Lang Lang adds another business partner
press release: The ONE Music Group, creators of The ONE Smart Piano and The ONE Light keyboard, announces a long-term partnership with world-renowned concert pianist Lang Lang. As formal investor and supporter of The ONE Smart Piano, Lang Lang is a strong believer in making music education more accessible and enjoyable for people of all ages and skill levels. “Music […]
The US pianist who became an interrogator in Iraq
The violinist Stephanie Chase has been working with a gifted pianist of high pedigree. At age 9, Josh Cullen recorded a Mozart concerto. Later he recorded another with hs mentor, Paul Badura-Skoda. He attended masterclasses with Menahem Pressler and Andre Watts. But after the 9/11 attacks Josh signed up for the US Army. He served […]
Aix festival president is no more
Edmonde Charles-Roux, war heroine and president of the Aix-en-Provence festival from time immemorial, has died at 95. She recorded her mrmories of the festival here: She was a founding editor of Elle magazine, editor of Vogue and winner of the Prix Goncourt for her novel To Forget Palermo.’
Classical music on the night bus
After midnight in Moscow, that’s what they’ll be playing. And the buses will be equipped with free wi-fi, says bus company CEO Yevgeny Mikhailov. London is so far behind. In your dreams, New York.
Two Americans step in at Munich
Marina Rebeka and Tareq Nazmi have called in sick on tonight’s Don Giovanni at the Staatsoper. Their last-minute replacements are Jacquelyn Wagner (ex-Manattan School of Music and Steven Humes (ex-New England Conservatory). Toi-toi.
Strike looms at US orch
Musicians at the Fort Worth Symphony have voted unanimously to authorise a strike, a union spokesman said. They have been in pay negotiations for seven months, with no end in sight. Pay at Fort Worth is poor to appalling. One recent principal was hired ( we heard) for $30,000 a year. Orch President and CEO Amy […]
Modern music ‘is dominated by botched philosophy’
The Future Symphony Institute, a Baltimore-based initiative to define the next big thing, has commissioned a article from the conservative philosopher Roger Scruton. Sample: … Botched philosophy has dominated the modern classical repertoire. Very few composers have philosophical gifts, and fewer still attempt to justify their music in philosophical terms – the great exception being Wagner, […]
Exclusive: ENO slashes chorus
A source in the English National Orchestra says that they were told today of plans to cut the chorus. As of next season, chorus members will have their contracts cut to 75% of present contracts and will be out of work from May to August. The orchestra were also told that there is no guarantee […]
Yo Yo preaches cultural revolution to Davos fat cats
The celeb cellist gives ’em something different.
Hvorostovsky to sing at Carnegie Hall
The great Russian baritone, undergoing treatment for brain cancer, has confirmed his next recital date. press release: Baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky returns to Carnegie Hall in a recital with pianist Ivari Ilja on Wednesday, February 17 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, performing works by Glinka, Rimsky-Korsakov, Mahler, and Richard Strauss. The concert marks […]
Just in: Soloist is mugged in centre of Vienna
Lidia Baich was parking her car in broad daylight on the Mahlerstrasse, near the Opera when, as she opened the door, a hand reached in and snatched her bag. Lidia let out a yell. The robber dropped the bag and fled. Lidia is fine. ‘I came within a hair’s breadth of being a robbery […]