Martha Argerich’s visit yields a $1 million government grant
Coincidence, or perfect timing? It slipped out at the weekend that Martha Argerich was giving a discreet masterclass in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, a Canadian port village. Hours before her arrival, the Nova Scotia government awarded a million dollars to the Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance for the restoration of its antiquated building. Magic.
You don’t have to read music to study it at Harvard
There’s a new curriculum coming in the fall, dumbed down to order. Students will no longer have to study theory or to read music. From October, you can apparently major in music at Harvard without taking a single course in theory or music history. Details here.
Yehudi Menuhin School hires new head from Spain
Spanish media are reporting that the composer and conductor Oscar Colomina Bosch has been appointed director of music at the Menuhin School. He is presently professor of orchestration at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He succeeds Malcolm Singer, his sometime teacher.
Simon Rattle joins angry letter to the Guardian
The letter that the Guardian has been reluctant to publish – a rebuttal by musicians of a stupid article on ‘elitist’ teaching of children to read music – has gained some extra names and newsworthiness. We hear that around 400 musicians have now signed, including Sir Simon Rattle, Sir James MacMillan, Colin Matthews and Sarah […]
Just in: Cleveland names Vinay assistant conductor
Franz Welser-Möst today named Vinay Parameswaran, 29, as his assistant conductor, as well as music director of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra. A Curtis grad from San Francisco, Vinay is presently associate conductor with the Nashville Symphony. He starts work in August, succeeding Brett Mitchell, who is moving up to be music director of the Colorado […]
Sad news: A Berlin Philharmonic legend has died
The orchestra has announced the death of concertmaster Thomas Brandis, a member of the orchestra throughout the Karajan glory years, from 1962 to 1983. He was recrruited from Hamburg at the age of 26. Thomas, who died on March 30, was 81. He was last seen at the Philharmonie at the opening concert of the […]
Sicklist: Mariss Jansons is replaced by Romanian
The Bavarian Radio music director has announced he has a cold this week. His eleventh-hour sub is Cristian Macelaru, who made his debut with the orchestra just last month. Macelaru, 37, is the newly named music director of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music.
Watch: Violinist is arrested in orchestra rehearsal
Russians are sharing video of a violinist who was arrested during rehearsal in the Volga town of Cheboksary. Andrei Osipov was accused of taking part in an anti-Putin demonstration. Please share this document of Russian today. One arrest among thousands.
Nigel Kennedy to David Garrett: ‘F… off’
As a general rule, we avoid publishing the regular proclamations of the ageing Bad Boy of British music – I’m giving up classical music, I’m leaving England, that sort of thing. But Nigel Kennedy has just picked a fight with the Bad Boy of German music and we thought you ought to know about it […]
Watch: Mirga drops the baton
The Birmingham music director says she prefers to conduct classical music without a stick. ‘It’s a holiday for my hands and fingers,’ she says in LA, in the best footage yet seen of her in rehearsal. Watch.
Wedding bells: Conductor marries agent
The busy Italian conductor Francesco Cilluffo tied the knot this weekend in Milan with Giulio Castronovo, artist manager at Stage Door Agency. They are not connected professionally, but have been together for ten years. We wish them every happiness.