Too many piano competitions? An Italian wins Honens
Just as Leeds was making its mind up over the £20,000 first prize, Honens announced Luca Buratto, 22, Laureate of the 2015 Honens Piano Competition. A former Cliburn competitor, Luca takes the world’s largest piano prize of C$100,000 (CAN) and a career development program worth half million dollars. Henry Kramer (US, 28) and Artem Yasynskyy (Ukraine, […]
Jonas Kaufmann at Last Night of the Proms. So how was it for you?
The BBC have uploaded two clips of Kaufmann at the Proms but not (yet) the slightly awkward Rule Britannia. Here’s what there is: and UPDATE: Here’s Rule, Britannia. Definitely awkward.
Vienna Philharmonic calls third set of concertmaster auditions
They are struggling to replace the iconic Rainer Küchl, who is being asked to stay on for an extra year, having reached 65 last month. The obvious candidates within the Philharmonic have tried and been found wanting. Announcement here: Konzertmeister/in Im Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper/ Wiener Philharmoniker ist folgende Stelle zu besetzen: Eine Konzertmeisterin Geplanter […]
In Cyprus, two legends meet
Taken two days ago by Maria Meerovitch: the violinist Ivry Gitlis (93), Maria, Martha Argerich.
Unspectacular results from the BBC Proms
The audience figures are out and they are uninspiring. Last year, for the first time since 2009, box-office dipped below 90 percent, achieving just 88%. This year it rose marginally to 89 percent, still below the benchmark of a successful season. In 2011, it reached 94%. On the positive side, the BBC reports that more than 37,500 […]
Some disquiet about Leeds Piano winner
After the most low-key competition in memory, with the BBC blanking television coverage, the result of Fanny Waterman’s final competition was made known some time after midnight. On-scene observers reported on social media (and privately to Slipped Disc) that the quality had been lower than past contests. They felt that the first prize should have […]
Marin Alsop: ‘We have to work for a more just playing-field for women’
The Baltimore conductor has used her second Last Night of the Proms to pitch once more for greater equality in classical music. She shouldn’t have to do that. It ought to be taken for granted. Let’s hope we never have to hear that speech again.
Berlin Festival loses 2 Nielsen concerts as Danish Quartet pulls out
press notice: Due to urgent family matters Danish String Quartet has to cancel its performance at Musikfest Berlin TODAY 12 September 5 pm and TOMORROW 13 September 11 am at Chamber Hall of the Philharmonie.
The Alagnas have fun in Vienna
Season opening at the Vienna State Opera last night with Roberto Alagna, Aleksandra Kurzak and intendant Dominique Meyer holding the baby.
What Jonas Kaufmann’s partner is doing
While he’s singing Rule, Britannia at the Royal Albert Hall tonight, his partner Christiane Lutz is directing a performance of Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria in Mainz. She will be working for the first time with her father, the conductor Martin Lutz, director of Schiersteiner Kantorei and an authority on period instruments. German media routinely […]
Who taught the Chinese to love the piano? Not Lang Lang…
It appears the first keyboard instrument was brought to China on January 24, 1601 by an Italian Jesuit missionary, Matteo Ricci. ‘Musical instruments are quite common and of many varieties,’ he noted, ‘but the use of the organ and the clavichord (pictured) is unknown, and the Chinese possess no instrument of the keyboard type.’ Fascinating article […]