New video: A Canadian cellist makes less than Josh Bell
CBC asked Norm Adams, principal cellist for Symphony Nova Scotia, to play Bach by the arrival gate of the Halifax ferry terminal. Waddaya know? He got less in tips than Joshua Bell, but some of the reactions were more interesting. Watch here.
Latest: Murdered pianist was US-born opera repetiteur
Police in Bonn have allowed media to name the pianist whose body was found in a shallow forest grave not far from Bonn. She was Kate de Marcken, 50, an American-born pianist who grew up in Belgium and was married to a player in the Beethoven Orchestra. Her husband, unnamed, has been arrested and charged […]
Tragedy: Missing pianist is found murdered in German forest
A woman named by police as ‘Katherine M’, was reported missing in Pittersdorf, near Bonn, two weeks ago. Her body was found yesterday afternoon, buried in a forest along the river Ahr, near Dümpelfeld. Her husband reportedly led the police to the site and is being treated as the murder suspect. He has been brought […]
The first woman violinist on record. Any guesses?
Professor Robert Eschbach has come up with a fascinating tale from the mists of gramophone history. A student of Sam Franko and Joseph Joachim, Dora Valesca Becker (1870-1958) was born in Galveston, Texas and became the first female violinist on record (1898). In the first year of recorded violin playing, she cut fourteen cylinders for […]
New vid: Diva Joyce does promo for the Met
Health warning: too much social media exposure in a week can make you short-sighted.
Just in: Anna Netrebko makes peace in her time with Munich
After the Manon Lescaut walkout, the diva has agreed to return for a pair of festival performance next summer as Tatyana in Eugene Onegin. The singer she is replacing in that role is Kristine Opolais, who is depping for her in Manon Lescaut. Press release below. Anna Netrebko will give her Munich role debut as […]
He won the Boston audition, but will he take the job?
You remember the torture-chamber picture we ran last week? Boston Symphony were putting cellists through the hoops for a vacant seat. The winner (we hear) is Oliver Aldort, 21, a Curtis grad. Great time to join a great orchestra. Trouble is, Oliver has also just won a Pittsburgh audition. So which is it going to […]
Atlanta keeps on squeezing musicians til pips squeak
The two sides are getting ready to face off again. The musicians have been locked out for more than two months. They have given ground on all key points, including a reluctant agreement to accept present player levels at 76 for the time being. But the WAC and ASO just keep pressing for more. A […]
Beyonce made $115m last year. Who said the music biz is dead?
According to the annual Forbes survey, Ten female artists raked in more than $20 million in a year when the media bemoaned what it said would be the last platinum-selling record – made by Taylor Swift. It’s all changing. The money’s not in records any more. It’s in music.
Just in: Picasso’s Flamenco friend has died, aged 93
The death has been announced of Manitas de Plata, friend of Cocteau, Picasso, Dali and Brigitte Bardot, who once topped the season’s bill at Carnegie Hall and sold 93 million records. A gypsy of Spanish origin he was born in a caravan in the south of France under the name Ricardo Baliardo.
Lang Lang gets a Bambi
The pianist will receive a major German media award, nationally televised from the Potsdamer Platz, on November 13. He will share the award with the entertainer Helene Fischer, the tenor Jonas Kaufmann and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark. (Maybe one of them could speak up for the orchestra her government is abolishing.)