Maestro stays: Petrenko signs second term
Vasily Petrenko has renewed with the Oslo Philharmonic until its centenary in 2020. Vasily, who turns 40 next year, has been principal conductor in Oslo since 2013 and in Liverpool since 2006. He is also in charge of the EU Youth Orchestra. press release: Vasily Petrenko, Chief Conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, has renewed […]
Concertmaster’s broken violin ‘may never sound the same again’
Good news and bad from Hong Kong. The Sinfonietta concertmaster, James Cuddeford, has been discharged from hospital without lasting damage after falling off stage in the middle of a concerto on Saturday, landing on top of his violin. News of the instrument is less happy. A violinist in the orchestra who picked it up after the accident […]
Bryn Terfel at 50: ‘I hope it will continue’
The golden baritone has given an interview to Welsh media, ahead of his 50th birthday tomorrow (Monday). The best advice he’s ever been given? ‘Grow your hair (I looked like a farmer early on).’ But he’s counting no chickens. Read the full interview here.
Death of a Soviet-era symphonist
Andrei Eshpay (r.), a classic Soviet-era composer, died today aged 90. He leaves 9 symphonies, 4 violin concertos, 2 piano concertos and a host of film scores and patriotic songs. He won both the Lenin Prize and the Order of Lenin in the 1980s, just before Lenin became irrelevant.
Riccardo Muti: ‘Conductors are sprouting like mushrooms after rain’
The Chicago music director is in colourful mood, chatting in Milan at the opening of a Toscanini exhibition. He complains that young conductors urn up unprepared and insufficiently aware of their responsibilities. ‘We have forgotten the lessons of Toscanini, his way of thinking about theatre.’ Read here (in Italian).
Philadelphia conductor dies, three weeks after his wedding
David Ferree Jenkins was music director at the Brind School of Theater Arts at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, and conductor of a host of national and international touring shows. David, who was 39, died in his sleep on Thursday, three weeks after getting married. Our sympathies to his widow, family and wide circle of […]
‘I want to make my students feel safe’
A big personality in Cleveland and beyond, the cellist Merry Peckham has a heterogenous career as a soloist, teacher, quartet player and radio host. She does not hold back on her opinions, some of them startlingly original. Meet Merry, a one-off, here on the latest episode of Zsolt Bognar’s Living the Classical Life.
Watch Hvorostovsky, live from Moscow
The great baritone, who has been receiving treatment for brain cancer, gave a full concert last week with Elina Garanca. The Latvian mezzo is returning from several months mourning for the death of her mother. The concert has just been uploaded.
Cello rules: ‘When I play, I can’t wear any buttons’
Fashion notes from cellist Inbal Segev: When I play, I can’t wear any buttons, unless they’re covered, because they’re going to buzz on the cello, and you also don’t want to ruin the wood. You need soft fabric, at least on the front of your shirt. You can’t wear tight skirts, or mini skirts, because […]
Is there nothing Lang Lang won’t do on TV?
Like playing a floor-laid keyboard with his feet, and an oversexed dog jumping around him? Or making raw meatballs. Watch Sat-1 here.
Domingo award for widowed director
Five weeks ago, we reported the appalling tragedy of a young opera couple whose honeymoon was brought to a terrible end by a Long Island road accident. Designer Jeremiah Grünblatt was killed on the spot. His new wife, Keturah, was taken to hospital, where she made a good recovery. This week Associate Director and Choreographer Keturah Stickann […]