Phil subjects youth orchestra to stress testing
This looks like a really worthwhile idea. An awful lot of dewy-eyed stuff gets written about the benefits of paying in a youth orchestra. There is not much serious study of how, exactly, playing in an orchestra affects children from under-privileged and other backgrounds. So the LA Phil has set up a pilot study at […]
Did Argerich give Abbado his first break?
Fascinating revelations in a trawl of Martha’s friends by Jessica Duchen for the current issue of Pianst magazine. According to the pianist Gabriele Baldocci, Martha and Claudio met as fellow-pianists in Friedrich Gulda’s class. Martha went on to win the Chopin competition. Deutsche Grammophon asked her to record one of the concertos. Who would […]
UK ballet chief quits, possibly for run on BBC
English National Ballet has announced that Caroline Thomson will step down next year as executive director after three highly successful years in the job. Caroline, a former deputy D-G of the BBC should have succeeded Mark Thompson in 2012 at the national broadcaster, but they’d never had a woman D-G and they weren’t about to […]
Whose birthday did we forget?
Yo Yo Ma is 60 today (warm brotherly greetings from Lang Lang). Vladimir Putin is 63 (warm greetings from V. Gergiev). Yundi Li is 34 (no tweets from Lang Lang). Yundi is presently judging the Chopin Competition in Warsaw.
Rare video: Leonard Bernstein presents Yo Yo Ma, aged 7, to President Kennedy
Those present on November 29, 1962 were, in addition to President and Mrs. Kennedy, former President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Leonard Bernstein, Marian Anderson, Van Cliburn, Robert Frost, Fredric March, Benny Goodman and Bob Newhart.